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TEL AVIV - GETTING AROUND

By Train

Traveling by train in Tel Aviv is easy and efficient and a great way to see the rest of Israel. Trains are operated by Israel Railways with service throughout the city of Tel Aviv, from the Ben Gurion International Airport into the city and the surrounding areas. Trains run daily from 6 am until 12 am, with two trains departing every hour and from 12 am until 6 am, with one train departing every hour. Ticket prices start around 15NIS and go up according to the total distance traveled. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at the stations. Most of the train stations are situated close to bus terminals and taxi stands providing further transportation options for travelers.

Please Note: Most transportation stops running on Friday afternoon during Shabbat and does not commence until Saturday evening at 7:35 pm. There are limited trains available during this time. Please visit www.rail.co.il for more information on timetables and ticket prices.

By Bus

Buses in Tel Aviv are one of the most common forms of transportation, offering a cheap and easy way to get around the city. Dan Bus is the main bus company of the city offering a number of different routes throughout the area and other destinations in the country. A standard bus fare will cost around 6.60NIS and tickets can be purchased on the bus. Some of the most useful routes for visitors are buses number 4 and 5. Bus #4 departs from the central bus station and runs along the central streets of Allenby and Ben Yehuda close to the beach, and #5 has a route that runs through the city center passing Dizengoff Street and Alozorov terminal (Savidor train station).

Bus numbers 10, 25 and 26 will take you south towards Jaffa. The buses run from 5:30 until midnight expect during Shabbat.

The city of Tel Aviv offers a Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour `City Tour` (Bus 100) the operates from 9 am until 4 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 9 am until 1 pm on Fridays (Shabbat).

For more information visit www.dan.co.il

Also, visit www.moovitapp.com for handy information on bus stops and waiting times for real-time updates.

By Sherut

Sheruts are yellow mini-buses that can be found all around the city. They offer a 24-hour service running along the same routes as bus numbers 4 and 5, picking up and dropping off multiple passengers. Sheruts are quicker than buses and can stop anywhere along the route they are traveling along. The cost is around 6-7NIS and they operate during Shabbat (Friday afternoon until Saturday evening) when other transportation stops. Most Sheruts depart from the New Central Bus Station and cover the main streets in the city center.

By Taxi

Taxis can be found anywhere in the city of Tel Aviv and are especially popular around the train and bus stations, making it easy to connect to your final destination. Taxis are metered and show an illuminated light on the roof if they are vacant for hire. Rates start around 11NIS and increase based on the total time traveled. Taxis operate around the clock, there is a 35% surcharge after 9 pm until 5:30 pm and during Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. Gett Taxi and Uber operate in the city, for more information visit www.get.com or www.uber.com for more information.

By Foot

Walking around the city of Tel Aviv on foot is the perfect way to see the sights and beautiful scenery. The city sits on the coastline of the Mediterranea Sea with the popular `Tayelet` or promenade proving miles of walkway filled with restaurants, cafes, shops, and attractions. Walking along the beach is always a great option with your toes in the soft white sand and the sea splashing around your ankles. Taking a walk in one of the city`s large parks through the scenic surroundings is a popular escape for locals and visitors. The city is large but walkable in most areas with a flat, grid-like pattern leading to the main streets from the city center and towards the beaches.

By Bicycle

Bicycles have become increasingly popular in the city of Tel Aviv with some comparing the city to Amsterdam. The city is flat and compact with a grid-like layout, there are miles of designated bike lanes making it safe and easy for a cyclist to get around. Riding a bike is truly one of the best ways to see the city, riding along the `Tayelet` or promenade which offers over 6 miles of scenic beachfront path, riding through the many parks in the city and along the river also provides great views. And there are over 74 miles of bike paths along the main thoroughfares such as Rothschild Blvd, Ben-Gurion Blvd and Chen Blvd which connect to the beachfront promenade.

The Tel-O-Fun program is Tel Aviv`s bike sharing system with hundreds of stations situated all over the city. Rentals cost around 17-23NIS for the day or 70NIS for the week which covers 30-minute rentals, simply pick up a bike at one station return before the 30 minutes are up and drop off at another station, and so on. Extra charges will apply if you use the bike for longer than the allotted 30 minutes. Visit www.tel-o-fun.co.il for more information

By Car

Renting a car in Tel Aviv is really not necessary due to the public transportation options and lack of parking along with the expense, traffic, and erratic drivers, it is probably best not to hire a car during your stay. Unless you plan on driving to other cities in the country then you will not need a car to see the sights in Tel Aviv. Car rentals are available at the Ben Gurion International Airport and agencies located in the city center; you will need a valid international driver`s license.