- Quick reference sheet
- Galilee bus schedules
- City to city buses in Israel
- Otobusim – Israel Public Transport Information Center
Tel Aviv airport to Nazareth
The best airport to fly into for hiking the Jesus Trail is Tel Aviv-Yafo, located about 45 minutes outside of Tel Aviv and about one hour from Jerusalem. If arriving from elsewhere in the Middle East, you can travel overland from Jordan or Egypt (via the Taba crossing).
The simplest, but most expensive, way to get from the airport to Nazareth is by private taxi, for approximately $130-150, which takes about two hours. A regulated taxi service operates from right outside the arrivals terminal at the airport with fixed rates to various parts of the country. By public transportation the journey takes about four hours and costs around $20 per person.
Public Transport: Train/Bus combo
The best way to get to Nazareth is to take a combination of train and bus. After you get your bags, you will exit into a large lobby. You can get cash from an ATM and, if you wish, purchase a cellular SIM card.To get to the train, exit the lobby straight ahead and turn left following signs for the train. There are several machines for purchasing tickets, either with cash or credit card. Buy a ticket to Haifa. You can view train schedules here: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/ or search http://maps.google.com and use the public transport option.
You will get off at Haifa HaShmona station, a ride of about 1 hour and 20 minutes. In the parking lot outside of the station, you will see a small bus office and a bus stop with a sign for bus #331 to Nazareth. Take this bus and get off at the Basilica of the Annunciation, just ask the bus driver to let you off at the church. If you are staying at the Fauzi Azar Inn, walk up the street from the church and enter the souk (market) through an arched doorway. Keep following uphill until you see green Inn signs, or ask any shopkeeper to direct you. If you’re staying at other accommodations, see their web site for specific directions.
Buses to Nazareth from cities in Israel, the West Bank and Amman, Jordan
There are direct buses from Jerusalem to Nazareth every day (except Saturday) at 4pm and 6pm, which leave from the central bus station. On Friday, direct buses to Nazareth leave Jerusalem at 12:30 and 14:00. If you need to reach Nazareth earlier in the day, you can take an indirect route by taking a bus to Afula from Jerusalem and then taking a local bus to Nazareth from Afula.
Schedules for direct buses to Nazareth from Jerusalem, Haifa, Akko, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, and Amman can be viewed on the City to City Bus Schedules & Timetables page. Many of these routes are run by the bus company Egged, which has live schedules available online at http://www.egged.com, http://www.bus.co.il, Or by searching public transit routes from http://maps.google.com.
It is possible to travel to Nazareth from the West Bank, however, it is a somewhat complicated way to get there. You will need your passport and it will take several connections. The Jalame checkpoint, just north of Jenin, is open for traffic entering Israel from 10am to 7pm and from Israel to the West Bank from 8am to 3pm. From Bethlehem, East Jerusalem or Hebron it is still faster to take the direct bus #955 from West Jerusalem. From Ramallah or Nablus, take a bus or shared taxi to Jenin. From Jenin, take a shared taxi to Jalame checkpoint and cross into Israel (you will need to show your passport). From the checkpoint, catch another service taxi to Afula, which has regular bus service to Nazareth via the main bus station.
Buses in the Galilee
Detailed schedules for bus routes in the Galilee (not including city to city routes that extend beyond the Galilee) can be found on the Galilee Bus Schedules and Timetables page.
*Remember that there are no Israeli buses from early afternoon on Friday until an hour after dark on Saturday. Plan your transportation accordingly. Cars can be rented at reasonable rates in any major city, including Nazareth.