Transport in Israel

Getting around with Israel transport

By Plane

Israel's main international airport is Ben-Gurion International Airport, located approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and serves both cities. The second international airport is located near Eilat. Israel has its own national carrier, El Al, which possesses direct international connections with many European and North American cities. A large number of international carriers also fly regularly into Israel - these include British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, American Airlines, Thai Airlines and Air Sinai.

By Train

Israel has a fairly good, modern railways system. The system currently runs along Israel's Mediterranean coast, being particularly useful for connections between Haifa, Tel Aviv and the airport, as well as the new link to Jerusalem.

By Bus

Traveling by bus is the most important and popular mean of transportation in Israel. Israel's bus system is called Egged and is the second-largest bus network in the world. Israel's bus services are failry comfortable but unfortunately slow. Unfortunaetly busses and bus stops have been the main targets of suicide bombers in recent years, so if you see anyone acting suspiciously or if you discover an unatended parcel, you should notfy the driver right away. Avoid standing in huge crowds to minimise any risk.

By Car

There are many car rental companies operating in Israel, you should how ever have a valid international driver's license or one from your own country. Driving in Israel is on the right side of the road. Seat belts must be worn at all times by both front and back seats passengers. The speed limits are 50 km/h in urban areas and 90km/h on inter-city roads. When hiring a car, drivers should be over 21 years old. Crossing the border to Sinai or Jordan with hired cars is not allowed.

By Taxi

Taxis are very common in Israel. You should try your best to get them to use the meter, as most of them will only give you a fixed rate and ripp you off.


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