The Rav-Kav is a smart card used as the main form of payment for public transportation in Israel. It can be used to take the train or bus. If you take the bus, it is the only form of payment accepted. The train connects Tel Aviv with major locations throughout Israel, while buses cover a wide range of locations, both within and outside Tel Aviv. At the train ststions, you can also purchase paper tickets through the machine or with ticketing agent.
WHICH TYPE OF RAV-KAV SHOULD I BUY?
There are two types available: a personalized card and an anonymous card. Visitors and travelers generally use the anonymous card, which doesn’t require personal passenger information and can be purchased for a one-time payment of 5 NIS.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE MY RAV-KAV?
You can purchase your card at tourist information centers (see INFO for addresses), train stations, and the airport. You can also buy it on board any bus for 10.90 NIS- this includes the price of the card itself as well as a ride in the city.
HOW DO I LOAD MY RAV-KAV?
You must load your card with money before boarding. This can be done using the “HopOn” and “Rav-Kav Online” apps (NFC supported devices only). There are also loading locations available throughout the city, including tourist information centers (see INFO for addresses), “Tel-O-Fun” green bike stations, and designated stores and kiosks. A card can be loaded with as much as needed. With 5.90 NIS, you can take as many buses as you like within Tel Aviv as long as you don’t exceed a 90-minute time frame. Afterwards, an additional amount is required.