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In case it's too crowded you might be better off going a bit back up the street to the [[petrol station]]s and hitch there. Also, Israeli hitchhikers seem to have an aversion against [[sign]]s, so if you're not local using a sign could work out in your advantage.
 
In case it's too crowded you might be better off going a bit back up the street to the [[petrol station]]s and hitch there. Also, Israeli hitchhikers seem to have an aversion against [[sign]]s, so if you're not local using a sign could work out in your advantage.
  
There is also [[petrol station]] on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway at Shaar Hagai (שער הגיא‎) [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=gas+station&hl=en&cd=10&ei=6SqMS7XXIYivOJe28LcG&sig2=rVVbYMtdQ5gwWRR4lSrEAA&sll=31.799391,35.108185&sspn=0.250939,0.376282&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=10709258174763436664&ved=0CBIQpQY&hq=gas+station&hnear=&ll=31.88572,35.024414&spn=0.501407,0.752563&z=10&iwloc=A Google map link] This might be useful if a ride is not going all the way to Tel Aviv as there are very few spots to stop on the highway between the two cities.
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There is also a [[petrol station]] on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway at Shaar Hagai (שער הגיא‎) [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=gas+station&hl=en&cd=10&ei=6SqMS7XXIYivOJe28LcG&sig2=rVVbYMtdQ5gwWRR4lSrEAA&sll=31.799391,35.108185&sspn=0.250939,0.376282&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=10709258174763436664&ved=0CBIQpQY&hq=gas+station&hnear=&ll=31.88572,35.024414&spn=0.501407,0.752563&z=10&iwloc=A Google map link] This might be useful if a ride is not going all the way to Tel Aviv as there are very few spots to stop on the highway between the two cities.
  
 
=== To [[Tiberias]] and the [[Golan Heights]] ===
 
=== To [[Tiberias]] and the [[Golan Heights]] ===

Revision as of 10:21, 4 March 2010

Jerusalem
<map lat='31.78' lng='35.22' zoom='11' view='0' country='Israel'/>
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Country:
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Israel
District (mahoz): Jerusalem District
Population: 747,600 (2007)
Major roads: 1, 60
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Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, under dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, both claiming it to be their capital city.

Hitching out

To the Dead Sea and to Amman (Jordan)

From the city center you have two options:

  1. You can either take service taxi ("Sheirut") Number 36, from Damascus gate of the old city, in the direction of Abu Dis, a ride of 5 NIS only. Go down in Maale Adumin junction and continue hitchhiking west. If you take this ride you get directly to road #1, from which you need to continue hitchhiking westwards towards the Dead Sea and Jordan.
  1. Or take buses 25, 4 or 4A from West Jerusalem to get to Har Ha'tsofim Junction, (French Hill). The place is usually crowded with hitchhikers, and drivers stop often. Most likely they will go only half ways, in which case you should ask to go down in the entry junction to their settlement, and continue hitchhiking from the bus station.

When reaching the Beit-HaArava junction, next to the border with Jordan, the road turn south and from there you can ask to get off in any location at the shore of the Dead Sea.

If your destination is Jordan and assuming you don't have an Israeli passport, you can continue to Jordan through the Allenby Bridge border terminal. From Road 1, you can hitchhike to Jericho (search for the Palestinian green license plate) and from there take a bus or hitchhike out of the western exit of the city. Your other option is to hitchhike to the Beit-HaArava junction, and from there stand and hitchhike northwards, the next turn right is to the Allenby border crossing. You might be able to walk it from the main road, although beware, the Israeli army didn't allow guaka to walk from the border to the road.

To Eilat, Aqaba (Jordan), Taba (Egypt)

Follow the direction to go to the Dead Sea, but continue south on Highway 90 until its end. From there you can continue east towards Jordan, or south towards Egypt.

Orthodox Jews hitching out of Jerusalem

To Tel Aviv

Take a bus to the main bus station in Jerusalem. Go on walking further on Jaffa road, till you get to the main junction where you can see the "Begin" highway. go on walking straight and pass this junction, and on your right (after the petrol station) you will see a bus station, the best spot to hitchhike. Most likely you will see other hitchhikers standing there too. If you get bored or want to burn some time, just behind you there is an ancient Palestinian village (Lifta), which was deserted in 1948. Go down the stairs and find your way to the local spring.

In case it's too crowded you might be better off going a bit back up the street to the petrol stations and hitch there. Also, Israeli hitchhikers seem to have an aversion against signs, so if you're not local using a sign could work out in your advantage.

There is also a petrol station on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway at Shaar Hagai (שער הגיא‎) Google map link This might be useful if a ride is not going all the way to Tel Aviv as there are very few spots to stop on the highway between the two cities.

To Tiberias and the Golan Heights

Your first goal is the Beit HaArava Junction, which connects Highway 1 going west from Jerusalem, to Highway 90, which goes north to the Kinneret.

From the city center you have two options:

  1. You can either take service taxi ("Sherut") Number 36, from Damascus gate of the old city, in the direction of Abu Dis, a ride of 5 NIS only. Go down in Maale Adumin junction and continue hitchhiking west. If you take this ride you get directly to road #1, from which many rides will take you straight to Beit HaArava Junction.
  2. Or take buses 25, 4 or 4A from West Jerusalem to get to Har Ha'tsofim Junction, (French Hill). The place is usually crowded with hitchhikers, and drivers stop often. Most likely they will go only half ways, in which case you should ask to go down in the entry junction to their settlement, and continue hitchhiking from the bus station.

From the Beit HaArava Junction, head north on Road 90 until you reach the Tsemach Junciton at the bottom of the Kinneret. From there, You can either hitchhike to Tiberias by going westwards on Road 90, or use the Trempiyada (hitching spot) up to the Golan. People either drive up to Road 92 or Road 98 from there. Road 98 goes right up to the Golan, and Road 92 runs along the west coast of the Kinneret from where you can pick up Roads 789 or 87 to the Golan. Highway 789 connects to Road 98 from where you can chose to either continue north or head south. Road 87 also connects to 98, but a bit later, and it also turns west over the Kinneret or east through the center of the Golan until it picks up 98 at its end.

To Ramallah, Samaria (Palestinian Territory, West Bank)

Take a city bus (25, 4, or 4a) to the Har Ha'tzofim Junction and stand there. Rides from here are available to the Ramallah area (Ramallah, Ofra, etc.) As well as further in, towards Nablus, via "Tapuach Junction" (Ariel, Salfit, Buddya etc.)

However, due to the lack of rides to this area, it is probably best to take a service taxi (very cheap) to this area from Damascus gate in Jerusalem.

To Betlehem, Judea (Palestinian Territory, West Bank)

Take the #31 bus to Giloh (you'll have to ask people how to get to the trempiada). From there you can hitch rides to Betlehem andGush Etzion areas,(Efrat, Betlehem, Alon Shvut), etc, as well as further south, to the Hebron area of Hebron, Kiryat Arba, Tarqumia, Yatta, etc. To get to the latter area, however, it is better to hitch a ridge to Gush Etzion Junction, and try from there.


Sleep

Free hospitality

In projects such as Hospitality Club and CouchSurfing you can find many Jerusalemic members who will host you for a night or two in their homes...

Hostels and cheap accommodation

As a rule of thumb, the Western part of the city is much (much!) more expensive than the Eastern part, especially when it comes to hostels. In the old city and around Damascus gate you can find a dorm bed for as little as 20 NIS (4 Euro) for a night. Check Wikitravel for more details. trash:Jerusalem