Should You Rent A Car When Visiting Israel?
If you're planning a trip to Israel you may be wondering whether to rent a car or rely on public transportation. many travelers choose the second option, because they're wary of the cost of renting a vehicle and driving in Israel, but most people will rather rent a car by them self, I by my self also rented a car, it was from discovercars.com you can find below a list of some more car rentals.
Why You Shouldn't Rely On Local Public Transportation?
Many Israelis will tell you that we have a fantastic public transportation system. I guess it's all relative. Yes, it's better than what you have in the USA but IMO it's not as good as the one available in most European countries.
We hardly ever use public transportation to travel in Israel
Taking The Bus Will Slow You Down
While the trains and buses here can get you to pretty much any location in the country, it won't be easy. Chances are you're going to need to switch lines - possibly more than once - before reaching your destination.
You'll have to wait for a bus (or train) to arrive. Often in the heat of day and with no shade. Once aboard, you might find that the line has so many stops that the trip can easily take 2-3 times longer than it would in a car.
For example, we live in the city of Kiryat Ono, pretty much a suburb of Tel Aviv. Jerusalem is a 40 minute drive from our home, or a 2-3 hour long bus trip.
When you're on a short trip with so much to see and do, splurging on the cost of a rental is well worth it if it means you get to spend your time sightseeing and not waiting for the bus.
Should You Always Have A Rental Car With You?
Absolutely not. If you're going to stay within a big city for several days, ditch the car. We're basically talking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv here. You could spend a few days just exploring the Old City of Jerusalem or sightseeing in Tel Aviv. And in either city, a car will be a liability rather than an asset.
In Jerusalem, there may be enough attractions around the city which may - at a stretch - justify keeping your car with you. Just don't expect to take it into the Old City and do expect traffic jams and parking issues. As for Tel Aviv, free or metered parking is practically impossible to find. Ask the locals, they have lots of jokes about parking in Tel Aviv (and most of them don't own a car).
A car will help you get around outside the big cities, so plan ahead so you can rent before and after your days in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.