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Resources > Rental Car Guides > Rental Car in Israel > Israel Driving Information

Car Rental Israel: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Israel offers almost 10,000 mi/16,100 km of highway that you can use to investigate one of the most historic countries in the world. You can drive along the Mediterranean coast and visit the historic city of Tel Aviv. The capital of Jerusalem is easily accessible by a highway that begins in Tel Aviv.

Requirements
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and no older than 75 years old. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. You must have held your license for at least 1 year. Child seats are mandatory up to age 4.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Israel are as follows: City 31mph/50kph Open Roads 49mph/80kph Highways 62mph/100kph

Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right side of the road in Israel, the same as in North America.

Gas
A gallon of unleaded gasoline costs about US$3.80.

Tolls
There are no toll highways in Israel

Parking
Some streets have blue and white lines on the side of the road. Parking is legal in this zone if you have an appropriate parking ticket displayed on the car's dashboard.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Israel.

Required Coverage
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers unlimited coverage in case of damage, injury or death to/of people outside and inside the rental car, including the driver. Damage to property other than rental car, excluding passengers' luggage, is covered up to US$50,000.

Optional Coverage
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$15 - US$20 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$4 - US$8 per day. CDW reduces the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$200 - US$700. Theft Protection reduces the deductible in case of theft to US$0. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately US$3 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Taking vehicles into East Jerusalem is not recommended; theft and damage coverage will be VOID if a vehicle travels into this area. Vehicles are not permitted into areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza).

Restricted Countries
Travel is not allowed outside of Israel. Vehicles are not permitted into the West Bank and into areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza).

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are unrestricted and free of charge. International one-way rentals are not available.


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