Parking In Tel-Aviv, Its a war out there!

If it’s your first time in Tel-Aviv with a rented car you are going to get a ticket, and I’m truly sorry about that 🙁 but maybe if you know the really weird rules of parking in this crazy city, you might pass on that fine..

Getting parking fines for us people in the city are just a part of life, and I even have a friend who looks at new places being built in the city and telling me that “this beautiful place is being built from all those parking tickets I got!”  Even though, is time we understand these rules…

So, What are the rules of parking in Tel-Aviv?

Colors? What are those blue, red and white?

The sidewalks in Tel-Aviv all are painted with colors, well not all of them, if you found just a grey sidewalk with no paint on it, it’s like a mirage! a free parking space!
However, most of the sidewalks are painted to ether in red and white that means that the parking is prohibited and parking, here is taking a big chance for your car to be toed, and I would take that chance only for an hour or two in the middle of the night.

The other color is Blue and White, which means that parking is available but with this “available” comes a few twists…

The rules of the Blue and White:

The Tel-Aviv City Hall divided the city into area’s by numbers. Every area resident has a sticker on his car stating that he is local, and by that he is allowed to park in the blue and white sidewalks in his area any hour of the day.

If a person doesn’t have an area sticker (or has one, but not for this area) and wants to park in that area, there are sighs in the beginning of each street (sometimes on the left side and sometimes on the right) that state the hours of the day that you can park your car. These signs will state the hours that parking is free and also the hours parking that needs some king of payment such as “easy park” “cello park” or parking stamps.

Now let’s break this down to a step by step manual:

  • 1. Drive slowly and hunt that parking spot
  • 2. Skip the red and white, that will get you a heavy ticket.
  • 3. Once you find the blue and white look for the parking sign.
  • 4. Understand what are the free hours and the payment hours.
  • 5. If it’s payment hours, use the card, cello-park or easy-park.

*Cello-park is a phone number you call from your cell phone allowing you to park for about 4 hours with a small payment per hour deal.

*Easy-park is a small device you buy and hang on your window, when turning on the device it gives you a 4 hour parking
*parking scratch tickets are tickets you buy at a local store and scratch then stick on your window, every ticket gives you an hour. (Lot’s of scratching!)

We hope you now know a bit more about the survival tactics of parking in Tel-Aviv, we hope you save that 100nis on getting a blue and white ticket or the 500nis and car toe you will save on the red and white..Have fun!!

Amazing View From Isrotel Tower!

Took this video from the Tallest pool in Tel-Aviv, The Isrotel Tower!!
It has an amazing view of the city 360 degrees and people on the boardwalk are small as ants…What a great day!


What Are the Suburbs of Tel-Aviv?

Most people who arrive in the city of Tel-Aviv know about area’s such as Dizengof, Kerem and Florentin. Not a lot of people know that some of the family’s who are located in the city, live the american dream and own a big house with a pool, dog and 2.2 kids 🙂

Not Only a Rich Thing…

Seriously now, it’s not only a rich thing! A lot of people who live in this area are ether there from old times such as the people of Zehala, for example, that are there since 1952 when it was first built to resident army and security personals. (Zehala=Zahal=IDF=Israeli Defence Forces…Get it?)

However, these days most of the people of Zehala are newcomers with new money that can afford to buy a big house on 2000sqm just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Tel-Aviv.

The same thing is happening in Shikon-Dan and also in other Neighborhoods such as Ramat Hachayal and Hadar Yosef.

Buying a Property….Possible?

Well, there are many people who gave up that area a long time ago, but if you think about it, Tel-Aviv is only getting Better and Better. and with the city, the suburbs are getting popular as well. Owning a house in the suburbs is a great lifestyle choice and an amazing real-estate decision since property’s that are soled for a certain price could be very fast turned into a higher price. and that is because of the rich people who made up there minds about leaving in that area.

So if you have the money, try looking for the new neigboorhoods that are being renovated, there are at least 2 at the moment…
Have a great Hunt!