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Money and costs

Currency
New Shekels (₪)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 25, 2019 9:07AM 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

ATMs are widely available, except at border crossings with Jordan and Egypt. Credit cards almost universally accepted.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in most circumstances, but is increasingly common.

  • Restaurants Waiters and waitresses will expect a tip, 10-15% is fair.

  • Pubs Usually have tip jars on the bar; 10-15% of your bill is fair.

  • Guides It's always good to tip guides. Organise a whip around among other guests; 10-20NIS each is probably fair.

  • Hotels 10NIS to 20NIS a night for housekeeping is a nice touch.

  • Taxis Will not expect tips, but you can round up the price of the fare.