I’ve launched “Backpack Israel” about two months ago. It isn’t complete yet, of course, but people are already starting to comment about it. A few days ago I got a message from a visitor to my site. She said that it could be great if I would have added to the site some info about bus tickets in Israel.

In Israel you don’t have to purchase a bus ticket before getting on the bus. You usually buy your ticket from the driver the moment you get aboard. But there is an exception and it’s the Egged bus driving to and from Eilat. That bus has reserved seats in it, so if you won’t purchase a ticket before getting on the bus, you might arrive and find out that there’s no empty seat for you. Then the driver might let you stand the whole way to your destination or refuse to get you on, and in that case you will have to wait for the next bus to come.

To purchase your ticket beforehand, you have two options:

1 – Dial +972-3-6948888 and reserve your place through costumer service.

2- Reserve your place online, through the Hebrew ordering system.

In both cases you will not get your ticket immediately. You will get a reservation number, which you will use later in the self service ticket machine, situated in every central station in Israel.

Enjoy your ride!

For more info about buying bus tickets, about transportation and about Israel – visit my new website, BackpackIsrael.com.