Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Hostel Location: The best location for Jerusalem Hostels in between the Old City and Mahane Yehuda Market. This way you have access to the train station, main bus station, fun nightlife and the curious Old Town. All our 3 recommended hostels are located here.
Day Trips to Dead Sea and others: You can join fun day tours to the dead sea, Ein Gedi, West Bank Tour and such. Best way to book is directly with Get Your Guide. You can find here all Abraham Hostels tours as well.
Any questions on tours? We joined several, we can help you with insider tips. Drop us a comment below!
IMPORTANT; Shabbat – Travelling on a Friday or Saturday: From Friday Sunset to Saturday Sunset there is the Shabbat. Meaning, there will be no public transport and many restaurants and stores are closed. You can easily say 90% of the city and country shuts down. Yes, you can still take a private taxi to the airport, but it costs an arm and a leg. So, if you can, avoid travelling from Friday.
Visa: Most countries will provide a visa on arrival; it is free. You will get a small extra paper as visa, not a stamp when flying into the country. They do this as they know you may have problems entering other countries if you have been to Israel.
Personally, I cannot enter Saudi Arabia with my current passport, since I have the Israeli Visa stamp. If entering through Jordan by land, you will get the passport stamp, they do not have the paper-visa there.
The design is fresh, modern and certainly created with the solo traveller in mind.
Social vibes are always flowing thanks to the onsite bar and fun events such as group meals and BBQ’s.
In fact, drinks are on sale almost around the clock!
Get to know the city and join a free walking tour – this is also a great way to meet other travellers and share experiences.
Ideal: reception is open 24/7 and there is no curfew.
What we love about the rooms is the privacy curtains and crisp, clean environment.
The dorms come in many sizes, from 4-14 beds. This mean you can choose depending on your level of social ability.
There’s also private options for both couples and small families of four.
Drop your bags and hit the rooftop – this is a great way to overlook Jerusalem and get your bearings.
Location: Right in the city centre. Tourist attractions, bars, markets and the Old City are all within a few minute walk from the hostel. You are between the Mahane Yehuda Market and the Old City, ideal!!
Remember, we said it is the best location to stay between these two spots!
It is a very big hostel, and you will find travellers of all ages here. In fact, when we stayed here, 50% of fellow travelers were above 50. So it is the best hostel in Jerusalem for adults.
There can be also big groups, which can make the hostel a bit unsocial. That being said, there have been always solo-travellers playing pool billiard or foosball.
Let’s not beat around the bush. Abraham Hostels in Jerusalem also offers:
FREE WiFi (also, not always stable!)
With large accommodation comes large spaces to hang out in.
Wander around and choose your spot: on a beanbag, hammock, soft chair, rooftop, by the pool table – the choices are (almost) endless!
Beat boredom and get involved in something fun every day of the week.
Anything from open mic and pub crawls to hummus workshops and shabbat dinners. Oh and of course, that all important happy hour that actually lasts for two.
It might surprise you that the dorm beds are kept relatively small, in a place so big.
There actually happens to be a male-only and female-only dorm – both with just 4 and 6-beds!
Otherwise, meet more people in the 8 and 10-bed options.
Note: there is a 5-bed room which can can used for groups as well as families.
Staff are super knowledgeable and can help you book tours in and around the area.
Location: Hostel Abraham Jerusalem is right in Davidka Square, just a 3 minutes walk from Mahane Yehuda Market. It’s a 20-minute walk to the Old City.
Abraham tours: The hostel also offers a traveler board. Here you can sit down and chat with a hostel worker about tours on offer. Abraham has cool tours for Ein Gedi, Masada, Dead Sea, West Bank and so on.
Tours are not exactly cheap, yet they do make things easier.
One thing we did not like about the travel board and Abraham Hostel: They do not help you with any other travel plans except their tours. When asking for public transport, the support was very limited. Especially when asking for public transport to Ramallah or Bethlehem, the responses even implied to scare you by saying “it is quite risky, buses are unreliable, maybe not safe”.
So again, Abraham is a great hostel for groups and adults. Solo Travellers better go with Stay Inn Hostel and the tours can be fun if you look for comfort tours.
Note: there are other hostels in this area such as Hebron Hostel Jerusalem and Chain Gate Hostel, yet we would recommend the above two first.
