The majority of buses run all day (5:30 am - 11:00 pm), though some start earlier and run later (such as line 1 and 2 to the Western Wall). Buses operate Sunday till Thursday, on Fridays till about an hour before Shabbat and on Saturday nights from one hour after Shabbat. Night lines in Jerusalem, such as the 106, 107, 102 and 103 run mainly on weekends and during vacation time. A new development at some bus stations is electronic boards with expected times of bus arrival.
Tickets can be purchased on boarding. A single ticket can be purchased with cash, whereas you will need a Rav Kav card (a plastic smart card) to take advantage of discounted payment packages.
The Rav Kav card is acquired at the Central Bus Station with a photo ID.
Transferring Between Buses and Light Rail
Rav Kav tickets are good for 90 minutes allowing commuters to transfer between Egged City buses and the light rail for no added charge.
Paper tickets are single-fare tickets and are not valid for transfers.
Since the introduction of the light rail in 2011, many bus lines have been created and improved in order to take commuters to and from the light rail stations. Jerusalem’s southwestern neighborhoods are now connected to the light rail through high-frequency bus lines. These neighborhoods include Kiryat Moshe, Beit Hakerem, Ramat Beit Hakerem, Bayit Vegan, Ein Kerem, Kiryat Hayovel, Ramat Sharet, Ramat Denya, Manahat, Kiryat Menachem, Ir Ganim, Givat Masua, Ora, Aminadav, Hadassah Ein Kerem and Even Sapir. The light rail has replaced the bus lines that used to travel from the southwestern neighborhoods along Herzl Boulevard.
Israel Intercity Buses
Egged bus company offers comfortable, air-conditioned buses between Jerusalem and other destinations in Israel. Most intercity buses in Jerusalem leave from the Central Bus Station, and tickets can either be purchased there at a ticket booth with cash or credit card or on the bus from the driver with cash.
Students are entitled to a discount with a valid international student card. Since Israel is a small country, most bus rides are pleasant and within an hour you can be in a completely different part of Israel. Note that buses don’t run on Shabbat, from Friday afternoon around two hours before sunset until Saturday night around one hour after sunset.
Phone: *2800 or 02-530-4704
Jerusalem Central Bus Station
Address: 228 Jaffa Road, Jerusalem