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Car hire driving information Israel

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Driving in Israel is nothing for the inexperienced drivers. The driving style of the Israelis are often described as wild and inpatient. The traffic signs in Israel are mostly in three languages: Hebrew, Arab and English. The motorway system is modern and well kept. Big investments has been made during recent years to improve the road network. Drive safely in Israel - the country has much to offer.   

To rent a car in Israel, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver?s license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Some suppliers have restrictions also for drivers over 75 years of age. Seatbelts are mandatory for both driver and passengers and children under 4 years should be in a car safety seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Israel are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Open roads: 80 km/h
  • Motorways: 100 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Israel you drive on the right side of the road. Remember to use dipped headlights also during the day between November to March on the motorway. Watch out for speed cameras.

There are many petrol stations and the opening hours vary, depending on location. It is possible to find stations open 24 h or that has self service.

The only toll road in Israel is the highway 6. There are no toll booths since you pay electronically. The invoice is being sent to the car rental company for you to pay at drop off.

Red and white stripes painted on the pavement edge means no parking allowed, blue and white stripes tell you that parking is available with a parking ticket. Red and yellow stripes are for public transportation only.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
With a rental car in Israel you are not allowed to travel abroad and take the car on a ferry. We also do not recommend taking the car into East Jerusalem. If travelling to this area the insurance will not be valid. Travelling to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza) is not covered.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. International one ways are not allowed.

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