Photo: Arab Bus Station in Damascus Gate
Updated on 23 February 2020
By Bus 234
If you are visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem and you have to make your own way to Bethlehem, you need to take bus number 234 from the Arab bus station in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem (Called Bab el-‘Amoud in Arabic). This bus goes to Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint as the last station. (Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint also known as Bethlehem Checkpoint, Bethlehem Crossing or Rachel’s Tomb Crossing).
The bus runs almost every 5-10 minutes and it takes about 30 minutes to Bethlehem 300 checkpoint.
Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint / Crossing point
Assuming you are on bus 234, you will arrive
The moment you cross the apartheid wall, you are in Bethlehem side. You will arrive
If you are visiting Bethlehem by your own without a tour guide, it’s up to you to take a taxi or walk to the old city of Bethlehem (It’s about 2km away from the checkpoint). The taxi cost is 20 NIS to the Nativity Church.
If you booked your tour with us, The meeting point is at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint so take bus number 234 unless if other place is specified when you contact us.
A Second Option Bus 231
A second option to visit Bethlehem from Jerusalem is to take bus number 231 from the same bus station in Jerusalem. This bus is a longer route and will end in Bab Zqaq Bus Stop in the center of Bethlehem.
If You Have A Rental Car
If you have a rental car and you are driving to Bethlehem Checkpoint, there is an open area on the street side where you can park your car (see photo below). It’s not official parking but just an empty space and it’s free of charge. However, sometimes, some guys there they take advantage and ask tourists to pay for parking fees claiming they are responsible for this parking, so in this case, I would suggest you pay no more than 20 Shekels just to avoid any possible troubles.
If you prefer to park your car in official parking, I recommend to cross the Checkpoint in your rental car and park it at Bethlehem side. If your tour is booked with us, then, of course, we will be in touch and discuss this so as to make it easy for you where to park and how to get there.