Bethlehem Transportation Reviews
its safe and easy Mar 08, 2014
Riding the bus to Bethlehem is safe and pretty easy actually. I would recommend bus rides instead of taking taxis to visit Bethlehem.
The station for Bethlehem bus routes is located at the Arabic neighborhood near the Damascus Gate of the Old City. This area of Jerusalem is safe and the locals here are helpful and friendly. It is also walking distance from the Damascus Gate Tram Station.
White Busses with blue Arabic letters will be your distinguishing mark. If you still have a hard time finding it, just ask any local…they’re mostly willing to help.
Make sure you are hopping in at bus # 21 – this is the specific bus route that goes to Bethlehem from Jerusalem.
These busses are usually comfortable to ride in. It’s air-conditioned, seat cushions are firm and have enough leg room.
One way fare is 8.00 (about US$ 2.50) shekels per person. Tickets are bought from the driver as you hop in.
The travel time is about less than an hour. The bus will go through a check point of the Israeli Authorities. They don’t come inside the bus for outbound trip but inbound trip (towards Jerusalem), they will. And it takes time.
You must bring your passport with you because it will be needed at the checkpoint.
When going back to Jerusalem, you go to the same spot where you (and the other passengers) were dropped off. Again, there is no bus station in Bethlehem. Bus #21 are parked just by the street curb. Return trips to Jerusalem is on the hour by the hour until 9:00 p.m. so that will give you enough time to explore the city without worrying about getting stranded in the city.
Happy trip! ~
Part of the ISRAEL,PALESTINE, JORDAN & TURKEY 2014 travel blog
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