Jerusalem is one of the most sacred cities in the world. Jews, Muslims and Christians all consider Jerusalem holy land, and many people booking flights to Jerusalem come in search of higher meaning and enlightenment. Stepping off the flight to Jerusalem can be shocking for some – this modern city in ancient Israel is full of people running to catch buses, hail taxis and fight traffic on their way to work, temple and school. But even in this “new” Jerusalem, history is reverent.
Travelers booking flights to Jerusalem inevitably find themselves in the “Old City” – the walled section of this city where most of the sights are. Here travelers can find the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in Jerusalem; the Wailing Wall (Western Wall), where Jews come to pray and visitors can leave notes between the cracks of the wall’s stones; Mt. Zion, the burial place of King David. By night, the city comes alive with concerts, nightclubs and restaurants raging until the wee hours of the morning.
So what makes Jerusalem so special? That debate has gone on for centuries. It’s one of the holiest places on earth, and is the spiritual destination for Jews. It shares its spiritual value with many religions, which might be the reason so many religious groups fight over the land, and also the reason it should be the one place anyone religion or culture can call home. After a tour of this walled city, many travelers board Jerusalem flights and reflect on their own individuality. Find a cheap flight to Jerusalem and experience a trip rich in historical worth and self-exploration.
Jerusalem is generally very sunny and has two distinct seasons: winter and summer. Mid-summer highs are in the upper 80s (F) with low humidity. Winter temperatures drop to the 40s and it can get cold enough to snow.It rarely rains May through September. Even though November through March are rainy, many travelers prefer the cooler temperatures.
Jerusalem is busy in July and August when Israelis take their vacations and head for the city. Not only are Jerusalem flights accommodations and attractions crowded, some hotels add a surcharge to their rates.
Hotel prices are also very high during the Passover (early April) and Sukkoth (late September–early October) holidays. At the same time, services are curtailed and many Israelis go away for Passover. Hotel reservations for Passover need to be four months in advance and plane reservations six months to a year in advance.
Jerusalem is also very crowded during school holidays.
May and early to mid-September are pleasant times to visit Jerusalem.
If you prefer cool, rainy weather to dry heat, and less expensive accommodations, November through March are a good time for you to visit.
Don’t worry about getting around in Jerusalem. Between buses, taxis, biking and your own two feet, you’ll get where you want without a problem. The bus system reaches all corners of the city between 5:30am and midnight. On Fridays and the night before a religious holiday, buses stop running 30 minutes before sunset and resume after dark the next day. Discount cards like the kartissiyah offer 11 rides for the cost of 10 and hofshi-hodshi are worth unlimited rides for a month. Taxis are all metered and can be picked up at either a taxi stand or major hotel. They can also be hailed off the street or called ahead of time. Beware of drivers who claim to have broken meters. Either negotiate a fare before getting in the cab or find another one. Also be aware that taxi rides at night or on Shabbat will go up 25 percent. A shared taxi is a minibus or minivan that usually follows bus routes. They can carry seven or 12 passengers at once. Be sure you hop on and off quickly, as drivers and passengers have little patience for slowpokes. Biking is increasing in popularity and there will soon be a bike path around the city. It is still difficult to find rental bikes though. Avoid renting a car, since both traffic and parking can be difficult.