Book a rental car when going on a trip to the second most populous city in Israel to be able to explore every corner of Tel Aviv. With a rental car, travelers can enjoy the wonderful beaches of the city but also drive into Jerusalem, which is just over an hour’s drive away.
Ben Gurion Airport is 15 miles from Tel Aviv’s center, so the easiest way is to rent a car directly at the airport and drive into the center in under half an hour via Route 1. All rental car desks are located in the arrivals hall on the first floor and cars from companies like Avis, Hertz, and Europcar can be rented, among some others. Note that an international driver’s license is required.
Driving in Israel is generally not an intimidating affair and most street signs are trilingual in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Honking is pretty common in Tel Aviv and drivers will use it more frequently, often to show their annoyance or impatience. It is advised to remain in the right lane if driving under the speed limit, and changing lanes may require a bit more aggressive driving behavior than travelers are used to from home.
Using a mobile phone during driving is an absolute no-go in Tel Aviv, even if stopped at a red traffic light. Many accidents in the city are caused by people using mobile phones, and people are fined accordingly high for this -- so refrain from using your mobile phone and, if you need navigation, either ask a fellow passenger to help you or pay a little extra for a satnav holder. As traffic increases dramatically during rush hours (which are from Sunday to Thursday from 7-10 am and 4:30-6:30 pm), high attention to the road is recommended.
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Economy rental cars in Tel Aviv are around 72% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Tel Aviv
Some car rental companies in Tel Aviv which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Sixt and Thrifty
On average a hire car in Tel Aviv costs C$ 19 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Europcar (C$ 27/day), Hertz (C$ 33/day) and Dollar (C$ 44/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Europcar Terminal 3, Arrivals Hall null (12 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Tel Aviv are Budget (6.0, 526 reviews), and Hertz (6.0, 94 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Tel Aviv. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Tel Aviv is C$ 9.00 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 108 and C$ 144, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tel Aviv.
A Intermediate car rental in Tel Aviv costs C$ 22 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Tel Aviv costs C$ 15 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Tel Aviv costs C$ 12 per day, on average.
In Tel Aviv, cars are most frequently rented at Budget Hayarkon Str 99 (3 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Tel Aviv costs C$ 135 per week (C$ 19 per day).
On average a rental car in Tel Aviv costs C$ 579 per month (C$ 19 per day).
Since the city can be bursting with traffic during rush hour, changing lanes can be a challenge, and parking spots are hard to get by, opting for a compact car is a good choice. A smaller car will also cost less and won’t need as much gas.
Speed limit signs are given in kilometers per hour. Urban areas allow up to 50 km/h (31 mph), and 80-90 km/h (49-55 mph) is permitted on intercity roads. On highways, drivers can speed up to 100-110 km/h (62-68 mph). Speed cameras are also common in Israel, so adhering to the speed limit is important.
A refill in Israel will cost about 6.69 Israeli new shekel per liter ($1.79 per ¼ gallon, or $7.16 per gallon). Almost all gas stations ask for the same price, so it is not necessary to hunt down the cheapest places to refill the tank. When opting for self-service, the price can be marginally cheaper. Usually all major credit cards are accepted.
Parking in Tel Aviv can be a challenge, so familiarize yourself with the color-coded parking areas beforehand. Red signifies parking is not permitted and blue or white means it is a metered parking area. Many on-street parking spots are also reserved for locals, so it’s probably better to opt for a parking lot or parking garage instead, like the Dizengoff Center parking lot or Suzanne Dellal Parking. In Reading in the north of Tel Aviv, there is a free parking lot from which buses can be taken into the center.