The Big Felafel



Where the @#$*& is my bus? Using the online Egged bus schedule

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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.

Here’s how:

  1. Click here (Hebrew only, but not much, so don’t let that stress you)
  2. Click on the link at the top kav1.png (bus number)
  3. 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.
    eggedtofield.png
  4. In the second box, use the drop down menu to select your destination.
    Egged bus route Jerusalem
  5. Click the link at the bottom that looks like this: button.pngand you’ll get a pop-up box with pages that lists the departure time in red and arrival time in black!
    sched.png

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.


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  1. * Mordechai Beck says:

    How to get to Cinema City in Herzlia by 8:00 am from Jerusalem

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 6 months ago
  2. * Elizabeth says:

    Want to take bus to Jerusalem from Metro Market/Netanya.

    Need times of departure, return, and days bus is running.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 5 months ago
  3. * ellen says:

    This is one of the most useful blog posts I have found since being in Israel. Thanks a million times.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  4. * Rebecca says:

    Ellen – I think you just made my day, week, year, you name it. I’m glad I could help.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  5. * Theresa says:

    Finally someone who explains the egged system to a fluent English…hardly Hebrew speaker..kudos to you🙂

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 9 months ago
  6. * anne cherney says:

    I sure hope you can waste some time on me! I don’t know what else to do. I plan to arrive in Tel Aviv in the morning on July 9, 2009, and be at She’ar Yashuv that night. Is it possible? Buses 840, 841, 842, 845 all go to Qiryar Shemona, and there are two buses from there to She’ar Yashuv. The times of the latterlast one don’t matter so much, because I could take a taxi from there. But before I buy a plane ticket…what times do those “800” buses leave Tel Aviv Bus Station, when do they get to Qiryar Shemona, and how long will it take me to get from Tel Aviv airport to the Tel Aviv bus station? The price would be handy, too…but not so necessary. I’m trying to find out if it will really be possible. Most important: What time do those buses leave Tel Aviv? I won’t buy the plane ticket…or make the rest of the trip plans….until I get that part straight! Thanks so much and God bless you. Anne Cherney

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 7 months ago
  7. * solomon spiro says:

    Your bus schedule on line is incomprehensible to English speaker.
    Can we have a more user friendly site?

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 1 month ago
  8. * Rachel says:

    Try this-the schedule in English, it’s great! Click on “plan my trip”

    http://egged.co.il/Eng/

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 9 months ago
  9. * David Harnasch says:

    Egged has a fantastic hotline in Hebrew, Arabic, English and even Russian. You choose the language and directely will be connected to an actual human beeing (no idea how long I didn’t get THIS kind of service) who will look up your whole trip. Here’s how to reach them: 03-6948888

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  10. * Miriam Elia says:

    I am in Ramot a. I wANT TO GET TO rEHOV kOVSHEI kATAMON. i DON’T KNOW WHAT BUS TO TAKE AND WHERE THE CONNECTION IS IN TOWN.. ok SO i LEAVE rAMOT ON #71 INTO TOWN, tHEN WHAT? wHERE DO i GET IT. i HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR HALF AN HOUR TO GET THAT INFORMATION FROM YOUR WEBSITE. nO LUCK! dO YOU HAVE A PHONE CONNECTION WHICH COULD HELP ME.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 8 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Miriam, You can take the #13 bus from the central bus station or the shuk.

      | Reply Posted 5 years, 8 months ago
  11. * Jodi says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! Also, there is an option for English (spelled “אנגלית”) at the top lefthand corner of the page. This will translate everything for you including street names. Makes it easier.

    | Reply Posted 4 years, 10 months ago
  12. * SayIDidIt™ says:

    Why don’t you just use Google Maps and hit the bus icon? Worked for me…

    | Reply Posted 2 years, 1 month ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Good point! The Google Maps bus icon is relatively new in Israel and wasn’t available when I first wrote the post.

      | Reply Posted 2 years ago


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