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).