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ISRAEL: Getting Around

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Domenstic Flights
Frequent domestic air service links Eilat, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kiryat Shmona, Masada, Rosh Pina and Tel Aviv. Israel's two domestic airlines are Arkia Israel Airlines and Israir. Many domestic flights depart from Tel Aviv's Sde Dov airport, close to midtown in the northern part of the city, as well as from Ben Gurion International Airport. Flights operate daily, except for Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon. Use your international cellular phone rentals to reserve an airline ticket.

Intercity Public Buses
Israel's Egged Bus Cooperative is the world's second largest bus company (second only to London Transport), offering frequent service between every city, town, village, kibbutz and settlement in Israel. Services are airconditioned, low-cost and efficient. Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station is the world's largest. Most bus service halts at sundown Friday and resumes at sundown Saturday.

City Buses
All cities and major towns have extensive bus service. Most bus service halts at sundown Friday and resumes at sundown Saturday, but buses operate in Haifa and in eastern Jerusalem on Friday nights and Saturdays.

A Sherut is a uniquely Israeli phenomenon: a shared limousine seating 7-10 passengers which follows inter-city and local bus routes and charges fares about 30% higher than a bus.

Taxis are available in every city, and can take travelers between cities too. For in-town journeys, ask the driver to use the meter. For inter-city journeys, agree on a price before you set off. It is customary to add a token (5%) tip to the fare. Use your Israel cell phone rental to call a cab.

Israel's domestic train network links Beersheba, Oron, Tel Aviv, Netanya, Haifa, Akko and Nahariya. Express trains connect Tel Aviv and Haifa in less than 60 minutes. A new high-speed line is under construction between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, due to open in 2005. Use your international mobil ephone rental to make train reservations.

Driving Yourself
All international car rental companies are represented in Israel, and there are a variety of reliable Israeli companies too. A passport, major credit card and U.S. or Canadian driver's license is all you need to rent a car in Israel. Our highway system is advanced and up to U.S./European standards. Most signs are in English in addition to Hebrew. In Israel, we drive on the right, just like at home.
Use your Israel cellular phone rental to rent a car.

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