Palestinian Territories in detail

Getting Around

The West Bank is served by local buses that link the cities with East Jerusalem, and by a plethora of shared and private taxis.

Taxi By far the easiest way to get around in the West Bank, although taxis do not have meters and you will have to bargain for every ride.

Bus The West Bank is well served with both relatively comfortable large passenger buses between large cities and smaller buses between both cities and towns.

Service taxi Yellow service taxis are ubiquitous throughout the West Bank and connect even the most remote towns with the major cities.

Car Only certain Israeli hire car companies allow their vehicles to be driven in the West Bank. Roads can be chaotic at best and petrol is phenomenally expensive.

Air

The West Bank has no functioning airport.

Bicycle

Palestinian roads are not designed for cycling, and it is relatively rare to see bicycles in the West Bank. But a growing number of tour groups cater to cyclists, including Bike Palestine (www.bikepalestine.com).

Boat

The Gaza Strip is on the Mediterranean but is inaccessible to travellers. The West Bank cannot be entered by boat.

Bus

In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a number of small, Arab-run bus companies provide public transport. Unlike their counterparts in Israel, they operate right through the weekend.

Car & Motorcycle

In the West Bank, the highways that link Israeli settlements are usually modern and quick, but on other roads traffic is often held up by donkey carts, traffic jams and army checkpoints.

Shared Taxi

Shared taxis (called servees) are plentiful and are often found near main town squares.

Train

The West Bank has no train infrastructure.