Getting There & Away
From the old Arab bus station in East Jerusalem, take bus 218 or 219 to Ramallah (30 minutes).
As a rule of thumb, the smaller the bus, the faster the journey. Buses to/from Ramallah operate from 6am to 9.30pm or 10pm in summer or until 7pm in winter, after which you can take a service taxi from Ramallah to Qalandia and then a taxi to Jerusalem, or vice versa.
You will not need to get off the bus on the way into the West Bank, but on the way out, all passengers disembark and go through airport-style security. Have your passport and Israeli visa ready to show the soldiers behind the bulletproof glass. Also hold onto your ticket to show to the driver once you’re on the other side of the checkpoint.
The bus station in Ramallah is a five-minute walk from Al Manara Sq and a two-minute walk from the service garage, where shared taxis leave to destinations throughout the West Bank.
Ramallah's location in the centre of the West Bank and excellent bus links both north (to Nablus and Jenin) and south, to Jericho, make it a great base for travellers.
Everything within the Ramallah area is 10 minutes or less by private taxi and should cost 15NIS to 20NIS, but agree on the price with the driver before setting off.
A cheaper way of getting around during the day is by service taxi. You can hail them on any street and ask for your destination. Most will drop you off at Al Manara for 3NIS.