Cheap Flights to Jerusalem

Jerusalem overview

When is the best time to fly to Jerusalem?

Peak Season:

Jerusalem is at its busiest in July and August when Israelis take their holidays and head for the city. Not only are hotels and attractions crowded, but some hotels also add a surcharge to their rates. Jerusalem is also very crowded during school holidays.

Hotel prices are also very high during the Passover (early April) and Sukkoth (late September–early October) holidays. At the same time, services are curtailed and many Israelis go away for Passover. Hotel reservations for Passover should be made in advance (around 4 months) and flights to Jerusalem should be booked well ahead (around six months to a year).

Travellers should expect flights to Jerusalem to be at their most expensive during the peak months.

Off Season:

The month of May and early to mid-September mark off season periods in the city and are pleasant times to visit. Cheap flights to Jerusalem are also more likely to be found during the less popular off season months.

If you prefer cool weather to dry heat, November through March is a good time to plan a holiday. Many travellers prefer to visit during these months, although this is the wettest time of the year.

City overview

Jerusalem is one of the most sacred cities in the world and serves as the Holy Land that gave rise to the three Monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Thus, it is no surprise that those travelling there seek out not only the pleasures of a holiday, but also the possibility of some enlightenment on a spiritual plane. 

Stepping off the flight in Jerusalem can pose as a culture shock for some – this modern city in ancient Israel is full of people running to catch buses, hail taxis and fight traffic on their way to work, temple and school. But even in this “new” Jerusalem, history is reverent.

Travellers visiting Jerusalem inevitably find themselves in the “Old City” – the walled section of this city where most of the sights are situated. Here, holidaymakers can find the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in Jerusalem; the Wailing Wall (Western Wall), where Jews come to pray and visitors can leave notes between the cracks of the wall’s stones; and Mt. Zion, the burial place of King David. By night, the city comes alive with concerts, nightclubs and restaurants raging until the wee hours of the morning.

Jerusalem climate

Jerusalem is generally very sunny and has two distinct seasons: winter and summer. Mid-summer highs are in the 30s Celsius with low humidity. Winter temperatures drop to the single digits and it can get cold enough to snow.It rarely rains May through September. Even though November through March are rainy, many travellers prefer the cooler temperatures.

Getting around Jerusalem

Jerusalem has extensive bus routes which provide service from early morning to around midnight. Service stops half an hour before sunset on Friday and the eve of a religious holiday, then resumes after dark on Saturday. There are discount cards such as the kartissiyah (eleven rides for the price of ten) and hofshi-hodshi (a month of unlimited travel on urban buses).

Taxis can be hailed, called, or picked up at a taxi stand or major hotel. Drivers are required to turn on their meters, but many claim the meters are broken — you need to negotiate a fare or find another taxi. Fares increase 25 per cent at night and on Shabbat.

Shared taxis are minivans or minibuses that seat 7 or 12 passengers. Shared taxis usually follow public bus routes, but take alternate routes to avoid traffic. Passengers can get on and off at any point. Both drivers and passengers are impatient with dawdlers, so board quickly.

Bicycling is becoming more popular, and there is ongoing construction of a bike path around Jerusalem. However, finding a rental bike is difficult.

Driving is difficult and finding parking a challenge. Fortunately, between walking, taxis, and buses, you probably won’t need to drive.

Getting from the Airport to the City

The main airport for flights to Jerusalem is Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV), which is located 25 miles (40 km) northwest of the city. There is a taxi rank at Terminal Three of the airport where you can book taxis into town.

Jerusalem insider information

  • Many of the sites of interest in the city are religious ones and you will always need to dress appropriately. Women should ensure their shoulders (and ideally down to the elbow of their arms) are covered and that skirts or shorts reach below the knee. Men should always wear tops, and will need to wear a skullcap at many Jewish sites. Some places, such as the Western Wall, will provide tourists with extra clothes such as scarves, if they do not have enough on. At others, you will simply be turned away.
  • The Mount of Olives is a place of significance for all three religions. It is listed in the Old Testament as the place from which God will begin to redeem the dead on Judgment Day; hence it is the most popular (and most expensive) burial ground for Jews in the world. At its foot is the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have rested. A secular draw for tourists, however, is the stunning views of the city from the top of the hill. The Mount is separated from the rest of Jerusalem by the Kidron Valley, which runs east of the old city, so it can take some time to walk to the top. Bring plenty of water and take frequent stops if you arrive in the heat of the day.
  • The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, which brings its own problems. If you accept guided tours, camel rides, or take photos of locals with camels, make sure you settle on a price beforehand. Many tourists have been taken in by seemingly friendly locals offering all sorts of assistance, and then becoming extremely angry when large payment isn’t made at the end. However, don’t be constantly suspicious. Firm refusals of unwanted help are all that is needed; never become angry.
  • Deciding where to stay in Jerusalem can be a complicated decision. The Old City is unquestionably the most atmospheric, and the part that comes to mind when most travellers think of the city. Accommodation is also cheaper here. However, it is not very safe to walk through these parts at night, especially for women travelling on their own. The New City has a huge array of upmarket hotels and is where much of the nightlife takes place.

Airports for Jerusalem

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How much do things cost in Jerusalem?

One-way ticket (local transport)
R 19.80
Taxi - fixed fee
R 40.27
1 km taxi journey
R 9.23
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 281.25
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
R 1027.38
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1483.45
Bottle of wine
R 134.25
Large bottle of water
R 17.97
R 40.72
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 29.92
How much does a beer cost in Jerusalem?
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 30
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 42
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
R 92
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 91

International departures to Jerusalem