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Israel - Info & Facts

Suggested Length of Stay

Recommended length of stay in Israel, is on average 2 days per major city (Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem), and other smaller centres and Dead sea one day each.

 

Modes of transport

 

Roads

Israel has a well-developed road network spanning the entire country.

 

Public transport

Local buses reach every corner of major cities, but if you don’t read Hebrew it can be a challenge to figure out the bus routes – just ask locals or any passing bus driver.

Almost every town, village and kibbutz has bus service at least a few times a day – except, that is, from mid-afternoon on Friday until Saturday in the late afternoon or evening, when most intercity lines don’t run at all

 

Trains

Israel Railways runs a comfortable and convenient network of passenger rail services; details on departure times are also available from the Public Transportation Info Centre. Trains do not run from mid-afternoon Friday until after sundown on Saturday.

 

Taxis

Many Israelis now use the mobile phone app GetTaxi (www.gettaxi.co.il), available in Android and iPhone versions, to order and pay for taxis in all parts of Israel (except Eilat). Uber launched in Israel in 2014.

 

Flying

Daily flights to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport’s domestic terminal are handled by Arkia and Israir. Arkia also flies to Haifa.

 

Climate

Temperatures and weather conditions in Israel vary widely. The northern and coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate, characterised by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool and wet winters. The southern and eastern regions are arid. January is the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 4°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 38°C.

 

Health Precautions

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.

 

Food and Drink

From traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food to Franco-Israeli fusion, Israel is a food-lovers delight, with tiny hole-in-the-wall eateries, trendy bistros and high-end restaurants.

 

Money

The currency in Israel is the Israeli Shekel (ILS). ATMs are widely available. Australian dollars can be converted into shekels in major centres.

 

Time Zone

GMT +2 (GMT +3, Mar - Oct)

 

Visas

If you're travelling to Israel for tourism purposes for a period of less than three months, you generally won't need a visa. For longer stays, you'll need to arrange a visa in advance.

 

Australian Embassy & Consulate contacts in Israel

Australian Embassy, Israel

Discount Bank Tower (28th Floor)

23 Yehuda Halevi St (cnr Herzl St)

Tel Aviv 65136

Ph: +972 3 693 5000

 

Israel Embassy & Consulate contacts in Australia 

Embassy of Israel

6 Turrana Street, Yarralumla, ACT 2600

Email: info@canberra.mfa.gov.il

Ph: 02 6215 4500

 

Electricity

230 volts, 50Hz; European-style two-pin and round three-pin plugs are used

 

Getting there (stopovers)

Cathay Pacific operates daily services to Tel Aviv via Hong Kong. El Al operates services from Hong Kong and Bangkok.

 

Tipping

Tipping is expected in Israel, according to the level of service (unless a service charge is added to the bill). About 10-15 percent is customary.