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Hitchhiking is very common in Israel. It is most often done at major road junctions. Such a stop is known in Hebrew as a "Trempiada", from the German "trempen", to hitchhike. Trempiadas often also have bus stops at the same location.

Hitchhiking is done by pointing to the ground with the hand far from the body, instead of raising a thumb. Variations exists such as pointing straight down while bobbing the hand up and down to indicate a short distance hitch, or pointing right or left to indicate a desire to turn right or left at the next major junction. At a very large trempiadas, it is not uncommon for people to stand at different locations depending on their destination of choice. The precise locations (sometimes only a few feet apart) often coincide with a bus stop sign or common knowledge among the locals.

SafetyEdit

Hitchhiking is not always a good idea. Due to terrorism, hitchhikers are often risking their lives when they thumb a ride. Even still hitchhiking is a way of life. You will find hitchhikers everywhere. Your best bet for getting a safe ride in Israel is getting into a car with people who know what they are doing. Even still, caution is necessary.

This Tremp Guide is intended to assist hitchhikers in Israel. For a list of all the Junctions in Israel click here.

Tremp GuideEdit

LocationsEdit

Center (Yerushalayim)Edit


To the East (Dead Sea): From the city center or the bus station, take buses 25, 4 or 4A to get to the Har Ha'tzofim Junction. From their make your way to the trempiada directing east on Highway 1 toward the Dead Sea. Many drivers will be heading toward Ma'aleh Adumim, and unless that is where you are going, it is best to wait for another car. If trying to reach the Beit Ha'arava Junction, Kfar Adumim or the Almog Junction are not terrible stopping points, and accepting tremps heading to those places is recommended if you are having a difficult time. When reaching the Beit Ha'arava Junction, the road turns south and from there you can ask to get off in any location at the shore of the dead sea.
To the West (Tel Aviv): Stand at the entrance to Jerusalem, at the last bus stop on the way out towards Highway 1. This area is usually extremely crowded and it is not very easy to catch a ride here.
To the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan): Your first goal is the Beit HaArava Junction, which connects Highway 1 going west from Jerusalem, to Highway 90, which goes north to the Yam Kinneret. From the city center, the bus station, or other places that the following bus lines hit, take buses 25, 4 or 4A to get to the Har Ha'tsofim Junction, (French Hill). This junction is the spot to hitchhike in the direction of the Dead sea. The place is usually crowded with hitchhikers, and drivers stop often. Most likely they will go only half ways, in which case you should ask to go down in the entry junction to their settlement, and continue hitchhiking from the bus station.

From the Beit HaArava Junction, head north on highway one until you reach the Tsemach Junciton at the bottom tip of the Yam Kinneret. From there, there is a trempiada up to the Golan. People either drive up to Highway 92 or Highway 98 from there. Highway 98 goes right up to the Golan, and Higway 92 runs along the west coast of the Kinneret from where you can pick up Highway 789 or 87 to the Golan. Highway 789 connects to Highway 98 from where you can chose to either continue north or head south. Highway 87 also connects to 98, but a bit later, and it also turns west over the Kinneret or east through the center of the Golan until it picks up 98 at its end.
To the Central-North (Tverya): Follow the directions to go to the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan), but when you reach the Tsemach Junction at the bottom tip of the Yam Kinneret, continue heading northward on Highway 90.
To the North (Tsfat):

To the Northwest (Haifa): Same as towards Tel Aviv.
To the South (Eilat): Follow the direction to go to the East (Dead Sea), but continue south on Highway 90 until its end.
Into Samaria (near North): Take a city bus (25, 4, or 4a) to the French Hill Intersection and stand there. Rides from here are available to the Ramallah area (Ofra, Beit El, etc.) As well as further in, towards Nablus, via Tapuach Intersection (Kfar Tapuach, Eli, Shiloh, Ariel, Kedumim, etc.).
Into Judea (near South): Take the #31 bus to Giloh (you'll have to ask people how to get to the trempiada). From there you can hitch rides to the Gush Etzion area (Efrat, Alon Shvut, etc) as well as further south, to the Hebron area of Kiryat Arba, Othniel, etc. To get to the latter area, however, it is better to hitch a ridge to Gush Etzion Junction (near Alon Shvut), and try from there.

