Car hires in Israel: practical information
Where to rent a car in Israel
Planning a trip to Israel for holidays? This country may be small by Middle-Eastern standards but it is very diverse and has plenty to offer. Israel has the usual car rental companies to choose from: Hertz, Avis, Budget and Sixt as well as some local ones like Eldan, the largest Israel rent a car company. Careful, you will have to pay VAT on your rental unless you can show your visa.
You can rent a car in Israel from the airports or from the major city centres, just be sure to compare the car hire prices in Israel to get the best deal. You will find that rental prices at the airport in Tel Aviv are the cheapest thanks to competition.
Driving in Israel: parking and other tips
Israel's highways are as modern as anywhere in Europe, making touring the small country a breeze in a an Israel car hire. Vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road, unlike at home. Headlights must be used at all times, even during the day on the highways between November and March. Good to note that is it against the law to drive while using a mobile phone.
You will always find the parking regulations indicated by the markings on the curbs. Red/white markings mean there is no parking allowed. Red/yellow curb markings mean these areas are reserved for certain vehicles like buses. Keep your eyes out for blue/white markings which mean you can park there if you buy a ticket from the machine. Grey areas are free to park at.
Road trips in Israel: what to do, what to see
A city of religious nuances, Jerusalem has a number of points of interest, especially for religious travellers. Above all it is a holy city with some pretty holy sights to see: the Garden Tomb believed to be Calvary and the site of Jesus' tomb, Temple Mount, Tomb of the Kings, Mount of Olives, Zion Mountains, Stone of the Anointing, Holy Sepulcre… The Old City is still surrounded by Ottoman-built walls and is a treat to visit and wander around in.
Haifa is a major city in Israel, the third largest o the Mediterranean Sea just below Mount Carmel. It is a 1.5 hour drive from Tel Aviv. While there are plenty of museums to see and Christian sights to see the most popular activity in Haifa is going to the beach. The best beaches are located next to the Hof Hacarmel stations although there are kilometres upon kilometres of nice beaches to the south-west of the city.
Nazareth is famous for one thing: being the birth place of Mary and Joseph from the Christmas story. There are a number of holy places related to the Christian faith in Nazareth including the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph's Church, Mary's Well… For a step back through time, a visit to Nazareth Village is a must. The daily life of a Galilean life from 2000 years ago has been reconstructed, even with actors in period clothing!