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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘shalom’
(sha-loam)
Hebrew
‘marhaba’
(mar-ha-ba)
Arabic
Plug combo ch
Electricity
230V/50hz
Thursday
HRS
15
15
MINS
32
32
Current Time
GMT +3
currency
New Israeli Shekel (NIS)

Money and costs

Currency
New Shekels (₪)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 04, 2019 2:25PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
350NIS
  • Dorm bed: 100NIS
  • Meals of falafel or hummus, and supermarket picnics: 100NIS (per day)
  • Travel by bus or sherut (shared taxi): 50NIS
  • Swim at free public beaches
Midrange
350–600NIS
  • Double room at midrange hotel (per person): 150–220NIS
  • Meals at midrange restaurants: 100–150NIS
  • Private taxi travel: 100–150NIS
Top end (more than)
600NIS
  • Luxury double room or B&B (per person): from 300NIS
  • Meals at the finest restaurants: 300NIS
  • Travel by midsize rental car or with guide: 400NIS

Visas

Israel grants on-arrival visas to most nationalities.

Get the latest visa advice for Israel from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to Israel

Israel has peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, so it’s easy to combine a visit with a trip to Petra and/or to the Red Sea coast of Sinai. Western governments advise against all travel to northern Sinai for security reasons.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Israel

Israel has extensive public transport networks; for routes and schedules, head to www.bus.co.il. Buses and trains do not run on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.

Car A great way to tour the countryside, but parking can be a hassle in major cities.

Bus Bus service is extensive.

Sherut Service taxis, which leave when full, are generally quicker than buses on major routes.

Train Intercity and commuter lines run along the coast, to Ben Gurion Airport and up to Jerusalem.

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