Below, you’ll find information about what to bring to the airport, how to get from the airport to campus, and where to go when you get here.
Before You Arrive
On the registration dates specified for your program, registration will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. only. If your flight arrives at Ben Gurion International Airport any later than noon, you may not make it to campus in time to complete your registration and retrieve your housing keys.
If you require housing and cannot arrive on time, please send your flight information to the Finance Office at least a week in advance to inquire if special arrangements may be made to allow you to enter your room upon arrival. See the page on late arrivals for more information on where to stay if necessary.
When You Reach the Airport
A little preparation ahead of time can help minimize complications while getting through the airport. We recommend you bring the following items and keep them in a convenient spot you can easily access:
- Your acceptance letter to HebrewU’s Rothberg International School. The customs official may ask to view your letter, so it’s a good idea to have it on hand.
- Notes and coins in local currency (NIS) for your cab or bus ride. There are also currency exchanges located in the airport arrival area.
Getting to Jerusalem
Your ride from the airport to Jerusalem should take about one hour. There are several transportation options available, depending on your budget:
- Nesher Shuttle: We recommend the Nesher sherut (shared taxi) as the most economical and convenient way to travel. The sherut is cheaper than taking a private taxi, while still offering door-to-door service.You will find the Nesher minivans located just outside the baggage claim area. In case you need help, the phone number for Nesher is (03) 975 2383.You may need to wait a while for the minivan to fill with passengers before it departs from the airport. The driver will drop you off at the Boyar Building, the dormitories, or the hostel of your choice. The Nesher shuttle service costs about NIS 70.
- Private taxi: You can also take a private taxi. Look for the taxis lined up outside the baggage claim area. Be sure to take a cab with a lighted yellow sign on the roof displaying the taxi license number.You will need to pay with NIS. The trip from the airport to Jerusalem should cost about NIS 300.
- Bus Lines: From the airport, take Bus #485 (it departs from Terminal 3 on the 2nd floor, gate 23). The bus departs every hour on the hour, daily (on Fridays the service ceases at 14:00 and restarts on Saturday at 19:00). You can buy the ticket on the bus for 16 NIS (NIS only). Transfer at Jerusalem Central Bus Station and take Bus #68. You will enter the university through an underground tunnel. You can ask the nearest security guard for directions to the Boyar Building (about a 10-minute walk).
- Train: A new high-speed train from the airport to Jerusalem has started operating in late 2018. The travel time between Ben Gurion Airport and Yitzhak Navon Station in central Jerusalem is just over 20 minutes. For schedule and pricing please visit the Israel Railways website.
If You Need Help
If you (or your driver) are having trouble getting to campus or finding the right location, our offices open at 8:00 a.m. and can be reached at (02) 588 1606 or (02) 588 1691. We close at 2:00 p.m. Arriving late?
After You Arrive
When you get here on registration day, you will either be headed to the Boyar Building or to student housing. We’ll send you a letter ahead of time letting you know which one, so make sure you’ve received it!
- If you’re going to the Boyar Building: Enter campus via the Bezalel Gate. The Boyar Building is the second building on the left. Look for the green windows.
- If you’re going directly to the Student Village: The address is Scopus Student Village, 2 Lohamei Hagetaot St., 97880 Jerusalem.
For reference, please take a look at the HebrewU campus map.
We look forward to welcoming you!