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Tel Aviv is a modern city that has been designed with a sensible pattern except in the very old areas where you really need a good map. It is very easy to navigate through the city and there are plenty of signs to help as well. A nice thing that really comes in handy as well is that the street signs, and most signs for that matter, come in three languages--Hebrew, Arabic, and English. This is very important if you plan on renting a car and driving around by yourself without a tour guide. Israel follows standard driving rules, and traffic flows on the right side of the road. If you want to take a taxi while you are in the city you will have no problem getting one. These are safe and comfortable rides and they are a good alternative to walking all over town. The fares aren't extremely expensive. Be sure to have the driver start the meter and don't forget to take your receipt at the end. Tipping in taxis is not customary or expected. You should have exchanged your currency because many cab drivers won't take non-Israeli currency. However, sometimes you will be able to find one that will, but you may end up getting ripped off because of unfair exchange rates.
Tel Aviv is a good walking city. There are also excellent urban and inter-urban bus and "sherut" (shared taxi) services. Trains run frequently on some routes, less so on others and the major advantage is avoiding the traffic blockages that occur as in all urban centers.