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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Rav Kav Smart Card have replaced bus tickets

As previously reported by israeltransport.blogspot.com Egged buses in Israel this week officially replaced the former multi travel 'Kartisiya' and monthly 'Hofshi Hodshi' paper tickets with their new Rav Kav Smart Cards.

As of this week all bus journeys will have to be paid for as a single ticket or using the Rav Kav Smart Card for either multiple journeys or season tickets. Although existing multi travel 'Kartisiya' tickets will be accepted until the end of 2011.

The Rav Kav Smart Card can be received for free at the following places:

- Jerusalem Central Bus Station (opposite platform 22) Sunday to Thursday 7am to 10pm and Friday 7am to 1pm.
- Jerusalem Rav Shefa Mall 2nd Floor , Sunday to Thursday 2pm to 9pm
- Givat Masua Egged Terminal, Sunday to Thursday 7am to 7pm and Friday 7pm to 1pm
-CityPass Light Rail Service Stations

Rav Kav Cards can also be received from:

South & Center
Tel Aviv CBS - Ticket Office (6th floor)Sun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Kfar Saba CBS - Ticket OfficeSun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Sun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Holon,  Dar Gat MallSun - Thu 08:00- 17:00 | Fri 08:00 - 13:00
Sun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Sun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Rehovot CBSSun - Thu 08:00- 17:00 | Fri 08:00 - 13:00
Haifa & South
Haifa Merkazit Hof ha-KarmelSun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Haifa Merkazit ha-MifratzSun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Haifa, 8 Hasan Shuqri Str Sun - Thu 08:00- 17:00 | Fri 08:00 - 13:00
Haifa, The University of HaifaSun - Thu 08:00- 16:00
Karmi'el TerminalSun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Kiryat Hayim - "Ha-Tzrif" JunctionSun - Thu 07:00- 19:00 | Fri 07:00 - 13:00
Kiryat Shmona CBSSun - Thu 08:00- 17:00 | Fri 08:00 - 13:00
Kiryat Shmona, Tel Khai College Sun - Thu 08:00- 16:00 

Once received multi-use tickets and season tickets can be charged to the Rav Kav Smart Card by bus drivers.


  1. As I understand it, there are certain codes for which the Rav-Kav does not work for kartesiyot and the like. For example, you cannot buy a Code 10 Kartesiya for the 405 and 480 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and load it on your Rav-Kav, it is still a paper ticket for that one.

  2. My question is why do travelers still need to deal with the bus drivers at all if this card is so smart? Why should you still have the need to have cash on your person in order to recharge these cards? Why are there no recharge points at major mall and stations that allow you to recharge the card with a credit card and check the status of your card at leisure? This Rav Kav is a crock! It has so much potential and they are just getting it all wrong from the start (As they usually do in this country). If people are being forced to use these damn cards.... and people have been charged up to nis10 in the past just to recieve the card (Superbus), then there should be a proper infrastructure established for the proper use of the card and it's support system. I have not even touched on the subject of the card not truly being a multi card at all... I myself have lost money in the past because I used the card on another bus company who "supports" the card, but only deleted the credit I had with the other company.... If a person needs to draw cash (which they will need to do to buy a bus ticket, and recharge this adomination) they will need to go to an ATM, so why not have these Rav Kav ATM's too. The name should be Rav Krav. for all the good it's worth.

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