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== Hitching in ==
Jerusalem is quite different from Tel Aviv, there is a lot of religious communities in the city. In '''religious neighborhoods''', it can be perceived as offensive not to dress modestly, and can attract unwelcomed attention. However, in the city center and old city (not inside the religious sites themselves, obviously) there is no such problem.
You can hitch hike in the nighbourhods, just find deserted stations and try. most of the city are walkable and the buses are cheap. Make plastic card "Rav Kav', otherwise you can't pay. It's free and possible to make in the CBS and another spots
== Hitching out ==
:[[User:Vulla|Vulla]] You can consider to walk instead of HH. Jerusalem to Bethlem is just 8 km. I've done it in less than 2 hours walking slow and take my time. The view is not the best but if you arrive walking you will able to see the big wall which it separetes Israel to the West Bank. You have to take the entrance for tourists,very fast, few people pass there. The palestinian pass by another gate. Above all you will see the wall and read the different stories of the palestinian during the occupation and you will see many grafitti on the wall, some of them were made by Bansky. Bansky's graffitti are spread around Jerusalem but if you go to the center the (annoyng) taxies will take you to a tour to see Bansky's graffiti.
 
=== East to the [[Dead Sea]], Northern Israel ===
Basically you need to get a ride eastwards on highway 1.
See French Hill junction above.
:[[User:Halt,_Stop!_Reudnitz_kommt.|Craig]] found it easy to get a lift even from inside Jerusalem. The bus stop mentioned above works perfect. Since you can get there taking the Tram ''or'' you hitchhike from in front the Damascus gate (sounds strange, but worked numerous times: 10 mins, 5 mins).
 
Highway 1 ends at Beit-HaArava junction, where it meets highway 90, which can take you north towards Beit She'an, Tiberias and generally northern Israel (serving also Allenby border crossing and Sheikh Hussein border crossing to Amman) and south towards the Dead Sea and Eilat.
So if you need to get to the Dead Sea and your ride goes to northern Israel (Beit She'an, Tiberias etc.) or vice versa, get off at the last junction before Beit HaArava - at Almog junction. Almog junction functions as a refreshment stop, so kiosks, mini-market and (free) toilets are available here, so that's the best way to hitch another ride. Beware! this is a desert area, so being near a refreshment stop helps.
 
Some rides will get you as far as Ma'ale Adumin, Mishor Adumim, Mitzpeh Yeriho or other villages along highway 1 (Jerusalem-Dead Sea part of the highway, that is). With the exception of Ma'ale Adumim, you can definitely continue hitching along highway 1 (Ma'ale Adumim is connected to highway 1 via an interchange with nowhere to hitch on). However it should be noted that finding a ride to the Dead Sea or to northern Israel from Jerusalem is quite common, and preferable to do in Jerusalem than along highway 1 by trying to continuously hitchhiking east.
 
==== Northern Israel: Tiberias and the Golan Heights ====
 
Tsemach Junciton near the southern shore of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) serves as a major junction. From there, you can either hitchhike to [[Tiberias]] by going westwards on highway 90, or use the [[trempiyada]] up to the Golan Heights by going eastwards to highway 92. People either drive up to highway 92 or highway 98 from there. Highway 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. Road 789 connects to highway 98 from where you can chose to either continue north or head south. highway 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.
 
[[File:Israel-erga hitching out of jerusalem.jpg|thumb|250|right|[[User:Erga|Erga]] modestly hitching out of Jerusalem]]
 
 
=== East to [[Amman]], [[Jordan]] ===
 
You can go into Jordan through Allenby border crossing or Sheikh Hussein border crossing),
Note that when going into Jordan:
# via Allenby border crossing - requires having a Jordanian visa in advance (regardless of your nationality) since no visa can be issued on the border. The terminal itself is quite distant from highway 90, and impossible to walk (security won't allow it), so you'd need to hitch or take a taxi.
# via Sheikh Hussein bridge near Beit She'an - getting to the terminal from Beit She'an is best done by hitching another local ride on highway 71 just east of its junction with highway 90.
 
=== South towards [[Eilat]], [[Aqaba]], [[Taba]] ([[Egypt]]) ===
 
Follow the direction to go to the [[Dead Sea]], and continue south to Eilat (south on [[Highway 90 (Israel)|Highway 90]] until its end).
 
From there you can go towards a border crossing with [[Aqaba]], [[Jordan]] or south towards [[Taba]], [[Egypt]].
 
[[File:Hitching_out_of_Jerusalem.JPG|thumb|right|220px|Orthodox Jews hitching out of Jerusalem]]
 
=== West towards [[Tel Aviv]], [[Haifa]], [[Be'er Sheva]] ===
Take a bus or tram to the central bus station in Jerusalem (many bus lines go there). From the main entrance, head to the right (when looking away from the building). Go on walking further on Jaffa road, take a right below the tram bridge, and continue till you get to the main junction where the "Begin" highway splits off to the right. Continue straight past this junction, and on your right (after the petrol station) you will see a bus stop, the best spot to hitchhike ([https://goo.gl/maps/i8hDtLdz8tu Google street view]). 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 old Arab 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 station hitchhiking|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.
 
As it is fairly easy to find a ride to Tel Aviv, don't get a ride that only goes part of the way. There are no spots along Highway 1 from Jerusalem To Tel Aviv where one can hitch on.
 
If you're going to Haifa, getting to Tel Aviv will serve you well. If you're going to Be'er Sheva, better get on a ride that goes south.
 
 
=== To [[Ramallah]], [[Samaria]] (northern [[West Bank]]) ===
 
See French Hill Junction above. 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 [[Bethlehem]], [[Judaea]] (southern [[West Bank]]) ===
A bus ride to Bethlehem only costs 8 NIS, consider using the bus. Bus #231 or #234 can be taken from the bus terminal in front of Damscus gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.
:[[User:Halt,_Stop!_Reudnitz_kommt.|Craig]] got a lift from in front the Damascus gate around 8pm (20 mins). Go to the junction before the cars go down the tunnel. there is enough space to stop. Sometimes people cannot cross the checkpoint and will drop you off. Try to sneak by the tough pedestrian checkpoint and flag down cars in front of the car crossing. Saves time and nerves =)
 
Hitching: take bus #6, #14, #18 or #31 to Malha mall/Teddy stadium. The bus stop beneath the large pedestrian-only bridge linking Malha mall and Teddy stadium serves as [[trempiyada]] to [[Gush Etzion]] area (including [[Efrat]], [[Alon Shvut]] etc.) as well as to [[Hebron]] and [[Kiryat Arba]]. You can hitch a ride to [[Gush Etzion Junction]] and continue from there to most of the villages in Gush Etzion or on to Hebron and Kiryat Arba.
Though, to get to the Hebron or Kiryat Arba, there is a bus #381 which costs just 8.1 NIS.
 
:[[User:Vulla|Vulla]] You can consider to walk instead of HH. Jerusalem to Bethlem is just 8 km. I've done it in less than 2 hours walking slow and take my time. The view is not the best but if you arrive walking you will able to see the big wall which it separetes Israel to the West Bank. You have to take the entrance for tourists,very fast, few people pass there. The palestinian pass by another gate. Above all you will see the wall and read the different stories of the palestinian during the occupation and you will see many grafitti on the wall, some of them were made by Bansky. Bansky's graffitti are spread around Jerusalem but if you go to the center the (annoyng) taxies will take you to a tour to see Bansky's graffiti.
 
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