Tourism in Haifa is in the midst of a great boom with visitors arriving by air, sea and land
There are many tourist centers in Haifa attracting many of tourists. While you may arrive at the city in various ways, by air, sea and land, also in the city there are several ways to tour.
To enjoy also the way
Tourism in Haifa has gained a great momentum in recent years, expressed by the many hotels that are currently being built in the city, the construction of tourist-oriented avenues, reconstruction and renovation of tourist center in Haifa etc. Nevertheless, also the way to the city, located on the crest of Mount Carmel, is considered a touristic experience in itself.
To see the entire city
Many tourists arrive in the city on one of the many cruise ships anchoring in the Port of Haifa. Hundreds of thousands of passengers and tourists enter Haifa via the sea and get to see the entire city, from the slopes of the Carmel to its heights. The passengers’ terminal of Haifa Port is located within a walking distance from the central train station “HaShmona”. This station is also only a short distance away from Paris Square Station that will take you to Central Carmel, where most of the city hotels are located.
Bird’s eye view
The many tourist centers in Haifa attract also many Israelis who choose to visit and tour the city with their spouses or family. Some of them live in the southern part of Israel and may choose to reach the city via Haifa’s airport, where flights from Eilat and Sde Dov land, and get to see an overhead view of the city. Also tourists from nearby countries arrive through the airport since charter flights depart from it to close by destinations abroad.
The way is part of the experience
Arriving in the city of Haifa by private car is definitely an option for many residents of Israel. Nevertheless, one may also arrive by means of public transportation. There are three central stations in Haifa, where buses from all over the country arrive at, and from them dozens of internal lines depart into the city. In addition, 4 train stations serve the city, one at the southern entrance of Haifa, two along its lower neighborhoods and the last one at the northern entrance to Haifa.
Moving about the city
Almost any tourism site in Haifa offers easy access by means of public transportation operating in the city. Dozens of internal bus lines, many taxi stations as well as taxi service passing very often through the city main roads. Nevertheless, there is an additional way to move about, constituting a tourist center in itself.
The Carmelit is the first and only underground funicular in the country. More than 50 years ago the Carmelit departed on its first ride. Since then, it was shut down and reopened after renovations about 20 years ago. About a million people make use of the Carmelit, connecting between Haifa’s three tourist centers. Central Carmel, considered the prestigious residential area, offers many places of entertainment, cafes and restaurants, shopping centers and more, all located nearby the hotels, which are also concentrated in this area. Hadar neighborhood, where many tourist attractions are located, such as various museums, the Bahá’í Gardens and more, in young and nostalgic streets side by side. And Downtown, which has gained in recent years a late revival and became once again an important tourist center in the city, offering a combination of historic sites with revitalized recreation and shopping centers. A ride in the Carmelit lasts less than 8 minutes and you enjoy a tour in the city free of traffic jams, parking problems, waste of precious time and many more advantages.
Your tour begins here
The city of Haifa offers, as said, many attractions to its residents and visitors. Pre-planning the tour, the places you would like to visit and the easiest arriving routes will allow you to make the most of the tour, even during a short stay in the city. On this site you may find much information about what the city of Haifa has to offer you and about the easy and convenient way of reaching them by means of each one of the Carmelit Stations. Enjoy!