The Rav-Kav is a smart card used as the main form of payment for public transportation in Israel. It can be used to take the train or bus. If you take the bus, it is the only form of payment accepted (within Tel Aviv). The train connects Tel Aviv with major locations throughout Israel, while buses cover a wide range of locations, both within and outside Tel Aviv. 

WHICH TYPE OF RAV-KAV SHOULD I BUY?

There are two types available: a personalized card and an anonymous card. Visitors and travelers generally use the anonymous card, which doesn’t require personal passenger information and can be purchased for a one-time payment of 5 NIS. 

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE MY RAV-KAV?

You can purchase your card at any one of our Tourist Information Centers (see "Info" for addresses), the Rav-Kav Service Station (located at 35 Ibn Gabirol St.), train stations, and the airport. Buses also offer the option of purchasing a Rav-Kav on board for 10.90 NIS. This includes the price of the card itself as well as a ride in the city. However, for an additional ride, you will need to load your card with more money (see below). 

HOW DO I LOAD MY RAV-KAV?

You must load your card with money before boarding. This can be done using the “HopOn” and “Rav-Kav Online” apps (NFC supported devices only). There are also loading locations available throughout the city, including Tourist Information Centers (see "Info" for addresses), “Tel-O-Fun” green bike stations, the Rav Kav Service Station (located at 35 Ibn Gabirol St.), and designated stores and kiosks. A card can be loaded with as much as needed. With 5.90 NIS, you can take as many buses as you like within Tel Aviv as long as you don’t exceed a 90-minute time frame. Afterwards, an additional amount is required.