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Transportation – Take your Pick

Haifa is a hub for public transportation from the center of the country (the Tel Aviv area) to the entire north. 

Buses and trains: There are very frequent Egged bus and Israel train connections to almost anywhere in the country from both Haifa central bus stations: the Carmel Beach Central Bus Station (Merkazit Hof Hacarmel) at the southern entrance to Haifa and the Haifa Bay Central Bus Station (Merkazit Lev Hamifratz) at the other end of the city.  Both have connected train stations. 

The Israel Railways has two additional stops in Haifa – Bat Galim and the Hashmona Central station at the beginning of the main  lower town street- Haaztmaut Road.  Average time to Tel Aviv by bus or train is 55 minutes.  The trip from Haifa to Jerusalem is one hour and 50 minutes by bus.  As there is no direct train connection to Jerusalem, the trip takes almost three hours by train.

Car traffic in Haifa is as congested as in most big cities but a new major system of tunnels The Carmel Tunnels under the Carmel Mountain,   diverting thru-traffic to underground tunnels, has done much to alleviate congestion.

The Haifa Port is one of the two main ports in the country and much of Israel's import and export business utilizes the port's shipping facilities. 

The Haifa Airport  is used mainly for domestic and private flights and has some charter flights to nearby locations such as Cyprus and Rhodes departing from there.  The airport is also used by flight schools and Haifa flight-tour companies.