Taxi in Israel Informationby Guy Shemsh
When you visit Israel you will have many different taxi service options available to you. There are two main taxi varieties. The first main type of taxi is called a special Israel taxi. This is a taxicab which you take on your own.
It is the law in Israel for special taxis to use their meters every time they get a customer in their cab. This protective measure ensures that everyone gets a fair deal all around. If you are looking for a special taxi, keep an eye out for white taxis with orange registration numbers on the side of the taxi. In order to catch a special taxi you can either hail it on the street or call and have the taxi pick you up at your location. If you are wondering about tipping taxi drivers in Israel, you are not required to do so however you may want to if your driver is an exceptional driver.
Another type of taxi is a monit sherut which is known as a service taxi. The sherut is usually a large van or minibus. Whenever you see one of these sheruts drive past you simply flag it down and if there is enough room you can hop in and get a ride to your destination. When you are ready to get off of the sherut you just have to let the sherut driver know so that they can stop and let you out. The sheruts mainly operate on the main roads and are pretty frequent on the roadways. As for cost, the price of a sherut ride is similar to the cost of riding on a bus. Keep in mind that a monit sherut often waits until it fills up all of its seats prior to leaving. Therefore, if you are in a rush you may want to take a special taxi or a bus which will get you to your destination on the set schedule. A positive note regarding the sherut is that they run late into the night so that you can catch a monit sherut if you are out late and need a ride home.
Monit sherut run between many of the major cities throughout Israel and you can catch a service taxi if you go straight to the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. Monit sherut are stationed in main terminal points in these major cities and some of the places where you will find the service taxis include Haifa, Tiberias, Ashkelon, Dimona and more. This is beneficial no matter whether you are traveling in your individual city or need to get to another major city in Israel. Also, monit sherut run almost every day during the year including most holidays which enables you to get around town even on special days.
No matter whether you select a special taxi or service taxi to reach your desired location in Israel, you will be using a great form of transportation at an affordable price