Taxis in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is one of the most popular destinations in Israel, as well as the financial and cultural centre of the country. The seaside location makes Tel Aviv a very inviting summertime destination, and its reputation for buzzing nightlife and a burgeoning cultural scene explains why it is often called the ‘city that never stops’. If you want to make the most of your visit in this exciting city, don’t waste any time trying to figure out your way around the public transportation network. Grab a Tel Aviv taxi and you’ll be on your way to a fun vacation in no time.
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Cost of a Tel Aviv Taxi
Taxi tariffs in Israel are officially set by the Israeli government.
The official fares in Tel Aviv were last set in January 2017 and are binding for all taxi drivers within the compulsory driving area. This is ensured by regulated taximeters installed in the taxis. Taxis operate according to two tariffs: the lower tariff between 05:30 and 21:00 and the 25% higher night tariff between 21:00 and 05.30 and on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
Base fee – ₪12.00 (€3)
Kilometer price – ₪3.48 (€0.88)
Waiting time per hour – ₪90.00 (€22.76)
There are surcharges for calling a taxi (₪5/€1.26), for luggage (₪4.6/€1.16 a piece) and for hailing a taxi at Ben Gurion airport (₪5/€1.26). There is often an additional surcharge for taxis taken on Friday and Saturday during Shabbat.
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How to get a Taxi in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is a very busy city, but when it comes to choosing a Tel Aviv taxi for your transportation, things couldn’t be easier. You can choose to simply hail a taxi from the street, walk to the nearest taxi rank, call one of the many local companies or use a taxi app.
Taxi ranks can be found near all the central spots throughout the city, by the Gordon Beach, Jaffa, Bialik Street, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Neve Tzedek Quarter. It’s easy to spot a rank as you will see the queued white cars with the characteristic ‘TAXI’ sign on top. All you have to do is walk to the first taxi, get in and be on your way. Granted, the easiest way to take a cab is to hail one from the street. You wouldn’t need to wait more than five minutes to get in your Tel Aviv taxi.
The most popular taxi app in town is Gett Taxi, followed by Raxi. Taxis in Tel Aviv generally do not accept credit cards.
Benefits of using a Tel Aviv Taxi
The “White City” boasts many activities for young visitors and promises everyone a really fun time. So why waste time waiting for the bus to go from party to party or from landmark to landmark when you can get conveniently from point A to B with the help of a local driver? So book your Tel Aviv taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups and be escorted to your destination with style.
Tel Aviv Taxi Tips
- It is not customary to tip taxi drivers in Israel. You could round up to the nearest shekel or let the driver keep the change, if they have been especially helpful.
- Tel Aviv taxi services are reliable but it is recommended to verify the fare prior to entering the taxi.
- Taxis are usually white Mercedes, Skodas or Kias, and by law must use their taximeter for all rides.
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Tel Aviv
Israel on the whole offers accessible facilities. However, regular taxis driving around the streets of Jaffa or the contemporary area are not equipped with special ramps or seating for wheelchair users. If you’re comfortable folding up your wheelchair, there’s plenty of space to store it in the regular taxis. Otherwise, you can contact Yad Sarah to book an accessible vehicle.
Safety and Complaints for Tel Aviv Taxis
It’s not uncommon practice for taxi drivers to try and rip off unsuspected visitors by taking longer routes, using tariff 2 or increasing the base fare. If you believe this has happened to you, write down the taxi number and driver’s unique ID number and politely ask for your receipt. Then you can contact the company that you booked the taxi from or head to the Tel Aviv Police to make a report.