Israel may be a small country by almost any standard, however should you wish to tour extensively it is imperative that you have access to a car. The public transport system is Israel is still in its development stages and access to the extremities of the country is not exactly to the standard of similar first world countries.
Thankfully the car rental market in Israel is well developed with many of the world’s multinational companies having a presence in Israel. These companies face active competition from reputable, local companies. Consequently, if you are considering border to border travel in Israel, a great way to see the country, long term can rental in Israel can usually be achieved easily and for a fair price.
Israel stretches 424 km (263 mi) from north to south, and its width ranges from 114 km (71 mi) to, at its narrowest point, 15 km (9.3 mi). As alluded to above, Israel really is a tiny country. However, to reach the Red Sea tourist resort of Eilat at Israel’s southern tip requires you to either take a flight, take a long, stuffy bus drive, or hire a car and go it alone or with your travel partner.
It is a similar situation when traveling to the north. Should you wish to explore the many historical and religiously significant sites associated with the north, such as the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, there is no train transportation to take you to those destinations. Bus transport is available as well as taxi services, but long term car rental in Israel is definitely more economic than a taxi and affords you the greatest degree of flexibility in your travel plans.
With regard to travel Israel from east to west, you could probably do it on foot (just kidding) but the necessity for having a car at your beck and call cannot be underestimated.
There are an abundance of things to see and do in Israel spread across the length and breadth of the country – unique sites that are only available to be enjoyed in Israel. Should you wish to get a proper feel for the country and its people, and if you have a spirit of adventure, it is best to hire a car and get to really know Israel. I have absolutely no doubt that you won’t be disappointed.