InSITE 2024: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences: Jerusalem

Jul 22 - 26 2024, Jerusalem and Online, Israel 

Getting There

Before you leave for Jerusalem

Map. Before you leave, we recommend downloading a map of Jerusalem to your Google Maps app on your phone. That way, you will not need a data connection to download the map.

Visa. Be sure to obtain a visa if you need one. You can find out if you need a visa at

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 You have free Internet at the airport to use your WhatsApp, Skype, or such to contact others for free. You don't need to rush because your bags will likely take time to get to the carousel.

The Airport. Getting from and to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is Israel's main international airport, with three terminals plus trains & buses to regional cities. It is 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:

  1. When you get off your plane, you will have a bit of a walk to get to passport control. Unless you travel on an Israeli passport, stand in one of the lines for Foreign Passports. 

    Either Passport Control will not stamp your passport but instead give you a Border Control Clearance card. Keep the card handy since you need it immediately to get through the gate to collect your baggage and when you return to the airport.

    Or the procedure will have changed.
  2. Then you will pick up your bags and go through customs to the main entry hall.
  3. You will find it convenient to use your debit card to obtain local currency, New Israeli Shekels (symbol ₪), from an ATM. You will need local currency, the New Israeli Shekel, for most purchases. We recommend withdrawing at least ₪300 to get you started with buying your ticket and purchasing items.
  4. While you could buy a SIM card at the airport, we recommend waiting until you are in Jerusalem to save money. A SIM card loaded with minutes and data may cost around $50. You pay for a blank SIM card by itself and then load it with a plan. You can buy a blank Israeli SIM card for between 38.60 ILS (10.60 USD). Load it with a prepaid plan. The cost for data in Israel is cheap, but you need to buy the SIM card.

    Consider the plan from  019 or Hotmobile with a top-up-refill of 50~60 NIS for unlimited talk and text in Israel with ~5GB. But you may find that your local carrier, such as Xfinity, will let you make calls at a discounted rate.

Ways to get to your hotel from the airport

There are several ways to get to Jerusalem from the airport:

High-Speed Train to near downtown (Yitzhak Navon Station). Israel offers a high-speed train that travels directly from the airport to a stop near the Central Bus Station (Yitzhak Navon station). The train takes just 24 minutes. It is inexpensive (18 NIS as of this writing). Check the schedule at The train does NOT run on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday evening until Saturday night.) says, "The train runs from just outside the arrivals terminal. I suggest obtaining a RavKav at the Public Transportation desk and putting at least ₪36 (about 8 USD) on it (You need to buy a different card for each person). The train runs once every 30 minutes, and the hour is written on the board at the station. You can purchase tickets with your RavKav at the machine or from the person in the booth. The train ends at the Yitzhak Navon Station next to the Central Bus Station. "Once you get off at the final station, take the light rail toward City Center and get off where the hotel told you." When you enter the bus or train, validate the ride by touching the card on the validation box.
See for more about the bus and light rail.

Taxi. You can taxi directly to your hotel from the airport or Navon Station. There are two types of taxis, private and shared. The shared taxi to Jerusalem is less expensive but slower. It doesn't leave until the taxi bus is full, and it will stop at the locations other passengers requested.

If your flight lands on Friday night or Saturday day and you need to get to Jerusalem, you can book a shuttle from the airport to Jerusalem here. If you are arriving with a group, you can reserve a transfer at, but it costs USD 139 and up per group. Or, you can choose how fancy a car you want at

Meet and Greet. If you have lots of money and want to avoid many airport hassles, consider hiring a meet-and-greet VIP service. Meet and Greet by a private driver is the easiest and most expensive. Reserve it at It will cost about US $279. Reserve a meet and greet at

Once again, if you arrive on the Sabbath (Friday night to Saturday night), you will need to take a taxi or a shared taxi to Jerusalem. 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 Ibis Styles Hotel.  

Getting to campus from your hotel.

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.

No hotels are near the campus, so you must get there 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 (sundown Friday until sundown Saturday). In Jerusalem, 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.)Rav Kav Stored value card for buses and light rail

You must purchase a ticket or fare card in advance to use the bus or light rail 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 for details. You can learn more about the card at You can plan your bus or light rail trips 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 about 2 EUR, and a 10-ride pass (a smart card known as a Rav Kav) is about 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:

Look for the JCT building. At the bottom, walk through the door of the security hut: Walk through the door


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 USD 15. The conference chairs are looking into having a taxi company charge the fare directly to the conference.


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