You're Going to Love Tiberias
Tiberias is a city on the west side of the Sea of Galilee in Israel and is famous for being one of the Four Holy Cities in Judaism.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tiberias
1. Hamat Tiberias National Park
This park has been a popular spa destination since Roman times, and now additionally houses a small museum and synagogue on the premises.
2. Tomb of Meir Ba'al Hanes
Visit one of Judaism's holiest burial sites, where a 2nd-century rabbi who helped to compile the Mishnah or "Oral Torah" is honored.
3. The Tomb of Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon
Here you can visit the final resting place of a famous Spanish physician and sage who served under the Muslim ruler Saladin.
4. St. Peter's Church
This church was built in the 12th century by crusaders, converted to a mosque, used as a caravan center, and in 1870 again reconstructed as a church.
5. The Citadel
This Turkish structure is the highest point in Old Town Tiberias and now features an art gallery.
When to Visit Tiberias
The best time to visit is between April and September with moderate temperatures allowing tourists to swim, hike, and explore the neighboring countryside.
How to Get to Tiberias
Haifa International Airport (HFA) is the closest airport to Tiberias located 37 miles west. Most travelers will connect to Tiberias via private car or public buses 430 and 23.
If driving from Tel Aviv, follow Yitzhak Rabin Hwy/Route 6 and Route 77 to reach Tiberias in just over two hours.
Public transportation Egged Buses no. 835, 830, and 841 will take you from Tel Aviv to Tiberias on a journey that takes three hours; tickets start at ₪40.
Airlines serving Tiberias
Where to Stay in Tiberias
Prima Galil Hotel in the heart of Tiberias offers a library and art gallery right on the premises. Rimonim Mineral Tiberias is a resort hotel near to the Tiberias hot springs with comfortable rooms and good amenities.
Popular Neighborhoods in Tiberias
The Khan - the ancient center of Tiberias holds a mosque as its central focal point.
Tiberias Hot Springs - relax in the thermal and sulfur pools located within the city limits.
Kinneret Lake - rent a bike and ride the 34 mile route around the lake in the eastern part of the city.
Where to stay in popular areas of Tiberias
Most booked hotels in Tiberias
How to Get Around Tiberias
Most tourist sites are accessible on foot, however there are many intercity buses in Tiberias. A single fare costs ₪2.80 and can be paid to the conductor on entering the bus.
Taxi tariffs start at ₪12.50, and can cost up to ₪50 for a trip between downtown locations.
Daily rental cars can be picked up from downtown Tiberias from companies such as Avis and Hertz for as little as ₪110 a day.
The Cost of Living in Tiberias
BIG Tiberias is the largest traditional shopping mall with international brands and multiple indoor storefronts. Visit the Old City Bazaar for tourist souvenirs including jewelry, clothing, and tiny trinkets.
Groceries and Other
Mania and Rami Levy are the two biggest grocery stores in town. A dozen eggs costs ₪13.
Where to Eat in Tiberias
Decks Restaurant serves BBQ at its waterfront location, with meal prices for two costing around ₪200.