Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 2, 2013 3:18 AM Last Post By: mbgg
Apr 1, 2013 9:17 PM
TransportationHello all. I'll be traveling in Israel just for 6 days. Don't worry as I do not want to see everything in such a short visit. My last visit was 15 years ago when I covered quite a large area. However, I have to visit 4 cities : Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Hadera and Haifa for various personal reasons. I am bit confused on how to travel the most efficient way. I am trying to avoid the taxis, unless I have to carry a suitecase. The plan , so far is: arrive midd day at Ben Gurion, with reasonably sized suitcase, take a taxi to downtown Tel Aviv where I booked already a hotel. Afternoon strolling in Tel Aviv, sleep there and move next morning to Jerusalem. What are my options? I was reading that by bus may be more convenient. What about the famous suitcase?
After 2 days in Jerusalem I have to get to Hadera. What is the easiest, fastest way? I will still have to carry the suitcase:). Bus? Train? a combination? If I make it to Hadera probably the train to Haifa and after a night there train back to Tel Aviv.
Any specific suggestions much appreciated.
Apr 1, 2013 10:21 PM
1The airport is located between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, so go directly to Jerusalem from the airport. It will save you a lot of traveling time and is cheaper (the sherut to Jerusalem is only 62 NIS).
There is no direct bus from Jerusalem to Hadera. You have several options:
- take the 480 to Tel-Aviv (Arlozorov) and from there a bus to Hadera
- take the 480 to Tel-Aviv (Arlozorov) and from there a train to Hadera West
- take the 947 to "Olga" Junction and then a bus into Hadera
Look at www.otobusim.co.il for schedules and routes.
Train schedules: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx
Apr 1, 2013 10:26 PM
2Welcome to Thorn Tree.
All intercity buses in Israel have a big luggage compartment so your suitcase won't be a problem. (You have to load it yourself, but if you are small and the suitcase is huge, no doubt some other passenger will give you a helping hand.)
To Hadera from Jerusalem you should take the 480 bus to Tel Aviv (it goes every 10-15 minutes) and a bus from there to Hadera. When you get off the bus in Tel Aviv, walk up to the main road (ask anyone for directions) and you'll see a long line of bus stops. They are all clearly marked with their destinations in English. For Hadera you can take the 841 (heading to Pardess Hanna) or the 852 (heading to Kiryat Shmona). Do NOT get the 921 as it takes forever.
Hadera has a proper bus station so you won't miss it, although the buses have other additional stops in Hadera that may be closer to your destination. Journey time TA to Hadera about an hour.
Hadera to Haifa: bus 921 (yes, the 921 that you shouldn't get from Tel Aviv to Hadera!), which takes an hour and a half. By train it takes less time but you need to change trains in Binyamina.
Timetables for buses at http://www.egged.co.il/eng, and for trains at http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx
Apr 1, 2013 10:48 PM
Apr 1, 2013 10:54 PM
4As you like about going to Tel Aviv first, but from the airport to Jerusalem you can take the Nesher shuttle that will deliver you to your accommodation. Very convenient and non-stressful. There's no equivalent to Tel Aviv; the only options from the airport to Tel Aviv are train and then a taxi from there to your hotel, or taxi all the way. Since there are no hotels anywhere near a railway station in Tel Aviv it won't be walking distance. (Don't try messing around with city buses in Tel Aviv when you have a suitcase.)
Apr 2, 2013 3:18 AM
5Going to Jerusalem from the airport will take you only about 20 minutes more than going to Tel-Aviv. I doubt whether that small difference will have any effect on your state of exhaustion. The price you pay the following day for saving that 20 minutes is:
- 2 hours for traveling to Jerusalem
- checking out/in of hotels
- the cost of the taxi to Tel-Aviv & the bus to Jerusalem vs. the sherut to Jerusalem.
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