Travelling by train in Israel

October 22, 2017

Unknown to most travellers to Sardinia, the large island in the Mediterranean Sea actually has a pretty good rail network.  The train will get you to most towns, from where buses can be used to access nearby beaches (although the train itself will take you some too).  The service is provided by two companies: Trenitalia (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane) and ARST (Azienda Regionale Sarda Trasporti).


Last Updated: 22nd October 2017


 A simplified railway map of Israel


Israel Railways


Trenitalia is operated by the Italian Government which means that FIP coupons and Interrail tickets are valid on these services (but it isn’t worth buying an Interrail ticket specifically to travel around Sardinia as the fares are pretty cheap anyway).  The core part of the network connects Olbia, Sassari, Cagliari and Cagliari-Elmas (airport) together.  From Olbia it is possible to connect with a local train and travel to the beaches along the Golfo Aranci peninsula and from Sassari, a local train will take you to Porto Torres Marittime. 


What is the journey like? 


Journey times are relatively quick and the trains used are modern and air conditioned .  Here are a few journey examples:


From Tel Aviv Ha'Hagana...

... to Ben Gurion Airport - approx 10 minutes - 13.5 NIS (US$4) - half hourly

... to Jerusalem-Malha (change at Bet Shemesh) - approx 1 hour 30 minutes - 20 NIS (US$6) - hourly

... to Haifa Center-HaShmona - approx 1 hour 15 minutes - 27.5 NIS (US$8) - two trains per hour


Where to check train times and fares? 


Simply visit the Israel Railways' journey planner and enter the journey you're trying to make.


Searching for a one-way journey from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport on 15th October 2017 at 20:00


My Journal


Thursday 7th September 2017 - Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

DATE XXX - Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport




Sassari station building (8th September 2017)


One of Trenitalia's new modern trains at Ozieri-Chilivani (8th September 2017)




1) There are more photos available in my Flickr "Israel" album but these will be mixed in with other Sardinia photos.


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