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How to reach the City of David National Park – Safe, Convenient Directions

If you are coming in a private vehicle, it is important to know that it is hard to find parking near the Western Wall and the City of David. Therefore, we recommend coming to the Karta Parking Lot and the Mamilla Parking Lot located near Jaffa Gate (from there, you can come by foot or with a taxi)

Arrival from the entrance of Jerusalem:

 
After you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance of the city, continue straight to Zalman Shazar Street. To your right, you will see the large, prominent buildings of Binyanei HaUma (the International Convention Center). The road veers to the right; continue with it to Ben Zvi Blvd. Pass two traffic signals, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left. After a short ascent, you will reach an additional signal, where you should turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until you reach the next signal, where you will turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street. Before the next intersection with a signal, you will pass the Prime Minister’s Residence on your right, and continue toward “Kikar Tzarfat,” with the Kings Hotel on your left. At the signal, continue straight, and merge onto Agron Street, which will lead you eastward toward the Old City. At the next signal, continue straight and cross over King David Street; on your left, you will see the Mamilla Parking Lot, and immediately after it, the Karta Parking Lot.
 
 
For groups arriving by organized bus which do not require parking: From the entrance to Jerusalem, via the Ben Hinnom Valley, to the Givati Lot:
 
After you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance of the city, continue straight to Zalman Shazar Street. To your right, you will see the large, prominent buildings of Binyanei HaUma (the International Convention Center). The road veers to the right; continue with it to Ben Zvi Blvd. Pass two traffic signals, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left. After a short ascent, you will reach an additional signal, where you should turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until you reach the next signal, where you will turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street. Before the next intersection with a signal, you will pass the Prime Minister’s Residence on your right, and continue toward “Kikar Tzarfat,” with the Kings Hotel on your left. Before the signal, turn right onto Keren HaYesod Street and continue on it down southwad toward via the next four signals. At the fifth signal, turn left toward the Han Theater and Jerusalem’s old train station. The road veers right immediately after the signal and leads you to a traffic circle where you can only turn left, facing eastward, until Derech Hebron Street, where you will turn left at the signal on the road that will bring you down past Mount Zion Hotel (on the right) and the Begin Heritage Center (on the left). Go down on the road to the Sultan’s Pool, and turn right at the signal toward Mount Zion, and immediately, turn sharply right again toward the Ben Hinnom Valley road. This pretty road will lead you down the Ben Hinnom Valley descent to the intersection where you will turn left (opposite you, you will see a brown sign pointing left which says “City of David” on it). At this intersection, turn left and a little bit afterward, left again, so that you will be going up the “Ma’alot Ir David” Street toward the wall of the Temple Mount, until to your left you see the Givati Lot and to the right, the entrance gate of the City of David, with a large gold harp above it.
 
From the entrance to Jerusalem via Wadi Joz to the City of David:
 
Ascending to Jerusalem after passing Mevaseret Zion and the turn at Motza, exit at the interchange leading to Highway 9, according to the signs marked Ma’ale Adumim/ Mount Scopus. Drive through the Arazim Tunnel, paying attention to the signs leading toward the Giva’a Tzarfatit (French Hill). At the Giva’a Tzarfatit intersection, turn right, and when yiou reach the next intersection near the Giva’a Tzarfatit bridge, where the new light rail train also passes, you should continue straight toward the Old City. At the next signal, turn left at the sign pointing to Ma’ale Adumim and Mount Scopus. At the second signal, turn right toward Wadi Joz (there is a sign pointing right to Wadi Joz). The badly-paved road turns between garages in a generally southern direction. While driving, you will reach a turn in the road where you should continue left with the road, until it brings you to a signal, where you will see the impressive building of the Rockefeller Museum to your right. At this signal, continue straight, and at the end of the descent, at the signal, turn right to “Tzir HaOfel”; above you on the right, you will see the wall of the ancient Temple Mount. Continue with the road along the length of the walls until a place where you can get out opposite the City of David, at the foot of the Temple Mount (about 100 meters before the Dung Gate). 
 
For those interested in arriving by foot from Jaffa Gate (Karta/Mamilla Parking Lots) to the City of David
 
After you enter Jaffa Gate into the walls, continue through the paved stone plaza and before the entrance to the marketplace, walk to the right, continuing with the road toward the Kishle (Police Station). 

