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Get around
Unlike other major cities in Israel, local buses (but not the Carmelit subway) run on Friday nights (between 10.30pm and 5am) Saturdays and other Jewish holy days; however, they only operate minimal and highly infrequent services during these hours.
Haifa Has has two main bus terminals where passengers can switch between inter-city buses and trains to the local routes operated by Egged bus company.
The two stations are:
* ''Mercazit HaMifratz'' — (bay area hub) connecting Haifa with the Krayot (northern suburbs) and the Galilee. Located near Lev ha-Mifraz HaMifraz train station.
* ''Mercazit Hof HaCarmel'' — (Carmel coast hub) connecting Haifa with southern destinatons . Located near Hof HaCarmel train station.
Day time bus services in Haifa run reguarly between 5am and Midnight midnight Sunday to Thursday (stops at around 4pm on Friday) and cost 6.40 nis per journey with connecting buses included if used within an hour and twenty minutes (ask for "kartis ma'avar").
Night bus services however run differently. During the peak period (summertime) the services run every day from midnight till until 5am and on Fridavs Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30pm till 5am. During the off -peak season they only run on Thursday, Friday & , and Saturday nights.
== TIP == If you intend to use the bus reguarly ask the driver for a "Cartisiyah" punch ticket (51.20 nis) which will allow gives you 10 journeys for the price of 8. There are also monthly passes available if purchased during the first few days of the month , but unfortunately there are no week or day passes available at this time.
Haifa has a subway: the Carmelit funicular. It is the only subway in Israel. It is useful for getting up or down the mountain from downtown. However, it only extends to a small part of Haifa. So, if you need to go further, you can buy a ticket which includes a transfer to a bus for the remainder of your journey.
Due to its weird angled structure (made necessary by the steepness of the mountain) , it is worth taking for fun even though it may not reach a useful destination. The Carmelit has few riders, so you'll always find a seat.
The Carmelit has 6 six stations listed here as they go downhill:* ''Gan Ha'em'' — in the Carmel Center, adjacent to the Haifa Zoo, the Louis Promenade (with a panoramic promenadebeautiful view of the Haifa Bay, the Haifa Auditoriumand Cinematheque, and many shops and hotels.
* ''Bnei Zion'' — in Golomb street, near the Bnei Zion (formerly known as Rothschild) Hospital and the Bahá'í World Centre (see below).
* ''Massada'' — upper Upper Hadar HacarmelHaCarmel, home to an up and coming artists' neighbourhood with many antique storesshops, second -hand book stores, bars and coffee shops. Also not far from Nordau stStreet, a pedestrian mall which has seen its better days. Close to the National Science Museum.
* ''HaneviHaNevi'im'' — near HaneviHaNevi'im, Herzl and Hachalutz HaHalutz streets, and their shops, offices. Close to the Haifa Museum of Art and Wadi Nisnas pedestrian area.
* ''Solel Boneh'' — near Ha'atzmaut park, and the Haifa city hall.
* ''Kikar Paris(Paris Square)'' — downtown. Near government building buildings and courthouse, Ha'atzmaut street, walking distance to Haifa Merkaz train station and Haifa port.
==See==
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