Israel is a small but diverse country in the Middle East with a long coastline on the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a small window on the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat. It is bordered by Egypt (rent a car in Egypt) on the west, Syria (car renting in Syria) and Jordan (renting a car in Jordan) on the east, and Lebanon on the north. Over 80 airlines operate flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport popularly known as Tel Aviv or TLV. Israel has many diverse regions, with landscapes varying from coast, mountain, valley and desert landscapes, with each region having its own unique attractions. Israel experiences long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Foreign visitors are extremely appreciated and are usually shown the utmost respect by locals. On arriving at TLV you may directly access companies offering car rental in Israel from companies’ airport offices located on the first floor.
Currency & Visa
Shekel, abbreviated as NIS (New Israeli Shekel) is the local currency. You can get Shekels with your ATM card throughout Israel. American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards are accepted at most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores.
1 US$ =3.7800NIS
Shabbat (the Sabbath,) the Jewish holy day of the week is observed every Saturday. It starts at sunset on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices are closed on Shabbat.
A number of countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel, allowing their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance. Visitors must check if they need a prearranged tourist visa.
Car rental in Israel
Using your valid driving license, you can drive in Israel for one year. Usually, citizens from most countries are not required to have an International Driving License. It helps locating a GPS Rental service in Israel. Some companies offer GPS Rental services with modern GPS units and Large screen 4.3 GPS for use in Israel for less than $10 a day.
You may rent cars from leading Israeli car rental companies including Avis, Hertz and Budget.
- Drive on the right side of the road.
- It is mandatory to wear seat belts at all times for both, front and back seats passengers.
- Speed limits
- 50 Km/h (31 Miles) in urban areas
- 90 Km/h (56 Miles) on inter-city roads (Unless otherwise stated).
- Road signs are generally mentioned in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
- Car lights should remain on all through the day, between November and April.
- Children below 12 years of age are not allowed on the front seat (unless they are infants in a safety seat).
- Hired cars are not permitted to cross border to Sinai or Jordan. Driving into Palestinian Authority territory is strictly prohibited.
- Yellow marking on the road indicate that the lane is designated to public transportation only.
- Before hiring car check if your credit card company covers insurance, as some car rental companies in Israel include insurance in charges.
- It is best to use parking lots as blue and white sidewalk marks are not free and red and white is not allowed for parking.
- It’s unlawful to use a hand-held phone while driving.
Budget car rental in Israel vary from $31 to $35/day for manual cars, while automatic cars can be hired for $40 to $146/day, depending on the model. However, on hiring for a full week, you get discounts. These charges are inclusive of insurance.