Eldan Hotel

24 King David St., Jerusalem, Israel
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77
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Car Rentals

by Martin_S.

Car Rental Agencies In Israel
Eldan (www.eldan.co.il),
Avis (www.avis.co.il),
Hertz (www.hertz.co.il),
Budget (www.budget.co.il),
Sixt (www.sixt.com),
Eurocar (www.europcar.co.uk),
Reliable (www.reliable.co.il) and
Tamir (www.tamir-rental.com).
Martin

Must Rent a GPS

by toby24

It is a great idea to rent a GPS unit when you rent a car. It makes life so much easier. Navigating Israel can be nearly impossible. You can rent a GPS from a company called GPS express. They are located at the airport and at the Eldan office on King David street in Jerusalem. I think they charge $12 a day. Well worth it. When i rented one, i had a problem with the unit at 11:30pm and i talked to a an english speaker who helped me with the problem.

Renting A Car

by RhineRoll

Discovering Israel by rental car is an excellent thing to do for all individualists who like to create their own itinerary. The road network is quite good and while driving standards are not exactly on par with British courtesy, with the necessary defensive driving style you won't have too many problems. I've driven in places like Rome and Naples and Israel was much better in comparison. Overland driving is quite relaxing I thought, it seems to be mostly in dense city traffic where a certain impulsiveness and impatience leads to dangerous situations, and the impossible parking situation certainly doesn't help.

Don't book a rental car when exploring Israel's cities, especially Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It would be a big waste of time and money.

All major rental companies are present in Israel, plus Eldan, the major local player. Eldan also rents out wheelchair accessible cars with hand controls. I picked up my hand-controlled Ford Focus in Eldan's Tel Aviv city office in Hyarkon Street. This was a mistake as I nearly crashed my car after driving it for the very first 50 metres!! Hyarkon Street runs parallel to the beach and is one of TA's major thoroughfares so people drive rather quickly on it. You will need some time until you've familiarized yourself with the car's controls and the necessary dosage for acceleration and breaking. This was even more the case with my hand controls because they were exactly arranged in the opposite way, compared to the hand controls of the car I'm driving to work each morning here ... imagine driving a car where the clutch and aceleration and brake pedals are switched over!

All in all, if you aren't completely secure in driving different cars, I'd strongly advise choosing another pickup location, especially Ben Gurion, where there are parking lots and where you can do some practicing without being exposed to the stressful pace of city traffic.

I was very pleased with Eldan's service in general. Especially the folks at the car return at Ben Gurion were really nice and helpful, they even helped me to bring my luggage over to the terminal. The Ford Focus proved to be a good and reliable companion throughout my week. It only needed to be refueled once, thanks to the relatively short distances.

Rental Car

by jadedmuse

Israel is a VERY safe place to drive a rental car. All three times I've visited, I've rented a car and have never had a problem. In fact I consider it to be the best way to see Israel at one's own pace.

Here are two local (Israeli) car rental companies, both of whom are reputable and depending on the model you reserve, reasonable! Note: You'll get hammered by the "collision damage waiver" assessed on a daily basis in Israel, so make sure to check with your credit card company first to see if they offer such coverage when you use their card - this can save you up to a couple hundred dollars.

For more information on this option, check out the following local car rental URLS:

Sixt Car Rental
or
Eldan Car Rental

There are two international...

by ron_by

There are two international airports in Israel.
The smaller and probably the less likely one for you to get to is in Eilat, the most southern city in Israel.
The main international airport is the Ben-Gurion airport (TLV) near Tel-Aviv. There are a few flights every day to and from each one of most of the major airports in Europe as well as the ones in eastern North America (JFK, La Guardia, Newark, Toronto and others). Though not as frequent, there are also flights to and from SE Asia (Bangkok, Bombay, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo...) and Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia).
The major Israeli international airline is El-Al (www.elal.co.il).
Many major American, European and Asian airlines have regular flights as well.
From the airport you can get to Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Haifa and other cities and towns by bus (the bus stops are right across the road from the arrivals lounge exit of terminal 1). Otherwise, you can take a taxi from the airport to anywhere you need or you can, of course, rent a car.

Another way of getting to Israel is by ship. You can get to the harbour in Haifa by ship from a few other mediterranean countries (Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, I think).

Yet another way of getting to Israel is by crossing the border from Egypt or Jordan. You can do that by foot, car or bus. Egged, which is the major national bus company operates buses to and from Cairo and Amman.
Israel has an excellent bus system with an extensive network of routes.
The major bus company is Egged (www.egged.co.il). It operates all through the country.
Another major company is Dan, which operates only in the center of the country, especially in the region of Tel-Aviv and its suburbs.
Naturally, bus fares vary with accordance to the distance of the destinations. However, a bus trip inside a city or a town costs about 5 NIS (~$1).
On weekdays, buses usually operate from 5 or 6 a.m to around midnight. On Friday (or religious holidays' eves), they usually stop operating around 3 or 4 p.m. On Saturday (or religious holidays), they don't operate during the day and only begin operating around 5 or 6 p.m. (The same is true for trains as well, with slight variations in times). An exception is a few internal bus lines in Haifa, Eilat and maybe a few other towns, which also operate on Saturdays.

Another good mean of transportation is by train. The rail network is not very extensive, as there aren't many routes. However, if you want to travel between Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Be'er-Sheva, it's probably the best way. The trains are usually very comfortable, although I really wouldn't recommend taking a train FROM Tel-Aviv on a Sunday morning or TO Tel-Aviv on a Thursday afternoon (or a Friday morning), as they can get VERY VERY crowded with soldiers going to and from their bases.

Travelling by cabs can get pretty expensive, unless you travel by a service taxi (which typically costs like a bus with the same route).

