Tel Aviv enjoys relatively convenient and efficient public transportation. It’s important to remember that in Israel public transportation does not operate on Shabbat (from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening), however some alternatives are available in Tel Aviv. This section will help you navigate your way with public transportation in the city.Buses
There are several bus operators in the city; two of the most prominent are Dan and Egged. You cannot pay with cash on buses, only the plastic Rav-Kav card or corresponding app. Rav-Kav cards are available in two types: generic and personalized. Both of them can be loaded with credit but personalized cards may be loaded also with a daily, monthly or yearly pass. The personalized Rav-Kav is available free of charge and features the owner’s photo. It ensures the amount loaded on the card will be refunded in case of theft or loss. The card may be issued at the three Al-Kav centers:
• 35 Ibn Gabirol St., corner of Ha’Neviim St.
• At Tel Aviv train stations
• Tel Aviv New Central Bus Station
A generic Rav-Kav (without a photo) costs 5 NIS or 1.35 USD and is available at
major bus and train stations as well as dedicated points of sale like Ben-Gurion
Airport and the Tourist Information Offices in Tel Aviv:
• Jaffa: 2 Marzuk and Azar St.
• Boardwalk: 46 Herbert Samuel St.
• Independence Trail: 11 Rothschild Blvd.
• Sarona: 11 Alluf Mandler St.
Your Rav-Kav must be loaded before you get on the bus. You can load your card via the website (ravkavonline.co.il/en/
), the HopOn app, and at designated payment stations such as automatic self-service machines throughout the Tel Aviv metro area, train stations, Casponet ATMs and Tel-o-Fun stations, and in chain stores such as Super-Pharm, Cofix, Super Yuda, Tzomet Sfarim and more.Railway
A major method of transportation in Israel is the train network, operated by the Israel Railway Company. The railway runs between Tel Aviv and Israel’s major cities like Jerusalem, Haifa, and Be’er Sheva, as well as smaller cities. There are four train stations in Tel Aviv: HaHagana, HaShalom, Savidor Center and Tel Aviv University. The Rav-Kav is also valid on trains. A fast rail between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, which began service in December 2019, shortens travel time between the two cities to just 30 minutes.Taxis
Taxis may be hailed throughout the city or ordered through dedicated apps. Most taxis will only accept payment by credit card if the order was made by app. By law, taxi drivers must operate a meter.
“Sherut” Shared Taxis These shared yellow minivans drive along common bus routes and are available on Shabbat and at night (fares are higher at these times). “Sherut” taxi lines are also available between Tel Aviv and other major cities like Jerusalem, Haifa, Netanya and more.AutoTel
A public carsharing service operated in Tel Aviv. Dedicated AutoTel parking spots are located across the city, so you don’t need to hunt for parking. Users are billed per minute of driving (as well as a monthly fee, depending on your subscription plan). You can sign up for the service via the AutoTel website.autotel.co.il/en/Bicycles
Tel Aviv’s flat topography and comfortable climate make it a great location for bicycle and scooter riding.Tel-O-Fun
Throughout the city, there are over 75 green Tel-O-Fun bike stations. This municipality-run bike sharing option enables riders to pick-up and drop-off a bicycle as needed. Yearly, monthly and daily subscriptions are available. There are also several private companies which offer bike and electric scooter sharing services throughout the city: “Telobike,” “Mobike,” “Bird,” “Wind,” “Lime” and “Bike.”tel-o-fun.co.il/en/Light Rail System
The Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area Mass Transit System is the heart of a transport revolution that will drive economic, social and urban growth. The system is comprised of three light rail lines, parts of which will be underground. The Red Line will be the first to be launched in 2021 and will connect Tel Aviv-Yafo to other cities in the Metro area.nta.co.il/en/home