Posted by Naftali613 on November 12, 2009
I remember coming years ago – back in the mid-80s, and we got around my hitching. Every now and then we took a bus. But no trains. No car rentals. Today, “tremping”, as hitchhiking is called in Israel, is not highly recommended unless you are a resident and know your way around. So what options does that leave you with?
If you are traveling between key cities, like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the basic options are public transportation means, such as the train or bus. While both systems have definitely improved and the costs are low, you have to weigh that against two key factors: time and convenience.
If you are visiting Israel, your time is valuable. You can’t afford to waste time waiting for an hour because you just missed the last train or bus. You don’t want to spend your limited time here transferring buses and taking the long route around, although if you wanted to see every nick and cranny of a city, the bus route would definitely be the way to go.
Moreover, usually the buses or trains don’t take you exactly where you need to go. You still have to walk 10 blocks or take a taxi. You have to know which bus to take, to get off at what stop, and then what bus to transfer to. Admittedly, it may all be part of the travel adventure. But being stuck between sweaty individuals at the end of their workday packed into a bus during rush hour traffic isn’t really my idea of “getting to know the people of Israel”.
Sometimes it simply pays to do it in comfort. Renting a car with a GPS (so you don’t waste your limited time in Israel driving around in circles) doesn’t have to cost a lot. If you want to make the best of your time visiting friends and relatives or traveling around the country, don’t ignore a practical and ideal way to get around – by renting a car.
Reply by Rajeshnai on April 28, 2011
Do Israel attracts tourists in spite of unrest in middle east. I mean Palestine and Israel clashes.
Reply by Alice2365 on May 20, 2012
Then and now are really different times.
80-s have been more than 20 years ago.
In the history of this country it's a huge period of time.
Today there are trains, buses, car rentals and everything you need. WIFI in every hotel, intercity bus and even on the street.
Rental cars are equipped with GPS in any language.
And what is not less important - all the buses are equipped with air conditioners, so there are no "sweaty individuals" in them.
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