The Rav-Kav has become an integral part of my life once I’ve moved to Jerusalem two months ago. I use it almost every day while moving around the city. It has changed my life! No need to look for money anymore.
And now, let’s talk seriously… The Rav-Kav is a great “smart card” to use on public transportation and it’s not only available for locals, but also for tourists, so you should get to know it.
First of all, the Rav Kav looks like this:
I, as a local, got the personal Rav-Kav card, with my photo printed on the back, but you, as tourists, can’t get that card. You need to purchase the Anonymous Card, which doesn’t come with a photo and costs a one-time price of 5 Shekels. The card can be purchased from bus drivers or at the sales points in the main bus stations.
Once you’ve purchased the card, you can load it on the bus with Israeli money and it will become your virtual wallet. You will get a 20% discount on the amount of money you load onto the card, so the more you load, the better. You can load 30, 50, 100, 150 or 200 Shekels to your card and reload it when necessary. The money that’s kept on your Rav-Kav is called “Erech Tzavur” (ערך צבור), which means “accumulated value”. If you’d like, you will also be able to load your card with a daily pass. I advise you to do so if you’re planning to use the bus a lot, at least three times a day within a city. Sadly, you cannot load a monthly pass or any other contract on your Anonymous Card.
Please be aware that you cannot use the Anonymous Card on the light-rail in Jerusalem. You have to buy a ticket before boarding the train. That’s accurate to October 30, 2016.
For more info about Rav-Kav, visit the official page about Rav-Kav on the Egged site.
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