Transportation in Jerusalem: Sherut (Mini Van)
The sherut is a minivan style taxi in Israel that can make transport trips similar to buses. Sheruts from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are a convenient option if you choose to go this route.
A convenient and inexpensive way to get to Ben Gurion Airport from Jerusalem is to go by Nesher Taxi. Nesher means “eagle” in Israeli. This is a shared taxi (usually a van, with a place for luggage) that you order by phone about half a day in advance. You tell the dispatcher when your flight is and he tells you what time to be ready for pick-up. The cost is 64 shekels per person or around 16 U.S. dollars. This service is available every day and 24 hours a day. There is no extra charge for baggage and no need to tip the driver.
This is a very user-friendly option as you just have to step outside the terminal building and you’re immediately ushered to a van. It’s also very reasonably priced considering it’s a door-to-door service and you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Jerusalem. These are the advantages but of course, there are disadvantages as well. The first of these is time. If you’re in a hurry then this is not the wisest choice. The vans take about 10 passengers so you must wait until it’s filled with people traveling in approximately the same direction.
Other Sherut Information
Sheruts from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem depart from outside the central bus station in Tel Aviv and is the most convenient way to travel there. The other way, there are sheruts leaving to Tel Aviv from Jaffa Street, outside the new big bus station in Jerusalem. The drivers usually wait until the minivan gets full, which will not take much time as the sherut is still a very popular way of moving around in Israel. The trip costs about 20 NIS one-way.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about sherut transportation in Jerusalem.