Taxis are very common and popular forms of transport in Israel. Cheap by European standards, cabs in Israel are widely available and are generally safe and modern cars, with helpful drivers. Within cities, drivers must use the meter (moneh) unless they agree a fixed fare with the passenger, whilst inter-city, taxis have fixed fares.
There are surcharges for calling a taxi (5 NIS approx), for luggage (4.6 NIS a piece approx) and for hailing a taxi at Ben Gurion airport (5 NIS approx). Night rates have a 25% surcharge, and there is a starting fare of NIS 11 in cities.
It is best to agree on a price with the driver at the start of the journey and if in doubt to insist that the meter is used (they have to do this legally, however will often try to persuade you not to).
It is also convenient to get a taxi to and from Ben Gurion Airport. Here there are fixed fares and a dispatcher who organizes the process.
Taxi Apps in Israel
Generally taxi apps are really the best way for tourists to take a taxi in Israel. Firstly prices are linked to the app and automatically at the meter rate within cities, and a fixed price list out of town. The apps all work in English, and the drivers are generally better, being rated by customers and more service orientated. Because of the competition in the market, none of the main taxi-apps in Israel charge to order a cab. In order to stay connected with mobile internet all the time, we recommend renting an Israeli SIM card.