Accessibility Tips For Visiting Israel

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Are you planning a trip to Israel? While many improvements have been made in terms of accessibility in Israel in the last several years, it’s important to keep in mind that accessibility is still limited. 

Check out these accessibility tips before heading out to make sure your stay in Israel is a great one!

Accessible Transportation

Once you arrive in  Israel at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, helpful attendants will assist you from the plane to the airport exit. Then once you enter the city, you’ll find that much of the public transportation system in Israel is accessible. Buses have lifts for wheelchair users, and the main tram in Jerusalem offers no-step access. Accessible taxis are also available for you to book.

Accessible Attractions and Activities

Israel offers several attractions with wheelchair access. These include the Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, the Jordan River, and the Sea of Galilee. If relaxation is on your list, you can also check out any of these Tel Aviv beaches that provide accessible paths: Tzuk, Northern Tzuk, Metzizim and Hilton.

There is an abundance of accessible restrooms available throughout Israel. Most large hotels  along the shore have accessible public restrooms, and many of the more popular tourist attractions do as well. For example, you can find spacious and comfortable restrooms at the Wailing Wall and the top of the Mount of Olives. If you are planning to visit some smaller towns, you’ll want to call ahead to check if accessible public restrooms are available.

Accessible Tour Company

While some people like to plan out every detail of a trip on their own, others like to leave it to the experts. If the latter is more your style, consider contacting an accessible tour company to help with your stay in Israel to ensure that you have the access you’ll need during your visit.

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