Another way is renting a car, which you can do in major cities from all major international (Hertz, Avis, Europcar and others) and national (like Eldan, Shlomo, Hagar...) companies.

If you want to get to Eilat your best, though most expensive way is by airplane from Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and other airports. The trip takes about 45-60 minutes from Tel-Aviv (depending on the type of the plane) and probably about the same from Jerusalem and a little more from Haifa.
Another way of getting to Eilat is by bus from Tel-Aviv (lines no. 390, 394, 395; costs about 60 NIS (~$12) one-way), Jerusalem, Haifa, Be'er-Sheva and other cities. It's a long ride, though (about 5-6 hours from Tel-Aviv).

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Forum Posts

Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by nicocart

Hello,
I am in dire need of help ASAP. I either need a great road map of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, or the knowledge of people of live there.

I need to know how far it is from Yad Vashem from the Old City of Jerusalem. And how far it is from Yad Vashem to the Avshalom Reserve, Latrun and Abu Ghosh.

I need the distance and approximate time it would take to drive there.

Travelling there soon and need to know as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your help.
-Nico

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by unaS

Sorry I don't drive, but from Yad Vashem to the Old City should take about 1/2 an hour in normal traffic - a *lot* more during rush hours.
The Avshalom Reserve I am not familair with. Latrun is outside the city o the way to Tel Aviv and is approximately a 20 minute drive during the day. Abu Ghosh is also on the main highway to Tel Aviv, but very close to Jerusalem, maybe 10 minutes on the highway.

A couple of maps that may help.

ttp://www.templebuilders.com/maps/maphtm.htm

http://info.jpost.com/C006/Supplements/MapOfIsrael/ (interactive)

Welcome and have fun!

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by rdglady

Hi! I do drive. The first answer is correct 30 minutes when there is normal traffic--but i am not sure when that is. I would put Latrun at closer to 30 minutes and Abu Ghosh at 15. The Avsholom Reserve--and by that I guess you mean the Soreq cave is also around 30 minutes. The cave and Latrun are around 15 minutes from each other. I assume you are renting a vehicle. I regularly rent from Eldan and they give you a fantastic map. The other agencies also give maps--but I do not know what type.

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by nicocart

Thank you both, these were PERFECT!

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by unaS

Avshalom is the Soreq Cave ?!? Good to know :-)

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by Bregman

I see you've already got your answers. I'll just add you can get driving instructions and times, both in cities and between cities at: http://www.emap.co.il. They have an English section you can use.

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by NYTim

I used Streetwise Jerusalem or Flexi map jerusalem

Re: Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!

by Bregman

If you need a real printed map of Jerusalem. You can buy the Carta map of Jerusalem. They have an English version of their Jerusalem map. So, it's not a map for tourists, but a full map of the city. They also have a map for the old city, if you want better scale and not interested in the newer parts. You can see the map at: http://www.amazon.com/Jerusalem-Cartas-Map/dp/0841608776/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201811345&sr=8-4. It's unavailable there right now (and it's the 2004 version which is not the newest) but you can buy one at any book store when you get here.

Basically, the two leading map manufacturers here are "Mapa" and "Carta". While personally I prefer the "Mapa" maps, the English version of Carta is better.

Cost of CDW insurance when renting with Hertz at Ben Gurion

by leoinv1

Hi,

I am trying to find the best deal on a rental car for my trip to Israel. Hertz' web site only quotes the basic price that does not include the necessary CDW insurance coverage, so it's hard to compare the Hertz quote with the quotes from other companies (Eldan, Avis, etc.)

Any idea how how it costs per day? Thanks

Re: Cost of CDW insurance when renting with Hertz at Ben Gurion

by george5b

When I did a quick check of the rates at hertz.com, it says

1 day rental $57
[Airport] Service charge $28 [is per rental not per day]
Collision Damage Waiver $12
Theft protection $5

= Total $102

Re: Cost of CDW insurance when renting with Hertz at Ben Gurion

by rdglady

$102 a day to rent a car is insanely expensive and it doesn't seem correct. That being said I always rent from Eldan--finding them the least expensive. As I drive the roads in Israel I dont' even recall seeing vehicles that say "Hertz" on them. When I walk past their rental office--I never see anyone there. Maybe if I have time, when I walk past tomorrow ( or the day after) I'll pop in and ask for you!

Renting a car in Ben Gurion with GPS in English

by leoinv1

Hi,

While looking to book a car for my upcoming trip to Israel I noticed that none of the car rental companies offer a GPS in English directly from the office. Instead, they partner with some other companies that rent out the GPS in Ben Gurion. I will be arriving late (after midnight) and will be renting a car. Do you know what are my choices for renting a GPS in English at that time? Which company's GPS is better?

Considering renting a car from either Budget or Eldan.

Thanks!

Re: Renting a car in Ben Gurion with GPS in English

by g.l.s.h

At least with Hertz/Avis (in all city locations, not just Ben Gurion) they issue the GPS's in the office, as if it is an Hertz/Avis item, while the service/device are technically operated by a separate service provider. If to make it simple: they just don’t want to have liability towards a service to which quality they cannot guarantee (reception etc) so they "hide" behind the saying "it is not ours, we are just the middle man with the GPS, so if you have any complains, we are not the place for it to come with". You can only use the GPS they offer, and cannot choose the brand. As far as I know the ones offered by major companies (such as Eldan and Hertz) are efficient and reliable.

Re: Renting a car in Ben Gurion with GPS in English

by rdglady

I suggest you skip the GPS and use a map. The problem with a GPS is that English spellings of Hebrew locations are not standardized. Are you looking for Cesearia, Kasariya, Quesaria, or what? If you are looking for one spelling and the GPS knows another you are lost. BTY are you going to the Kineret, Kinneret, or the Sea of Galilee? --and don't get me started on individual street names!

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