Currency

New Israeli Shekel (NIS)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than 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

Bargaining

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.

Taxis

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.

Money

Banks with ATMs can be found around the intersection of HaYarden and HaBanim St.