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Travel to Bethlehem

Are you planning for a trip to the Holy Land and to visit Bethlehem the Birth Place of Jesus Christ? If so, than you came to the right place where we will provide tips and advises that will help you navigate through the ancient city.

If you are coming from Jerusalem to Bethlehem , there are multiple options for transport, and they are as follow:

1- Bus 231 from Jerusalem to Bethlehem:

Bus 21 run from Jerusalem Damascus Gate,  bus station to Bethlehem Bab ez-Zqaq which is 2 kilometer away from the Nativity Church. Bus 21 starts at 6 am and runs every 15 to 30 minutes (depending upon demand) until 10 pm.However, note that if there are not too many passengers the bus may depart at later than 6am . After 3pm the buses are less frequent. In reality I rather fancy that the last bus is before 10pm.

Please note the following:

  • Note that these buses do not always display their numbers, best to ask the driver. The average trip length is 30 minutes and costs around 6.80 NIS ( $ 1.8).
  • This route takes you straight into Bethlehem via the highway checkpoint between Beit Jala and Gilo typically without needing to stop. Some soldiers might come to check your passport on the bus, particularly when heading back into Jerusalem, but it’s quite painless. Note that tourists are asked to remain on the bus while Palestinians must exit the bus and line up outside.
  • After you cross the border, tell the driver where you’re headed and he’ll let you know what the best stop is to get off (maybe about 10 minutes after entering the border).
  • From Bab ez-Zqaq you can either cab to the main area (Manger Square, Church of Nativity), or just walk 10 minutes or so through the old town of Bethlehem it is a straight walk  no right or left just straight via along Pope Paul VI Street (you will see the Holy Family Hospital on the corner as you exit the bus).
  • In case you took a cab to the Nativity Church, it will cost you maximum between 20 – 30 NIS ( $ 5.5 – $ 7.9 ) subject to your negotiating skills. We highly recommend Once reached to the Nativity Square ask the driver to drop you off.

Please Note that Christmas House offers a free pick up and drop off services from Bab ez-Zqaq bus station or Bethlehem main Check Point straight to the manager square Near by the Nativity Church, all what you have to do is to call us or send us an email with your details and let us know your estimated arrival hours. This service is 100 % free with no any hidden charges or obligations.

2- Bus 234 From Jerusalem To Rachel’s Tomb ( Bethlehem Check Point )

Bus 234 leaves from the same bus station in Jerusalem, it costs 5 NIS ( $ 1.8) and runs directly to the Bethlehem main Checkpoint and back. But if you do not want to go to Rachel’s Tomb then Bus 231 is better option for you. There are also Israeli buses going to Rachel’s checkpoint.

Bethlehem Main Check Point
Bethlehem Main Check Point

Make sure to bring your passport with you at all times. It may also be the case that you are waved through without any inspection, subject to the Israel Soldier mood. From the checkpoint, you can either walk half an hour ( 3 km distance) or take a taxi to the manager square neab by the nativity church, it will cost you maximum between 20 – 30 NIS ( $ 5.5 – $ 7.9 ).

We highly recommend Once reached to the Nativity Square ask the driver to drop you off .

 

Please Note that Christmas House offers a free pick up and drop off services from Bab ez-Zqaq bus station or Bethlehem main Check Point straight to the manager square Near by the Nativity Church, all what you have to do is to call us or send us an email with your details and let us know your estimated arrival hours. This service is 100 % free with no any hidden charges or obligations.

3- By Car

You can easily hire a taxi in Jerusalem to take you to Bethlehem. The taxi must have a yellow license plate and the driver should be able to go to Area A in Bethlehem. Any Arab taxi driver who has a yellow license plate can take you to Bethlehem and back to Jerusalem. If you need assistance finding a driver ask your hotel or go to Damascus Gate in the Old City where many West Bank taxis and buses operate from. Be careful if using a hire-car from West Jerusalem, as rental companies in Israel might make it clear that the car has to be used, and remain, on Israeli soil. This is not the case if you rent the car in East Jerusalem.We highly recommend Once reached to the Nativity Square ask the driver to drop you off and not to follow you.

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