If you’re planning a trip to Tel Aviv, it’s a good idea to be aware of the transport options prior to arrival. There are several transport options available, each with its own pros and cons.
Here are the main options:
Train is the easiest way to get around Tel Aviv. There are four different train stations that can be found along Ayalon Highway on the East side of the city. Not only will trains comfortably take you along the North-South axis of the city, they can take you to nearby cities and beyond. This is also the most popular way for people to get around, with an average of one million people traveling to surrounding cities by train each month.
Taxis are available from a number of different companies, and non-affiliated to companies, and are distinguished by their all-white paint-jobs and yellow roof-top lights. One of the most popular ways to order a taxi is a smartphone app called GetTaxi, which is comparable to Hailo used in many other cities around the world. The traditional international method of hailing a taxi by raising a hand also works in Israel.
Bus routes criss-cross the city, with buses operating 6 days per week. For bused serving other cities, the Central Bus Station provides the biggest bus terminal in Israel. It is operated by three different companies, serving both Tel Aviv and the neighboring cities including Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Eilat, Shoham, and Netanya. The 2000 Terminal, located next to the Tel Aviv Central railway station, handles most of the intercity bus travel.
Shared Taxi / Monit Sherut
Yellow minibuses speed along some of the main routes at the city’s larger buses – and it’s a popular way to get around. You simply hail one of these at any point along its route (not just bus stops) and can get off anywhere too. The cost is slightly lower than taking a bus. Hold on to your hat though – the drivers don’t hold back when it comes to speed.
If you need to travel to nearby destinations, walking or bicycling is a popular way to get around in Tel Aviv. This is great for your health and will help you take in more of the beautiful city and its surroundings. Of course, this can be tiring and an option that not all individuals will find acceptable or want to do. You can also rent a bicycle with the Tel-O-Fun service, which provide bicycles parked at more than 125 stations spread around the city. The service allows you to rent a bike at one station and return it to another, so you can enjoy the freedom of touring the city with few limitations.
Many visitors to Tel Aviv choose to rent a car. There are many rental car companies in Israel, offering many a broad range of automobile. Of course if you’re planning to rent a car in Tel Aviv it’s better to rent from a large known company such as Shlomo Sixt, who have five branches in the city as well as one at Ben Gurion Airport. It’s good to know that they offer 24/7 customer service from their Ben Gurion branch. If you decide to rent a car in Tel Aviv, just make sure not to park in a restricted zone to avoid a fines or tickets.