Getting around in Jerusalem allows visitors to see the best the city has to offer, and like other major cities in the world, there are several means of transportation in the city. So, before you arrive at Jerusalem, you should explore the routes you want to take, and decide which transportation method is best for you:
Public transport system
Jerusalem buses are operated by the Egged company, and they arrive to most of the major locations in the city. The inner buses are painted green, and the Egged company has a very broad route network. The company has central bus stations in the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and the town center. You can view a map of each route on Egged's website and its bus stations. Buses shut down a half an hour before sundown on Friday and resume 30 minutes after sundown on Saturdays. Bus fees: A single trip with Egged buses costs 5.9 NIS, and each ticket is valid for 1.5 hours. Meaning, you can take several buses within an hour and a half without paying additional fees. Like other areas in the country, travelers can no longer purchase paper tickets. Instead, a 'Rav Kav' (a card with a smart chip) has to be purchased and filled with a sum of money in kiosks, Cofix stations, or bus stations). Travelers can also fill out their Rav Kav with a daily trip card (hofshi yomi), a weekly trip card (hofshi shvuey), and a monthly (hofshi hodshi) card.
Jerusalem Light Rail
The light rail runs between Mount Herzl and Pisgat Zeev. Many people use the light rail to board at central stations, like Central Bus Station to the Damascus Gate (of the Old City). The rail also runs through Jaffa Street, Mahane Yehuda, the City Hall, Davidka Square, and Mount Herzl. Travelers must purchase tickets before boarding the rail. The light rail shuts down several hours before sundown on Friday and resume several hours after sundown on Saturdays. Light rail fee: 5.9 NIS.