What to Know About Your Rav Kav Bus Card
Beginning March 8, new rules concerning buying and recharging one’s personal Rav Kav (bus card) have come into force.
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Before, the driver of a bus would take money and load fares on to their passengers’ bus card. Now, to ensure easier entry and faster lines, passengers with their own personal Rav Kav will have to recharge their bus card in case or credit card in one of the thousands of charge points throughout the country or in the Rav Kav app, and will pay their fares directly in devices placed in every bus through their Rav Kav card.
A Personal Rav Kav card:
The card can be obtained free of charge at Rav Kav service points. Since the card contains your information, you have to bring your ID card or passport, and if you are eligible for a discount (senior citizen, student, youth, Bituach Leumi eligibility, etc.), bring all appropriate documents.
You will automatically get your discount each time you reload your card. The card may be reloaded with various types of ride tickets: monthly pass, multi-ride tickets etc. as well as all kinds of routes on public transportation. The card is insured in case of loss, damage or theft and it contains information of the trips you’ve made.
Anonymous Rav Kav Card or a Semi-Anonymous Rav Kav Card:
These cards are generally used by visitors to the country or by a person who suddenly needs a bus card and doesn’t have one. The Semi-Anonymous Rav Kav has personal information, cannot be bought from a driver, and can load weekly and monthly passes.
An Anonymous Rav Card can be bought from the driver, contains no personal information and can be used for daily and weekly passes, (but no monthly pass) and multi-trips.
Both cards do not record trips taken, and if they are lost or stolen, will not be refunded.
Some important points about Rav Kav cards:
* You can load your card with fares from different bus companies on whose routes you plan to travel.
* Parents must come along with children and bring their own identification to get their children their first Rav Kav. Minors from 16 and up can get their own Rav Kav.
* Two or more people can share the same Rav Kav if it's loaded with regular multi-ride tickets
* If your Rav Kav is lost or stolen, contact one of the Rav -Kav issue stations and report the loss/theft. Bring along your ID card, passport or driver license. You'll be issued a new card with restored fares. There is a fee of NIS10.00 for issuing a replacement card..
Rav Kav Service Points in Jerusalem:
* Rav Shefa Shopping Center, second floor, 16 Shamgar St Sunday to Thursday 9:00 - 20:30, Friday 8:30- 12:00.
* Jerusalem Central Bus Station, 224 Yafo St Sunday to Thursday 7:00 - 19:00, Friday and holiday eves 7:00 - 12:00
* Ha-Pa'amon Mall, 3 King George Sunday to Thursday 8:00 - 20:30, Friday and holiday eves 8:30 - 14:00
* Pisgat Zeev Mall (2nd Floor, opposite 'Meuhedet" Health Center) Sunday to Thursday 9:00 - 21:00, Friday and holiday eves 9:00 - 14:00
* Ramot Mall Sunday to Thursday 9:00 - 21:00, Friday and holiday eves 9:00 - 14:00
* Gilo Mall Sunday to Thursday 9:00 - 21:00, Friday and holiday eves 9:00 - 14:00
* Hadar Mall Sunday to Thursday 9:00 - 21:00, Friday and holiday eves 9:00 - 14:00