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HOWTO: TLV to Jerusalem by high-speed train?

HOWTO: TLV to Jerusalem by high-speed train?

Old Feb 10, 19, 9:40 pm
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Question HOWTO: TLV to Jerusalem by high-speed train?

A little behind on my planning... I arrive in TLV in 3 hours (from SFO) and I just figured out there was a high-speed rail. I've been reading about cards and vouchers and elevators and tickets, and I can't find the answer to a simple question:

When I step off a plane in Terminal 3, what sequences of steps should I follow to take a high-speed rail train to Jerusalem–Yitzhak Navon station?

From my reading I think that's the only high-speed railway station in Jerusalem yes?

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Old Feb 10, 19, 11:32 pm
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Old Feb 11, 19, 1:41 pm
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In my defense, the situation around the voucher system seems to have confused most everybody. This sentence, however, might not make any sense because it looks like craz deleted their reply. That's unfortunate because it saved me a bunch of time today.

What I think I learned today is there appears to be two totally separate ways to end up on the high speed rail. In either case, if you land at Natbag Terminal 3, you exit customs, go out exit #3 (IIRC) and turn right.

1) If you have a Rav Kav card, you use to enter the station, go downstairs, and take the train to Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon station. The trip is free.

2) If all you have is a credit card or shekels, you go to the machine (outside the station), pay 17 shekels, get a ticket, use the ticket to enter the station, go downstairs and take the train to Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon station.

I don't quite understand where you can get the Rav Kav card from, but one of the locations is Yitzhak Navon station where it costs 5 shekels. You can then ride back to the airport for free.

I'm sure I've got some of this wrong, so please correct me.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 11:27 pm
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Welcome, and glad you arrived safely.

You can get a Rav-Kav in the terminal upon arrival. I am pasting below a post made by "joshwex90" in the "El Al Matmid" forum ( FINALLY!!!! TLV-Jerusalem railway is up and running!!! ):
  1. You can get a Rav-Kav at the Public Transportation Information Center in T3 upon arrival. Info on TripAdvisor
  2. No longer a need for a voucher
  3. You can ride for free with the Rav-Kav or can purchase a one-way paper ticket. If using the Rav-Kav, you still "buy" a ticket, simply the "cost" is 0 shekel. You can buy either (Rav-Kav free or paper ticket for cost) at the train station just outside T3. If using Rav-Kav, I recommend getting a round-trip ticket to save time for your return journey, if returning from Jerusalem to the airport.
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