The Rav-Kav: Multi Ride Transport Ticket
Hebrew: רב קו
What is the Rav Kav?
The Rav Kav is a pre-paid magnetic smart-card which was introduced for multiple rides and season tickets on public transport systems.Your personal information is programmed into the card and any discounts you are entitled to will automatically be validated every-time you load the card. Please note that Haifa's underground train, the Carmelit, is not considered 'public transport' and therefore the Rav Kav rules and regulations do not apply on the Carmelit. Sheruts (shared taxis) and private taxis are also not included in the Rav Kav system.
Image credit: Egged
Where can I buy a Rav Kav?
A Rav Kav card can be purchased at any Rav Kav service station across the country or from the bus driver him/herself. You can also order your Rav Kav on line via the Egged, Israel Railways and Metropoline websites.
Types of Rav Kav
There are two types of Rav Kav; the Personal Rav Kav and the Anonymous Rav Kav.
1. Personal Rav Kav - 'Rav Kav Ishi'
At the Rav Kav service station you will need to produce a valid identity document. A digital photograph will be taken and processed onto the card (just like on a driver's license). The Rav Kav card is issued on the spot and your personal identification details are printed on the underside of the card.
2. Anonymous Rav Kav - "Rav Kav Anonimi'
Tourists, or anyone who does not wish to purchase the Personal Rav Kav can buy a Rav Kav Anonimi (the anonymous card) for a one time fee of 5 shekels, from the bus driver or at the service stations across the country. The Rav Kav Anonimi can only be used for single rides. Multiple rides and season tickets cannot be loaded onto this card.
How does the Rav Kav work?
You purchase the appropriate fares (up to 8 different route combinations) which are loaded and credited to the card. Each time you use the public transport, you swipe the Rav Kav card in the card reader, either on the bus, train station or other public transport, and the appropriate fare is deducted from the balance. Eight different fare combinations can be loaded into a single Rav Kav card. Except on trains, a ride is valid for 90 minutes. This means you can get on and off and transfer to another line, an unlimited number of times within a 90 minute window and still only pay for one single fare.
How much does a Rav Kav cost?
The initial purchase of the Rav Kav is free however, there is a 5 shekel charge for the Rav Kav Anonimi. It is then loaded with fares and any discounts you may be entitled to.
Rav Kav Discounts
Free travel passes are given to police officers and prison authority personnel, national service conscripts of the IDF (Israel Defense Force) and army reservists. Children under five can travel free any time when accompanied by an adult carrying a valid ticket.
Discounted fares apply to senior citizens, students, youth, National Insurance Institute eligibility i.e. the disabled etc. Students are entitled to a 50% discount
Can children apply for the Rav Kav independently?
A child under the age of 16 - who is not legally required to hold an identity card - can apply for the Rav Kav when accompanied by an adult in possession of an ID card. Children over the age of 16 - who are legally required to hold an identity card - can apply for a Rav Kav independently.
From the date of issue, a Rav Kav is valid for 8 years.
Israel Transport Tariff Reform
January 1st, 2016 brought saw the implementation of the new Transport Tariff Reform which now includes a Travel Pass for daily, weekly and monthly multiple rides
| As of 28.2.2016 you can load your RavKav online via ravkavonline.co.il or on the RavKav app for your smartphone
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