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'''Tel Aviv''' is considered by many the capital of [[Israel]], and the center of the vast Metropolitan which is built all over central [[Israel]]. It is also where all the foreign embassies are located, since they do not recognise [[Jerusalem]] as the capital of [[Israel]].
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|district = Tel Aviv District
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|pop = 438,818 (2016); Metropolitan Area: 3,335,800 (2008)
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'''Tel Aviv''' is Israel's economy and trade center, and serves as the center of the vast metropolitan area which is built all over central [[Israel]]. It is also where most of the foreign embassies are located, since the status of Jerusalem is disputed.
  
Tel Aviv is also a very bad place to start a hitchiking trip. There is almost no good hitchhike spot in Tel Aviv itself, and your best bet is always to take the bus to the suburbs and try there - which is a pain on Shabbath, since there the public transport is very limited and more expensive.
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There is almost no good hitchhike spot in Tel Aviv itself, and your best bet is always to take the bus to the suburbs and try there, which is a pain on Shabbath, since there the public transport is very limited and more expensive.
  
==Hitch out==
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== Hitch out ==
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=== To [[Haifa]] and the North ===
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Hitchhiking to [[Haifa]] and the North is not that bad at all. There are two good places to start, both accessible by buses leaving from the central bus station, or from the Arlozerov Terminal (Namir street).
  
===To [[Haifa]] and the North===
 
Hitchiking to [[Haifa]] and the North is not that bad at all. From the central bus station, or from the Arlozerov Terminal (Namir street), you can take a bus to either the Cinema City complex (on the main road, 5 min out of Tel Aviv), or further towards Yakum (also on the main road, but 20 min out of Tel aviv, after [[Herzalyia]]).
 
In both cases you can start hitchiking from the bus station you were just dropped in.
 
  
To the Cinema city complex take bus number 501/601/90 (8.7 NIS). To Yakum Junction take bus 601 (13.5NIS). From these stops you can hitchike easily north, from the same bus stop you just stepped off in. To [[Haifa]] try to get direct rides, as sometime drivers get off the highway where there is no good hitchiking spot. To [[Afula]] and [[Tiberias]] you will need to get a ride which turns right in Ceaseria Junction to Road 65 - If the driver continues till [[Haifa]] then you will not be able to get off in that junction.
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To the Cinema City complex take bus number 501/601/90 (8.7 NIS). This is on the main road, 5 min out of Tel Aviv, and located half a kilometer north of the Gilot junction, where traffic from Jerusalem joins in with Tel Aviv traffic towards the north. Here there is a bus stop, but traffic on the main road is moving too fast to easily stop a car. Try instead hitchhiking a lift with one of the cars leaving the petrol station or shopping mall. Many drivers are only going to the first city on the main road, [[Herzaliya]], but you can eventually get a lift that will take you beyond.
  
===To [[Beer Sheva]], the Negev, [[Eilat]], [[Egypt]] and [[Aqaba]] ([[Jordan]])===
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You can also take a bus to the intersection where the main road turns off towards Yakum, 20 min out of Tel Aviv, after Herzalyia.. To get to this Yakum junction take bus 601 (13.5NIS). From here you can hitchhike from near the bus stop, which is a bit off the main road and so you'll be waiting for cars coming from Yakum or the petrol station here.
Heading towards Beer Sheva, there is not really a good reason to go hitchike, as the bus fare from Tel Aviv is just 13.70NIS (3.5 Euro). But if you really search for the adventure, or you are heading southern, you can give it a try. Take bus 475 from Tel Aviv central bus station, and ask the driver for a ticket till "El-Al junction" (11.7 NIS). The bus will pass the "Airport offices", and the next station is where you should get off. From the bus station you just descended to, it is possible to hitchike south towards Beer Sheva. You go south on Road 40#, don't take a ride which diverts from this road, and you will get to Beer Sheva. (The last few kms are considered road 406, so don't worry about it).  
 
