Welcome to the Ashdod cruise port guide. Ashdod is a city known for its harbor. At the moment it has 210.000 inhabitants and it is also known as one of the city’s in Israel with the biggest growth. It is a city with a very long history, although there are only a few monuments and buildings left that tell us about that history. The port where you will dock is the 2nd largest harbor in Israel. Haifa being the largest. From this port they ship the chemicals from the Dead Sea area and also export the famous Jaffa oranges.
Ashdod is a modern city, with a nice marina and waterfront for a stroll. It is good for shopping, but that is about it. Make sure you are not missing out and go further afield. Without a doubt the highlight to visit would be Jerusalem. This is just over a 1 hour drive and can be visited in different ways.
Exploring Jerusalem is a unique experience and one you simply cannot miss. One day is not enough so therefore a 2nd or 3rd visit to this city will even be worth it. It is such an inspiring place no matter what religion you follow. There are so many pilgrim sights, church towers, monastry’s, mosque’s and synogogs all over the city and this is what makes it basicaly one gigantic open air museum. For the Muslims the city is sacred because according to them this is the place where profit Mohammed went to heaven. For the Christians the city is sacred because it was here that Jezus of Nazareth was crucified. In Judaism Jerusalem has been the holiest city in Judaism and the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Jewish people.
Whatever religion is yours and whatever your believes are, everybody will agree something absolutely unique has happened here over time. You literally step into the footsteps of the most sacred figures in history.
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Cruise Port Guide Ashdod – Israel: docked
The port of Ashdod is a big container harbor. It is different for every cruise line, so make sure to double check the immigration requirements with your cruise line, but you can expect a face to face immigration process in the terminal.
It is prohibited to walk in the port. Therefore you can only leave the harbor by tourbus, shuttle bus or taxi. The port is about 5 km away from the city centre of Ashdod.
You will need transportation to get anywhere from the port area. Therefore in this case it is wise to plan ahead.
Either arrange an organized shore excursion through the ship, prebook something through the internet or if you are the indepent traveller use on of these options:
Taxis in Ashdod
Taxis are generally available in the port. In the terminal you’ll see a taxi station sign like the one on the lefthand picture.
On it states:
Ashdod – Jerusalem: 323 NIS
Ashdod – Nazareth: 644 NIS
Ashdod – Dead sea hotels: 646 NIS
Ashdod – Tel Aviv: 212 NIS
More than 2 passengers:
5 NIS total
One hour waiting: 94 NIS
Based on this you can calculate how much a private taxi tour for you should cost.
Walking in the port of Ashdod is prohibited. Most cruise lines will offer a shuttle service into the town of Ashdod. Mostly this shuttle bus will go to the Sea Mall. Double check this information with the front desk on board. This is a convenient location to start a trip through Ashdod or to go further afield.
If your ship doesn’t provide a shuttle bus check with your ship if the port provides a shuttle. This one usually takes you to the exit of the port.
Public bus system
There is a public bus system in Ashdod that is suitable to get you further afield. There is no public transportation at the port (just at the exit of the port). You will need to catch the shuttle bus into Ashdod. If your shuttle bus takes you to the Sea Mall the public bus station is located right next to the mall. Buses to Jerusalem depart from here. If the shuttle bus stops at the exit of the port than take bus nr 2 or a taxi here to take you to the bus station.
Take bus 438 and 448 to Jerusalem. It only departs every 2 hours so please check the schedule in advance on: http://mslworld.egged.co.il/?language=en&state=2#/search. The bus takes about 1,5 hours and it leaves you 3 km from the old city of Jerusalem. From here bus 8, 25 and 32 are going to the old city. The bus ticket of approximately 20 ILS will have to be paid in Shekel.
There is no direct bus from Ashdod to Bethlehem, first go to Jerusalem and find transportation there. Remember that there is a checkpoint you have to cross.
Take a taxi to the train station in Ashdod and take the train from Ashdod Ad Halom to Tel Aviv. Go to station Tel Aviv HaHagana. This station is approximately 3, 5 km away from old Tel Aviv. To get to Jaffa, walk or take a taxi. Check the train schedule on http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx
Destination and distance from port
City centre Ashdod – 8 km to the south
Jerusalem – 65 km or 1 hrs and 15 minute drive to the east
Bethlehem – 70 km or 1 hrs and 15 minute drive to the east
Tel Aviv – 45 km or 45 min drive to the north
Official currency – Israeli new shekel
Accepts Us dollars – are sometimes accepted
Creditcards – are often accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +2
Inhabitants – 8,2 million
Official language – Hebrew and Arabic
Capital city – Jerusalem
State of Israel
Government – Unitary parliamentary republic
– Is there a chance the ship doesn’t go to Israel?
Always, there is never a guarantee the ship is able to go although they will do their very best.
– Is it safe in Israel?
Generally the areas that you will visit are safe. If it wouldn’t be, the ship wouldn’t go there.
– Is it better to go with an excursion?
If you do go without excursion please know the city can be quite congested. It is better to go with a guide. You don’t necessarily need an excursion in Israel, but you are missing out on a lot of interesting information if you go without information. Make sure to bring a guide or book along.