When is the best time to fly to Jerusalem?
Jerusalem is at its busiest in July and August when Israelis take their holidays and head for the city. Not only are hotels and attractions crowded, but some hotels also add a surcharge to their rates. Jerusalem is also very crowded during school holidays.
Hotel prices are also very high during the Passover (early April) and Sukkoth (late September–early October) holidays. At the same time, services are curtailed and many Israelis go away for Passover. Hotel reservations for Passover should be made in advance (around 4 months) and flights to Jerusalem should be booked well ahead (around six months to a year).
Travellers should expect flights to Jerusalem to be at their most expensive during the peak months.
The month of May and early to mid-September mark off season periods in the city and are pleasant times to visit. Cheap flights to Jerusalem are also more likely to be found during the less popular off season months.
If you prefer cool weather to dry heat, November through March is a good time to plan a holiday. Many travellers prefer to visit during these months, although this is the wettest time of the year.
Jerusalem is one of the most sacred cities in the world and serves as the Holy Land that gave rise to the three Monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Thus, it is no surprise that those travelling there seek out not only the pleasures of a holiday, but also the possibility of some enlightenment on a spiritual plane.
Stepping off the flight in Jerusalem can pose as a culture shock for some – this modern city in ancient Israel is full of people running to catch buses, hail taxis and fight traffic on their way to work, temple and school. But even in this “new” Jerusalem, history is reverent.
Travellers visiting Jerusalem inevitably find themselves in the “Old City” – the walled section of this city where most of the sights are situated. Here, holidaymakers can find the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in Jerusalem; the Wailing Wall (Western Wall), where Jews come to pray and visitors can leave notes between the cracks of the wall’s stones; and Mt. Zion, the burial place of King David. By night, the city comes alive with concerts, nightclubs and restaurants raging until the wee hours of the morning.