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Haifa and the Northern Coast Travel Guide

Getting Here and Around

Air Travel

Ben Gurion International Airport, the country's main gateway, is 105 km (65 miles) south of Haifa, about a 90-minute drive. A convenient sherut (shared taxi minibus) service to Haifa costs NIS 88, and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Bus Travel

Egged serves the coastal area from Jerusalem Central Bus Station to Tel Aviv Central Station. There's service to Netanya, Hadera, Zichron Ya'akov, and Haifa from both cities. From Jerusalem, a direct bus to Haifa takes one hour and 40 minutes. Getting to Caesarea requires a change at Hadera. To get to Akko, change at Haifa. Crowds are heavy at bus stations on Thursday night and Sunday morning. Buses don’t operate from Friday evening to Saturday evening; in Haifa, select buses run on Saturday.

Car Travel

Driving is the most comfortable and convenient way to tour this region. You can take Route 2 (the coastal road) or Route 4 (parallel to Route 2, but slightly inland) north along the coast from Tel Aviv to Haifa, continuing on Route 4 up to the Lebanese border. From Jerusalem follow Route 1 to Tel Aviv; connect via the Ayalon Highway to Herzliya and Route 2.

Taxi Travel

In towns, taxis can be hailed on the street day or night. Ask the driver to turn on the meter, or moneh.

Train Travel

The northern coast is one part of Israel where train travel is both practical and scenic. As always, remember that service is interrupted Friday evening to Saturday evening. Israel Railways trains from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv travel several times a day to Netanya, Benyamina, Caesarea, Haifa, Atlit, Akko, and Nahariya. You’ll have to change trains in Tel Aviv when coming from Jerusalem.

The train line from Ben Gurion Airport travels to Tel Aviv, Benyamina, Atlit, Haifa, Akko, and Nahariya. The trip from Tel Aviv to Haifa takes about one hour. Sunday to Thursday, trains depart every 20 minutes from 6:20 am until 9:30 pm; on Friday they run from 6 am until an hour before sundown. On Saturday there are four departures after 7:30 pm. Train travel from Jerusalem to Haifa is feasible only if you have plenty of time, as you have to change in Tel Aviv.

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