As of September 2010, getting around Jerusalem can be a little harrowing. Many of the central downtown streets are in various stages of devastation due to the construction of the light rail project that is years behind schedule and now slated to go into operation in November 2011. Because the streets are all torn up, bus routes and bus stops change from day to day. Best thing to do is to call the Egged bus company info hotline *2800 from any phone to ask how to get to your destination today.
Cabs are reasonably priced--about $7-10 for an in-town ride of 15-20 mins. Most cabbies speak some English. No tips expected. Many streets in central Jerusalem are designated for cabs and buses only, making them a speedy way of getting to your destination.
If you do take the plunge and hop on a bus, NileGuide How To Get Around Jerusalem
gives you some basic how-tos.
Important Destinations and their bus routes:
Central Bus Station: Bus #1,8,74,75,7, 26,28,18,21,31,32,9,13.
Haas Promenade: 8
Biblical Zoo: 26
Ein Kerem: 17
German Colony: 18,21,4
Givat Ram Camous: 31,32,71,72
Hadassah Hospital: 19
Hebrew U, Mt Scopus: 28,4
Israel Museum: 9, 17
Jerusalem Theater: 13
Malha Mall: 6
Rachel's Tomb: 163
Yad Vashem: 20, 13
Western Wall: 38, 1, 2
Sightseeing Bus: Route 99
All-City Circle Route
Jerusalem's All City Circle Route -- Jerusalem's special Red Double-Decker Tourist Bus leaves five times daily from in front of Safra Square on Jaffa Road, Sunday to Thursday, starting at 9am. It stops at 25 major sites throughout the city, and is a great way to sit back and get a feel for Jerusalem. Audio explanations of the route and sites are available in eight languages. The fare for the all-city circle route (approx. 2 hr.; no getting off the bus) is NIS 60 ($14/£5.60). All Day Passes, allowing multiple stop offs, is NIS 80 ($20/£10.10), but you have to coordinate reentering the bus with the route schedule. Tickets can be bought at many hotels (your hotel can also make a reservation for you); for further information, call Egged: *2800 from any phone inside Israel.
Jerusalem is definitely a walking town. In and around the Old City, that's the only way to get around. Just pay attention at pedestrian crossings--do not assume that drivers will stop for you. Don't even think about crossing against a light--jay-walking fines are steep and tourists who feign ignorance don't always get away with a warning.
Distance to Jerusalem from other cities