Alternatives to driving within cities exist and tourists should not feel pressured into renting a car. In most cases, cities in Israel have a vast array of public transportation options. Inner city buses sprawl throughout the cities and will take patrons to most locations. Additionally, mini-vans known as “sheruts” follow the same course as the numbered buses with the added benefits of being slightly cheaper and able to stop specifically where requested while on the route. Where “sheruts” and inner city buses fall short, the widely popular cab picks up the slack. Taxis are plentiful and are easily hailed from the side of the road.
For travel between the major cities in Israel a tourist also has an abundance of options. Just as in the city, buses and “sheruts” are available. Buses leave at regular intervals from the major bus stations while “sheruts” depart once enough passengers are found to fill up the available seats. A very popular and comfortable form of transportation between the cities is via Israel’s train system. The trains leave for all the major cities and are punctual. For those seeking a smooth and scenic ride the train is recommended.