Option 1: Continue walking with the road leading to the walls of the city, pass the Zion Gate and the Jewish Quarter parking lot, and continue down the road until the traffic circle at the entrance of the Western Wall. At the circle, turn right toward the Dung Gate and exiting the gate, turn left. Descend, about 200 meters and turn right toward the entrance to the City of David, with the large gold harp above it.

Option 2: Walking through the streets of the Jewish Quarter. From the Kishle (Police Station) continue with the road until the first alley turning left. On your right, there is a sign that says “Armenian Patriarchy Street”. Continue down the road toward the Cardo and the Jewish Quarter Square. Cross the square and go down in the direction of the Western Wall. Just before the entrance to the Western Wall, turn right toward the Dung Gate. Exit through the Dung Gate, go down about 200 meters and turn right toward the entrance to the City of David, with the large, gold harp above it.

Arrival by shuttle from the First Railway Station

The “Free to the Old City” service allows you to park your car for an all-day fee (17.10 NIS per day or 13.60 NIS for “Yerushalmi” resident card holders) at the First Railway Station and enjoy the ease of free shuttles to and from the Old City!
The “Free to the Old City” service begins operating in July 2014; the shuttle will depart from the First Railway Station parking lot to the Dung Gate – just a two minute walk from the City of David.
The shuttle operates from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00AM to 8:00PM, every 20 minutes. On Monday and Thursday, the shuttle begins to run at 7:00AM.
On Fridays, the shuttle runs until one hour before the Sabbath begins, and on Saturday night, it resumes operation after the Sabbath has ended, until midnight.
Driving Directions
From the entrance to Jerusalem, look for the “wings” signs which will lead you to the railway station parking lot. You can also use WAZE – search for “Free to the Old City.”
 
Public Transportation and Navigation via GPS/ WAZE
 
Bus lines to Jaffa Gate: 20, 60 (From the Central Bus Station)
WAZE -  Mamilla Parking Lot

Bus lines to the City of David: 1, 2, 38 to the Western Wall
GPS – Ma’alot Ir David Street
WAZE – City of David (no parking)/Mount Zion Parking Lot (public parking lot – payment required)

 


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How do we reach the Peace Forest?

From the entrance to Jerusalem to the activity area in the Peace Forest:
 
After you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance of the city, continue straight to Zalman Shazar Street. To your right, you will see the large, prominent buildings of Binyanei HaUma (the International Convention Center). The road veers to the right; continue with it to Ben Zvi Blvd. Pass two traffic signals, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left. After a short ascent, you will reach an additional signal, where you should turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until you reach the next signal, where you will turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street. Before the next intersection with a signal, you will pass the Prime Minister’s Residence on your right, and continue toward “Kikar Tzarfat,” with the Kings Hotel on your left. At the intersection, turn right at the yellow flashing signal for pedestrians, which connects you to Keren HaYesod Street, and continue on it down southward via the next four traffic signals. At the fifth signal, turn left toward the Han Theater and Jerusalem’s old train station. The road veers to the right immediately after the signal and leads you to a traffic circle where you can only turn left, facing eastward, until Derech Hebron Street, where you will turn right. Drive southward on Derech Hebron until the second traffic signal. At this signal, turn left onto Naomi Street (looking across, you will see a sign that says “Abu Tor .”) Immediately after you turn left onto Naomi Street, turn right at the first corner to the Peace Forest. Drive on the road going downward and after about 200 meters, and you’ll notice a sharp turn downward to the left, to a parking lot. This parking lot in the Peace Forest is the entrance to the tourist activity area of the City of David at the site.
 
From the entrance to Jerusalem via Highway 1 to the Peace Forest:
 
At the ascent to Jerusalem after you have passed Mevaseret Zion and the turn at Moza, get off at the interchange leading to Highway 9, following the signs to Ma’ale Adumim/Mount Scopus. Drive through the Arazim Tunnel, paying attention to the signs leading in the direction of the Giva’a Tzarfatit (French Hill), where the new light rail train also passes. Continue straight in the direction of the Old City on the road known as Road 1; the name of the street you are diving on will be called Chaim Bar-Lev Blvd. Drive southward on this road, making sure to stay in the right land, which will lead you to the Tzahal Tunnel. Enter the tunnel, which will lead you underneath the corner of the Old City. Continue straight on the road at all of the signals; you will be bypassing the Old City on your left. To your right, you will see the Sultan’s Pools, and at the signal at the end of the descent, you will only be able to continue straight toward the Mount Zion Hotel; to your left, you will pass the Jerusalem Cinematheque. At the next signal, continue straight, and you will find yourself on Derech Hebron Street. Drive southward on Derech Hebron until the third signal, where you will turn left onto Naomi Street (looking across, you will see a sign that says “Abu Tor”) Immediately after turning left onto Naomi Street, there is a right turn to the Peace Forest. Drive on the road going downward and after about 200 meters, and you’ll notice a sharp turn downward to the left, to a parking lot; there will be signs leading to it marked “Peace Forest” and “Segway Tours”. This parking lot in the Peace Forest is the entrance to the tourist activity area of the City of David at the site.
 
