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Last Updated on March 15, 2020

Cancellations & Israel public transport information and updates.


26.0.20 – Only 25 percent of the regular bus service is operational.  All trains cancelled.


Latest public transport directives effective immediately

Bus lines cancelled from 19.03.2020 as per the MOH’s instructions

31, 200, 210, 248, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 311, 319, 382, 421, 430 , 432, 435 , 449, 495, 496, 503, 700, 703, 704, 716, 784, 790, 794, 800, 808, 819, 827, 832, 834, 847, 848, 849, 853, 871, 880, 882, 958, 964.

Bus lines cancelled from 18.03.2020 as per the MOH’s instructions

407, 413, 426, 441, 450, 451, 490, 492, 547, 555, 556, 557, 558, 560, 836, 845, 940, 951, 952, 959, 962, 970, 972, 996, 998, 999.

Also cancelled

Lines 15, 16 from Eilat – Taba – Eilat

Lines 31, 32, 50 Eilat – Ramon Airport – Eilat

Line 19 in Rehovot

Line 17 Merkazit HaMifratz to Nesher

National Public Transportation Authority Director Amir Asraf announced on Tuesday:
On Tuesday, March 17th, public transport will end at 10 p.m. 
From Wednesday, March 18th, public transport will cease at 8pm and will not be available on weekends
Transportation service for the weekends will cease on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and only resume early Sunday morning. These regulations apply to buses, trains and the light rail. 


There is a ban on standing passengers on intercity bus trips. 

Bus passengers are also forbidden from sitting in the front row of seats directly behind the driver. 

Windows are to be kept open as much as possible.

As of Tuesday March 17th, there will be no cash payment available for public transportation so as to minimize contact between passengers and drivers. Passengers will only be allowed to pay by using Rav Kav travel card

The Ministry of Transport are calling on the Israeli public to to stay away from public transport for all non-essential travel.

The public is urged to restrict private car travel by having a maximum of two people in one vehicle

Israel Railways

Following a new set of directives from Israel’s Ministry of Health and a significant increase in the number of railway inspectors who are in isolation as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, changes have been made to the Israel Railways train service: 

Commencing March 14th, until further notice, trains will NOT operate on the following lines:

Lod – Rishon LeZion Rishonim

Beit Shemesh – Jerusalem Malcha.

Dimona – Beer Sheva North.

The night lines between Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv are also canceled.

Terminal 1 at Ben Gurion Airport

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) announced that Terminal 1 at Ben-Gurion International Airport will close Wednesday, March 18th, until at least the end of April. Local flights from Ramon International Airport near Eilat, which usually arrive at Terminal 1, will now land at Terminal 3.

There are currently only two daily flights operating between Ramon Airport and Ben-Gurion Airport.

Access to Ben Gurion Airport

The train station at Ben Gurion Airport is closed to anyone arriving in Israel. Domestic flight passengers are able to use the train services upon presentation of a plane ticket. Passengers on domestic flights landing at Terminal 1 are able to use the train as usual.


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