Where the @#$*& is my bus? Using the online Egged bus schedule
If you want to find me in Jerusalem, I’m probably the tall girl running, arms flailing, out of breath, trying to catch the number 18 bus. Either that, or I’m drooling at the bus stop in what seems like eternity waiting for the bus to come.
Luckily, my friend showed me how to navigate the tricky Egged site and read the online Egged bus schedule.
- Click here (Hebrew only, but not much, so don’t let that stress you)
- Click on the link at the top (bus number)
- In the first box, fill out information about your departure station
a. Select the date
b. Type in your city
c. Use the dropdown menu to select a bus line/number
d. Find your station. This can be a little tricky since you need to figure out the name of the nearest station and the streets are not broken down into multiple stops. (For example, Emek Refaim seems to only have one bus
stop/station even though there are 3 stops on Emek.
- In the second box, use the drop down menu to select your destination.
- Click the link at the bottom that looks like this: and you’ll get a pop-up box with pages that lists the departure time in red and arrival time in black!
Previously we had written about some helpful websites for getting around in cities in Israel, including a wikipedia page in English but this seems to really be the ideal solution.
Egged still doesn’t quite measure up to Rutgers University’s GPS-based real-time website(whereismybus.com) that showed you exactly where the busses really were. As opposed to this schedule which won’t account for shwarma breaks, shmoozing with other drivers, or the suspicious object checks.
Even with this handy schedule, I have a feeling I’ll still be waiting around or running at full speed, but maybe not as much.