Public Transport Across Israel Changes During Coronavirus Lockdown

Buses and trains run until 8:00 P.M. on weekdays; No intercity service on weekends

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A bus waits in traffic at a police checkpoint during the second coronavirus lockdown, Jerusalem, September 21, 2020.
A bus waits in traffic at a police checkpoint during the second coronavirus lockdown, Jerusalem, September 21, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Public transport services will operate on a reduced schedule starting Tuesday morning, following the cabinet’s decision to impose a general lockdown. 

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The Transportation Ministry said on Friday essential services will still be provided for essential workers and those who need to get to medical centers.

Services inside the cities will continue to run, but on a reduced basis, and only the main routes will be fully operational. On weekdays, service will run until 8:00 P.M., and intercity routes will not operate on weekends.

City buses will run on a reduced basis on Fridays and Saturday nights after Shabbat. On Saturday night buses will only operate until 10:00 P.M..

The Babel service in the Dan region and Tik-Tak in Haifa and Jerusalem, which can be ordered ahead of time via app, will continue to operate for essential workers on Sunday through Thursday. The numbers of passengers will be limited in accordance with the regulations. Sherut taxis and private cabs will also continue to operate in accordance with purple badge rules.

The light rail in Jerusalem and the Israel train system will continue to run, but their services will be reduced during the week. Meanwhile, trains will not run on the weekends and train services will be reduced in the suburbs. Train rides must be reserved in advance, and the number of passengers will be limited to 50 percent capacity. The Israeli railway system has developed a framework to limit the numbers of passengers which has been operational for three months and has proven itself to work well. As a result, trains operate well, they are clean, and the public considers them a safe means of travel.

On Friday evening and Yom Kippur eve, only city transport will be available and there will be no intercity buses or trains. On Saturday night and the evening following Yom Kippur public transport will be limited to service inside cities, which will run only until 10:00 P.M..

Further information about available public transport routes can be obtained at the *8787 number and on the Transport Ministry’s website.

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