City of David - Tours of Biblical Jerusalem

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Journey through the underground tunnels through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated. Explore the underground mysteries of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. Join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David, the place where Jerusalem began.

PHOTO BY: Kobi Harati

Tour Track 
Start Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center

A guided tour of the City of David includes:

  • A panoramic view of the surrounding area
  • Dr. Mazar’s Palace Excavation- an impressive structure from the period of the Judean kings.
  • The Royal Acropolis (Area G) and remnants of remarkable homes from the Biblical Period.
  • The underground water system from the time of Abraham, including recent discoveries of the Canaanite fortress that guarded ancient Jerusalem’s main water source - the Gihon Spring.
  • Walk to lantern lights through the famous Hezekiah's Tunnel (Shiloah tunnel) – complete water track, Walk through the dry Canaanite tunnel, for those who prefer the dry track.

End Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center
Essential Information 
  • Tour length is 3 hours
  • Tour includes a 3D movie
  • For those that choose to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (water tunnel), the tour is 3 hours long
  • The tour includes walking through an underground tunnel. For those that choose to walk through the water tunnel, water shoes and flashlights are required (available for purchase at our Gift Shop). The use of candles and bare feet are strictly prohibited. Entrance recommended for those 5 years and older
  • The water may reach up to 70 cm (28 inches)
  • Please note that the tour includes walking up and down stairs
  • Babies and toddlers may join the tour in a front baby carrier only. No strollers, please
  • There are storage lockers at the site for your convenience at a cost of 10 NIS. We apologize but there is no storage for baby carriages.
  • The Old City is closed to private vehicles
  • In order to reach the City of David by foot, exit the Old City via the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Western Wall Plaza). Turn left and shortly after (approximately 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side
  • Transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point. Cost 5 NIS per person
Ticket Adult Child(5-18), senior citizen
Entrance fee 28 NIS 14 NIS
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour* 62 NIS 46 NIS
Guided Tour for "Matmon" card owner  35 NIS 32 NIs
Entrance fee for groups of 30 and more 23 NIS 12 NIS
Additional fee for 3D movie 15 NIS 15 NIS
Private tour guide Up to 3 hours 575 NIS 575 NIS
Private tour guide Up to 2 hours 450 NIS 450 NIS

*5% discount for online ticket purchases

  • Senior citizen - Women from the age of 60, men from the age of 65
  • Optional transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point. Cost: 5 NIS
  • maximum 35 participants in a group


Opening Hours 

Opening Hours at the City of David National Park

Day Summer Schedule Winter Schedule
Sun- Thur 8:00 - 17:00 8:00 - 17:00
Friday 8:00 - 16:00 8:00 - 16:00

Guided Tours


 Saturdays and Holidays the site is closed


How to reach the City of David National Park – Safe, Convenient Directions

For those arriving by private vehicle, please note that it is difficult to find parking near the Western Wall and City of David. We recommend the following arrival options:


Ride the Old City Train to the City of David (not free)

Would you like to have fun getting to the City of David? Now you can!
Before you dive deep into the ancient city and get an inside view, learn about the City of David from the outside. 
The Old City Train takes guests on a fascinating and fun tour, from Jaffa Gate (across the Tourist Center), through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters, to the City of David. Along the way, learn about heritage sites and the history of the general area.
Cost: 30 NIS. 


Parking lots in the area

From the direction of the Western Wall, turn left down the hill after you exit the Dung Gate and then make your first right. After a two minute walk, The City of David entrance will be on the left.

 Navigate to Mamila and Karta Parking lots (public parking lots – payment required)
Navigate to Mount Zion Parking Lot (public parking lot – payment required)

For groups arriving by organized bus which do not require parking: 


Public Transportation

Bus lines to Jaffa Gate: 20, 60 (From the Central Bus Station)
Bus lines to the City of David: 1, 2, 38 to the Western Wall



Driving Direction

Directions to Ancient Jerusalem sites

Opening Hours

Opening hours of the City of David- Ancient Jerusalem sites

Price List

City of David- Ancient Jerusalem price list

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Driving Direction

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Price List

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