In complete contrast to the ancient history of Jerusalem is the ultra-modern light rail train. The train not only can help get visitors around the city but a trip from one end of the line to the other will give you a good overview of Jerusalem. The Jerusalem light rail is operated by the CityPass Group. This is the only light rail train in the country and there are 23 stops. The trams each have two cars of 32.52 meters long. At each station there are electronic notice boards informing passengers when the next train will arrive. Onboard stations are announced in Hebrew and English and displayed on an electronic screen. The service runs from 05:30 until 23:58 Sunday to Thursday; on Fridays the service stops a few hours before sunset and on Saturdays the service starts at 21:18 and runs until midnight. Trains leave approximately every 7-14 minutes. Tickets cannot be bought onboard and must be bought from the light rail stations. It costs 6.9ILS for a single ride and under 5s travel free with an adult. During peak hours (07:00-09:00) there is a fee for boarding with an open child’s stroller. Tickets need to be validated onboard. The train runs from the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood station Heil Ha-Avir to Mount Herzl. Along the way you pass major historical sites like French Hill; Ammunition Hill (site of a major battle during the 1967 Six Day War) and Shimon Hatzaddik which is close to the tomb of a Second Temple high priest, Shimon Hatzaddik. The train continues to Shivtei Yisrael on the outskirts of the Musrara neighborhood and around the Old City Walls to the Damascus Gate station, one of the Old City entrances. Without exiting the train you can see the Notre Dame de Jerusalem monastery built by the French Catholics in 1884.
The route takes you to Safra Square Station outside the Jerusalem municipal building, a restored 19th and 20th century building. Across the road are the buildings of the Armenian Church with beautiful arches and balconies. Then you can get off at the Jaffa Street station or continue to Davidka Station which brings you to Davidka Square. The next stop is the Mahane Yehuda Market stop where you can visit one of the country’s most colorful and interesting markets. Near Haturim Station you’ll pass the Old Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, a beautiful building. Then you reach the Central Bus Station and continue to the Calatrava Bridge of String and Kyriat Moshe. At the finally stop, the Mount Herzl Station, you can visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and see the graves of famous Israel’s in the Mt. Herzl Cemetery. The Jerusalem Light Rail Train is an efficient, clean and fast way of getting around the ancient city.