Where to rent a car in Jerusalem
Here at Skyscanner Israel, we can connect you to the best car rental companies, agencies, and brokers and find you the best deals on cheap car rental. Whether you need a car to tour the city without squeezing into buses or planning a weekend trip to other parts of Israel, we’ll show you offers from international car rental in Jerusalem companies such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt, as well as local companies such as Eldan Car Rental, Albar Car Rental, Cal-Auto, and others. There are dozens of pick-up locations all over the city. Most of the car rental companies have offices in King David Street, as well as Yermiuahu, Beit Hadfus, Romema, and others.
Gas stations in Jerusalem
When you book a car rental in Jerusalem, more than 50 gas stations operate in the city, spread across its different quarters. If you select a “full to full” agreement, it’ll make your drop-off easy. Some of these stations are open 24 hours a day. You can find here Delek, Dor Alon, Paz, Sonol, Ten, and Ya’ad.
What to explore in Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is one of the most significant historical sites in the world. Visit the Israel Museum which covers over 80 dunams and exhibits some of the world’s best art and archaeology. Don’t miss Machane Yahuda, walk along the Western Wall, visit the Dome of Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Other must visit places when you book a car rental in Jerusalem include Yad Vashem, David’s Tower, and the Austrian Hospice. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is one of the most-visited sites in Israel for an excellent reason. Highway 50, also known as Begin Road, is the expressway of Jerusalem. Highway number 1 connects Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Parking in Jerusalem
There are three "Park & Go" free of charge parking lots: Ammunition Hill, Pisgat Ze'ev and Mount Herzl. Parking on the main streets of the city is for a fee; the hourly fee is ₪5.70. Te rate is ₪17.10 per hour in the First Station, the Ta'asiya in Talpiot, and Liberty Bell Park. Paid parking is permitted Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 to 18:00/19:00/20:00, depending on the area, and on Fridays and holiday eves 8:00-13:00. Parking cards must be purchased for inner city parking. You can buy it from street kiosks, gas stations and post offices. Make sure to park only in designated areas to avoid fines.
Central parking lots in Jerusalem: Safra Square parking lot - Shivtei Yisrael Street; Karta parking lot - Yitzhak Kariv Street; Damascus Gate parking lot - at the entrance to the Damascus Gate; Mount Herzl parking lot - free of charge; Ammunition Hill parking lot - free of charge; Ein Karem parking lot - in Ein Karem neighborhood, free of charge; Mall Market parking lot - Agripas Street, Mahane Yehuda Market.
When you have a car rental in Jerusalem, it’s essential to be familiar with the color system of the city: Red and white painted curbs signify that parking is illegal. Blue and white curbs mean legal, paid parking. Yellow signs next to blue and white curbs state at what hours one must pay for parking, the maximum number of hours allowed, and when it is free. Gray curbs with no signs indicate that parking is free.
Day trips from Jerusalem with a car
Tel Aviv תל אביב
Tel Aviv has the one thing that Jerusalem doesn’t: beaches, beaches, and more beaches. Therefore, when you book a car rental in Jerusalem, you can drive to Tel Aviv and catch the sun on one of the city’s stunning beaches, one of them is called Jerusalem Beach. Spend some time at the charming Tel Aviv port or drive to the museums such as Israel Museum or Tel Aviv Museum of Art. More top attractions in Tel Aviv: The promenade from Jaffa port to Tel Aviv port; Palmach Museum; and Ben Gurion House. Park Hayarkon is an urban park with walking and paths; kids play areas, botanical gardens, sports facilities, two mini zoos, and artificial lakes. Popular markets: Carmel Market, Levinsky Market, and the Farmers’ Market. Tel Aviv is about 67 km from the Tel Aviv the drive takes about an hour via route 1. Make sure to park only in designated areas to avoid fines. Looking for a cheap car rental in Tel Aviv? No problems, we have great offers in Tel Aviv too!
The Dead Sea ים המלח
Several public beaches are open along the shores of the Dead Sea. The Popular beaches include Ein Gedi Beach and the beach at the Ein Bokek resort. Several beaches charge an entrance fee, others are free of charge. You can also visit Masada (מצדה) and Ein Gedi (עין גדי). Depends on your origin and final destination, the distance between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea is 68-110 km and the driving time is about 50 minutes.
The Negev - הנגב
With a car rental in Jerusalem, you can drive to Mitzpe Ramon. The distance is about 160 km and the journey time is less than two hours. The desert is vast in Israel. But, it is a magical and fascinating place to explore, especially if you book a car rental in Jerusalem. It’s perfect for families, couples, or a group of friends. When you reserve a car rental in Jerusalem, include in your itinerary Sde Boker, Ein Avdat, and Ramon Crater. You can spend the night in the area and explore more of it. Check the offers on Skyscanner Hotels.
This information is correct as of October 2018