Cellular phones in Israel is a given. Israel is one of the countries with the highest density of cellular phones in the world. And of course you can rent cellular phones as you like. If you plan to rent such phone, you better can rent it locally (in Israel instead of your home country, because it’s cheaper like this). For more information, contact us.
Like cellular phones, the density of Internet in Israel is high (73%) and available everywhere in the big cities. There is also a free access to the Internet by Bezeq (the national carrier in Israel), but that is not consistent yet. In our tours, our tour buses and other vehicles have WiFi, as our hotels. In the big cities there are Internet Cafes and they claim to charge you per hour. Please let the guide do the negotiations, so that nobody can rip you off. For more information, contact us.
In Israel, they claim that taxi rides tips are not expected, but that’s not true. For sure you don’t need to tip and nobody will say anything else, but if you wish ….. At restaurants, tips are expected, and the common rate is 10%-15%. But if the food is bad, please don’t tip a penny! Also when you eat with the group, please don’t tip. We pay for the tip. If you are pleased with the meal or service, ask for the chef and give him a big compliment if you want to show your appreciation. At hotels tipping is more complex, but not required. Tips are normally given to porters, housekeeping and front desk staff. But with our tours, please don’t tip, because we tip if the hotel is working more then expected.
Shops are open from Sunday until Thursday between 9 am till 7 pm. Further, many shops (but not all of them) are also closed for a midday break from 2 pm until 4 pm. At Friday, the shops are open from 9 am until 2 pm. (or some of them are open until 12 pm.).
Muslim owned shops are often closed on Fridays and Christian owned shops at Sunday. At religious and official holidays, all of the shops are closed.
In Jordan, Egypt and Israel, the power supply is 220 volt AC, 50 Hz cycles. But all of our hotels offer a build-in 110 Volt electric razor transformer. Otherwise many shops sell electricity transformers.
- The official name of Israel is: The State of Israel
- Form of rule: Parliamentary Democracy
- Capital: Jerusalem
- Established: The State of Israel is established in 1948 from the British controlled Palestine
- Area: 20,850 square km. between the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Forests: 5%
- Desert: 61%
- Population: 7+ million
- Official languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English
- Religion: 79% Jews, 17.3% Muslims, 2.1% Christians, 1.6% Druze
- Time zone: +2 GMT
- Country code: +972
The official currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). There are 100 agarot in a shekel. Israeli bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes. Coins are in denominations of NIS 1, 2, 5 and 10 shekels. Travelers’ checks are widely accepted.
Banks are open every morning from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Two days a week, banks are also open in the afternoon from 4 pm till 6 pm, but this varies according the individual bank. Almost every bank and bank office has automatic tells, which accept any national and international credit card, against which cash may be withdrawn.
Tourists who pay for goods and services in foreign currency are exempted in many cases from VAT (Value Added Tax). The shops will supply you with an invoice and a VAT refund form, which can be used at the point of departure from Israel together with their purchase in a sealed package. The VAT, minus commission, is promptly returned.
Distances within Israel
Useful travel links
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- Airport – Click here
- Bank and currency exchange – click here
- Weather – click here
- Learn some words in Hebrew – Click here
- Useful information about Israel – Click here
- Our FAQ – Click here