East (Dead Sea)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim): Wait an your nearest junction on Highway 90 and head north to the Beit HaArava Junction. Get off at the Beit HaArava Junction, and continue at the trempiada at the beginning of Highway 1 going east to Yerushalayim. From here, it is best to wait for a ride that is going directly to Jerusalem without any stop, unless your goal is not actually to get to Jerusalem, but a town along the way, such as Ma'ale Adummim, in which case there should be people headed there as well.
To the West (Tel Aviv):
To the Northeast (Haifa):
To the Central-North (T'veria): Follow the directions to go to the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan), but when you reach the Tsemach Junction at the bottom tip of the Kinneret, continue heading northward on Highway 90.
To the North (Tsfat):
To the Northwest (Ramat HaGolan): Wait an your nearest junction on Highway 90 and head north to the Beit HaArava Junction. From the Beit HaArava Junction, head north on highway one until you reach the Tsemach Junciton at the bottom of the Kinneret. From there, there is a trempiada up to the Golan. People either drive up to Highway 92 or Highway 98 from there. Highway 98 goes right up to the Golan, and Higway 92 runs along the west coast of the Kinneret from where you can pick up Highway 789 or 87 to the Golan. Highway 789 connects to Highway 98 from where you can chose to either continue north or head south. Highway 87 also connects to 98, but a bit later, and it also turns west over the Kinneret or east through the center of the Golan until it picks up 98 at its end.
To the South (Eilat): Just get to a junction that hits Highway 90 and continue south.

West (Tel Aviv)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim):
To the East (Dead Sea):
To the Northeast (Haifa):
To the Central-North (T'veria):
To the North (Tsfat):
To the Northwest ([[Golan_Heights|Ramat HaGolan}}):
To the South (Be'er Sheva)
To the Deep South (Eilat):

Northeast (Ramat HaGolan)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim): The first goal to reach is the Tsemach Junction, which is situated at the bottom tip of the Kinneret. From a local junction, make your way to preferabley Highway 98 and head south, but depending where you are, Highway 92 also leads to the Tsemach Junction. If you happen to be in the upper eastern part of the Golan, Highway 90 east of the Kinneret will also do, but will be much more difficult, because many people stop in T'veria, which is a relatively large city, and will possibley require leaving a the city, wich can be rather difficult. After the Tsemach Junction your next goal is the Beit ha-Arava Junction which is reached by continuing south on Highway 90. Get off at the Beit ha-Arava Junction, and continue at the trempiada at the beginning of Highway 1 going east to Jerusalem. From here, it is best to wait for a ride that is going directly to Jerusalem without any stop, unless your goal is not actually to get to Jerusalem, but a town along the way, such as Ma'ale Adummim, in which case there should be people headed there as well.


To the East (Dead Sea):Follow the directions as you would to the Center (Yerushalayim); however, instead of getting off at the Beit HaArva Junction, either pass it or just continue south from it. Everyone going south will be going at least as far as the Dead Sea, which is just 2 kilometers south. Depending on where part of the Dead Sea you want, just stick to the Highway and go as far south as you chose.
To the West (Tel Aviv):
To the Central-North (T'veria): There are two ways of getting to Teveria, either going around the top of the Kinneret, or its bottom. Depending on where you are, you will have to decide which is more convenient for you. Going around the bottom is usually the easiest and simplist way, but there obviously places where going over the top just makes more sense. To go around the bottom, your first goal is the Tsemach Junction at the bottom tip of the Kinneret. There are three ways of getting there: a) Taking Highway 98, which runs along the eastern border of Israel, southward down from the Golan. b) Taking Highway 92, which runs along the eastern bank of the Kinneret. c)Take Highway 98 to Highway 789, which runs by such towns as Afik, Ne'ot Golan, Bnei Yehuda, and Giv'at Yoav, to Highway 92 and then southward. Many drivers tend to take option "c" and is usually a good choice.
In terms of going over the top of the Kinneret there are also two options: a)taking Highway 91 to Highway 90 and the head southward, or take Highway 87 to Highway 90 and head southward.
To the North (Tsfat):
To the Northwest (Haifa):
To the South (Be'er Sheva)
To the Deep South (Eilat):Follow the directions for getting to the East (Dead Sea), but instead off getting off, continue going south down Highway 90 until you eventually hit Eilat.

Central-North (T'veria)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim):
To the East (Dead Sea):
To the West (Tel Aviv):
To the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan):
To the North (Tsfat):
To the Northwest (Haifa):
To the South (Be'er Sheva)
To the Deep South (Eilat):

North (Tsfat)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim):
To the East ([[Dead Sea]):
To the West (Tel Aviv):
To the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan):
To the Central-North (T'veria):
To the Northwest (Haifa):
To the South (Be'er Sheva)
To the Deep South (Eilat):

Northwest (Haifa)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim):
To the East (Dead Sea):
To the West (Tel Aviv):
To the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan):
To the Central-North (T'veria):
To the North (Tsfat):
To the South (Be'er Sheva)
To the Deep South (Eilat):

South (Be'er Sheva)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim):
To the East (Dead Sea):
To the West (Tel Aviv):
To the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan):
To the Central-North (T'veria):
To the North (Tsfat):
To the Northwest (Haifa):
To the Deep South (Eilat):

Deep South (Eilat)Edit


To the Center (Yerushalayim):
To the East (Dead Sea):
To the West ([[Tel Aviv):
To the Northeast (Ramat HaGolan):
To the Central-North (T'veria):
To the North (Tsfat):
To the Northwest (Haifa):
To the South (Be'er Sheva)


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