Mount of Olives Hotel - Jerusalem



Airport Transportation

Nesher - An Economic Alternative

Getting to Jerusalem from the airport is not as painful as it seems. There are reasonable alternatives to a private taxi. The most common is called a "shurut" or "sherut" which is essentially a shared taxi (van). The shurut service at Ben Gurion Airport is operated by a company called "Nesher". These taxis are available 24 hours a day to major cities such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They can easily be found just outside the main arrival terminal. The cost per person is approx. $10.00 USD.

Of course there are advantages and disadvantages using the Nesher taxi system. The obvious advantage for a sole traveller (one or two people) is price. For first time visitors, small groups of three or more people, late night arrivals, Shabbat arrivals, or those arriving with heavy luggage should definately reserve a private taxi. Below we have listed some pros and cons to consider:

Speed & Convenience
 
PRIVATE TAXI - It's fast and comfortable. Departure from the airport is immediate and the driver knows exactly where to go.
AIRPORT SHURUT - You have to wait to fill up with other people. Most of these drivers either don't know where the Mount of Olives is or they simply refuse to go.
 
Price
 
PRIVATE TAXI - Slightly more expensive if travelling alone. Definately worth the extra cost for first time visitors.
AIRPORT SHURUT - Cheap and convenient if you've done it before and you know Jerusalem well. Not a good idea economically for three or more people.
 
The Path of Least Resistence
 
PRIVATE TAXI - Assuming no traffic or other unforseen events, you will enter the taxi at the airport parking lot and, fifty minutes later, be at the door of the Mount of Olives Hotel.
Total Time = 50 minutes to an hour.
Cultural Experience = Fair.
AIRPORT SHURUT - After waiting to fill up, the drive to Jerusalem is pretty straight forward. As you approach the city, the driver will drop everyone else off at their exact address EXCEPT YOU. This process can take an extra hour. Once you are alone with the driver, he will explain that he either does not know where the Mount of Olives is or that he is unwilling to go there unless you pay extra money. Otherwise, he will simply drop you off at a central location in the city. The search for a second taxi can be daunting especially at night.
Total Time = 2 to 4 hours.
Cultural Experience = High
 
Driver Integrity
 
PRIVATE TAXI - We do our best to select good & honest drivers. We know most of them personally.
AIRPORT SHURUT - The airport drivers have a reputation for being nasty and bombastic. This is the stereotype though and clearly not all of them fit it. Our customers do report unethical overcharging on occassion either by them or the second city cab you may be forced to take.
 
Your State Of Mind Upon Arrival (Part 1)
 
Long flight, fatigue, jetlag, exhaustion, etc.
PRIVATE TAXI - Generally no surprises.
AIRPORT SHURUT - You will certainly be exhausted after a long trip and will accept just about anything to get to the hotel. Unethical drivers understand this and take advantage of it.
 
Your State Of Mind Upon Arrival (Part 2)
 
Personal Belongings, Money, Luggage, Passport, Etc.
PRIVATE TAXI - Gererally no surprises.
AIRPORT SHURUT - You just went through passport control, customs, and possibly a nightmarish security check. Upon exiting the terminal, you are probably still holding important documents in your hand. You easily forget where you put your ticket. If your anything like me, you constantly double-check to see if money, travellers checks and other valuables are all still where you put them. Your camera is dangling on your shoulder, you have a confusing array of multiple currencies floating around in your pocket, and you are juggling your luggage and a handbag back and forth while trying to find a reasonable place to put your jacket.
The shurut driver then grabs most of these expensive and necessary personal belongings and tosses them into the back of his van out of your view. Certainly nothing will happen to any of it but if you don't have nagging visions of lost or stolen items, then you must be a trusting person by nature.
 

Nesher Taxis and Sheruts
Tel: +972 (2) 623-1231
Tel: +972 (2) 625-3233
Tel: +972 (2) 625-3235
Tel: +972 (2) 625-7227
Fax: +972 (2) 624-1114

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