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All about renting a car in Israel this summer

If you’re thinking of planning your own itinerary and getting off the beaten track, renting a car is the perfect solution

Eldan car rental (photo: Courtesy)
Eldan car rental (photo: Courtesy)

Driving in Israel is quite convenient and perfectly safe since the roads are good and almost all signs are in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Specific signs also direct you the way of tourist sites or sites of interest. For example, a steeple with a cross is of Christian interest, a bunch of grapes signifies a winery, and a small house is a Zimmer (bed and breakfast.)

Things to think about when renting a car in Israel

  • If you decide to rent a car in Israel, it’s recommended to book in advance, especially in the summer months. In fact it pays to book months before you travel so the best cars can be reserved for you. Plus, if you reserve a car at the airport, your car rental agency can keep the car for you if your flight is delayed since they will check the times of landings so your rental is ready for you upon arrival.
  • When booking your rental car be sure to reserve one that will fit you, and your traveling companions, and your luggage comfortably. Don’t book a small car to save money – you want your trip to Israel to be memorable for all the right reasons.
  • For convenience, it’s generally a good idea to choose a car that has 5 rather than 4 doors. Also, tell your car rental operator if you require a Navigation System – this will save you time and worry when on your trip. Most cars will be equipped with CDs, but make sure to ask if this is a priority for you. Air conditioning should come as standard if you are booking a car through a reputable agency.

When you arrive

Once you arrive to pick up your car, make a thorough check to ensure everything is in order – if there are any bumps or scratches inform the rental agency so you don’t get the blame when you return the car.

Finally, summers in Israel are very hot, so make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen. Be sure you have lots of water with you before you set off. Take breaks whenever you can to get some fresh air – luckily this is something you can do easily because by renting a car you’re in control of your own transportation.

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