Biking on Yom Kippur is both an iconic activity and, as a result of there being virtually no cars on the road and absolutely no public transport, the best option for getting around in Israel. Bike rental on Yom Kippur is difficult seeing as almost all businesses are closed – there are a few hidden ways to rent (other than renting from before the holiday to afterwards) and we’ll share these here…
Biking on Yom Kippur
Biking on Yom Kippur on the major freeways! Photo Ron Almog
Yom Kippur is the only day when life in Israel comes to a standstill – in fact, it could be the only day when life in a Western country comes to a stop! All businesses are shut – nobody works. Even the airports are closed (read more about Yom Kippur in Israel here). The roads are empty of all cars except for the occasional police car of ambulance which means that it’s a unique opportunity to bike in Tel Aviv and many other big cities! All streets including the major intercity highways are flooded with bikes – from kids to experienced adults, it’s an environmentalists vision and an amazing opportunity to see Israel from another perspective.
Bike Rental on Yom Kippur
With businesses shut, bike rental on Yom Kippur can be difficult. We’ve searched for the places places you can rent bikes on Yom Kippur (we’d suggest you reserve in advance).
Yom Kippur Bike Rental in Jerusalem
Yom Kippur Bike Rental in Tel Aviv