There are parking rules in every country you visit, and Israel is no exception. From street parking to parking lots, here is some important information for when you are renting a car.
Blue and White
This type of curb parking is usually paid parking in major cities. You will be able to purchase a ticket to display in the driver's side window, load coins into the meter, or simply use the Pango app from your smartphone. If you find parking at a blue and white curb, read the signs nearby to determine how long you may park there, whether you have to pay at all because of the time of day, or if the parking spaces are only for residents of that city.
Red and White
You will not be allowed to park at a red and white curb at all. You will be ticketed if you do, which can cost upwards of 200 Shekels. Avoid parking illegally in Israel, not only to avoid getting a ticket, but also because parking at curbs painted red and white usually causes a danger to other drivers or pedestrians.
No Color Curb Parking
In many smaller cities and towns, you can park just about anywhere you see a curb because traffic is so sparse. Pay attention to road signs, just in case, but you are usually safe parking anywhere you see a curb with no color.
Israeli cities have paid parking lots, some with blue and white curbs, which will have the same laws as the blue and white parking written above. Some parking lots are paid by the hour or by the day/evening. Expect to pay much more for hourly parking in a lot than parking on the street, however.
Israel is known for its hot weather in the summers, with the sun beating down on your car. Unless you have a shade or park under a tree, your best bet will be to park underground. Many cities in Israel have underground parking lots for your convenience. You will notice that some lots have begun to use red and green lights to signify which spaces are available. And there are usually digital signs at the entrance of the lot indicating the number of available spaces on each level. But be aware that the blue lights are only for authorized handicapped parking.
Rent a car in Israel, but don't get in trouble for parking illegally!