Welcome to the spiritual center of the world! The tomb of Christ and the place of the Messiah's return for Judaism, at the same time as the third holy city for Muslims, Jerusalem embodies the crossroads of the three great monotheistic religions. If the ancestral city, perched at an altitude of 850 metres in the heart of the arid Judean mountains, is only an hour's drive from the Israeli coast and the Red Sea, daily life takes place at a completely different pace from the rest of the country. Not far from one million city dwellers mixed with the many tourists and pilgrims evolve here to the sound of the carillon of churches and muezzins calling for prayer, sailing between the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall... If theology is an essential element in understanding both the history and the functioning of the city, the religious fervour felt everywhere does not prevent people from walking the streets quietly, sailing from the cafés on Yafo Street - which serve excellent Judean wines - to Mahane Yedufa's souk to do business, from the Shoah memorial to the shores of the Dead Sea, outside the city. The Jerusalem tourist guide offers to explore both its old city and its new one: West Jerusalem is a modern metropolis, the unrecognized capital of Israel; East Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab city, annexed in 1967 following the Israeli reconquest of Jordan. A trip to Jerusalem has no equivalent.

Welcome to Jerusalem!

What to visit Jérusalem?

When to go to Jérusalem?

If you are wondering when to go to Jerusalem, it is better to avoid Jewish holiday periods, when most shops are closed, public transport is more than limited and hotel prices are increased. Otherwise, Israel can be visited all year round. The best times to go to Jerusalem are spring or autumn, when the temperatures are not yet too high. It is also during these months that the light is the most beautiful, while the summer skies are often nebulous. In winter, the south of the country is more pleasant than the rainy north, while if you go to Jerusalem in summer, the city may seem too hot. As for the Christmas season, it is better not to fear the crowd, especially if you want to attend the midnight mass in the holy city... When to go to Jerusalem then? Preferably from March to June and September to November

How to go to Jérusalem? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

As a major religious and tourist destination, Jerusalem does not lack professionals able to organize your trip to the Promised Land. Most offers combine flight, accommodation and access to the various major tourist sites, but it is also possible to develop, in consultation with your interlocutors, a thematic and/or tailor-made tour

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If you are planning to visit Jerusalem as part of a larger trip to the Middle East, remember that the borders with Syria and Lebanon are closed and it is therefore impossible to enter Israel from these two countries. On the other hand, you can go through Jordan or Egypt. Solo travellers will also remain vigilant during their visits to the Old City, the Holy Places and East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem's main sites of interest are easy to visit on foot, but it is also possible to rent a bicycle to travel larger distances. Buses work very well, and sherut (public taxis) are a means of transport not to be neglected: their prices are almost identical to those of buses, they are much more comfortable (many of them drive during the Sabbath). Taxis are more expensive, but rarely essential.

Prepare for your trip Jérusalem

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

If you are wondering when to go to Jerusalem, it is better to avoid Jewish holiday periods, when most shops are close...
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Weather forecast

Jerusalem's weather depends directly on its Mediterranean climate, characterized by high heat and aridity in summer....
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Budget

In Israel, the currency unit is the new shekel. The cost of living is quite high in Jewish land, especially in Jerusa...
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Formalities

To get to Jerusalem, you only need a valid passport. French, Belgian, Swiss and Quebec nationals will receive a free...
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Health

A stay in Jerusalem does not require any formalities other than updating its vaccines on the French vaccination calen...
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How to travel by yourself?

If you are planning to visit Jerusalem as part of a larger trip to the Middle East, remember that the borders with Sy...
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How to get organized?

As a major religious and tourist destination, Jerusalem does not lack professionals able to organize your trip to the...
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Getting around

Jerusalem's main sites of interest are easy to visit on foot, but it is also possible to rent a bicycle to travel lar...
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