  
If you are heading southern towards the Negev, [[Eilat]] or [[Egypt]], then it's recommended to take a bus till "Goral Junction", 10 km north of Beer Sheva. Take any bus to [[Beer Sheva]], like line 370 from Arlozerov terminal, and ask the driver to go off in that junction. From there continue your journey on Road 40, and again do not divert from this road. If you don't find there any long-haul rides, ask the drivers to take you do "Hativat Ha-Negev" Junction, from which any ride south will be helpful. Road 40 continues approx. 200 km south, till you reach "Ketura" junction, where you change to road 90 that goes all the way south to Eilat, The Jordanian border and the Taba border crossing. For the Jordanian border go off in Eilot junction and walk the 1km till the border, for the Egyptian border take bus 15 from Eilat (6.5 NIS).
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Another good spot to hitch from Tel Aviv to the North is from right next to the Azrieli shopping mall (HaShalom train station). You'll need to cross the big bridge from Azrieli east (towards Givataim, on HaShalom/Givat HaTahmoshet street), past the train station, and right there turn left to the small ramp leading to Ayalon North. See exact location [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=32.073056,34.793985&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=18&sll=32.072934,34.794254&sspn=0.002477,0.003449&ie=UTF8&z=18 here].
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Notice that if you're going far north, that most of the traffic here is local, so it's best not to take a ride if doesn't take you at least as far as Netanya - otherwise you'll end up in another bad hitching spot in the Tel Aviv area.
  
==Hitching In==
 
  
===From [[Jerusalem]]===
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To Haifa a direct ride is best, as sometime drivers get off the highway where there is no good hitchhiking spot. However, ask the driver and he may know a petrol station on the main road where he can drop you off. To [[Afula]] and [[Tiberias]] you will need to get a ride which turns right in Ceaseria Junction to Road 65 - If the driver continues till Haifa then you will not be able to get off in that junction.
Take a bus to the main bus station in Jerusalem. Go on walking further on Jaffa road, till you get to the main junction where you can see the "Begin" highway. Keep walking straight and pass this junction, and on your right (after the petrol station) you will see a bus station, the best spot to hitchike. Most likely you will see other hitchikers standing there too. If you get bored or want to burn some time, just behind you there is an ancient Palestinian village (Lifta), which was deserted in 1948. go down the stairs and find your way to the local spring.
 