On the same note: Is it worth it to stay in the Old City in Jerusalem?
No, we do not think so.
The city is packed, and very much overpriced. If you think Jerusalem in general is pricey, wait until you see prices in the old town. In our opinion, stay slightly outside the old town like The Post Hostel, Stay Inn or even Abraham Hostel.
You will be visiting the Old Town anyways. At night, you want to have fun, get a drink and wander the night market.
Sleep in Bethlehem at Banksy Hostel / Hotel
This is a super cool recommendation; I wish I knew about this before travelling here.
A fellow hostel mate told me about the Banksy Hotel in Bethlehem, he was planning to stay there the following day.
What is that?
The Banksy Hotel offers the “worst hotel view”. Basically, Banksy designed this hotel right in front of the separation wall from Israel and West Bank, near Jerusalem.
The official name is The Walled Off Hotel, you can book it on Booking.com.
Please note, the hotel is not cheap. The one and only dorm they have can be $50 per night for a single bed. And for the private rooms, the hotel will block $1000 on your credit car. It will be unblocked when you check-out and nothing is missing or broken in the room.
They needed to do this, since people started to steal Banksy Art.
In a nutshell, it is pricey but an incredibly unique place to stay! Beds and rooms are sold out fast, so better plan accordingly and book ahead.
One guy put it really well: You are there to learn and listen, not to give away your limited knowledge on the area.
Ask and listen. Listen and ask. When talking to 10 people, you will get 11 opinions.
The situation is so complex and centuries long, nobody expects you to walk in and throw your magic knowledge on them. Listen and listen more.
Wear no religious Symbols and dress appropriately
Since the Old City is divided by religions and nations, it is better to skip any religious symbols. It will just avoid issues. Imagine you walk with a cross around your neck around the Dome of the Rock. Moslem’s will not be very happy to see this and so on.
There are even tours that tell you not to bring any religious symbols with you.
As for clothing, always wear something appropriate. Sure, you will not walk around shirtless or in Bikini (like some bad tourists do in Barcelona and other places), but remember you should always cover the shoulder and wear pants covering knees.
This way you can always enter the church, Synagogue and Mosque.
Passport and Visa
I recommend carrying your passport at all times.
You will need it when crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem for instance. You will also need it when traveling from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. It is better to carry it with you so you can identify yourself.
I highly recommend to visit the West Bank when you are around.
The Best of West Bank Tour takes you around Ramallah, Jericho and Bethlehem. It also includes a visit to the Separation Wall and famous Graffiti.
Have a look at some of the Graffiti you can see.
Safety in Jerusalem and Israel
One of the most common questions I get is “Is Israel safe“.
The answer is YES! Unless you are a Jew, Moslem or US American, you will not run into any issues at any side. 99% of people are incredibly happy to see tourists. You can even take endless photos of Jews praying on the Western Wall, you can even ask Soldiers to take a photo with you.
That being said, always pay attention to smaller things. We were just wondering around Old Town, when a police check-point told us we cannot enter here: “Moslem’s only“. This was in the old town.
Be respectful at all times. Personally, I was afraid to do something wrong all the time.
When visiting the Western Wall, I was not sure if I could actually enter.
Luckily, I had a fellow hostel mate with me who already went there. We just had to put on the Kippah (for free at the entrance!), and then you can go to the wall, even pray and take photos.
Please remember, women and men have a separate area to visit the Western Wall.
Guns and Soldiers everywhere
Especially for a European and many other countries, it is quite unusual to see armed people all over the place. You see massive machine guns and regular guns everywhere.
This is part of the situation right now.
It is not all that serious as it might look! People enjoy their trip to Israel and have an incredible time here.
There is even pub crawls to join, party, live music. Do not forget to smile. Soak in the culture, the situation, learn, listen, ask, smile.
Flights to Jerusalem?
So how can you actually fly to Jerusalem?
The most used Airport is Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv. Or at least, they do say it is Tel Aviv. In fact, Ben Gurion Airport is located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
From the Airport you can take a bus or train to the main train station in Jerusalem. It is cheap, especially compared to shared taxis.
Although we always took flights to Ben Gurion Airport, there is also cheap flights to Eilat and Jordan. Consider checking flights there too.
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