Guide to Driving In Israel - Drive Safe in Israel

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Israel and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

80-90 kph

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motorway speed limit

110 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 24mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Israel on the Right side  
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The currency in Israel is ILS
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To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 17 years of age
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Current fuel price in Israel 1.61 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Israel

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Israel?

Driving in Israel
Pocket guide to driving in Israel
Profile:
Israel
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
ILS
Driving in Israel
SPEED: (kph)
50
80-90
110
Speed limit in Israel
Holiday:
Rush hour in Israel
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Israel
FUEL:
1.44
1.32
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Israel
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Israel
MIN AGE:
17
21
Min driving age in Israel
DRINK:
24mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Israel
EMERGENCY:
100
Emergency phone number in Israel
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Israel
PHONES:
Yes
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Israel
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Israel
Driving is on the right with overtaking on the left. Most of the rules are the same as you would expect in Western Europe. Despite being common in other countries, turning right or left at a red light is illegal. Remember that nothing happens in Israel from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown which is the Sabbath, so it is a good idea to have a car if you want to get around. Normally roads which go south-north have even numbers and roads which go west-east have odd numbers. Israel has a bad record for traffic accidents and so you are advised to drive cautiously, especially on the desert roads where there is no barrier between oncoming lanes. Congestion in Tel Aviv can be a problem during rush hours so allow extra time.

Beware of Bad Driving in Israel;
Bad Driving in Israel








 

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 100

Police Fire: 101

Police Ambulance: 102

Notes: 112 also works for all emergencies from mobile phones.

Fuel Prices in Israel by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Parking in Israel is easy to negotiate as long as you can remember your colour combinations. You'll also find dusty outdoor lots managed by a person in a hut or, in the cities, multi-storey, CCTV protected car parks.
 
Paid parking
 
For safety, use a multi-storey park but if using street parking, blue and white lines mean that your car needs a ticket from a nearby machine. Grey lines means that it is free to park there. 
 
Enforcement
 
Red and yellow lines mean that only public transport can stop there. Red and white lines mean that no-one can stop there.
 
Disabled parking
 
There are no provisions for holders of the European Blue Badge scheme but if you explain your requirements to an attendant, they'll usually do their best to help. 

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 100

Police Fire: 101

Police Ambulance: 102

The Police Service number is 100, the Fire Service number is 102 and the Ambulance Service number is 101. You can also call 112 for all emergencies.

American Embassy in Tel Aviv Israel
The American Embassy is at 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv. The embassy website is https://il.usembassy.gov/









 

What to do in an emergency

Do not move your car (unless it is in a dangerous position which might lead to another accident) and wait for the police to arrive. In the meantime swap insurance information and addresses with the other driver. If you have a camera handy take pictures of the accident for police and insurance purposes. 

If you suffer car trouble, call the number given to you by the hire car company or use the Israeli partner of your home country roadside assistance company.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

All road signs are in English as well as Hebrew. Almost all Israelis speak good English so you should never struggle to get yourself understood.

Israel Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Israel by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 1.49 1.61
May, 2019 1.53 1.65
Apr, 2019 1.43 1.55
Mar, 2019 1.38 1.50
Feb, 2019 1.33 1.45
Jan, 2019 1.32 1.44

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Israel and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
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Visitor Comments

  • 10/31/2018

    David

    There is no such thing as an "English" driver's licenses. England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are all constituent countries Great Britain (or the United Kingdom of GB), thus BRITISH licenses are issued.
  • 10/31/2018

    Peter

    As for foreign driver's licence, you are all wrong. According to the info from Foreign Affairs Ministry of Israel any foreign licence is valid in the country and there is no need for obtaining any special international licence whatsoever.
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