Driving in Jerusalem, Israel, can be difficult,
with too many cars on too narrow roads,
especially in the Old City.
Today four cars wanted to drive in the same small place at the same time,
I did not even notice the little child
in the scene until I saw the photos at home,
I had been watching a boy on a bike go through the cars.
During holidays the situation gets worse
when traffic is restricted
and entry is forbidden to non-residents.
But there is something new for the new year 5775,
located in the parking lot adjacent to First Station,
easy to find stations
for free shuttle buses to the Dung Gate,
which is near the entrance to the Kotel, the Western Wall.
The buses leave every 20 minutes,
Sunday to Thursday,
8:00 am to 8:00 pm,
Friday until Shabbat and after the end of holidays.
The van I took only had two other passengers, but it left on time.
On the way we got to see the construction near Ir David, the City of David.
Outside the Old City Walls near the Dung Gate, the station was easy to find.
The service is meant to encourage parking at First Station,
and at least for now it is free for anyone.
Thanks for the tip Fun in Jerusalem.
fun and free in Jerusalem–
what could be better?
10 thoughts on “New Free Shuttle Bus in Jerusalem”
Thanks for this tip.
Should be really good for you. Thanks.
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this looks great – but where do you catch it? where is the “first station”?
First Station is the English name for the new tourist area developed near the Liberty Bell Park where Derech Bet Lechem and Derch Hevron come together. If you remember the parking lot developed for the Ice Festival, that is where the bus stop is, entry by car from Derech Bet Lechem, across from Abu Tur.
But is the parking free?
No parking in not free. But you do NOT have to park to use the free bus.
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at what places does the free shuttle to the Kotel pick up passengers?
The shuttle vans begin in the First Station parking lot near the exit to Hebron Road and go outside of Dung Gate near the regular bus city stops – and return from there. Service is every 20 minutes during the day.