Since July 2011, all tickets and passes inside Gush Dan are common between Dan, Egged, Kavim and Metropoline. Other companies are not part of the new fare scheme.
Gush Dan is divided into three zones:
- Zone 1: Tel Aviv, Rishon LeTziyon, Ramat Gan, Petah Tikva, Holon, Bat Yam, Bnei Brak, Giv'atayim, Or Yehuda, Yehud, Kiryat Ono and a few smaller towns.
- Zone 21: Hertzliya, Raanana, Kfar Saba, Ramat HaSharon, Hod HaSharon and a few smaller towns.
- Zone 22: Rosh HaAyin, Petah Tikva and a few smaller towns.
Based on an official map issued by the ministry of transport.
Source: a PDF briefly explaining the changes in Tel Aviv since July 1st, 2011 (English)
Any ticket bought using a Rav-Kav smart card (using the e-wallet or a kartisiya) is automatically valid for 1.5 hours. This means that you can board as many buses as you like for just 6.60 shekels, as long as you board the last one within 90 minutes of the first one.
Note that a regular paper ticket bought in cash from the driver does not allow transfer.
Available tickets and passes
All tickets and passes are common between Dan, Egged, Kavim and Metropoline in zones 1, 21 and 22.
|If you don't have a Rav-Kav card||If you have a Rav-Kav card|
|Single ticket||6.60 (inside zone) / 10.40 (between zones)||Any single ticket paid by the e-wallet is automatically a 1.5-hour ticket.|
|1.5-hour ticket||1. Buy an anonymous Rav-Kav card from the driver and load cash onto the card's e-wallet.
2. Use the e-wallet to pay 6.60 (inside zone) / 10.40 (between zones).
|6.60 (inside zone) / 10.40 (between zones).
Subtracted from your e-wallet.
|Buy an anonymous Rav-Kav card from the driver and pay 52.80/41.60 to load a kartisiya onto the card.
Child discount is only possible with a personal Rav-Kav card.
|52.80 (instead of 66.00) for 10 rides inside a zone.
40.60 (instead of 52.00) for 5 rides between zones.
For holders of a personal Rav-Kav card under the age of 18:
66.00 (instead of 132.00) for 20 rides inside a zone.
31.20 (instead of 62.40) for 6 rides between zones.
Pay in cash to the driver in order to load a kartisiya onto the card.
(for zone 1 only; valid from 9:00)
|Buy an anonymous Rav-Kav card from the driver and pay 14.50 to load a daily pass onto the card.||Pay 14.50 in cash to the driver in order to load the daily pass onto the card.|
|Requires a personal Rav-Kav card.||235.00 (for zone 1) / 165.00 (for zone 21) / 256.00 (for zones 1, 21, 22).
Pay in cash to the driver in otder to load the monthly pass onto the card.
Possible with a personal Rav-Kav card only.
Senior citizens get a 50% discount for all tickets and passes. Discounted 1.5-hour tickets and daily passes cannot be loaded onto an anonymous Rav-Kav card. To get discounts for these tickets, senior citizens must use a personal Rav-Kav card.
For children up to the age of 18 making multiple journeys, a kartisiya is the best payment option, as it provides a 50% discount.
Students in Israeli academic institutions can purchase a semester pass (about 4-5 months) or a yearly pass. These passes provide a 50% discount when compared to the sum of monthly passes for the same period, and you should contact the academic institution to apply for such a pass.
More information about discounted or free travel, both on urban and intercity buses, can be found on the Egged website.
Passes for passengers travelling between Gush Dan and other parts of Israel
Various monthly bus passes exist between Tel Aviv and other cities, such as Netanya, Lod, Ramla, Ariel etc. Each pass is only valid for some of the bus operators in the area it covers.
Israel Railways offers monthly rail passes which include a monthly bus pass for zone 1 or for zones 1, 21, 22. Just like the regular monthly passes, these are valid for Dan, Egged, Kavim and Metropoline.
If you buy a return ticket from a distant railway station (such as Haifa or Be'er Sheva) to Tel Aviv, you can add a few shekels to get a daily bus pass within zone 1. This is much cheaper than buying the rail ticket and the bus pass separately.