Jerusalem Mahane Yehuda Private Tour



  • 3-hour Mahane Yehuda Private touring experience
  • Learn about the development of the Machane Yehuda market
  • Taste some of the offerings of the most interesting stands of the market
  • Take a short excursion to the nearby Nachlaot neighborhood
  • 2-Free Museum Entrance Tickets


Arrive in Jerusalem by train and visit the Friends of Zion Museum in the city center before heading to the Market.

The Machane Yehuda Private Tour draws from the abundance of the shuk, allowing participants a taste of the lively atmosphere. The tour winds through the colorful streets of the market and through its history, as the story of the neighborhood and its famed marketplace unfolds up until its modern incarnation. Learn about important Jerusalem families that have lived in the neighborhood throughout the years; of the development of the Machane Yehuda market; and the positive contemporary transformations within it.

During the tour, you will have the chance to stop and taste some of the offerings of the most interesting stands of the market. Speak with the merchants and hear some of the fascinating and fun stories that have become, with time, a part of the unique history of the Machane Yehuda community.

The tour will also include a short excursion to the nearby Nachlaot neighborhood, to tell the story of the neighborhood’s furnace and its water pits. A short break will be held under the famous, and still fruitful, “berry tree” from mentioned in Yossi Banai’s song (Banai was a top Israeli musician and singer-songwriter).

The tour stops for explanations and tastings at some of the following types of purveyors:

  • Spices
  • Israeli olive oil
  • Jerusalem-style tahini and halva
  • Health drinks and natural healing products
  • Bakeries
  • Chocolates and sweets stands

What’s included



Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Valid until the last train of the booked day


Guided Private Tour

3-hour Mahane Yehuda Private guided tour with a local licensed English-speaking guide


Local Transportation

The IsraelRail Rav Kav Card is valid for local buses, trains and the Light Rail in Jerusalem

Travel Itinerary Packet

Itinerary and map of Jerusalem


Free Museum Tickets

Free entrance to the Friends of Zion Museum + second museum

6-8 hours


Meet a local IsraelRail representative at the Tel-Aviv Hahagana train station in order to receive your travel itinerary packet


Come hungry and eager to learn the history and magic of the Mahane Yehuda Market!

Meeting Point

Take the train from the Hahagana train station to Jerusalem Itzhak Navon station, continue on the Light Rail to the Museum and Mahane Yehuda Market.

Dropoff Point

The tour ends in the Mahane Yehuda Market. To head back to Tel Aviv, jump on the Light Rail to the Itzhak Navon station. From there you will take the train back to Tel Aviv. The last train leaves from Jerusalem Itzhak Navon Station at 21:30.


Tel Aviv Train Station
Start at the Tel-Aviv Hahagana Train Station

Meet a local representative of IsraelRail and collect your travel itinerary packet which includes your itinerary, the IsraelRail card and a map

Itzhak Navon Station Jerusalem
Arrive at Itzhak Navon Jerusalem Station

Leave the Jerusalem Itzhak Navon station and exit to the Light Rail – Central Bus Station. Take the Light Rail towards Heil Ha’avir station

FOZ museum
Free Museum Entrance

Visit the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem nearby the Jaffa Center Station

Shuk Jerusalem Mahane Yehuda Market
3-hours Private Guided Tour

Learn the history of the Mahane Yehuda market and the nearby neighborhood of Nachlaot with a Jerusalem Local through taste

Tel Aviv Allenby
Heading back to Tel Aviv

The last train leaves from Jerusalem Itzhak Navon Station at 21:30. We recommend leaving arriving 20 minutes early, not to miss the last train!
Arriving back in Tel-Aviv you can exit any station.


More details about the Mahane Yehuda Private tour:

  • The tour will be led by experienced Jerusalem guides
  • The tour is for private closed groups (no minimum participants)
  • Tours for large groups are possible, these will be separated to a number of smaller groups according to the size of the initial group
  • The tours also visit the beautiful old Nachalaot neighborhood
  • The duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours

Cancellation Policy
Any cancellation prior to 48 hours of travel date will incur a fee of $10 USD for the refund procedure.
Upon notice 48 hours advance of departure – the trip is non-refundable!

Train Station Security Checks

Entry to all train stations is subject to a personal baggage check.

Every station entrance is manned by security guards who operate in accordance with Israel Police guidelines and are committed to upholding your dignity and safety during the security check.

Please be aware that lines may develop at the security check stations during peak hours in the morning and afternoon/evening (6:00am-9:00am and 15:00-19:00), so it is important that you arrive sometime prior to your train’s departure.

In cooperation with:
Israel Railways and Yalla Basta