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Train Travel in Israel

How are the trains in Israel?

The recent construction of train lines has made train travel in israel easier for the life of an weary traveler. Traffic on the roads of Israel can be tough to handle sometimes. As they are, the trains have great routes, including several that are intercity and go through major tour hubs and the nice thing is that the trains both inexpensive and pretty comfortable.

There are four stations in Tel Aviv alone. One can travel by train from the airport and wind up in one of Nahariya, beautiful Haifa, Beer Sheva or the old city, Jerusalem. Among the other available lines are more residential areas like Bet Shemesh, but also Modiin and Kfar Sava.

They are presently working on more routes, including a high-speed train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, via Ben Gurion International Airport. The new train tunnel will save you all the ups and downs of the ride to Jerusalem.

Israel Railways has a pretty good website. You can plan your travel and get the schedule of  your desired rout but unfortunately you can’t buy a ticket on-line :


Trains Entering Tel-Aviv HaShalom Station
Photo: Omer Simkha

What is fun about taking the trains is that on many lines there are comfortable (and accessible) double-decker carriages, while riding from Jerusalem and Bet Shemesh, for example, provides a most relaxing and scenic view of Israel’s dry, hill strewn countryside.

You can avoid trafic jams. Israel Railways, as it is called, also happens to save travelers quite a bit of time wasted sitting in dense traffic coming out of both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The latest addition to the train lines include a route, opened just this year, moving between the suburban areas of Bat Yam, Holon and Rishon LeZion, a wonderfully coastal town home of the first Zionist settlement in Israel.

Israel Railway Museum

For those train enthusiasts out there, there is even a nice Railway Museum to visit out in the old Turkish-era station at Haifa Mizrah. The museum is complete with visual and textual history of the area’s first rail in the 19th century. The Israel Railway Museum provides a historical overview of railways in the Holy Land and their part in the development of the country from the first line between Jaffa and Jerusalem opened in 1892 under Turkish rule, through two World Wars, the British Mandate, and right up to the revitalized Israel Railways of the 21st Century.The museum also affords a lovely panoramic view of trains passing through the city and Mount Carmel.

The Israel Railway Museum is open Sundays – Thursdays, except holydays and eve of holydays, from 08:00-16:00.

The Museum’s address is Hativat Golani St. 1, Haifa. Please note this address is applicable only to visitors arriving by foot or by public transportation. Visitors arriving by car will find the entrance to the Museum’s driveway at the junction of HaMelacha and Hiram streets.

Telephone (during local working hours): +972-4-8564180, +972-4-8564293.

Fax:  +972-4-8564310.

Free Apps

Next Train – ONE TOUCH way to Israel Railways

Easy and Quick way to see next train information!
One touch – and your got all the info about the train YOU NEED. Departure time, direction, platform – all of it. No searching through time-tables! Just choose the station and see all relevant data!

All trains info, including platform, given in order of departure (North vs. South marked in color).
One more touch and you see all route and stops data about the chosen train!!The program remembers your usual choices.

Languages: AR | EN | HE | RU

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Israel railways also works pretty well with ‘moovit’ app. Actually, it works so well together – moovit is a built in feature inside the official website.
This is the moovit website, which is a trip planning live app:

It can also be found on the Appstore:

And google play store:


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