  
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=== To [[Beer Sheva]], the Negev, [[Eilat]], [[Egypt]] and [[Aqaba]] ([[Jordan]]) ===
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One possible spot for this is from the Central ("Merkaz"/"Savidor"/"Tzafon") train station, AKA Arlozorov Bus Terminal, there is a small ramp leading to Ayalon Highway South-bound. Most of the traffic is local, and traffic goes from here in 3 main direction: Ayalon South, Road 4 (Ashdod, South) and Road 1 to [[Jerusalem]] direction. On that ramp there is a little used bus stop, and a place for cars to brake. They often do, even if it seems improbable at first. See exact location [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=Exits+Ayalon+Darom-%E2%80%AB%D7%90%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%9F+%D7%93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9D%E2%80%AC%E2%80%8E&geocode=FV6J6QEdZvcSAg&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=32.082236,34.797376&sspn=0.001239,0.001725&ie=UTF8&ll=32.082315,34.797419&spn=0.001239,0.001725&z=19 here].
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Another spot is Holtz junction, ten minutres walk from the central bus station - Go to the end of Levinsky street, where the bus station is, and turn south before the bridge over the highway, until you get to a street called Kibbutz Galuyot. Then go left under the bridge. There is a bus stop there that is a good spot for rides south and east in the direction of Jerusalem - if the driver is going all the way to the Jerusalem area, ask them to drop you off at Latroun interchange - under the interchange bridge is a possible (not very good) spot, or walk a little bit south along highway 3 (about 5 minutes), past the monastery, there is a bus station that is a much better spot.
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On-ramps to Road 20 (the Ayalon) that are north of LaGuardia (Halacha, Arozolov and HaShalom) are all safe and commonly used for hitchhiking. Standing with a sign is very helpful - "south" (דרום) would be the best sign to hold. Be aware of drivers using Road 6 may be exiting in an area where it is difficult to get a ride. Kiryat Gat is the only Road 6 exit with regular on/off traffic. It is not recommended to take a ride to Ashdod, as there is nowhere safe to drop riders who are heading south because the intersection is now an interchange that continues far away from the road south. Another destination to be aware of is Ashkelon or Sderot (Road 4) - you may wait a long time for a ride out and there are often hitching queues on Friday afternoon/evening.
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However, if 14.5NIS (3 Euro) is only a small part of your daily budget and you're not addicted to hitchhiking there is not really a good reason to go hitchhike - as the bus from Tel Aviv to [[Beer Sheva]] is pretty cheap, and from there you can continue south by thumb easily. Other two options for the adventurous from Tel Aviv:
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# The La Guardia on ramp south. Basically, anyone going South will take you to a better spot. It's not very safe though.
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# Take bus 475 from Tel Aviv central bus station, and ask the driver for a ticket till "El-Al junction" (11.7 NIS). The bus will pass the "Airport offices", and the next station is where you should get off. From the bus station you just descended to, it is possible to hitchhike south towards Beer Sheva. You go south on Road 40#, don't take a ride which diverts from this road, and you will get to Beer Sheva. (The last few kms are considered road 406, so don't worry about it).
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If you are heading southern towards the Negev, [[Eilat]] or [[Egypt]], then it's recommended to take a bus till "Goral Junction", 10 km north of Beer Sheva. Take any bus to [[Beer Sheva]], like line 370 from Arlozerov terminal, and ask the driver to go off in that junction. From there continue your journey on Road 40, and again do not divert from this road. If you don't find there any long-haul rides, ask the drivers to take you do "Hativat Ha-Negev" Junction, from which any ride south will be helpful. Road 40 continues approx. 200 km south, till you reach "Ketura" junction, where you change to road 90 that goes all the way south to Eilat, the Jordanian border crossing at Aqaba, and the Egyptian border crossing at Taba.
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=== To [[Jerusalem]] ===
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Go to the closest Road 20 (Ayalon) junction - preferably Keren Kayemet, Rokach, Halacha, Hashalom or Kibbutz Galuyot. Use a sign (preferably in Hebrew: ירושלים). People will be going to Jerusalem anytime, so only take rides that can bring you the whole way.
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# HaShalom is usually very easy during daytime, but other junctions can work as well.
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# At Kibbutz Galuyot, stand at at 3780 st. junction (32°02'47.4"N 34°47'09.5"E) rather than the bus stop.
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# The La Guardia on-ramp is not very [[hitchhiker's safety|safe]], not a lot of space for traffic to stop, but it's walkable from the center and of course, people ''do'' stop. [[User:Guaka|guaka]] used it twice and it didn't take longer than 10 minutes.
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# Arlozorov might be slower since traffic is heading in many different directions.
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# [[User:Guaka|guaka]] has had okay results with taking a local bus (Kavim 168 and some others) to the Tsomet Aluf Zede junction in Ramat Gan.
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[[User:Roaming Pencil|Roaming Pencil]] has done it several times from different junctions and would recommend never accepting partway rides or taking any road other than Road 1, if possible. There are always people heading to Jerusalem down this route.
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Keep in mind that Jerusalem is quite big and spread over mountains and hills, which makes it less walkable than Tel AViv. You'll probably need to use public transport (or walk a lot) once you get there.
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=== To [[Nablus]] ===
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Take bus 127 to the second but last stop, walk on to highway 5, enjoy hitching in on-ramp since there won't be highway policemen. Be aware that Palestinians are sharing taxi, sometimes you have to pay for the ride.
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Latest revision as of 01:15, 3 August 2018

Tel Aviv
<map lat='32.05' lng='34.8' zoom='11' view='2' country='Israel'/>
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District (mahoz): Tel Aviv District
Population: 438,818 (2016); Metropolitan Area: 3,335,800 (2008)
Major roads: 1, 2, 4, 5, 20
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Tel Aviv is Israel's economy and trade center, and serves as the center of the vast metropolitan area which is built all over central Israel. It is also where most of the foreign embassies are located, since the status of Jerusalem is disputed.

