Driving in Israel and Greece

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Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby 5waldos » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:54 pm

Doable? Thinking of renting a car in Ashdod and driving to the Dead Sea with stopping at whatever turns up along the way- NOT into Jerusalem. I can do it with a US driver's license. Other than the language factor which we can overcome with a good GPS, would it be safe? Have driven all over Turkey and Egypt so can't imagine it would be more difficult than that, or is there something I don't know? Rental cars are CHEAP.

Thinking of maybe doing something similar in Greece. Again- no big cities but rather out for an excursion. Any thoughts on this?

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby GLimpet » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:51 pm

I was going to drive up to Haifa from Tel Aviv via a meeting in Herzliya Pituach last month but I was put off by the traffic jams in the places I needed to go into. (When I had been there in a taxi).

The train was a lot quicker and less stressful.

But the roads look good and I've driven in worse places, despite the locals telling me that Israelis are the worst drivers in the world. (locals say that sort of thing everywhere, except Italy)

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby VinnyD » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:57 pm

I did an EGED bus tour to Masada and Ein Gedi (Dead Sea) from Jerusalem that was fine.

And I took a bus from Athens to Sounion and back for a day out of Athens.

Both some time ago.

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby polardude1 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:34 am

I was going to drive up to Haifa from Tel Aviv via a meeting in Herzliya Pituach last month but I was put off by the traffic jams in the places I needed to go into. (When I had been there in a taxi).
NO need to ta a buys between those 2 cities. The rain is preferred


That said, it's nice to have a car for more remote places. The roads have improved considerably.
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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby 5waldos » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:28 pm

polardude1 wrote:
I was going to drive up to Haifa from Tel Aviv via a meeting in Herzliya Pituach last month but I was put off by the traffic jams in the places I needed to go into. (When I had been there in a taxi).
NO need to ta a buys between those 2 cities. The rain is preferred
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Could I have an English translation please?
is it "no need to take a bus between those 2 cities.The train is preferred."

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby polardude1 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:48 pm

Take a train between Haifa and TA. It's cheap and efficient
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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby 5waldos » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:45 pm

Thanks. Got it mostly

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby flatfoot » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:57 am

We're going on a road trip in Israel next month. I've booked a car, and we're starting from Tel Aviv, then Haifa and the Golan, then the Dead Sea and the Negev, then ending in Jerusalem.

I honestly don't know what I'm getting into, so wish me luck.

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece
Postby flatfoot » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:57 am

We're going on a road trip in Israel next month. I've booked a car, and we're starting from Tel Aviv, then Haifa and the Golan, then the Dead Sea and the Negev, then ending in Jerusalem.

I honestly don't know what I'm getting into, so wish me luck.

if you're going around Passover, be prepared for roads full of vacationers
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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby VinnyD » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:54 am

This was great: "NO need to ta a buys between those 2 cities. The rain is preferred"

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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby polardude1 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:28 pm

The train network is getting better each year. The car would be good for the far north, the Negev or Dead Sea
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Re: Driving in Israel and Greece

Postby 5waldos » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:47 pm

Did my figures and realized that it would mean about 300 miles plus, so have nixed this as a bad idea. I'd like to enjoy my trip- not spend the day driving for most of it. Back to finding other people to drive.

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