For many Israelis, public transportation is the preferred way to get around, as it helps you avoid the hassles of traffic, parking, and the high cost of fuel. There are numerous options including buses, shared taxis, carpool apps, and the Israel train.
The most common way to find your way is with the Moovit App, which tells you the quickest, minute-to-minute public transportation route from door to door.
What is a Rav-Kav?
The Rav-Kav card is a personal card for public transportation with your name and picture on it. You can purchase one at a local Rav Kav office or order online. You can charge the card at automatic ticket vending machines at Light Rail stops in Jerusalem, various shops, certain bus stops, or using a special app downloaded to your phone. Sometimes, the driver can load the card on the bus. All discounts to students, senior citizens and other eligible persons are only applicable via the Rav-Kav card.
- Before using your Rav Kav for the first time, you must charge your card at a ticketing stand of the relevant bus or train company.
- Ticket prices vary depending on the company, region and period of use. For additional information, call the Kol Kav hotline at: *8787
- The app is only available on Androids and can be downloaded on the Play Store by searching “Rav Kav Online”.
In addition to the official websites for bus and train companies (listed below), here are two resources to help you learn about available bus and train service:
- www.bus.gov.il (Hebrew): A project of Misrad Hatachbura (Ministry of Transportation), designed to link you to both train and bus routes throughout Israel. Enter your starting point and destination, and the site gives you the best route using all available forms of public transportation.
- www.otobusim.com (Hebrew and English): Provides information about bus routes throughout Israel (Egged, Dan and other bus companies are represented).
- When traveling on the bus or train, make sure to have a Rav Kav with enough money on it. It is important to swipe your Rav Kav when getting on and transferring to another line.
- There are special rates for students, senior citizens, children, soldiers, etc.
- When getting off the bus, as the doors close on you, shouting “Rega Nahag!” (Just a moment driver!) should help.
- When hailing taxis in the street, always ask for the Moneh (meter). While Sherut taxis (minibuses) take you from one city to another for fixed prices, “special” taxis can also be ordered for traveling out of town for a negotiable price.
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