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Jerusalem by Taxi
There are around 2,000 taxis in Jerusalem, particularly in Givat Shaul, Talpiot, Beit Hakerem and other main areas. Though it is safest to book one by phone or obtain one through an official rank, it is common practice to hail one on the street. It is worth looking out for taxis with the branding iTaxi Jerusalem, who have signed a treaty with the municipality pledging fair and quality service. In general, restaurant and hotel staff are happy to call a taxi for you, but bear in mind that an additional 4.70 ILS is charged when one orders taxis by phone in advance.
It is worth making sure you don’t get overcharged by checking that the meter starts at 11.40 ILS, which is the standard minimum taxi tariff in Israel between the hours of 05:00 and 21:00 (Tariff 1). You may want to ask for a printed receipt at the end. If you prefer, you can also agree with the driver on a fair price at the beginning of the journey rather than using the meter. Taxis with the branding iTaxi Jerusalem have a computerized list in the car with standard fares to major destinations in the country.
The standard taxi tariff between 21:01 and 05:29, and on the Sabbath and Jewish festivals (Tariff 2) is 25 percent higher than Tariff 1. An extra 4.00 ILS is charged for every additional person (age 5 and above) when there are more than two people in the car. The driver is also permitted to charge 4.50 ILS per luggage item. Drivers are not permitted to charge extra for hand luggage and wheelchairs.
The average rate for a private taxi to the airport is 200 ILS and 240 ILS with a roof facility for extra luggage. A taxi to the train station at Malha would generally be according to the meter but should cost around 45 ILS - 50 ILS.
Taxi drivers charge an extra 5 ILS when departing from Ben Gurion Airport, and an additional 16 ILS when asked to travel on route 6 (apart from section 18).
Note that taxis are are white in West Jerusalem, and yellow in East Jerusalem.