Saturday transport appeared in Tel Aviv
In Tel Aviv, six free bus routes have been launched that operate on Shabbat – Jewish Saturday, when regular city transport does not go. The demand in the first weeks of operation turned out to be so great that the frequency of movement was immediately increased, according to the correspondent. Travel.ru.
The project is funded by the municipalities of Tel Aviv, Givatayim, Kiryat Ono and Ramat Hasharon. Six routes were laid by winding routes in these areas, each of which passes through the center of Tel Aviv. In total, 526 stops are served. The organizers of the scheme said they tried to get routes to beaches and entertainment venues, which are in great demand on Shabbat. In addition, routes avoid areas with a significant share of religious residents who do not approve of Saturday transportation.
The routes operate on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 2.00 a.m. (the last scheduled flights leave in the winter around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. in order to finish the flight before sunset), and also on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (regular traffic resumes approximately after 6 p.m., i.e. after sunset) . It is likely that closer to summer the schedule will be adjusted to match later sunsets. Flights are made once every 20 minutes.
There are 19-seater minibuses on the routes. They are recruited from different places and have different colors in accordance with the usual places of their work. They can be identified by the blue stickers of the Saturday transport system and route numbers – from 705 to 710. You can see the route tracing on the project website, the expected time of arrival of minibuses – in the Moovit or Bus nearby mobile applications.
Prior to that, only half a dozen rather expensive private minibuses worked in Shabbat in Tel Aviv (a number of similar lines connect Tel Aviv and its airport with some other cities of the country, but many territories still remain without any transport whatsoever). Regular Saturday city transport in Israel so far only worked in Haifa, Eilat and Nazareth. In recent years, residents are increasingly demanding the appearance of transport on Shabbat in non-religious areas, but the process is rather slow.
However, in general, traveling in Israel for independent tourists has become radically easier and much cheaper over the past two years – after the introduction and improvement of the travel system. In order to benefit from price innovations, a tourist needs to get a local permanent Rav Kav card. It is available, including at the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, and costs 5 shekels (1.3 euros) or is generally free (if the passenger wishes to make it personal with the photo). Rav Kav can be used as an electronic wallet (for one-time trips) or as a carrier of travel tickets.
For example, a day ticket for buses and trains in central Tel Aviv or central Jerusalem or Haifa now costs 13.5 shekels (3.5 euros) – this is the price of only two single tickets, a weekly ticket – 64 shekels (16.5 euros) . A day pass with the main suburbs in each of these cities costs 21.5 shekels (5.5 euros), a weekly one – 94 shekels (24 euros). Such Tel Aviv travel cards include the airport. A day ticket for all of Tel Aviv and all of Jerusalem, including trains and buses between these cities and the airport plus city transport, costs 32.5 shekels (8.4 euros). The same day pass between Tel Aviv and Haifa (also includes Acre, Nazareth, Netanya, Hadera, Caesarea, Ashdod, the airport and any cities between them) costs 40 shekels (10.3 euros).
A day pass for all of Israel costs 60 shekels (15.4 euros), a monthly ticket for the whole country costs 900 shekels (232 euros). It does not include transport of the Palestinian Authority, as well as trips to Eilat. See all possible travel tickets on the Rav Kav website. Travel tickets operate on any bus, regardless of carrier, as well as on trams, trains and the Haifa Underground funicular.
It should be borne in mind that in intercity buses tickets may not be sold at all (a passenger must have a Rav Kav with him with a travel card or a supply of money). It is most convenient to credit travel cards in vending machines at railway stations and some bus stations, as well as in a mobile application. This can also be done in suburban and intercity buses, but in this case, you need to be able to explain to the driver which particular card is required – many of the drivers do not know the details of the card system and all their types.
You can top up an electronic wallet (for single trips) with payments of 30, 50, 100, 150 or 200 shekels. At the same time, a large amount is credited to the account 25% – for example, 37.5 shekels when paying 30, or 62.5 shekels when paying 50. In fact, this represents a 20% discount for using Rav Kav instead of cash when buying single tickets . Tourists for the first case usually have enough payment of 30 or 50 shekels. One-time tickets around the city usually cost 5.9 shekels (1.5 euros) and give a free transfer for 90 minutes (you need to validate the card for each transfer).