You buy it on the bus from the bus driver after 0900 in the morning.
Yes, just buy it on the first city bus you board. If you do not already have a Rav-Kav smartcard, you will need to buy that as well (likewise from the driver of the first bus you board). The cost for the card is NIS 5, to which you will need to add the cost of the hofshi yomi (NIS 14.70). Then each time you get on a bus thereafter, you just place the Rav-Kav on the card reader next to the driver.
Once you have your Rav-Kav you'll be able to load other things on it as well, such as round-trip Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, 90 minutes unlimited travel within Jerusalem, and so on.
Thanks for your speedy reply.
Does the bus driver speak English? Would I have problem purchasing the daily unlimited day pass on the bus without Israeli ID?
Is bus #10 the bus we have to take to get to old Jaffa?
Most drivers speak some English. Otherwise passengers do. Besides if you just say hofshi yo I they'll get it.
You do not need ID. These will be "anonymous" cards that can be used by anyone. Short-term visitors do not need personal Rav-Kav cards. The benefits of personal Rav-Kav cards (with name and photo) are discounts that tourists are not entitled to, or are for long-term travel, such as a monthly unlimited on a specific route or within a specific area (monthly meaning a named month, not any period of 30 days), used by people who travel daily to work or school. Very few tourists would have a need for that.
At the end of your trip you can keep the Rav-Kav for your next visit, or give it to a friend.
One more question: can you use hofshi yomi card in Jerusalem or do you have to buy another one?
Thanks for all the helpful advices.
One RAV-KAV card will do for the entire country. You charge into it tickets and packages, e.g Tel Aviv region Hofshi-Yomi ticket.
There is no Hofshi-Yomi in Jerusalem, you might want to buy a package of a 10 city rides in a bus or 2 city rides when buying from a ticket machine in any tram station in Jerusalem.
There is, as Amos says, no hofshi yomi in Jerusalem, but the Rav-Kav will save you money when you use transfers. One "ride" within Jerusalem is 90 minutes unlimited on city buses and the light rail.
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