The Haifa Metronit Bus Transport System
Hebrew: המטרונית בחיפה
The first bi-articulated buses used on the Metronit started operation on 1st August, 2013 in the Haifa, Tirat Carmel and Nesher areas in Northern Israel. Initially, the buses only ran during non-peak hours to avoid interference with regular bus routes but now they run all day.
There are ninety vehicles in the fleet. Each bus has place for 120 - 140 passengers. Special raised platforms make entering and alighting much easier. Tickets can be purchased at any of the electronic ticketing machines across Haifa and at central bus stations. You cannot purchase a ticket from the driver.
Metronit Routes in Haifa and Surrounds
The Metronit operates 3 different routes known as the red line - route 1, blue line - route 2 and green line - route 3.
- The Red Line: red line buses depart from Merkazit Ha-Krayot and will continue via Rd. 4, Sderot HaHistadrut, the lower city of Haifa to Merkazit Hof Ha-Karmel. The line operates the entire week, including Friday and Saturday
- The Blue Line starts at Kiryat Ata and continues to Bat Galim via Sderot Ha-Histadrut and downtown Haifa
- The Green Line departs from Merkazit Ha-Krayot and continues to Hadar via Kiryat Yam and Kiryat Haim.
Tickets & Fares
The Metronit ticket uses the Rav Kav ticketing system. When purchasing a ticket with a Rav Kav, your Metronit ticket is valid for 90 minutes and within this time frame you can travel back and forth on the same ticket either on the Metronit or Egged bus or with other transport operators that have opted into the Rav Kav arrangement.
You can load your Rav Kav to the value of NIS 30, NIS 50, NIS 100, NIS 150 and NIS 200 - known as a "Stored Value'. The Stored Value arrangement can be used for any ride you need to make throughout the Haifa Metropolitan Area and it allows free travel and transfer for 90 minutes on the Metronit and buses.
You can also purchase a Hofshi Hodshi, a monthly ticket which allows you unlimited rides on buses and the metronit within a certain zone.
Buying your Metronit ticket online
Using your personalized Rav Kav (i.e. not the anonymous one which does not have your identifying photograph) you can load your Rav Kav ticket online, using your credit card.
Once you have made your purchase, you will get a confirmation. You must then proceed to your nearest Metronit station. Swipe the card through the machine to validate it.
While purchasing online is a very convenient option, please note that the website instructions are only in Hebrew.
The Rav Kav (Multiple Ticketing System)
The Rav Kav is a pre-paid magnetic cardintroduced for multiple rides and to replace season tickets and can be used on all routes and transport systems operating in cooperation with Metropoline.
Your first-time Rav Kav purchase can be made at central bus stations, train stations and some shopping malls. When you purchase your Rav Kav for the first time, you need to have your teudat zehut (identity card) or some other identity document with you. Once you have loaded your Rav Kav for the first time, you can use it on the bus or on the Metronit. You can also re-load your Rav Kav at any one the Metronit stops which all have the ticketing machine.
Your Rav Kav ride is valid for 90 minutes and you can enjoy multiple rides, during that time, for the cost of a single fare.
- Multiple ride tickets can be purchased for either 5, 10 or 20 rides for a regular ticket
- Multiple ride tickets can be purchased for either 6, 10 or 20 rides for a pensioner and an extended student ticket
- Multiple ride tickets can be purchased for either 6 or 15 rides for a regular student ticket or other entitlements
There are 5 zones in the greater Haifa Metronit transport system and ticket prices vary according to zone
- The basic single fare for the Krayot zone is 5.50 ILS
- The basic single fare for the Haifa zone 5.90 ILS
- The basic single fare for the Rechasim, Yagur, Kfar Hasidim zone is 5,50 ILS. The basic single fare for the Hoterim, Atlit and Neve Yam zone is 5,50 ILS
- The basic single fare for the Tivon Yokneam is 5,50 ILS
Does the Metronit operate on the weekend?
- The Red Line is fully operational on Friday and Saturday
- Both the Blue Line and the Green Line services end on Friday afternoon and resume on Saturday evening after Shabbat (motzei shabbat).
The Metronit carriages accommodate the disabled, in accordance with a 2014 legislation.
There are many fare combinations once you are going from zone to zone and the Metronit website suggests calling their information line at *8787 to get the precise information you require.