The Light Rail Route
The Jerusalem Light Rail’s Red Line, the first in Israel, passes through the heart of the city and connects its neighborhoods to the city center. The Light Rail connects between the different regions of Israel’s capital and makes the trip accessible for the city’s entire population.
The Light Rail line (click here to see the map) begins at the Mt. Herzl stop near the Bayit ve-Gan neighborhood, the National Cemetery, and the Yad VaShem museum. From there, it continues along Herzl Boulevard and travels up onto the Gesher HaMeitarim (the Suspension Bridge, literally "Bridge of Strings"), that stretches over the main city entrance; the bridge was built specially to enable the Light Rail to pass above the street-level and the numerous transportation lanes below. The line continues down to Yafo Street and passes through the Central Bus Station and the colorful Mahane Yehuda market. From there, it continues along the Yafo pedestrian street, which was built for the Light Rail and city center pedestrians; it reaches the City Hall stop next to Safra Square, from where you may access the Old City and the Mamila Mall. From City Hall, the line continues through Tzahal Square to the Damascus Gate, to the area of the hotels on Route 1, to Ammunition Hill, and French Hill Junction. The line enters the Shuafat and Beit Hanina neighborhoods and from there into Pisgat Ze’ev. The line ends near to Hel Ha’Avir street in Pisgat Ze’ev on the way to Neve Ya’akov.
The Light Rail enables a comfortable and accessible ride along the entire route.
For tour recommendations along the Light Rail line click here.
Photo below by Romel Pinada, for the CityPass Photography Competition 2016.