BASICS OF RIDING THE BUS
All buses in Jerusalem are operated by Egged. Although some of their buses are white with red stripes, the majority of them are green. The Jerusalem Central Bus Station and the town’s core are at the hub of Egged’s extensive route network (the area around King George and Jaffa Streets).
Numerous roads cross each other in the city core, however they become dispersed outside the city limits. This implies that there are five or six high-frequency lines available if you wished to go, example, from the Central Bus Station to Keren Hayesod Street. In Jerusalem, a single ride costs 5.90 NIS on the bus.
BASICS OF THE JERUSALEM LIGHT RAIL
You must purchase a ticket in order to ride the Jerusalem Light Rail. Tickets cost 5.90 NIS for a single journey and may be purchased at stations. Your “Rav Kav” smartcard may also be used to board the light rail.
The length between the Central Bus Station to the Damascus Gate is the most practical for most people (of the Old City). It travels through City Hall and via Mahane Yehuda, Davidka Square, and Jaffa Street. It is a simple method to go there because Yad Vashem is nearby Mount Herzl, where it terminates in the south.
In Jerusalem, taking the bus or the light rail is a highly practical method for getting around. Hebrew and English are typically used for information. But with so many various routes and ticket choices available, it can occasionally be bewildering. This Jerusalem bus and train travel guide was developed as a result of it.
PAYING FOR THE BUS AND LIGHT RAIL
Purchasing a paper bus ticket is no longer an option. The “Rav Kav” with a smartcard chip has totally replaced paper tickets in the past few years. Before boarding the bus, the card must be purchased and loaded. You may purchase a ticket on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis or with any amount adequate to pay for the bus fare.
Rav Kav smartcards are sold in kiosks and other locations across the city (such as the Central Bus Station, all Cofix locations, Super-Pharm, etc.). Around 300 automated machines, light rail stations, and other locations around the city.
Additionally, you may purchase tickets online using the “Moovit” app and pay for your journey by scanning a QR code on the bus.
The Egged website is the best resource for locating your route due to Jerusalem’s dynamic and complex bus system. You just need to search there since, unlike Tel Aviv, Egged manages practically all services in Jerusalem. The website has been completely translated into English and offers all necessary details.
NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT RUNS ON Saturday
On a Friday afternoon, the bus and train systems in Jerusalem close for the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday. About an hour before sunset, buses and light rail stop running. After the sun sets on Saturday, service is resumed. Similarly, buses begin operating an hour later and light rail follows a few hours later.
You may get a shuttle from the airport to Jerusalem here if your aircraft lands on a Friday evening or Saturday morning and you need to go to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem’s public transit isn’t operating at this moment. On Saturdays, using the bus and light rail in Jerusalem is not an option.