Posted September 26th, 2010, 02:52 PM
We will be in Jerusalem and rather then taking the included tour to Tel Aviv would like to go on our own so we can take a open-air bus tour that leaves from Reading Station. Is there an easy way to go from Central Bus Station in Jerusalem to Reading Station in Tel Aviv? Will a sherut take us directly and how would the price of a sherut compare to the bus----So many questions, so little time.
There are several buses that run from the Jerusalem CBS to Tel Aviv, but I'm not sure which will go to directly to Reading Station. However, the 480 runs every 15 minutes to the Arlozorov Terminal in Tel Aviv, where you can take a taxi to Reading. The trip takes just over an hour, and costs about 20 NIS each. The taxi to Reading will be around 40 NIS (per cab, not per person), and should be less than 20 minutes.
BTW, if you're intention is to take the open-air bus, there is a stop a 5 minute walk from Arlozorov Terminal, right near the Azrieli towers. You can catch the bus there, and finish the circuit at the same stop, then return to Jerusalem from Arlozorov Terminal.
(I'm not sure about the sherut to Tel Aviv, as I've only traveled the route by bus or private car, but I know that one place you can catch them is across from Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem, and I'm guessing that you could also find them near the CBS, probably on Jaffa Street. I don't know if they would take you directly to Reading- hopefully someone else on CC will know.)
A scenic alternative is to take the train from Jerusalem (the station is near the Malha mall) to the Azrieli towers (HaShalom station), and from there take a cab to Reading (or go directly to the nearest open air bus stop). The trip takes about 90 minutes and costs approx 21 NIS (half price for seniors with ID). You can buy your ticket online, or at the station.