Shabbat in Jerusalem is a unique and special time. However, it raises many practical questions about what to do, where to eat, and how to get around.
Shabbat (Saturday) begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday (when a new week begins).
Starting from early Friday afternoon, businesses, shops, and most restaurants begin to shut; however, some non-Kosher restaurants remain open during Shabbat, as well as a limited number of businesses. Public transportation (buses and railways) do not run at all in Jerusalem during Shabbat, and all these services pause in the hours leading up to sunset. The final train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv/ airport departs at 14:39 on Friday afternoon, while shared taxis and private taxis continue to operate . When considering your travel plans home, please be aware that it takes approximately 25 minutes to get to the airport from Jerusalem by train, or approximately 30 minutes by taxi and that the advised time to arrive for check-in at the airport is 3 hours before departure.
Please keep in mind the timing described above when planning your travels on Friday afternoon/evening.