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A metro system is planned for Tel Aviv.


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Country Name

Israel (officially the State of Israel, Medīnat Yisrā'el: יִשְׂרָאֵל‎,)

National Railway System

Israel Railways (Rakevet Yisra'el: רַכֶּבֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל‎‎ )


Israel has two official languages, Hebrew and Arabic. Hebrew is the primary language of the state and is spoken by the majority of the population.


New shekel (₪‎); symbol ILS.

UIC code

Numeric 95; alpha IL.


The journey planners and related software tools can be switched between Hebrew, Arabic and English.

Journey Planner

Actual Train Times

Not known, except that train delays are shown in the journey planner.

Downloadable Timetable

Not known.

Printed Timetable

Not known.

Engineering Information, though updates to the English language page can be somewhat delayed compared to the Hebrew page.

Bus Information

Not known


Printed Maps

Web-based Maps

  • Wikipedia Israel Railways. Not updated since 2008. Existing lines are shown in black; lines under construction or advanced planning in red; lines approved in purple. The purple line from Lod to Rosh HaAyin is an existing freight line, with a connecting curve to allow trains from Lod to access Ben Gurion Airport. The line shown in grey is an extension to Jordan.


See the Israel Railways website. For most travellers the smart "Rav Kav Card" is the easiest way to purchase tickets; the card can be obtained from ticket offices and other locations and can be personalised (with photo) or anonymous (with no photo). The Card can then be topped up at ticket machines or using the Smartphone App. Local, zonal or full network tickets can be loaded, and these can include most public transport such as trams and buses, as well as trains.


Infrastructure Authority

Israeli Railways Infrastructures Division

Network Statement

None known




25 kV 50 Hz ac.

In the spring of 2010, the government agreed the first phase of a programme to electrify 420 km of the system. By April 2022, the following routes were being worked by electric trains:

  • Hertsliya - Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Airport - Jerusalem-Yitzhak Navon
  • Hertsliya - Rosh Ha'Ayin-North - Tel Aviv - Ashkelon
  • Modi'in-Center - Jerusalem-Yitzhak Navon

Rule of the road



Distances are available, in kilometres, for some lines as listed below.

Tel Aviv - Jerusalem old main line

Tel Aviv Ha Hagana 3.1
Kfar Habbad 12.7
Lod 19.7
Ramleh 21.6
Na'an 28.9
Bet Shemesh 50.2
Bar Giyyora 63.2
Bittir 75.7
Jerusalem Zoo 80.2
Jerusalem Malha 81.3
Jerusalem old Main Station (closed) 86.6

Haifa - Lebanese Border

Haifa Mizrah 0
Zomet Zvulun 2.1
Lev HaMifraz 3.8
Hutzot HaMifraz 6.3
Qiryat Haim 8.2
Qiryat Motzkin 9.2
Akko 20.7
Nahariyya 29.5
Bezet (no traffic) 36.5
Lebanese Border about 38.5

Haifa - Tel Aviv

Haifa Mizrah 0
Haifa Merkaz 1.4
Haifa Bat Galim 3.2
Hof ha-Karmel 9.3
Atlit 20.5
Zikhron-Ya'aqov 34.6
Binyamina 41.1
Qesaryya Pardes-Hanna 44.3
Hadera Maarav 52.1
Kfar Vitkin 58.4
Netanya 65.9
Bet Yehoshu'a 72.3
Herzliyya 84.0
Tel Aviv University 90.9
Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz 93.2
Tel Aviv Ha-Shalom 94.6
Tel Aviv Ha-Hagana 96.9

Lod - Gaza Strip Border

Lod 111.0
Be'er Ya'akov 115.9
Rehovot 119.8
Yavne Mizrach 128.0
Ashdod Ad-Halom 140.3
Ashqelon 152.9
Shiqma Junction 159.3
(to Rutenberg Power Station, 5 Km)
Yad Mordechai 56.7
Border with Gaza about 62.4

Na'an - Har Zin

Na'an 0
Qiryat Gat 31.9
Be'er Sheva Tzafon 71.5
Be'er Sheva Merkaz (on branch) 76.2
Dimona 108.9
Oron (freight only) 139.5
Har Zin (freight only) 169.6

Other Railways


Tourist Lines



A metro system is planned for Tel Aviv.


Jerusalem (Light Rail). A network is under construction in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

Recent and future changes

On 17 Feb 2020 the Israeli transport ministry announced that a new route had been approved for a 3km extension in tunnel of the Jerusalem high-speed line. This will run from the present station to one underneath the heart of the Old City, near the Western Wall. This is controversial. It has been criticised by Jordan, which has special responsibility for overseeing the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal and undivided capital, whilst the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war - as the capital of a future state.

Services on the A1 Jerusalem High Speed Line were extended to Tel Aviv HaHagana on 21 December 2019, following completion of the electrification between the airport and Tel Aviv. The line, which opened on 25 September 2018, connects Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (57 km) by means of a new line branching off the Ben Gurion Airport-Modi‘in line to an underground terminal in central Jerusalem. As at September 2018 only one of the two tracks was in use and electrified: a shuttle service operated to the airport, with passengers required to change to or from diesel services there. The existing line to Jerusalem has not closed but retains a local service. It may at some point be converted to a tram-train at the Jerusalem end, linking into the existing Light Rail system.

The 23km Akko (Acre) to Karmi’el line opened on 20 September 2017. Design work is underway on the next phase from Karmiel to Kiryat Shmona in the far north of the country.

The 60 km Valley Line from Haifa to Beit Shee'an (close to the Jordanian border), on the course of a Hedjaz railway branch closed in 1951, opened on 4 November 2016. It might one day be extended across the River Jordan to connect to a possible new line from Irbil.

The first section of the 60 km long Ashkelon – Goral Jn (– Be`er Sheva) line, from Ashkelon to Sderot, was opened on 25 December 2013. Shderot to Netivot opened in February 2015, with the final stretch via Ofakim to Goral opened on 19 September 2015, with a grade-separated junction to the main line. Ofakim station opened on 2 January 2016. The link provides a second route from Be'er Sheva to Tel Aviv for both passenger and freight trains.

A 19 km double track line from Rishon LeTsiyyon West to Bne Darom Junction, connecting with the Ashdod – Ashkelon Line, was opened in two stages: to Yavne West on 25 February 2012 and on to Bne Darom Junction on 4 August 2013. The doubling of Motzkin – Nahariyya was completed in 2013, and of Tel Aviv - Kefar Sava and Lod – Na‘an – Be`er Sheva in 2012. The new Tel Aviv-HaHagana - Rishon LeTsiyyon West line opened on 25 September 2011.

In May 2012 the cabinet approved construction of a line from Tel Aviv to Eilat to enable freight to bypass the Suez Canal. The 350km line will be for passengers and freight and is due to shorten travel time to two hours. The route is close to being finalized, will take five years to build and be funded by the Chinese. A new port will be built near Eilat, with a double track line to Ashdod on the Mediterranean coast. The main drive for this comes from increased fears of instability in Egypt.

Special Notes