There is almost no good hitchhike spot in Tel Aviv itself, and your best bet is always to take the bus to the suburbs and try there, which is a pain on Shabbath, since there the public transport is very limited and more expensive.

Hitch out

To Haifa and the North

Hitchhiking to Haifa and the North is not that bad at all. There are two good places to start, both accessible by buses leaving from the central bus station, or from the Arlozerov Terminal (Namir street).


To the Cinema City complex take bus number 501/601/90 (8.7 NIS). This is on the main road, 5 min out of Tel Aviv, and located half a kilometer north of the Gilot junction, where traffic from Jerusalem joins in with Tel Aviv traffic towards the north. Here there is a bus stop, but traffic on the main road is moving too fast to easily stop a car. Try instead hitchhiking a lift with one of the cars leaving the petrol station or shopping mall. Many drivers are only going to the first city on the main road, Herzaliya, but you can eventually get a lift that will take you beyond.

You can also take a bus to the intersection where the main road turns off towards Yakum, 20 min out of Tel Aviv, after Herzalyia.. To get to this Yakum junction take bus 601 (13.5NIS). From here you can hitchhike from near the bus stop, which is a bit off the main road and so you'll be waiting for cars coming from Yakum or the petrol station here.

Another good spot to hitch from Tel Aviv to the North is from right next to the Azrieli shopping mall (HaShalom train station). You'll need to cross the big bridge from Azrieli east (towards Givataim, on HaShalom/Givat HaTahmoshet street), past the train station, and right there turn left to the small ramp leading to Ayalon North. See exact location here. Notice that if you're going far north, that most of the traffic here is local, so it's best not to take a ride if doesn't take you at least as far as Netanya - otherwise you'll end up in another bad hitching spot in the Tel Aviv area.


To Haifa a direct ride is best, as sometime drivers get off the highway where there is no good hitchhiking spot. However, ask the driver and he may know a petrol station on the main road where he can drop you off. To Afula and Tiberias you will need to get a ride which turns right in Ceaseria Junction to Road 65 - If the driver continues till Haifa then you will not be able to get off in that junction.

To Beer Sheva, the Negev, Eilat, Egypt and Aqaba (Jordan)

One possible spot for this is from the Central ("Merkaz"/"Savidor"/"Tzafon") train station, AKA Arlozorov Bus Terminal, there is a small ramp leading to Ayalon Highway South-bound. Most of the traffic is local, and traffic goes from here in 3 main direction: Ayalon South, Road 4 (Ashdod, South) and Road 1 to Jerusalem direction. On that ramp there is a little used bus stop, and a place for cars to brake. They often do, even if it seems improbable at first. See exact location here.

Another spot is Holtz junction, ten minutres walk from the central bus station - Go to the end of Levinsky street, where the bus station is, and turn south before the bridge over the highway, until you get to a street called Kibbutz Galuyot. Then go left under the bridge. There is a bus stop there that is a good spot for rides south and east in the direction of Jerusalem - if the driver is going all the way to the Jerusalem area, ask them to drop you off at Latroun interchange - under the interchange bridge is a possible (not very good) spot, or walk a little bit south along highway 3 (about 5 minutes), past the monastery, there is a bus station that is a much better spot.

