Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Changes in EGGED Bus Fares / January 2012

The tram in Jerusalem

Photo: Miriam Woelke

Starting from January 1, 2012: The state - owned Israeli bus company EGGED raised many bus fares. A local one - way - ticket in Jerusalem as well as in Tel Aviv costs now 6,60 Shekels. The difference is that in Jerusalem, passengers are allowed to use a second bus with the same ticket. 

Usually we all expect a raise in bus fares but when I bought a ticket from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem yesterday (including the return), I found out that the price for the ticket got cheaper. From formerly 34 Shekels it went down to 30,60 Shekels. 

In case you are planning to buy a one - way - ticket for Jerusalem's tram: Although the tram is not part of EGGED, the fare is still 6,60 Shekels. 


  1. Now that you had a ride on the new tram (reminds me the ones in Strasbourg); I am still curious about how does one get the ticket?
    Must buy from driver, or a vending-machine at the stops?
    (how to avoid a "schwarze fahrer") ?
    Are there conductors inside selling it also, or maybe the ticket must be swiped before entering the boarding area ?
    Thank you.

  2. B"H

    This was a bit of a problem to find out. You don't buy the ticket from the driver but from the vending machines at the stops.

    You choose the ticket at the screen. You can also do using the ENGLISH button.

    Then you click on one - way (I don't know whether the ticket allows more than one way), then confirm and only then, the whole for the money opens. Put in the money (the machine is giving back money, in case you don't have the exact amount).

    You get two tickets. One where it says the time of purchase and everything and one ticket which seems to be empty.

    When you get on the tram, look for a machine to stamp your ticket. Stamp the ticket which seems to be empty and not the one with the time and amount.

    You have to put it into the machine in a certain way and when it stamps, a green light goes on.

    When I did this for the first time, it took me a while to find out. Then an inspector got on the tram and showed me how to do it.

    Tickets are actually being checked by whole teams coming in.

  3. That is a new way, rather interesting; thank you very much for the detailed info.