Tantur is located at the junction of Derech Hevron (Hebron Road) and Rehov HaRosmarin (see map below) in southeastern Jerusalem. In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, "Tantur" can refer to our Ecumenical Institute, our facility, which includes several organizations, and the entire hilltop.
While we do not have a postal address, the closest approximate directional address is the intersection of Rehov HaRosmarin and Derech Hevron.
The main facility of Tantur is a large stone building perched on top of a hill surrounded by stone walls. The structure is visible from the northern, southern and western approaches. It overlooks Bethlehem to the South and Jerusalem to the North. There is a large brown gate and a sign that says Private Business Only. On the left side of the gate is a bell to ring if the gate does not open when you are there. There is also a pedestrians’ entrance to the east of the gate. Our receptionist desk is almost always occupied 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Directions to Tantur:
By Egged (Israeli) bus
From the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, take bus 30 or 31 in the direction of Gilo. Ask the driver to let you know where to get off.
From King George Street, one of the main streets in central Jerusalem, take the 71 or 72 bus heading toward Gilo. The closest stop on Egged Bus Lines is referred to as "HaRosmarin HaSafafa" in Hebrew (Rosemarin Street in the neighborhood of Beit Safa). Please note: all Egged Bus Lines now require pre-paid bus cards chargeable at various locations in West Jerusalem.
By Palestinian bus
- The Palestinian buses that run from the Old City of Jerusalem and from East Jerusalem that go to Bethlehem or Beit Jala all stop in front of Tantur. Take the blue and white bus numbers 231 or 234 from the bus station accross from The Damascus Gate.
By car from East Jerusalem/Derech Hevron (Hebron Road):
- You must get onto Derech Hevron, either from beyond the Old City, or, if you are in West Jerusalem, you can go via the Old Train Station.
- Fom there, turn right into Derech Hevron.
- Once on Derech Hevron, you drive straight, for what seems to be a long way. You will pass Talpiot (and Tzomet HaBankim) and more.
- Ignore the Gush Etzion signs on the right hand side of the road.
- You will then see a Monastery on the left.
- Shortly after the Monastery, take the right turn that, in addition to Gush Etzion, is marked Tantur.
- Take the first left turn, immediately into the entrance to Tantur.
By car from West Jerusalem:
Tantur is located in Gilo near the junction of Derech Hevron. This is the southernmost district of Jerusalem municipality, bordering Bethlehem.
- From outside of Jerusalem, enter the city and follow the signs to Begin Highway SOUTH.
- Stay in the middle lane and follow the signs to Gilo. As you approach Gilo, the Malcha shopping mall will be on your right and the Teddy stadium on your left. Continue straight on Begin Highway until reaching the Derech HaRosmarin exit, turning left. Tantur will be visible from the exit.
- On Derech HaRosmarin, pass three traffic lights. After the third traffic light you will see an entire hill with a sidewalk and a large stone wall at its base - this is Tantur! After a bus stop, you will see an entrance sign for Tantur is written in English. Turn right at the large gate at the entrance. Procee d through the gate until you arrive at the Tower of Tantur.
From Ben Gurion International Airport/Tel Aviv
A Light Rail line with a direct connection from Ben Gurion Airport to the West Jerusalem terminal at 6 Shazar Avenue is now in operation. Trains run every 30 minutes, with an anticipated arrival time of 20 minutes. The Rail Line will be in operation from Sunday to Thursday, 6 AM to 10 PM., and will cost 17 NIS per trip. For more information, please this travel information site.
Nesher (Eagle) Shared Taxi:
- Once you leave the Ben Gurion Airport Arrivals area, go through the sliding doors to the taxi mini - buses (Nesher),
which will be on your right.
- Ask the driver to take you to Tantur.
- Ensure that the driver brings you to the top of the hill. Occasionally they have been known to leave people at the gate of Tantur. While it is not a very long walk, with heavy luggage it can be cumbersome.
- Expect to pay between 69 NIS = 15.00 EUR, $19.00 US, 12 GBP, $21.00 AUD. $25.00 NZD, $20.00 CAD.
A regular taxi to and from Tel- Aviv airport can cost anything up to 300 NIS, 62EUR, $78 USD depending on the taxi company. As of 2013 the majority of taxi companies charge 250 NIS 49EUR, $67.
For further options on how to arrive from Ben Gurion Airport, please vist the website of the Israeli Airports Authority.
Please note that prices are subject to change. Please feel free to advise us if this the case, and we will gladly update our information.
Remember: our front desk is staffed at all times. If you need further assistance, feel free to call us at +972 (02) 542-2900.
We look forward to welcoming you to Tantur!