Tourist Tip #335 / All You Need to Know About Public Transport This Yom Kippur

And transportation will resume later than usual after the Yom Kippur fast, as daylight savings time was extended this year.

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Public transportation will shut down on Friday before Yom Kippur, until the holiday is over on Saturday night. Transportation will resume later than usual after the Yom Kippur fast, as daylight savings time was extended this year.

Buses will go out of commission between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. The Dan bus company, for example, will begin their last rounds of the day at 2:30 P.M.

Egged’s intercity buses will make their last trips on Friday between 1:30 P.M. and 3:00 P.M., and local buses will be taken off the road between 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Israel Railways will also stop service earlier than usual. All trains will run on a normal Friday schedule until 11:00 A.M., but service will gradually wind down between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.

It will be possible, however, to rent Tel O-Fun bicycles in Tel Aviv during Yom Kippur – if you have a subscription. Customer service will be unavailable throughout the holiday, but those with yearly memberships to the Tel Aviv bike share will be able to rent a bicycle before the fast begins, and return it afterwards. Rentals will be available between 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., and no extra usage fees will apply. At 2:00 P.M., the customer service call center will be closed, and at 3:00 P.M., the rental terminals will shut down as well.

Buses will gradually resume service after Yom Kippur ends on Saturday night, between 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M., and will run on normal Saturday night schedules.

Egged buses will resume service at 8:30 P.M.

Because locomotive engines take a long time to prepare for travel, the first Israel Railways train won’t hit the tracks until 11:46 P.M., and it will travel from Be’er Sheva to Nahariya through Tel Aviv. The trains will follow their usual schedule after midnight.

A man walking along an empty street in Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur September 26, 2012. Credit: Reuters
Train service will only resume towards midnight. It takes a long time to prepare the locomotives.Credit: Yaron Kaminsky