Having said that, we had an experience the day before our departure trying to get from Acre, in the north, to Tel Aviv. I planned our departure early enough on a Friday to account for the cessation of public transportation in Israel from sundown on Friday until an hour after sundown on Saturday (Sabbath). We arrived at the Acre train station around noon only to find to doors locked and several dismayed locals out front. Turns out that they closed the line north of Haifa at 16:00 the night before with no announcement whatsoever, not even on the door. We had to walk 1/2 mile to the bus station where the guy in the information office spoke zero English, telling us to get on a bus to the wrong destination. We finally figured out which bus to take to Haifa, but had to catch another bus to the train station in southern Haifa where the trains were running. We finally made it to Tel Aviv shortly before the busses stopped running for Sabbath, but had to take a taxi to the airport (₪150 - $40) because no busses or trains were running until an hour after sunset.
5. Plan your travel in Israel around their Sabbath, ensuring you do not have to get anywhere (or eat) between sundown on Friday and an hour after sundown on Saturday. Otherwise, you are dependent on taxis or a sherut (shared taxi - run on many bus lines using the same number) to get where you need to go.
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