Israel: Try the bus to get around
You can get almost anywhere in Israel by bus, and the central bus station is a fixture in most towns. Ask for the tahana merkazit. The Egged bus cooperative handles all bus routes, except those in Tel Aviv, where Dan operates. Fares are a flat-rate per journey, not based on distance. For both local and intercity travel, bus drivers accept payment for tickets (payable only in shekels). They don't make change for a bill over NIS 50. It's faster to buy tickets at the bus station.
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On Saturdays (the Jewish Sabbath) buses are rare and trains stop running. You may have to get a taxi.
For long hauls such as the journey to Eilat the bus service from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is recommended. Book seats in advance.
Trains run between the main cities.