Before you leave, we recommend downloading a map of Jerusalem to your Google Maps app on your phone. That way, you will not need to use a data connection to download the map.
Be sure to obtain a visa if you need one. See the instructions at https://www.informingscience.org/Conferences/InSITE2019/VisaInfo
Most likely you will fly into Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Getting through the airport is relatively painless, compared to many international airports. You can see details at http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/airports/bengurion/Pages/ArrivingPassengers.aspx . You have free Internet at the airport so you can use your WhatsApp, Skype, or such to contact others for free. You don’t need to rush because your bags will likely take a bit of time to get to the baggage carousel.
Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is Israel's main international airport, with 3 terminals plus trains & buses to regional cities. It is located between Tel Aviv (the biggest city) and Jerusalem (where we are holding the conference). Jerusalem is just a 35-minute drive from Ben Gurion International Airport. Terminal 1 handles low-cost European airlines, like easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air) as well as domestic flights. As of this writing, baggage collection and passport control for all International flights arrive in Terminal 3, but this is scheduled to change.
Terminal 3 serves most passengers entering and leaving Israel. All long-haul and full-service international airlines use Terminal 3.
Here is what to expect:
There are at least five ways to get to Jerusalem from the airport: Meet and Greet by private driver, Taxi (for a fixed rate), Sherut (shared taxi), Train, and bus. You could also rent a car and drive, but finding parking in Jerusalem is challenging. If you arrive from Friday night to Saturday night, you will need to take a taxi or a sherut (see below) because public transportation, that is buses and trains, don’t operate.
While the bus may be the least expensive (see below), we recommend the following:
Arriving on the Sabbath (Friday night to Saturday night)? You will need to take a taxi or shared taxi. This will provide you with a glorious view of the Jerusalem hills. Depending on where you are staying, the taxi may need to let you offer near, but not at your hotel. Cars and taxis are not allowed on the pedestrian walkway by the Styles Hotel.
See https://www.itraveljerusalem.com/jlm-city-pass-conferences/ The discounted price (149 NIS, about $41 USD) includes free transfer to and from the airport (via the bus or the fast-train) and free public transportation in Jerusalem. Also included free admission to one attraction and discounts on many others. The pass is good for 7 days. Buy the pass online and pick it up in the airport when you arrive. Here is a free map.
The conference takes place at the Jerusalem College of Technology. The college, also known as Machon Lev, Lev Academic Center, or JCT, is west and south of the city center in the neighborhood known as Givat Mordecai.
There are no hotels near the campus so you will need to get to campus by walking, public transportation, or taxi.
Public transportation. If you arrive before the conference or stay after, you may be in Jerusalem during the Sabbath (which is from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday). Buses and light rail operate from Saturday night to Friday night, but not from Friday night to Saturday night. They offer a great way to view the different neighborhoods of the city. Jerusalem has frequent, modern buses, and a light rail train that runs frequently. (Taxis are available at all times; see below.)
To use the bus or light rail, you need to purchase a ticket or fare card in advance since you can’t pay on the bus or train. The simplest way to do this is by purchasing and loading with money a “Rav Kav” stored value card. See https://www.touristisrael.com/using-the-bus-and-light-rail-in-jerusalem/7130/ for details. Alternatively, you can purchase paper tickets a light rail stations. See See https://citypass.co.il/en/purchase-options You can plan your trips by bus or light rail using the app Moovit or Google Maps.
Public transportation in Jerusalem consists of a network of buses and a light rail system that connects one end of the city to the other. A single fare on the light rail is 2 EUR, and a 10-ride pass (a smart card known as a Rav Kav) is 12 EUR. Tickets must be purchased at the light rail stops before you board and cannot be purchased on the trams themselves. Trams arrive every 7 minutes at peak hours and every 15 minutes off-peak.
Walking in Jerusalem is safe and picturesque. The city is built on hills so expect to encounter inclines. If you are walking, when you get near, look for the "JCT" building and walk down the hill:
. At the bottom, walk through the door on the security hut:
Taxis. Don’t want to walk? Take a taxi. (Taxis are available on all days and at all times.) You can hail a taxi, have your hotel call one, or use the app “Gett” or “Uber” to book a taxi trip from your mobile phone. These apps, even Uber, call regular taxis to your location and you pay based on the meter. You pay in local currency, the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Tipping of taxi drivers is not expected but rounding up is common. Getting to the campus by taxi (for 1-3 people) will cost less than $15 USD. The conference chairs are looking into having a taxi company charge the fare directly to the conference.
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