Israel is a small country, and it is therefore easy to get from one place to another in a relatively short time. Public transportation is convenient, and you can get to almost any destination for a reasonable price.
Israel Railways operates convenient, inexpensive train service. It is also possible to travel by taxi, but this is more expensive, particularly for inter-city trips. It’s therefore preferable to use shared service taxis.
Several companies provide internal flights between Eilat and Ben Gurion Airport, Sde Dov Airport in north Tel Aviv, or Haifa, but these flights are more expensive.
Busses are the most popular form of public transport in Israel for both local transport and intercity trips. The Egged bus company operates most of the intercity bus lines, as well as the local service in most of the large cities and towns. Local and intercity transport in the Gush Dan area (Tel Aviv and the surrounding suburbs) is provided by the Dan bus company. Bus service in Be’er Sheva and Nazareth is provided by private companies. The fare for all bus lines is reasonable, the busses are comfortable and usually airconditioned, and there is regular, frequent service.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths in the central bus station in each city or town, or from the driver. Most of the bus lines do not run on Shabbat or on Jewish holidays. Service ends on Friday afternoon and resumes Saturday evening.
Students are entitled to discounts on intercity bus lines. To receive a discount they must present an international student card when purchasing tickets.
Smart ride card - Rav Kav
Israel has two types of Smart ride cards. One is a Personal Rav Kav Card and the other is an Anonymous Rav Kav Card. Tourists cannot use a Personal Rav Kav Card which has all the passenger’s personal details and is for citizens.
Anonymous Rav Kav Card
In contrast to Personal Rav Kav Card, passenger's personal details are not required when applying for Anonymous Rav Kav Card. The Anonymous Rav Kav Card is not insured. If it is lost, stolen or damaged, the funds are not refundable. The Anonymous Rav Kav Card does not give its owner the discounts for which he/she is perhaps eligible as a citizen. The Anonymous Rav Kav Card can be purchased on board for a small fee, and then can be reloaded with a regular Multi-Ride or Single ticket, usually within the region offering a 20% discount.
· The Rav Kav can be used to pay for the transportation of several passengers,
· The fee of a child is like an adult.
· The Rav Kav can be used in a region and not between regions unless specifically reloaded for the desired routes.
· In some areas, it is possible to get daily unlimited rides within that region only.
Egged Customer Service and Information: 00 972 3 694 8888 or *2800
Egged provides intercity public bus service throughout the country. Passengers can obtain information about the various bus lines on the Egged website or by phoning the computerized customer service and information center. Each central bus station has an information booth and electronic boards displaying the departure times and destinations.
Dan Customer Service and Information: 00 972 6 639 4444
The Dan Bus Company operates public bus service in the Gush Dan area (Tel Aviv and the surrounding suburbs) and in Yehuda and Shomron. Passengers can obtain information about the various bus lines on the Website or from the computerized customer service and information center.
The Metrodan company operates public bus service in the southern city of Be’er Sheba. Passengers can obtain information about the various bus lines on the Website or from the computerized customer service and information center.
Nazareth Transport & Tourism
operates inter-city lines in the north, covering Nazareth, Haifa, Karmiel and villages in the Galilee, and international lines to Amman (Jordan) and Sinai (Egypt).
United Nazareth Buses
Active in public transportation in the Nazareth metropolitan area.
Nateev Express Website
Provides urban and inter-city lines in the northern area between Zefat and Nahariya and the central area between Hadera and Netanya. On January 2007 the company won a tender for routes between the cities of Tel Aviv and Netanya.