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Central & Southern Israel

Midreshet Ben-GurionNovember 6, 2009

Midreshet Ben-Gurion
November 6, 2009

As is the case throughout Israel, buses are the primary form of public transport in the central and southern regions of the country.  However, recent development and improvements to the Israel Railways network to cities such as Ashkelon, Sderot, Ofakim, Netivot, and Be’er Sheva have made the train a more viable option for getting to Tel Aviv and points further north.  However, there are some parts of the Negev especially that are only accessible by bus or by car, such as Mitzpe Ramon and Eilat.  However, this too may change someday, as there are plans to build a railway line all the way to Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city.

Rehovot Egged Buses

Egged's Rehovot operation was the first to begin accepting the Rav-Kav for payment, before it was expanded to all parts of the country.

Eilat Egged Buses

Egged's local services in Eilat use intercity coaches on account of the fact that Eilat is so far removed from any other city. However, in recent years, the intracity buses that are often found in other cities have started running within Eilat as well.

Central & Southern District Egged Taavura Buses

Egged Ta'avura is a subsidiary of Egged and Ta'avura that was founded in 2006. Its initial operations after its founding were in the Ashkelon and Northern Negev.

Central & Southern District Veolia (Connex) Buses

Connex operated several routes in and around the Rehovot area prior to discontinuing all of its Israeli operations in the fall of 2013.

Central & Southern District Metropoline Buses

Metropoline was founded in 2000 by Tour Bus and two other companies. In southern Israel, Metropoline operates routes to and from Rehovot, Be'er Sheva, Dimona, and Mitzpe Ramon, and also connects these locales to the center of the country.