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Taxis/Sherut for 5 people

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Taxis/Sherut for 5 people

Hello we are a family of 5 arriving in Israel on 15 April. Will we be able to catch a taxi into Tel Aviv with all five of us (and our luggage) and in general will taxis in Israel take 5 people? Also do sheruts only run on specific routes - how do they differ from taxis? thanks very much

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1. Re: Taxis/Sherut for 5 people

When you arrive at the airport, go to the taxi stand and they will call for a larger vehicle for your family and luggage to get into Tel Aviv. Most taxis in the cities are 4 seaters, but you can put three adults in the back and one in the front. You don't say if you are adults or if you have children with you, so that would depend. You might have to take 2 taxis.

Sheruts are shared taxis that run on specific routes like buses and between cities at less than the cost of a taxi but more than a bus fare. They are vehicles that seat 10 people generally (this is my experience, others may correct this and it might not be true for all routes). The only 'sherut' that takes you to your specific destination, is the sherut from the airport to Jerusalem. Otherwise, they are set routes and you get off at regular stops.

Edited: 7:27 pm, April 03, 2013
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2. Re: Taxis/Sherut for 5 people

Thanks a lot. We are two adults and three chn (11, 11 and 8). Where can I find sherut routes online (in English)? thanks

Israel
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3. Re: Taxis/Sherut for 5 people

The only reason to prefer a sherut over a bus is if you are travelling on Shabbat (Friday evening and Saturday until after dark) when buses don't run.

At other times, bus is preferable. The buses are more comfortable, have luggage space (a sherut is very cramped, with people climbing over each other to get in and out, and nowhere to put luggage), you are higher up in a bus and therefore see more of the view.

In addition, buses run to a set timetable. They leave at their scheduled time, whether they are full or not. A sherut won't depart until it is full, and there is no knowing when that will be. You can be lucky and just be the 10th person they are waiting for so they can leave, or you might just miss one and have to wait for another nine people to turn up. And five people travelling together in a sherut increases the logistical difficulties. What are the chances that a random sherut (they seat 10 passengers) will have five empty seats and will be leaving soon?

But in answer to your question, there is (as far as I know) no list of sherut routes on line in English. The only routes that are likely to be of interest to tourists are Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, and Haifa to Tel Aviv.

Israel
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4. Re: Taxis/Sherut for 5 people

You are best off taking a taxi point to point and readily available at the airport. Don't depend on sheruts, just take the bus and taxis if you are not renting a car. Much more convenient in almost all instances.

Chana

Israel

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