Driving in Israel

The easiest way to get to Neot Hakikar, and to explore Israel in general, is by car.

Do I need an international driver’s license?

EU driving license holders can drive in Israel for upto 1 year (see here). So no need to get an international driver’s license.

Toll roads 

There are, as far as we know, 3 toll roads in Israel:

  • Highway 6 – “Kvish shesh” – which crosses the country from North (close to Haifa) to South (Beer Sheva). Payment is done electronically, there are no tollbooths like in Europe. Most rental companies will charge you a
  • Carmel tunnels – “Minharot HaCarmel” – are a set of tunnel going under the city of Haifa, crossing the Carmel mountain from south to north. Unlike Highway 6, theCarmel tunnels do have tollbooths.
  • Highway 1 Fast lane – from Ben-Gurion International airport to Tel-Aviv. Payment is done electronically like in highway 6.

Parking

Street parking in Israeli cities normally requires a parking ticket. Street parking costs around 1€-1.50€/hr, depending on the municipality. In most cities you can simply use Pango, an application that allows you to pay via your mobile phone. Note that non-resident parking is normally marked by a blue-and-white curb.

Tel-Aviv is known to be extremely tricky to park in, but there are many parking lots available.

Experts’ recommendation: 

  • Highway 6 can save you a lot of time when travelling from south to north, and vice-versa. For example, use it for travelling from Jerusalem to Haifa, but not from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv. Use it to travel from Tel-Aviv to Beer Sheva, but not from Tel-Aviv to Haifa (highway 2 is normally more direct). Carmel tunnels and highway 1 fast lane are pretty much irrelevant for you.
  • Download and use WAZE. Waze was born in Israel! It is the most popular and, therefore, accurate navigation app in Israel. For those without a data plan, download your route when connected to WiFi and then navigate with GPS.
  • Most importantly – RELAX. If you’ve driven in Madrid, driving in Israel is a piece of cake. Drivers are Mediterranean and impatient, so our Spanish guests will feel right at home.
  • Just be aware that when driving south to Noaa’s village from either Jerusalem or Beer-Sheva, parts of the road are winding and curving so drive carefully. Both these roads (Jerusalem – Neot Hakikar and Dimona – Neor Hakikar) offer some beautiful scenery so best to keep them for daytime.
  • Last but not least: when driving from Jerusalem to the Dead sea or on road 443 from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, you will encounter a couple of check-points. Just smile to the soldiers and carry on 🙂

Check out this link for some more tips about driving in Israel.

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2 thoughts on “Driving in Israel

  1. Driving from Jerusalem to the dead see you will also encounter camels and registration of your cellular onto the Jordanian networks. Both are benign. keep your eyes on the road

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