Is there Sherut service between Safed/Tel Aviv and Safed/Jerusalem?
Any reason why you don't want to take the bus? Buses are more comfortable, and have room for luggage, which sheruts don't. Also, buses leave at their scheduled departure time, whether they are full or not, unlike sheruts, that won't go until they are full. You could have a very long wait for a sherut to Tzfat to fill up.
There is no sherut from Jerusalem to Tzfat.
The bus takes 3 1/2 hours making many stops. Isn't the sherut direct?
A sherut does not offer non-stop or express service - it can make as many stops as the bus, if not more.
But as Shoshi pointed out there is no sherut - so the bus is your best bet.
There's a taxi station at the gas station across from the Egged bus station (enough stations?) but there are no cabs that offer sherut service, just regular cab service.
So, if a sherut can make as many stops as a bus, what is the advantage of a sherut? If a sherut makes a stop en-route to let a passenger off, does it wait until a new passenger arrives?
>>If a sherut makes a stop en-route to let a passenger off, does it wait until a new passenger arrives?
No, it won't wait, it will continue with an empty seat. It may or may not pick up another passenger further along. Just like a bus, really.
The only advantage of a sherut is on routes that are not well served by buses, or where the buses make only limited stops. If a bus goes from A to Z with a stop only at M and you want to go from A to G, assuming there's a sherut on that route you can ask it to stop for you at G (assuming G is a place it's passing anyway).
If you're on a well-travelled route such as Road No. 4 between Haifa and Tel Aviv - you should look at a map for this one - and you are at oh, let's see, Ein Carmel (about 20 km south of Haifa) wanting to head to either Haifa or Tel Aviv (or somewhere on the way). You'll wait at the bus stop on the highway and chances are the first thing that comes along will be a sherut so you'll hop in.
Some (not all) routes are served by sheruts on Shabbat when the buses don't run. It's not an automatic assumption that you can take a sherut on a Saturday to wherever you want to go.
But as a general rule, from city to city it's better by bus, more roomy, higher up (so you get a better view), and it goes at a set time. A sherut won't leave its starting point until it is full, whereas a bus will leave on schedule even if it has no passengers at all.
Thank you for your details and insight!
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