The Best Way to Explore Galilee from Jerusalem

By Petal Mashraki | Published on 9/4/2019
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Travelers to Israel who base themselves in Jerusalem will want to see the country. Although Israel is small it is still over 150km-200km from Jerusalem, depending on where in the Galilee you want to visit. This journey can take about 2.5-3 hours. If you have booked a package tour covering the country then you will have a way of getting to the various destinations across Israel. If traveling independently you will have to figure out the best way to see the Galilee from Jerusalem. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan your Galilee excursion from Jerusalem.

Use Public Transport to go from Jerusalem to the Galilee 

You can get a bus from Jerusalem central bus station to Tiberias, on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. The journey takes about 2-3 hours. Tiberias is a good place to base yourself and from there you can either hike around the Sea of Galilee or take further buses to the various locations. If you plan to make it a day trip then this could be problematic. You will spend much of your time waiting for buses and traveling on buses. You will have to leave very early in the morning if you plan 3 hours there and 3 hours back by bus. It doesn’t leave you much time on a day trip. Alternatively, you could make it a longer trip and stay overnight. It is advisable to research the places you want to visit and figure out how you will get public transport from place to place in the Galilee before you actually leave Jerusalem. 

Galilee Tours from Jerusalem 

In addition to package tours that cover several days, several destinations and accommodation there are also day tours from Jerusalem to the Galilee. If you prefer not to travel on a package tour then day tours to difficult-to-reach or distant locations are the perfect solution. You could join a group day tour from Jerusalem to the Galilee or even take a private tour and tailor-make your itinerary. Tours from Jerusalem to the Galilee include pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or a convenient location in Jerusalem. The tour then takes you north in air-conditioned transportation and stops at several of the Galilee’s famous locations. The tours usually have a theme, for example, Christian landmarks around the Sea of Galilee; the Galilee and Golan or Jewish heritage sites. There are also Galilee tours from Jerusalem that include places like Caesarea; Safed; Haifa; Nazareth; Acre or Rosh HaNIkra.

Rent a Car to Travel from Jerusalem to the Galilee 

Having your own car can be a very convenient way of traveling but it suits only a certain type of traveler. You’ll have to negotiate unknown roads; cope with Israeli drivers and find parking once you reach the larger cities like Tiberias, Nazareth, Acre and Safed. The advantage is that you can pick and choose where to stop and what to see. The disadvantage can be the price and the fact that you will have your attention on the road instead of being able to sit back and enjoy the journey. Without a guide you will have to know which places to visit and how to get there. Car rental is readily available in Israel but be sure you have included all the extras and taken into account all the restrictions. Check what time you can return the car as you will be traveling quiet a distance and may not be back in Jerusalem until late. Some car rental companies in Israel close at 5 pm and there are different hours on Shabbat and national holidays.