From Gilo Intersection to the Peace Forest:
 
From the Gilo Intersection (at the exit from the Tunnels Road) in southern Jerusalem, turn right (eastward) following the signs in the direction of Rachel’s Tomb. At the signal immediately afterward, turn left onto Derech Hebron Street. Drive on Derech Hebron in the direction of the Old City (north). 
Now, you are driving on Derech Hebron; you will pass underneath a pedestrian bridge. At the third intersection after the bridge, you will see the Hollandia building on your right. Continue straight, and at the fourth signal after the Hollandia intersection, turn right onto Naomi Street, which is at the entrance of the Abu Tor neighborhood. Immediately after the right turn onto Naomi Street, turn right again to the Peace Forest. Drive on the road going downward and after about 200 meters, you’ll notice a sharp turn downward to the left, to a parking lot; there will be signs leading to it marked “Peace Forest” and “Segway Tours”. This parking lot in the Peace Forest is the entrance to the tourist activity area of the City of David at the site.
 
Public Transportation and Navigation using GPS/ WAZE

Buses to Derech Hebron: 71, 72, 74, 75, 8

WAZE – Peace Forest

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Arrival Directions to the Emek Zurim National Park

How will we reach the “Temple Mount Sifting Project” at the Emek Tzurim National Park?

From the entrance to Jerusalem via Highway 1:

Ascending toward Jerusalem, after you have passed Mevaseret Zion and the turn at Motza, exit at the interchange leading to Highway 9, according to the signs marked Ma’ale Adimim/Mount Scopus. Drive through the Arazim Tunnel, paying attention to the signs leading in the direction of the Giva’a Tzarfatit (French Hill). At the Giva’a Tzarfatit intersection, turn right, and when you reach the next intersection, near the Giva’a Tzarfatit bridge, where the new light rail train also passes, continue straight toward the Old City. At the next signal, turn left following the signs to Ma’ale Adumim and Mount Scopus. Now, continue straight two signals, and drive toward the Mount of Olives tunnel, which goes toward Ma’ale Adumim, and stay in the right lane (don’t enter the tunnel!). The right lane goes up to the Mount of Olives and Augusta Victoria. Drive in this lane and go up to the top of the Mount of Olives.

 

 Option 1:
 
Before the end of the ascent, notice the signs toward Beit Orot and the Mormon University and turn right according to the brown tourism sign which says “Emek Zurim,” near the parking lot. You can park here and go down a pretty path by foot, directly to the Emek Zurim National Park (a 5-7 minute walk by foot). The path is not accessible for baby strollers.
 
Option 2:
 
Continue on the road upward and at the end of the ascent, turn right at the intersection. On your right, you will see the sign pointing to the entrance to the Abu Tor neighborhood. On your way southward, you will pass the Augusta Victoria Hospital (on your left). At the next intersection, descend sharply to the right toward the Old City (west). Drive slowly about 350 meters, until you notice a brown tourism sign turning right toward the Emek Zurim National Park on a narrow asphalt road between houses. This entrance leads to a tall, large hospital buildings that looks abandoned. Left of the building, there is a dirt path ascending directly into the large parking lot at the Emek Zurim National Park, where the “Archaeological Experience” is located.
 
Public Transportation and Navigation via GPS/ WAZE
 
You can only reach Emek Zurim by taxi or private vehicle.
Buses: 4, 30, 19, 17, 68, 69 reach the Hebrew University at Mount Scopus, and then it is a 20 minute walk. You must walk down a long path with stairs, which is not accessible to baby strollers.
  
GPS – “Shmuel ben Adiya” or “Emek Zurim National Park”.
WAZE – “Emek Zurim National Park”
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