There are a number of ways to get to Bethlehem, either via Jerusalem, or directly.
Public Bus to Jerusalem
At Ben Gurion Airport take a shuttle from your terminal to the Ben Gurion Airport El Al Junction.
Egged bus 947 leaves the junction approximately every 20 minutes for the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, starting at 6:17 a.m. through 22:22. Fare is around $6 US.
Getting to Jerusalem takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Shared Taxi to Jerusalem
A shared taxi is often the best option. These taxis leave the airport once there are enough passengers going to Jerusalem to fill up the vehicle.
Although this costs somewhat more than the bus (the fare is approximately $15 US), the advantage is it will take you directly to your address in Jerusalem. The downside is that while it can take only 40 minutes to get from the airport to Jerusalem, you might spend another hour in the van, circling around until the taxi has dropped off all its passengers.
Several shared taxi companies operate from outside the airport.
Transportation from Jerusalem to Bethlehem
Take Bus number 231 [Arab blue and white bus], which runs from just outside the Damascus Gate of the Old City. Turn right as you come out of Damascus Gate, head down the road for a couple of minutes, where you’ll come across a bus station of sorts, complete with buses with blue writing – avoid any buses with green writing, they’ll be heading north. It will cost you approximately 8 NIS (Shekels) for a one-way ride. This bus will take you to the Bethlehem – Bab Zqaq Junction.
Private transfer with driver from Tel Aviv airport to Bethlehem By far the easiest way to Bethlehem is by private transfer:
Private car with driver
Up to 4 people
Door to door Service
Driver meets you personally in the Arrival Hall in Tel Aviv airport
Cost 125 US$ per transfer per car
Please contact us if you would like to arrange a private transfer service
From Jordan To Jerusalem OR Bethlehem via the Allenby Bridge
nThe Allenby Bridge / King Hussein border crossing opening hours are as below. Opening times are based on the Israeli clock. While there is a time difference between Jordan and Israel, go according to the Israel time.
We recommend you arrive much earlier than the closing time to cross - see below:
Sunday through Thursday: 08:00 - 22:00
Friday, Saturday, Jewish Holidays and before the eve of Jewish Holidays: 08:00 to 13:30
Latest times to arrive at the border:
From Jordan to Jerusalem:
Sunday through Thursday: 20:00 (last bus at 20:30)
Friday, Saturday & Jewish Holidays & eve of Jewish Holidays: 10:30 (last bus at 11:30)
From Jerusalem to Jordan:
Sunday through Thursday: 21:15 (last bus at 22:00)
Friday, Saturday & Jewish Holidays & eve of Jewish Holidays: 12:15 (last bus at 13:30)
From Jordan: Exit tax out of Jordan (JOD 10 pp, approx $15- subject to change). You are exempt from this tax if you are in Jordan no more than one night.
From West Bank to Jordan at Allenby Bridge or King Hussein Bridge: NIS176 (approximately $52 - subject to change)
Transport between border Terminals - Shuttle & VIP: The Jordanian and Israeli terminals are approximately 5 km apart. There are two ways to get from one to the other - A shuttle bus or the VIP van.
The shuttle bus costs JOD 4.00 pp (approx $6 US) plus JOD 1.30 (approx $2 US) per each luggage checked in the bus hold. Payment accepted in major currencies other than JOD.
The first shuttle bus from the Jordanian Terminal leaves at or shortly after 08:30 am.
The first shuttle from the Israeli Terminal leaves around 9.00 am.
The shuttle then leaves every 1-2 hours. There does not seem to be any regular schedule