By Bus-Bus no. 4 and Sherut no. 4 from the New Central Bus Station to the center of Tel Aviv go northward to Allenby Street and on to Ben-Yehuda Street; on Ben-Yehuda, you will be running parallel to and a block inland from the many hotels on Ha-Yarkon Street.
Bus no. 5 and Sherut no. 5 from the New Central Bus Station go to the Mann Auditorium, Dizengoff Square, Dizengoff Street, and the IYHA youth hostel Bnei Dan.
Note: No. 4 and 5 sheruts run the 4 and 5 bus routes 7 days a week. Bus no. 46 runs from the New Central Bus Station to Jaffa. Ask to get off near the Clock Tower on Yefet Street.
Standard bus fare is NIS 6.60, with an additional half-shekel to and from peripheral areas.
To get to Jaffa from central Tel Aviv, take bus no. 10, 25, or 26 heading southward. Bus no. 10 runs along Ben-Yehuda Street, a block inland from Ha-Yarkon Street, and takes you to Jaffa’s Clock Tower on Yefet Street, close to Old Jaffa and the flea market. Bus no. 25, which you can pick up on King George Street near Dizengoff Street, runs through Jaffa on Jerusalem Street, a very long block parallel to and inland from Yefet Street. If you’re walking (30–45 min.), simply head south along the Tel Aviv Waterfront Promenade, which runs into Jaffa. Bus no. 25 running northward will get you to the Diaspora Museum of Jewish History and Tel Aviv University. For intercity Egged bus information, call tel. 03/694-8888. For information on Dan Bus service, which operates in the Tel Aviv/Sharon region, call tel. 03/639-4444.
By Taxi/Sherut Within Tel Aviv-Ten-passenger vans run along the bus no. 4 and 5 lines. They even run on a reduced schedule on Shabbat. If a van comes along, by all means take it rather than wait for the bus. Prices are the same as bus fares on weekdays; on Shabbat there is a small surcharge.
When taxis are scarce, your best bet is to head to one of the major hotels and enlist the help of the doorman. You have the right to demand that the meter (ha-sha-on) be used, but many drivers will try to negotiate a fixed nonmetered fare to your destination, which may or may not be to your advantage. By law, the meter must be used, especially if you insist. There are legal surcharges above the metered fare on Shabbat and after 9pm. If you use the meter, ask for a receipt (ka-ba-lah).
By Train-For train schedules, call tel. 03/577-4000. The best train station for those staying in central Tel Aviv is the Arlosoroff Street Station, at the eastern end of Arlosoroff Street. There is train service up the coast to Nahariya; south to Beersheba; slow, infrequent service to the western edge of Jerusalem; and a rail link to Ben-Gurion Airport. Israel Railways is undergoing a period of revival and expansion. It’s becoming more and more pleasant to use. For the most current information on schedules and fares, go to www.rail.co.il.