Israel, Jerusalem, 21 – 23 August 2017

Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the 405 bus leaves from the Central Bus Station every 20 minutes and takes about an hour to get to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. It leaves from the 6th floor of the Bus station, Gate 607, you buy your ticket from the driver, cost NIS 16. A soldier loads your luggage onto the bus and sits in the front for the whole journey. I have discovered its worth getting a RAV KAV card when you first enter Israel, it costs NIS 5 for the card and you can buy it from the bus driver, then you load various rides onto it as required, the bus driver will do this for you. If you load more than a single ride, for example a return ticket to another city or multiple city rides which cost NIS 5.90 each you get a discount. I loaded NIS 50 of local rides (5.90) and was credited with NIS 62.50 on my card. When going to Masada I bought a return ticket from the bus driver, paid cash which was loaded onto my card and instead of paying NIS 37.50 each way, I only paid NIS 30, so definitely worth getting.

Essential Apps

Moovit for Busses

Israel Railways for Trains

Gett for Taxis


Jerusalem – the largest city in Israel, known by the locals as the “Holy City”, population 850,000, of which 200,000 are secular Jews, 350,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews and 300,000 Palestinians. The Ultra-Orthodox Jews; men wear long black coats and black hats even in the 40c heat and the women are the baby factories of Israel hahaha. You could be forgiven for thinking this is the 51st state because all you hear are American accents, visitors and immigrants. Many of the locals do not speak English and the script is Hebrew which makes reading menus and signs impossible if there is no English version. The Old City which has existed since 2400 BC is packed with religious tourists of all denominations.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of the cross where Jesus was crucified.

The Western Wall

The Old City, Muslim Quarter

The Garden Tomb – where Jesus was buried

Jerusalem, outside the Old City


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2 Responses to Israel, Jerusalem, 21 – 23 August 2017

  1. Wow! Amazing! Thank you for sharing and offering us this wonderful window. I wish I could also go there.

    Regards, Simmi D. Isaac


  2. Helen says:

    O gosh, fascinating detailed observations and experiences for you Chris. Must have been very moving to visit. Thank you for sharing. Enjoying the detail along with the reminders of the associated and significant history.
    On a lighter note – the extending canopy on the mall looks like it is much needed 🙂
    H xx

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