Free public transport for over 75s introduced in Israel

Passengers loading their Rav-Kav cards will no longer benefit from a 20% reduction, as part of the public transport fare reform.


Free public transport in Israel for over-75s was introduced this morning as part of the government’s fare reform. Seniors under 75 will continue to pay 50% of the rates. Children between the ages of 5 and 18 will get a 50% discount and those under five will continue to travel for free. Discounts for people with disabilities will increase from 33% to 50% and discounts for students will remain at 33%.

The reform applies to all forms of public transport – buses, light rail in Jerusalem, Israel Railways and Carmelit and Metronit in Haifa.

Individual rides will be more expensive starting at NIS 5.50 for buses and NIS 9 for Israel Railways. Some individual journeys will be significantly more expensive. Additionally, passengers loading their Rav-Kav cards will no longer receive a 20% discount. The Department of Transport says this is intended to cover the cost of soaring fuel prices, although it was planned to roll back the Rav-Kav discounts even before fuel prices started to soar.

Free monthly travel passes for the whole country will cost between 99 NIS for the outskirts and 225 NIS in central Israel.

The Department of Transport calculates that the new fares, even with free travel for over-75s, will result in savings of NIS 300 million in government route subsidies, which will be used to strengthen the public transport system.

Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on August 1, 2022.

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