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Car Hire in Tel Aviv

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###Car Hire in Tel Aviv

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Israel, with all its conflict concerning territory and relations with neighbouring countries, makes a fascinating destination in Southwestern Asia. Its modern and cosmopolitan environment exudes a vibrant feel where you will find various cafes and restaurants, as well as Bauhaus-era buildings and the historic port of Jaffa. Museums, boutiques, and beaches are also major attractions here, which are not to be missed.

###Where to hire a car in Tel Aviv There are various car hire companies to check out in different parts of Tel Aviv, such as international firms Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. Local operators also serve the city centre, which allow you to consider different providers and compare the rates and selection. Various models from famous car manufacturers can be found here, which will likely provide the car you need.

When submitting your requirements, there is no need to submit an International Driver's Permit (IDP). A licence from your home country is enough, while other operators might require more documents. Discuss all your concerns with the car hire provider, such as the costs, restrictions, and regulations you need to follow. You should also have an insurance ready, so you can get coverage just in case of an emergency.

###What to expect when hiring a car from Tel Aviv The traffic in Tel Aviv may be harsh and taxing on the patience, but it can be convenient to drive around on your own. This makes it important that you venture to your destination outside the peak times of the day. Rush hours in Tel Aviv lie between 7:00 and 10:00 in the morning, as well as 3:30 to 6:30 in the late afternoon from Sundays to Thursdays. Fridays usually have light traffic, since most official establishments are closed on this day.

There is only one toll road in Israel, which is the Pan Israel Highway (Highway 7), which makes it relatively easier to reach different parts of the country. Tel Aviv also has a congestion charge similar to other Israeli cities, which makes it necessary to allot a certain amount when you are going to the specified zone in the city. Bicycles also make their way around the city, which makes it necessary to be more carefully when traversing the streets. Upon arriving at your destination, be sure to arrange your parking ahead of time. You can also look for an available space at metered parking or at curbs painted blue and white. You will need to display a parking card if you plan to use these curbs.

###Getting to your destination There are a number of possible destinations in Israel to visit from Tel Aviv. Some of them are:

Jerusalem, one of the foremost pilgrimage destinations for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, has a treasury of sacred buildings and relics. Some of the attractions to be seen here include the City of David, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Israel Museum, to name a few.

From Tel Aviv, you can reach Jerusalem within an hour of driving, covering approximately 68 kilometres. There are three routes you can take to drive to Tel Aviv: via Route 1, via Route 1 and Route 443, and via Route 431 and Route 1.

One of the most picturesque cities in the region is Haifa, where you can enjoy the view from the top of the majestic Mt Carmel. You can also venture to the Baha'i Gardens and then to the cultural landmarks such as Hect Museum, Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, and many others.

Haifa is accessible from Tel Aviv via Kvish Hahof/Route 2, or via Yitzhak Rabin Hwy/Route 6. Both routes have tolls; and driving time can take about an hour and 16 minutes, covering a hundred kilometres more or less.

Coming a long way from being a small Jewish village, Nazareth has become a bustling city with shop-lined thoroughfares and crumbling Ottoman-era mansions. You will also find here several landmarks, some of which are the Centre International Marie de Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation, and an ancient bathhouse.

In an hour and 30 minutes you can get to Nazareth from Israel via Yitzhak Rabin Hwy/Route 6 and Route 65 (this route has tolls), or via Kvish Hahof/Route 2 and Route 65.

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