OK, it is true that my next trip is not until May 2008, so I have a little time to plan. :-) But I question occurred to me on this quiet , rainy Christmas morning in Cincinnati that I thought I would ask now while it's in my mind.
I learned on my last trip in October that having a rental car in Tel Aviv is a pointless hassle. I never use it in the city, and trying to make my way from the Ayalon to the Metropolitan Hotel at night proved to be a REAL mess. What is with intersection signs in Israel where you can't tell the name of the cross street until after you have already passed it because it is hidden behind the street sign for the street you are on? I usually know the street I'm on -- it's the cross street I want to read! Grrrrrrrrrr.
So on my next trip, I will not pick up the rental car until I'm ready to leave Tel Aviv for the north, then I'll drop it off when arriving in Jerusalem. That means that I will have to take a cab or sherut from Ben Gurion Airport into Tel Aviv. Two questions:
(1) If I take a sherut (I will be travelling with a friend), do the sheruts to Tel Aviv stop at the individual hotels or just at the Central Bus Station? What would be the expected cost?
(2) If I take a cab, should we expect to have a fixed price quoted (and if so, what is the standard)? Or should we ask for the meter, as I know to do within the cities?
Thanks for your help!