Israel (and occupied Palestinian Territories) Driving and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years- The Middle East being an obvious area where this is the case. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving In Israel (and occupied Palestinian Territories)
Israeli roads and highways tend to be in good condition but are crowded, especially in the main Cities. Aggressive,fast driving is commonplace and many drivers fail to maintain safe following distances or signal before changing lanes or making turns. Overtaking on high speed undivided two-lane roads is common and results in frequent accidents. Drivers are also prone to stop suddenly on roads without warning, especially in the right lane. Headlights must be used during all intercity travel, both day and night, during winter. All cars must also contain fluorescent and you must wear these if you have to get out of the car to make repairs, change tires, etc. If the police stop you and the vehicle doesn’t have a fluorescent vest, you will be fined , so make sure the rental car has one before you set off. You should avoid travel to the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar along the border with Lebanon (the “Blue Line”) because of on-going military operations and as stated above you won’t be able to take a rental car into the Palestinian Territories. In the West Bank and Gaza crowded and often poorly maintained roads are common. During periods of heightened tensions, stone throwing is common, and you should speak to locals and keep an eye on the news to avoid being caught up in any civil unrest.
Israel Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, all have offices in Israel. Tel Aviv and Eilat also usually feature on broker sites such as ebookers.com.
Local companies –
The first company come recommended and have a UK booking office, contact number 020 8951 5727.
This company can organise pre determined self drive itineraries-
Palestinian Occupied Territories Car Rental
This is a car rental company in Ramallah who can arrange car hire in the Palestinian Territories.
Israel Self Driving Rules –
Some of the big rental firms say you’ll need an International Driving permit plus your own licence .The local sites mentioned above say you only need a photo licence from your own country so check when booking. Vehicles may not be driven into the Gaza Strip or into areas under control of the Palestinian authority. Similarly, cars hired in Palestinian territory can’t be taken to Israel though Adams car rental say they can coordinate vehicles for people who want to rent there. Most firms also won’t allow cars to be taken in Jordan or Sinai. There may also be restrictions on driving on Toll Road 6.