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Tel Aviv

Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Buses are still prohibited. There are vans called “sheruts” that follow similar routes to the buses and pick up passengers at the same stops for about $1.50 a ride, though the routes aren’t easily laid out (you can ask anyone waiting and they’ll help you with which number sherut to use). Taxis are usually safe, though the drivers seem to be the only people in Tel Aviv who have limited English capabilities. - Aug 19, 2017
Buses not allowed for USG personnel, but GETT taxi app dominates here over Uber and is decently-priced. Shared taxis (sheruts) are permissible and are an excellent way to get around the city easily for the equivalent of less than $2 a ride. I use them all the time. - Oct 24, 2016
Taxis are safe! if you use Uber or their local app Gett taxi, those are great options too, but they are not cheap. - Jul 25, 2016
Embassy personnel are still not permitted to ride buses though we can use taxis and sheruts (shared taxis). Taxis and sheruts are fairly affordable. You can get most across Tel Aviv for about US$15 in a taxi. Sherut prices are comparable to local buses, but seats can be hard to find at rush hour. - Apr 12, 2016
Reasonably affordable and safe. The national railways do have issues with the unions, so sudden strikes can be a plague. - Mar 23, 2016
Buses aren't allowed for Embassy folks. Trains and taxis are safe and there are shared buses - sheruts. I drive everywhere. - Nov 18, 2014
Trains are okay to use as are the Sheruts (small buses). No regular buses are allowed for US Embassy employees or their family members. - Apr 10, 2013
Can't ride a bus, but trains, taxis, and small commuter buses are fine and cheap. - Aug 14, 2010
We can't take local buses, but taxis are cheap unless the driver is trying to cheat you (which they will do unless you insist on the "monay" or meter). Sheruts (shared taxis) are plentiful, but they only run on certain routes. - Jul 26, 2010
Taxis are plentiful and pretty cheap. AmCit embassy employees are not allowed to take buses or trains. - Feb 27, 2009
We are not allowed to use public transportation but taxis are quite affordable. - Sep 19, 2008
Taxis- Yes, trains & buses are not allowed for embassy staff and families. - Jul 2, 2008