Domestic Transportation in Israel

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis are common in Israel and ensure urban and interurban travel. It is common to give a tip to the driver. Shirouts (shared taxis with 7 to 10 seats) make interurban connections at a reasonable price. This is often the only means of transport available on Saturdays. The cost of a journey is similar to that of a bus trip. The city has a developed bus network. Train is less expensive than bus but much less developed.
Haifa has a metro (Carmelit) but the number of stations which it serves is less. It is thus an under-utilised mode of transport. Tel Aviv also has a metropolitan network. Shared or service taxis are the only means of public transport in the Palestinian Territories. The route presently possible is: Nahariya-Haifa-Tel Aviv-Beersheba. The Jerusalem - Tel Aviv line is closed for work.
Maps of Urban Networks
Train Plan
Plan of Carmelit of Haifa
Tel Aviv Metro Plan
Urban Transport Agencies
Israel Railways
NTA, Metropolitan Mass Transit System
Find an Itinerary
To find a bus itinerary
Taxi Companies
Ben Gurion Taxi services

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Jerusalem - Atarot (JRS) 10 km / 6 miles Available Available - -
Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Intl (TLV) 19 km / 12 miles ILS 90-115 NIS 16 / 25-30 min USD 3 / 20 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Ben Gurion Airport is the main international airport. Eilat is served either by its own airport (for small or medium carriers), or by that of Aqaba in Jordan(for large carriers), but Jordanian authorities do not require special formalities. Internal air services in Israel are provided by the Arkia Company with well maintained aircrafts.
Buses serve the entire country and cheaply, but the service is interrupted on Saturdays and the days of Jewish festivals. The train though less developed than bus is however less expensive. A service is provided between Tel Aviv and Beersheba, Tel Aviv and Nahariya and Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Rail Companies
Israeli Railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
El Al Major yes Yes
Arkia low cost yes Yes
Sundor low cost yes Yes
Israir Airlines low cost yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The road network in Israel is very dense and in excellent state. The traffic can sometimes be dangerous. There are no particular problem with the fuel supply. The traffic signs are in Hebrew and English. Insurance necessary for passengers travelling in their personal car, is normally included in the rental. Joint reports possible. Police intervention in case of physical injury. Throughout the Palestinian Territories, the roads are good. Service stations are rare in some regions of the West Bank.
Driver's License
Tourists are allowed to drive with their national or international license for maximum 3 months.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
The driver should be from 24 to 75 years old, holder of a license valid for more than two years and an international credit card for necessary security to guarantee the contract.
The client is not permitted to cross the borders of Israel, and should make a commitment to entrust the vehicle keys only to persons authorized by the contract.
Rental Agencies
Tolls or Taxes
Toll Road no. 6 according to the sections.
Road Maps
Israel road map
Find an Itinerary
CT Atlas
Traffic Conditions Online
Ayalon Highways
Parking Facilities
Underground and external parking payments. In Israel,parking is highly controlled and a color code must be followed along the sidewalks. Some variants are there as per the cities. Find out when you park.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
30 to 50km/h in cities, 80-90 on freeways, 100 on highways and Route no.6.
Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.5g/litre of blood
National Roads Organizations
Transport Ministry

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