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Getting Around in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a large and vibrant city. There’s a lot to see and do! And this means that things are constantly changing!

This page provides you with a few helpful resources. Above all, we recommend asking your madrich for the most up-to-date information.

Bus Lines

The easiest and least expensive methods of getting around Jerusalem are the Egged-run buses and the light rail. Google Maps is a great way to navigate around the city and find bus stops. Check the Egged website for bus line details and schedules.

Rav-Kav Card

What is the Rav-Kav Card?

Rav-Kav is a multi-use smart card that can be reloaded with various types of tickets – such as multi-ride and monthly passes – for Israeli public transportation (bus, train, and light rail).

There are three kinds of Rav-Kav cards: personal, anonymous, and semi-anonymous. Learn more about the different kinds of cards on the Egged website. You must purchase a personal or semi-anonymous card to benefit from any student or monthly discounts.

Learn more about Personal vs. Anonymous Rav-Kav.

Pass Prices

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Note for students who leave Jerusalem at the end of December: the semester pass will only save you money if you use it at least twice per day!

Student Discounts

There are two discount programs available to student Rav-Kav users:

The “Regular Student” program offers a 33% discount on 15-ride tickets only, for bus and light rail in Jerusalem and on inter-city lines.

The “Extended Student” program offers semester and annual passes that include:

  • Unlimited travel in Jerusalem for a fixed price
  • 50% discount on inter-city lines (including the train)

To obtain a student discount, you will need a signed certificate of enrollment:

  1. Print a copy of your certificate of enrollment. It can be found under your personal profile on the RIS website and printed in the library.
  2. Obtain a signature on your certificate of enrollment at the Office of Student Life (rooms 401-404 of the Boyar Building).

Learn more about Student Bus Pass.

Obtaining a Pass

Passes can be purchased at select bus stations and all light rail stations. If you have an NFC equipped Android phone, you may also use the HopOn app to purchase and load your Rav-Kav. To set up the Regular or Extended Student discount, you will need to bring your student ID, passport, and signed certificate of enrollment (see “Student Discounts” above).

Learn more about the Monthly, Weekly, & Day Passes

  1. Apply for a Rav-Kav card at one of the locations listed below:

LocationAddressHours
Jerusalem Central Bus Station224 Jaffa RoadSunday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
CityPassKlal Building, 97 Jaffa Road Sunday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rav Shefa Shopping Center16 Shamgar StreetSunday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

See the “Rav Kav Service Points” section of the Egged website for additional locations.

  1. Take your receipt, Rav-Kav card, student ID, passport, and signed certificate of enrollment (see “Student Discounts” above) to a Rav-Kav location to obtain your pass.
  1. Purchase your pass online. Note: the website is in Hebrew. You may contact your madrichim or the Office of Student Life for assistance with purchasing a pass. Or, if you are proficient or have a friend who can help you, please note the following:
    • You can use Google Translate to help you navigate the site.
    • Select the “Sovev Yerushalaim – סובב ירושלים” option.
    • Use your student ID number as your username, password, and ID number.
    • Use the student village (Lohamei Hagetaot 2) as your address.
    • Be sure to print your receipt!

  1. Apply for a Rav-Kav card at one of the locations listed in the table above.
  2. Take your receipt, Rav-Kav card, student ID, passport, and signed certificate of enrollment (see “Student Discounts” above) to a Rav-Kav location to obtain your pass.

Need Help?

If you would like assistance navigating the Egged website or purchasing your Rav-Kav pass, ask your madrichim or contact the Office of Student Life. We are here to answer any questions you may have! 

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