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Public Transportation

The Public Transportation Branch in the Ministry of Transport is in charge of licensing and overseeing all regular public transportation in the country. The branch works in planning bus lines, determining service level characteristics (frequency, fees, the location of all stations), licensing the public transportation companies, overseeing and monitoring plans and their execution, subsidizing and arranging all financial negotiations with public transportation operators.


Ministry of Transport, Public Queries Section - Public Transportation

Submission of online requests and forms to the Ministry of Transport

Buses

 
 
Every day approximately 550,000 people travel by bus throughout the city. The main public bus company that operates in greater Tel Aviv is Dan. Dan is improving its local services and renewing its urban buses with an emphasis on environmentally friendly buses. The national bus operator is Egged.
 
Tickets and Fares
There are discounts for children, senior citizens, the disabled and students. You can buy single rides, monthly subsections, or an all-in-one public transportation pass.  Tickets and passes can be purchased on the bus, or at central bus stations.

Service Taxis – "Moniyot Sherut"

Service taxis, called "Moniyot Sherut" in Hebrew, run along the main roads in the city and throughout the country. Sheruts are in essence minivans that operate as shared taxis; they are generally yellow, with numbers on the windshield indicating their route, and they can transport about 10-12 people at a time.


 

Pricewise, sherut taxi fares are a set price and similar to bus fares. They usually reach their destination faster and tend to be less crowded. Sheruts operate both inter and intra-city routes and can be easily accessed from right outside the Central Bus Station.


 

By simply raising your hand, you can flag down a sherut and ask the driver to drop you off at any point along the route. You can hand the driver your fare as you get on the taxi, or you can take your seat and pass your money down to the driver. Not to worry-your change will be passed back to you. Note that while sheruts operate on Shabbat (Friday night and Saturday), fares will increase by a few shekels.


Sherut taxis generally follow public bus routes within the city, and are identified by numbers that signify their routes. The most common sheruts are the 4 & 5. Stay up to date with routes changes.


 

  • 4- Runs from the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station through Allenby Street and Ben Yehuda Street all the way up to the Reading Power Plant.
  • 5- Runs from the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station through Rothschild Avenue, Dizengoff Center and Dizengoff Street up to Weitzman Street in the north. (Notice that the Sherut doesn't go all the way to the Arlozorov train station, as does the number 5 bus).

Taxis

 
 
Local and inter-city taxi services are available to and from any point in the country. Fares within the cities are according to the meter. The fares for inter-city taxi services are standard fares set by the Ministry of Transport. It is recommended to verify the fare prior to entering the taxi. Taxis can be ordered by telephone from a local taxi station or stopped on the street.
There is a standard starting fare for taxis. There are also additional charges for telephone orders and for each suitcase (which is not a handbag). Night rates, Saturdays and holidays are 25% more expensive than the normal fare. There is also additional fee for an airport drive.

Drivers must operate the meter for rides within the city. It is advised to request the meter for inter-city rides, even if the driver suggests a fixed price at the beginning of the ride.

If you are looking for honest drivers, great service and fair prices the city of Tel Aviv recommends you download any of the Taxi phone applications to book a cab wherever you are. The most popular apps are Gett, Uber and Rider.

Trains

Each year, 14 million passengers commute to Tel Aviv-Yafo by train. The municipal policy for increased train travel is designed to reduce pollution and to promote inter-city access.

Israel Railways runs train services within Israel. Over the last decade, train service has improved considerably throughout the country. Today, trains are a fast and comfortable alternative to buses for many destinations.  Train routes connect Tel Aviv-Yafo to Haifa and Be'er-Sheva, as well as to numerous smaller towns and to Ben-Gurion airport. There is also a train route to Jerusalem that follows the 19th century path; while this route is scenic and worth taking at least once, taking the bus on the modern highway takes half the time. A new high-speed line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem has recently started operating, with expected travel time of only 28 minutes.

Tel Aviv-Yafo has four train stations, all of which are located along the Ayalon Highway. All trains to Tel Aviv-Yafo stop in all four stations. For best access to the city center, use either "Tel Aviv Merkaz" (also known as Arlozorov), or "Hashalom" (located in a large shopping mall). "Tel Aviv Hahagana" Station is close to the New Central Bus Station, though most inter and intra city buses also leave from the terminal outside "Tel Aviv Merkaz" ("Arlozorov") train station.

Note that trains tend to be crowded during rush hours, especially on Sunday morning, when soldiers return to their bases and students to their universities. Train service stops on Friday afternoons, and resumes on Saturdays after sunset, in observance of the Jewish Shabbat.

Notice that you can use your bus pass to pay for train tickets.

Night Lines - A Solution For The Small Hours Of The Night

 
 

The Night Lines are public transportation lines that run from residential areas to entertainment centers and back during nighttime. Night Lines enable young people all across the country to enjoy a good night’s outing and return home safely, without risking driving under the influence of alcohol or spending great sums of money on gas, taxis and parking.

 

The Night Lines fare is the same as regular public transportations and can paid via all credible payment means including discounts, tickets, all-in-one passes and monthly subscriptions.

During the summer vacation and all other school vacations, most of the night lines operate on a daily basis, except for Fridays. During the school year, Night Lines operate on Thursdays and at the close of Shabbat. The Night Lines arrival frequency is every 20-30 minutes.

 

The Night Lines are operated by the Ministry of Transport and the public transportation companies (Egged, Dan, kavim, Metropolitan, Nativ Express, Veolia and Metrodan).  


For more information about Night Lines routes and arrival frequencies, log onto the Night Lines website (Hebrew) and Facebook page.

Public Transportation Lanes

The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo has allotted exclusive lanes for public transportation, whose goal is to encourage and expand public transportation services across the city and enable these services to move rapidly and efficiently. Using public transportation reduces the city’s air pollution and traffic congestion.

 

Click here for a list of the city’s public transportation lanes (Hebrew).

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