This guide will give you all the information needed to get around easily in Israel, with Israel car hire, driving tips, parking information and more.
Car hire in Israel
You may choose to rent a car in Israel from many global or Israel car rental brands such as Budget, Hertz, Avis, Auto Shay or others. The service in Israel is as you would expect in any modern country in the world – rent direct pay less.
Driving in Israel
In Israel a car’s steering wheel is located on the left side of the car while driving is carried out on the right side of the road, just as in North America and many other parts of the world. A tourist to Israel is advised to drive with caution as he or she would in any other place in the world.
To hire 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.
Alternatives to driving and renting a car in Israel within or between cities exist and tourists should not feel pressured into renting a car. In most cases, Tel Aviv has a vast array of public transportation options. Inner city buses sprawl throughout the city and will take patrons to most locations. Additionally, mini-vans taxi’s 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.
Day trips – Driving in Israel
By virtue of being such a small country as Israel, car rental for day trips from and to the major cities in Israel are very convenient. Haifa to Tel-Aviv is about an hour drive, as well as Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Haifa to Jerusalem is about 2 hours drive. Tourists in Tel-Aviv have many day trip options within Israel since the city is centrally located. Popular destinations are Haifa and the Galilee region in northern Israel, Be’er Sheva, Ein Geddi, and the Dead Sea in the south, and Jerusalem to the east. From Jerusalem many tourists travel to Tel-Aviv, Ein Geddi, Dead Sea and Eilat. While traveling between cites may seem daunting to a foreigner, it is important to note that many rental car service providers are able to include a GPS unit with the rental.