Most of your bargaining experiences will happen at souqs, flea markets or in taxis, which despite being required by law to use a meter, rarely miss the chance to fleece tourists for a few shekels. As with bargaining across the world, it pays to keep your cool and – particularly with souvenirs – remember that as the buyer you ultimately have the advantage.


When it comes to taxis, the incessant overcharging can be exhausting. Avoid picking up cabs outside nice hotels and if a driver is being unreasonable, just move on. If a driver refuses to use the meter, always negotiate a price before you get in the car. Bear in mind that prices on holidays or at night will be severely inflated.