- Time Zone: UTC + 2 hours
- Currency: New Israeli Shekel (NIS)
- Off-the-beaten Path: Take a bike on rent and explore the outskirts of the city without following the tourist-attraction itinerary.
- Tipping: Drivers rarely expect to be tipped but at restaurants and hotels you can tip a minimum of 10% of your bill.
- Tourist Traps: When shopping at souks, you will be followed by locals luring you into ‘good deals’. Stick to the shops on the streetand bargain if you want a good deal.
- Customs: When visiting temples, mosques and places of worship, cover your head and wear conservative clothing. Even on days when you just want to take a casual walk, modest clothing is preferred.
- Languages: Hebrew is spoken more in the western Jerusalem and Arabic is spoken more in eastern Jerusalem. English is spoken well in the city but if you are travelling off the beaten path, you will need a translator.
Electricity and Internet:
- The voltage is 220-240 Volts. You will need an Adapter for "Type H " Israeli SI 32 (Current standard, round pins).
- Free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and BnBs.
- Police: 100
- Magen David Adom: 101 (National emergency number for medical, disaster, ambulance issues)
- Fire Department 102
- Tourist Police:+972 03-5165382
Important/ Helpful Facts about Israel:
- Public transport system does not operate on Jewish Sabbath and holidays from half hour before sunset on Friday (or the day before the holiday) till Saturday night. If you need to get somewhere on time, give yourself at least a two hour buffer time before Shabbat.
- If you cannot speak Hebrew well and like to plan things ahead, booking tickets online for tours of the city of Jerusalem is preferred by tourists.
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