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Getting Around Israel: A Transportation Guide

When visiting Israel, you will no doubt be faced with the dilemma of which mode of transportation to choose. This handy guide will help you decide.

Getting Around Israel: A Transportation Guide


There are 4 modes of public transportation in Israel:

  • Car Rentals
  • Taxis
  • Railways
  • Buses

Car Rentals

If you plan to rent a car in Israel, it’s best to plan ahead and book your reservation before you leave. Israel employs the American standard of driving on the right side of the road.

There are a few restrictions for renting a car in Israel:

  • You must be 21 years of age or older
  • You must possess an internationally-accepted credit card
  • You must possess an international driver’s license

If you don’t have an international driver’s license, you can apply for one through CAA (Canada) or AAA (US).

Resources:
Hertz (Rates start at $11/day if your credit card provides car rental coverage in Israel)
Avis (28 convenient locations and optional chauffeur service)


Taxis

Taxis can be hailed from the street or requested by phone. Since rates are standardized by the Ministry of Transportation, drivers are obligated to use the meter for all fares – don’t make the mistake of letting the driver talk you into making a deal. Rates increase by 25% after 9:00PM, and on the Sabbath and holidays.
If you wish to save a little money, you can take one of the service taxis. Similar to the bus, they take a specifiec route with pre-determined stops, but they will let you out anywhere through the trip. Since the service cabs are unlikely to leave the station until they are full, you may be waiting for a little while if you aren’t travelling in a group.

Resources:
Israeli Taxi


Railways

If you want to beat the traffic, then the train is the best option for you. Not only do you avoid getting tied up in rows of cars on busy roads, the railways offer comfortable seating as well as refreshments and snacks.
You can book your tickets in advance or purchase them at any railway station.

Resources:
Haifa Carmelit Subway Service (site is in Hebrew – use a browser with built-in translator)


Buses

Offering the easiest form of transportation, there are several companies that run bus lines throughout the day and night, except during holidays and Shabbat.
While not as cozy as the railway, the buses are generally comfortable and air-conditioned. Tickets can be purchased the stations or ticket booths.

Resources:
Egged – offers service throughout the country.
Nazareth Transport & Tourism – Nazareth, Haifa, Karmiel, Galilee, Jordan, and Egypt
Dan – Tel Aviv
Metrodan – Be’er Sheba
Nateev Express – Zefat, Nahariya, Hadera, and Netanya


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