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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.


For additional information and to a make a telephone reservation, call the Reservation Center.


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
  • A 3D movie
  • 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.


End Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center
Essential Information 


  • Tour length is 3 hours.
  • 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
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour* 65 48
Guided Tour for "Matmon" card owner  35 32

*5% discount for online ticket purchases

  • Senior citizen- Women from the age of 60, men from the age of 65
  • Optonial transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point. Cost- 5 NIS.


Opening Hours 

Opening Hours at the City of David National Park

Day Winter Schedule Summer Schedule
Sun- Thur 17:00 - 8:00 19:00 - 8:00
Friday 14:00 - 8:00 16:00 - 8:00

Guided Tours

Tour Winter Schedule Summer Schedule
  Sun - Thur Friday Sun - Thur Friday
Hebrew Tour  10:00, 14:00 10:00 10:00,14:00 10:00
English Tour  10:00, 14:00 10:00 10:00, 14:00 10:00

 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:

Arrival by shuttle from the First Railway Station (Free)

The “Free to the Old City” service allows you to park your car for an all-day fee (17.10 NIS per day or 13.60 NIS for “Yerushalmi” resident card holders) at the First Railway Station and enjoy the ease of free shuttles to and from the Old City!
The shuttle will depart from the First Railway Station parking lot to the Dung Gate – just a two minute walk from the City of David.
The shuttle operates from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00AM to 8:00PM, every 20 minutes. On Monday and Thursday, the shuttle begins to run at 7:00AM.
On Fridays, the shuttle runs until one hour before the Sabbath begins.

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 the Mamilla Parking Lot, 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




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