On-ramps to Road 20 (the Ayalon) that are north of LaGuardia (Halacha, Arozolov and HaShalom) are all safe and commonly used for hitchhiking. Standing with a sign is very helpful - "south" (דרום) would be the best sign to hold. Be aware of drivers using Road 6 may be exiting in an area where it is difficult to get a ride. Kiryat Gat is the only Road 6 exit with regular on/off traffic. It is not recommended to take a ride to Ashdod, as there is nowhere safe to drop riders who are heading south because the intersection is now an interchange that continues far away from the road south. Another destination to be aware of is Ashkelon or Sderot (Road 4) - you may wait a long time for a ride out and there are often hitching queues on Friday afternoon/evening.

However, if 14.5NIS (3 Euro) is only a small part of your daily budget and you're not addicted to hitchhiking there is not really a good reason to go hitchhike - as the bus from Tel Aviv to Beer Sheva is pretty cheap, and from there you can continue south by thumb easily. Other two options for the adventurous from Tel Aviv:

  1. The La Guardia on ramp south. Basically, anyone going South will take you to a better spot. It's not very safe though.
  2. Take bus 475 from Tel Aviv central bus station, and ask the driver for a ticket till "El-Al junction" (11.7 NIS). The bus will pass the "Airport offices", and the next station is where you should get off. From the bus station you just descended to, it is possible to hitchhike south towards Beer Sheva. You go south on Road 40#, don't take a ride which diverts from this road, and you will get to Beer Sheva. (The last few kms are considered road 406, so don't worry about it).

If you are heading southern towards the Negev, Eilat or Egypt, then it's recommended to take a bus till "Goral Junction", 10 km north of Beer Sheva. Take any bus to Beer Sheva, like line 370 from Arlozerov terminal, and ask the driver to go off in that junction. From there continue your journey on Road 40, and again do not divert from this road. If you don't find there any long-haul rides, ask the drivers to take you do "Hativat Ha-Negev" Junction, from which any ride south will be helpful. Road 40 continues approx. 200 km south, till you reach "Ketura" junction, where you change to road 90 that goes all the way south to Eilat, the Jordanian border crossing at Aqaba, and the Egyptian border crossing at Taba.

To Jerusalem

Go to the closest Road 20 (Ayalon) junction - preferably Keren Kayemet, Rokach, Halacha, Hashalom or Kibbutz Galuyot. Use a sign (preferably in Hebrew: ירושלים). People will be going to Jerusalem anytime, so only take rides that can bring you the whole way.

  1. HaShalom is usually very easy during daytime, but other junctions can work as well.
  2. At Kibbutz Galuyot, stand at at 3780 st. junction (32°02'47.4"N 34°47'09.5"E) rather than the bus stop.
  3. The La Guardia on-ramp is not very safe, not a lot of space for traffic to stop, but it's walkable from the center and of course, people do stop. guaka used it twice and it didn't take longer than 10 minutes.
  4. Arlozorov might be slower since traffic is heading in many different directions.
  1. guaka has had okay results with taking a local bus (Kavim 168 and some others) to the Tsomet Aluf Zede junction in Ramat Gan.

Roaming Pencil has done it several times from different junctions and would recommend never accepting partway rides or taking any road other than Road 1, if possible. There are always people heading to Jerusalem down this route.

Keep in mind that Jerusalem is quite big and spread over mountains and hills, which makes it less walkable than Tel AViv. You'll probably need to use public transport (or walk a lot) once you get there.

To Nablus

Take bus 127 to the second but last stop, walk on to highway 5, enjoy hitching in on-ramp since there won't be highway policemen. Be aware that Palestinians are sharing taxi, sometimes you have to pay for the ride.

Flag of Israel.svg Israeli cities and regions

Major cities: JerusalemTel AvivHaifaBe'er Sheva

Minor cities: TiberiasEilatNetanyaHebron

Towns: Rosh PinaRehovotModi'in

Regions: Dead SeaWest Bank

Airports: Ben Gurion International Airport

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