Driving in Tel Aviv – general driving information - Find your way in Israel

Driving in Tel Aviv – general driving information

Stretched along the beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean, Tel-Aviv is Israel’s largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis and as such is not too easy for driving or parking.

Because the city’s streets are usually packed with traffic and finding a parking spot can seem impossible, relying on a car isn’t recommended. Bus service is very good, and taxis can be found almost anytime and anywhere. cabs can be easily flagged down on major streets or ordered in advance.

The driving culture in Tel Aviv is not too bad but still requires you to drive carefully . Some drivers are impatient and seem to act without regard for the other commuters on the road. Scooters go all around you when you drive so always pay attention to them. Signaling direction and lane changes are at a minimum while speeding and driving under the speed limit are rampant. Within cities such as Tel-Aviv the driving quality improves but the extremes can still be found. A tourist to Israel is advised to drive with caution as he or she would in any other place in the world.

To rent a car in Israel one must be between 21 and 75 years old and must have held a driver’s license for at least a year. Within cities the speed limit is 31mph (50kph). On major roads the limit is 49mph (80kph). The speed limit for highways is 62mph (100kph). Driving with seat belts is mandatory while talking on one’s cell phone is illegal.

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