We usually meet with you in front of the main entrance to the Intercontinental Hotel (also called Jacir Palace), and since many of you ask us how to get there, we’ve written some directions that we hope can help.
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Directions from al-Quds (Jerusalem)
- By car
From the Old City, take the main road to Bethlehem. As you approach the Wall, turn to the left after the indications to drive through the checkpoint. Drive through it and follow the same road straight (leaving the Wall on your right) until the crossroad. At the crossroad turn on your right and follow the main street on the tight bend (leaving the gas station and the Israeli control tower on your right and then on your back). Once the road is straight again, you’ll see the Intercontinental Hotel (big building with flags) on your right side. Driving from the checkpoint to the hotel should take you around 5 minutes.
- By public transportation (bus)
You can either take bus #231 or #232 from the bus station next to Damascus Gate (Old City).
If you take bus #231 (8 shekels from Damascus Gate / around 45 min – 1 h. trip), get off at the last stop and ask for the Intercontinental Hotel (the bus might stop in either side of the main street depending on the day!). Walk on the direction you’ve been pointed at for around 10 minutes. As you walk, you’ll pass the Bank of Palestine on your right and the Bible College on your left. You’ll find the Intercontinental Hotel on the left side a bit further on the same road.
If you take bus #232 (5,50 shekels from Damascus Gate / around 20 min. trip), get off at the last stop (Bethlehem checkpoint) and go through the checkpoint walking (make sure you take your passport as you might need it on the way back). Once you’ve gone through, you’ll find a taxi/service station.
If you want to walk (15-20 minutes), go straight along the same wide street passing all the restaurants and souvenir shops. At some point the street becomes narrower due to the Wall. Keep walking along the narrow street following the turn to the left (leaving the house surrounded on its 3 sides by the Wall on your right), walk uphill and take the first street on the right passing the Bethlehem Inn Hotel. Keep walking along the main street until you get to the crossroad, then turn on your right and follow the main street on the tight bend (leaving the gas station and the Israeli control tower on your right and then on your back). In few more steps you’ll be in front of the Intercontinental Hotel, the big building with flags on your right side.
If you take a taxi (yellow car) after the checkpoint, you should not pay more than 10 shekels per car, whereas if you take a service (yellow and black car) the price is fixed to 3 shekels per person.
Directions from Ramallah
The service from Ramallah will leave you at the Mujam’a, the main public transportation station in Bethlehem. The following directions are from the main street (Manger st.) with the central station on your back.
If you want to walk (the walk is a bit less than 30 minutes), the easier way is to take the main road on your right and follow it until you arrive at Karkafe roundabout (you will recognise it because in the middle of the roundabout there is a sculpture of a map of historical Palestine and the street that reaches the roundabout from the right, Karkafe St, goes downhill quite a lot). Continue straight leaving the roundabout on your back and take the first street on your left. Keep walking as you pass one of the entrances to Al-Azzeh Camp on your right and the street that goes to Bethlehem University on your left. Once you arrive at the main street, turn on your right. As you walk, you’ll pass the Bank of Palestine on your right and the Bible College on your left. Keep walking a bit more and you’ll see the Intercontinental Hotel (big building with flags) on your left hand side.
If you prefer to go by taxi or service, it should take you less than 10 minutes. If you take a taxi (yellow car), you should not pay more than 10 shekels per car, whereas if you take a service (yellow and black car) the price is fixed to 3 shekels per person.