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Getting Around

Sherut

Sheruts (sheh-roots) are a useful way to get around. These vehicles, often 13-seat minivans, operate on a fixed route for a fixed price. They're like a bus except that they don’t have pre-set stops. If you don’t know the fare, ask your fellow passengers.

Sheruts (Hebrew plural: moni'ot sherut – the word sherutim means 'bathrooms'!) are generally quicker than buses. They begin their runs from a recognised taxi rank and leave only when they’re full so you may have to hang around for a while, though rarely more than 20 minutes. You can get out anywhere you like but will probably have to pay the full fare to the final destination. Many sheruts operate 24/7 and are the only means of public transport in Israel on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, eg between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Prices are the same or slightly lower than buses except on Shabbat, when they rise slightly.