Driving In Israel: Car Rental Israel Guide
For tourists, driving in Israel can be exciting and challenging at the same time. You might not know your way even though most of the traffic signs are also in English. You might not be used to driving on the left side of the Israeli rental car if you are coming from England. And, you might not be used to the “Israeli driver” who can be impatient at times.
But don’t stress. Road rage in America is actually more common than in Israel, and you can always add a GPS to your rental reservation with us so that you can get to your destination in no time.
Tourist Driver's License:
In order to drive a rental car in Israel, tourists must have a valid foreign driver's license. Note that you do not need to get an international driver’s license. You can use your driving license for up to one year in Israel. If you decide to stay longer, you will have to apply for an Israeli driver’s license as well.
Traveling by car is a great way to commute in Israel. It takes about seven hours to cross the State of Israel from North to South or from tip to tip.
Further information: Driving in Israel with a Foreign Driving License - Israeli Government Portal
Car rental in Israel
There are many car rental agencies in Israel. Rent a car agencies are located throughout the country but most are in Central Israel and closer to Ben Gurion International Airport. Tamir Rental Car Israel company is one of the largest among these agencies with more than 1,000 in stock and 34 years of experience in the industry (more about us). We are proud to serve our customers with the best customer service and lowest prices for rental cars in Israel – See our customers testimonials
Car rental for the Handicapped
The company "Orthopedic Rehabilitation Accessories" can provide a rental van suited especially for people with physical disabilities. More details: Access Israel Website, Phone number: 1-800-60-40-20.
Toll Road Number 6
Israel one has one toll road, number 6 that runs from the North to Central Israel. If you decide to take this highway, you should sign an agreement with your car rental service in Israel beforehand or pay the required fees when you return the car. See Interchanges (English) and rates (Hebrew)
Roads in Israel
Roads in Israel are numbered according to their direction. Even numbered roads run north to south. Low numbers indicate roads which are closer to the south. Odd numbered roads run from the east to the west of Israel. Low numbers indicate roads which are closer to the west.
Highways in Israel
Road #1 Dead Sea - Jerusalem - Tel-Aviv
Road #2 Haifa - Tel-Aviv
Road #3 Beit Huron - Ashkelon
Road #4 Rosh Ha'Nikra - Ashkelon
Road #5 Ariel - Tel-Aviv
You Should Also Know
- The use of cellular or mobile phones are prohibited while driving in Israel.
- It is illegal to hold you cell phone to your ear and talk while driving in Israel, but you can talk on the phone if you have a speaker.
- In case of an emergency and if you must stop on the side of the road, you are required to put a bright yellow vest on that can be found inside the glove compartment of all Tamir rental cars.
- Car lights must be turned on at all times during the day, morning and night, between November 1st and March 31st. It is illegal to drive without headlights during this period of the year.
- In case of an accident, an Accident Report must be filled out. This document can be found in the glove compartment of all Tamir rental cars.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is absolutely forbidden. An accident caused by a DUI will not covered by the insurance company in Israel.
See also: Transportation in Israel