There are 1 stop flights from Mumbai and Delhi, while 2 stop ones from Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune. Chennai. Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, Jet Airways, Lufthansa operate frequent carriers to the Tel Aviv airport.
The Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, about 35 minutes from Jerusalem is the main gateway to the city. The airport is actually situated near the town of Lod, half an hour away from Tel Aviv, but popularly called the Tel Aviv airport. Over 70 international airlines operate daily to and drom Ben Gurion. The Israeli national carrier, El Al operates direct flights to Israel from major European and American cities, as well as parts of Africa and the far East. This airport is regarded to have very high security standards. Keep printouts of your accommodation booking and itinerary in hand. Getting to Jerusalem: Shared Taxi: Naher Tours operate sheruts, shared taxis departing from just outside the Arrival and will take you to your destination in Jerusalem directly. Sheruts run 24x7. However taxi drivers usually wait till the sherut is full, so you must factor this in your journey travel. Bus: Egged operates buses from teh three storey bridge on the second floor near Gates 21 and 23. Buses 945 and 947 ply every 30 minutes and although the cheapest option, will just drop you till the Central Station in Jerusalem. Private Taxis: It is advisable to use a taxi company under the supervision of the Israel Airports Authority and operated by on-site dispatchers. The taxis are usually at Terminal 3, on the ground floor.
Travel to Israel is viable through Jordan and Egypt. The Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal connects Eilat to Jordan. Private vehicles as well as taxis can be used to reach Eilat.
Allenby Border Terminal located in the Jordan valley is an hour away from Jerusalem. Buses from the entrance of the border travel to the city. The Taba Border Terminal between Egypt and Israel is the most common crossing point for all pilgrims headed to Israel. A bus or taxi to Eilat followed by another bus from Eilat will take you to Jerusalem. Buses from Central Bus Station leave for other cities of Israel, Tel Aviv, Eilat, Haifa, Masada and Bethlehem.
Sailing from Europe to Haifa Port is a popular way to get to Jerusalem. Another alternative could be boarding a Meditarranean cruise that is Israel bound or has Israel as part of its itinerary.
Jerusalem has a well connected bus network, with more information about routes available on the government website. The Light Rail inaugurated in 2011 runs from Mt. Herzl in the west to Heyl HaAvir in Pisgat Zeêev. There are 23 stops in between including Damascus Gate, Mahane Yehuda Market. Taxis should take you by metre, though in some areas they have a habit of refusing to go by meter and overcharging. Order taxis from Hapalmach taxi. Purchase a Rav Kav Card from the Central Bus Station for ease of travel. Valid for buses within Greater Jerusalem area and the Light Rail, loading your card with multiples rides in advance proves econmical for the whole duration of travel.
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