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Melbourne, Australia

Hi what are the options to do a day trip from Jerusalem? Please anyone.

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Highland Village, Texas
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The prior two answers are sound. The cheapest option is the train; taking an express bus /shared ride to Tel Aviv and then catching the train to Acre is probably fastest/cheapest without a rental car. (We took a shuttle to Tel Aviv airport, and rented a vehicle at Tel Aviv airport to travel in the Haifa, Acre and Tiberias areas for 5 days total.) Fastest and most flexible (more expensive) is by rental car which would also allow one to see a few interesting sites outside of the Old City of Acre (Baha'i Gardens and Mansion at Bahji just north on the older highway are worth an hour.) There is a North-South toll highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that is pretty fast and can get you most of the way from Jerusalem to Acre in maybe less than 2 hours if you avoid traffic (traffic out of Jerusalem can be heavy during peak hours but traffic outside of the old city in Acre to the old city is not bad at all except peak times/days). The tour of the Crusader Fortress is not expensive (by US$ standards) and is a self-guided audio tour. There are good tourist maps of the old City of Acre. The old city is best seen walking (not very driveable due to narrow streets and lots of turns; you can park all day at pay lots near the visitor center in Acre). The streets can be a bit narrow, winding, and confusing at times but there are signs at key intersections/corners with arrows pointing toward key visitor sites. We walked the sea wall of the old city, market, etc. There are some really good places to eat for lunch in the old city not far from the sea gate. Some of the mosques are worth seeing if dressed conservatively/prepared to convert to conservative coverings. It is an excellent city to visit for those used to sightseeing on foot, good for photography if you find the key sites (old gates to city, sea gate, along sea wall in places, outside moat to old city). Look up information on the old city of Acre for a map (we obtained a printed version at visitor center) and links from the Acre Tourist web site for discussions of the city and sites. If going by train, take a cab from Acre train station to the visitor center for the Crusader Fortress/Visitor Center once in Acre (the Visitor Center/Ticket Booth is a bit tricky to find from the public parking lot nearby). Best to start very early to avoid traffic within and getting of Jerusalem and plan to leave Acre in the late afternoon.

over a year ago
Jerusalem, Israel
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By public transportation:

You can get to Acre either by bus or by train. If you choose the bus option, you take a bus to Haifa (960 egged, about 2 hour ride) and then a bus to Acre (bus 271 by nativ express company ~30 min). If you choose the train option, you can take the train from Jerusalem (Scenic but very slow), switch trains in Tel Aviv and take a train to Acre. (This will take you about 3.5 hours total). Quicker way is to take a bus to Tel Aviv (480 egged, 1 hour) and take train from there to Acre (Takes about 1.5 hours).

All in all, possible as a day trip with early start, but you will spent at least 5 hours of the day in transit.

(I assume little to moderate traffic with the bus times estimates.)

If you happen to rent a car, the one way will take about 2-2.5 hours.

There might be tours to Acre, but I am no expert on them, and can not give an educated suggestion.

over a year ago
Eilat
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With a very early start no problem. If you are going only to Acre go on the train, relaxing and scenic.

over a year ago
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