Israel Car Rental is very similar to renting a car in most Western countries. Since the country is relatively small and the distances between points short, you can travel to most destinations by car quite easily. Most of the major International companies like Hertz, Budget, and Avis provide car rental in Israel. Their base rates are comparable to rates in most other countries in the U.S. and Europe.
Top Tip: Book your car rental online below before you travel and save yourself time and money.
Top Tip: Make sure you have a hands free device for your cell phone. It is illegal in Israel and dangerous to talk or text on your phone while driving without one.
Please pay close attention here because this is a tricky one and very expensive in Israel. The cost of the insurance can exceed the price of the rental if you are not careful. Most tourists just pay it not knowing that they have options and, believe me, the rental companies will not go out of their way to educate you.
I am going to help you save a lot of money here so read this carefully.
There are two types of insurance:
Top Tip: Bring a letter or documentation from your credit card company to the sales counter stating the extent of their coverage for Israel. It is often different than coverage within the States or Europe. That is another good reason to book online as you can bypass the hassle of someone trying to sell you insurance that you don't need.
Please note - that by not taking collision damage waiver (CDW) insurance, you (the lessee), and not the credit card company, are initially responsible for any damage or loss to the vehicle. All related expenses will be charged to you on your credit card, but the credit card company will re-reimburse you so in the end it will cost you nothing and save you a lot.
A few exceptions to note:
If you are not used to aggressive driving, prepare yourself. From my personal experience, it is like driving in most major cities like New York. The drivers are quite aggressive and impatient, especially if you find yourself slowing down to read street signs looking for your destination. Most street signs are posted in Hebrew, English, and Arabic., but not very well placed in my opinion.
|Triangular – Warning signs. Obviously pay special attention to these.|
|Circular Speed Limit – The speed limit is 50 kmh or 31 MPH on this road. This is also the standard speed limit in any urban area.|
|Directional Square - Distance to the destination in kilometers|
|Red and white stripes on the curb - no parking|
|Blue and white stripes on the curb - parking is allowed only with a parking ticket which you can purchase at an automated machine nearby. This applies mainly to larger cities only.|
|Red and yellow stripes on the curb - public transportation only, no stopping or parking allowed.|
Ne-higah Ne'eemah! (Have a pleasant drive in Hebrew)