Navigating Tel Aviv: Your Personal Guide to Public Transport and Walking Tours

Dan Magazine 26/06/2023

Welcome to Tel Aviv! This vibrant city is Israel’s beating heart, where history, culture, and the contemporary world come together in a beautiful blend. Let’s get you moving around the city like a true Tel Avivian…

Tel Aviv has something for everyone. So, grab your “Rav-Kav” smart card, download your favorite transportation app, and let’s start exploring! This guide will help you navigate Tel Aviv’s public transport system, from buses and trains to bikes and scooters, ensuring you make the most of your visit. And if you’re staying at one of the Dan Hotels, our concierge team is always ready to assist you, providing valuable advice and tips for getting around Tel Aviv, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Navigating Tel Aviv: Public Transport


Navigating the bus system in Tel Aviv is fairly straightforward once you get the hang of it. Bus stops are sprinkled all over the city, making it super easy to get from point A to point B. Grab a “Rav-Kav” smart card, load it up, and you’re all set. You can top up your “Rav-Kav” card at any train station, at designated “Rav-Kav” service points, via the “Rav-Kav Online” app, or at select convenience stores and kiosks throughout the city. For just 5.90 NIS, you can jump on and off as many buses as you want within a 90-minute window. And the best part? The same card works for the train too. For real-time updates and the best bus routes, “Moovit” and “Google Maps” are your go-to apps.

Weekend Transportation in Tel Aviv

Here’s a local tip: Tel Aviv offers free bus rides on Fridays and Saturdays. The buses run every half hour, and you can check out the schedules on the BuSofash website or transportation apps like “Moovit,” “efoBus,” and “Bus Nearby.” Just remember, the electronic signs at bus stations don’t display bus hours.

Tel Aviv Light Rail

Meet Dankal, Tel Aviv’s light rail system. It’s fast, user-friendly, and a fantastic way to zip around the city. There are three lines: Red, Green, and Purple. The Red Line is already operational, while the Green and Purple lines are still under construction.


Israel Railways connects Tel Aviv to other major cities in Israel. The main stations in the city are Tel Aviv Savidor Central, Tel Aviv HaHagana, and Tel Aviv University. If you’re traveling long distances, the train is a comfortable and quick option.

Taxis in Tel Aviv

Need a taxi? They’re everywhere in Tel Aviv. Just make sure the driver switches on the meter when you start your journey. You can also use apps like Gett to book a ride.

Scooters and Bikes

Check out Tel-O-Fun, Tel Aviv’s bike-sharing program. They’ve recently added electric bikes to their fleet. You can rent a bike for a one-time fee or get a three-month subscription. All the details are available on their app.

Venturing Beyond Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv’s central location makes it a great base for exploring other parts of Israel. Here’s how you can get to Jerusalem, Haifa, Caesarea, and Herzliya from Tel Aviv:

Jerusalem: Regular buses and trains connect Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bus ride takes about an hour, and the train journey is around 30 minutes.

Haifa: Trains are the best way to get to Haifa from Tel Aviv. The journey takes about an hour, and trains run frequently throughout the day. The ride offers beautiful views of Israel’s coastline.

Caesarea: Trains depart every hour from Tel Aviv to Caesarea, and the journey takes about 50 minutes. The train station is a bit far from the national park, so you might want to grab a taxi.

Herzliya: Trains run very frequently from Tel Aviv to Herzliya, especially during peak hours. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

Walking Tours in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a city that loves to be explored on foot. The city is compact, and many of its attractions are within walking distance of each other. Walking lets you soak in the city’s lively atmosphere, explore its diverse neighborhoods, and stumble upon hidden gems that you might miss when traveling by car or bus.

Follow the city’s Independence Trail, a 1-kilometer route marked by brass stones embedded in the pavement, which guides you through some of the city’s most significant historical sites. Or, if you’re into street art, explore the Florentin neighborhood, a bohemian area known for its vibrant graffiti.

For the foodies out there, the Carmel Market is a must-visit. This bustling marketplace in the heart of the city offers a smorgasbord of local ingredients and culinary delights. It’s not just a market; it’s an experience. You can immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle, sample some of the best local produce, and gain a deep insight into Israeli cuisine.

Dan Hotels in Tel Aviv

When visiting Tel Aviv, finding the right accommodation can enhance your experience. Dan Hotels, ideally located in the heart of the city, serve as a perfect starting point for visitors. With easy access to public transportation and walking tour routes, guests can effortlessly explore all that Tel Aviv has to offer. The hotels offer luxurious rooms, top-notch services, and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Whether you’re in Tel Aviv for business or pleasure, Dan Hotels can provide a comfortable and convenient base for your stay.

If you’re staying at one of the Dan Hotels in Tel Aviv, you’ll have a wealth of resources at your disposal for planning your explorations. Each hotel has a dedicated concierge desk. The hotel staff there can be a great help in planning your explorations. With their local knowledge and insights, they can recommend places to visit that align with your interests, help with directions, and even offer tips on the best times to visit certain attractions. Their guidance can add a whole new dimension to your walking tour experiences and help you discover the true essence of Tel Aviv.

Your Journey Through Tel Aviv Awaits

Navigating Tel Aviv is an adventure in itself. Whether you choose public transportation, a bike, a scooter, or your own two feet, you’re sure to experience the city’s unique blend of history and modernity. From the bustling markets to the serene beaches, Tel Aviv is a city that invites exploration at every turn. With this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate the city and make the most of your visit. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start exploring!