Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. Starting early Friday afternoon - businesses, shops, and some restaurants begin to close and remain closed during Shabbat. The same holds true for Jewish holidays.


  • Public transportation does not operate on Shabbat. However, a free weekend transportation system is offered in the city. In addition, private taxis, "share-route" taxi lines, bicycle and scooter rental services, and car sharing services are not affected and available as usual. 
  • Some cultural institutions such as museums and galleries may be closed during Shabbat. Usually big institutions remain open while smaller ones tend to be closed. It’s recommended to check opening hours ahead of time. For a list of events and attractions available on Shabbat, click here
  • In Tel Aviv, most bars, restaurants, and cafes are open on Shabbat, while shops and supermarkets remain closed. However, many 24/7 mini-markets are available throughout the city.