The Jerusalem Light-rail is one of Israel's many convenient public transport options.
Hebrew- רכבת קלה ירושלים
The Light-rail route
The light rail's route begins at Mt. Herzl, runs along Herzl Blvd., then along the suspension bridge towards the Central Bus Station, it then continues along the Jaffa Rd. pedestrian mall to Safra Square. From there it travels by the Old City walls, passing closely by Damascus Gate, it then continues through Road No. 1 towards the French Hill Junction, across Shu'afat and terminates in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood.
There are various ticket options:
A single fare ticket which enables one-time travel on the tram. This ticket is not limited to the date of purchase.
The RavKav is a multi-journey/season ticket and can be used on most public transport systems in Israel, including the Egged bus service. Except for a full-fare single journey, travel on the light rail requires using the Rav Kav card which can be purchased at all bus stations.
A continuation or transfer ticket is valid for 90 minutes and can be used more than once in that given period with the Rav Kav.
Light-rail fares and discounts
As at July, 2018 light rail fares are (quoted in shekels):
|Travel type||Regular price||Eligible for a discount||After discount|
|Single trip loaded onto Rav-Kav||5.9||Senior citizen, "extended student"||3|
|Single-trip paper ticket for a single Light Rail ride without a transfer||5.9|
|2-trip ticket||11.8||Senior citizen, "extended student"||5.9|
|10-trip ticket||47.2||Senior citizen / youth / “Extended” student||29.5|
|15-trip ticket||-||National Insurance eligibility / student / disabled||NIS 59|
|20-trip ticket||94.4||Senior citizen / youth / “Extended” student||NIS 59|
|Blind Escort ticket - a paper ticket for a single trip, valid for the date of purchase only||3||A person accompanying a blind passenger on the Light Rail||-|
|Monthly pass Jerusalem area (Region 1)||213||Senior citizen||106.5|
|Weekly pass Jerusalem area (Region 1)||64||Senior citizen||32|
|Daily pass Jerusalem area (Region 1)||13.5||Senior citizen||6.5|
Buying your Light-rail ticket
Tickets must be bought in advance before you board the tram. Tickets cannot be brought from the Light Train drivers. You can load your Rav Kav card or buy a single ticket from the automatic ticket machines located at each Light Rail station platform, from City-Pass service centers or from Egged bus drivers. Using the Rav Kav entitles you to a 90 minute window to make an additional journey for the same fare.
People caught traveling without a validated ticket will be fined.
- The Light Rail operates from Sundays through Thursday, at 05:50am and runs till midnight
- On Friday and holiday eves the Light Rail starts at 5:30am. The last train leaves Mt. Herzl at 14:46
- On Saturday nights the service begins at 18:18pm to midnight
Depending on the time of the day the Light Rails runs approximately every 6 minutes and up to every 15 minutes.
- Children's prams may be brought onto the train at no extra charge.
- Only folding bicycles, inside a suitable bag, may be brought onto the train.
- Dogs have to be held on the lap of their owners, or in their arms. They have to have a muzzle and a leash (on)
- Blind passengers are entitled to bring their guide dogs