Business Travel in Israel
- Passport and Visa Service
For further information please visit the Ministry of Tourism website.
- Diplomatic Representations
List of Consulates and Embassies of Israel abroad
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Taxis are common in Israel and ensure urban and interurban travel. It is common to give a tip to the driver. Shirouts (shared taxis with 7 to 10 seats) make interurban connections at a reasonable price. This is often the only means of transport available on Saturdays. The cost of a journey is similar to that of a bus trip. The city has a developed bus network. Train is less expensive than bus but much less developed.
Haifa has a metro (Carmelit) but the number of stations which it serves is less. It is thus an under-utilised mode of transport. Tel Aviv also has a metropolitan network. Shared or service taxis are the only means of public transport in the Palestinian Territories. The route presently possible is: Nahariya-Haifa-Tel Aviv-Beersheba. The Jerusalem - Tel Aviv line is closed for work.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Plan of Carmelit of Haifa
Tel Aviv Metro Plan
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Jerusalem - Atarot (JRS)||10 km / 6 miles||Available||Available||-||-|
|Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Intl (TLV)||19 km / 12 miles||ILS 90-115||NIS 16 / 25-30 min||USD 3 / 20 min||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- Ben Gurion Airport is the main international airport. Eilat is served either by its own airport (for small or medium carriers), or by that of Aqaba in Jordan(for large carriers), but Jordanian authorities do not require special formalities. Internal air services in Israel are provided by the Arkia Company with well maintained aircrafts.
Buses serve the entire country and cheaply, but the service is interrupted on Saturdays and the days of Jewish festivals. The train though less developed than bus is however less expensive. A service is provided between Tel Aviv and Beersheba, Tel Aviv and Nahariya and Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
- Rail Companies
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|Israir Airlines||low cost||yes||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The road network in Israel is very dense and in excellent state. The traffic can sometimes be dangerous. There are no particular problem with the fuel supply. The traffic signs are in Hebrew and English. Insurance necessary for passengers travelling in their personal car, is normally included in the rental. Joint reports possible. Police intervention in case of physical injury. Throughout the Palestinian Territories, the roads are good. Service stations are rare in some regions of the West Bank.
- Road Maps
Israel road map
- Find an Itinerary
Different Forms of Tourism
- Numerous historical sites: archeological, cultural heritage sites, etc.
List of monuments referenced as world cultural heritage sites of UNESCO.
Various museums : to see the list of museums in Israel, click here.
- You can go trekking into the wild: in the green hills and streams in the North, on the Mediterranean coast in the West, around the Dead sea (the lowest point of the planet), in the deserts, barren mountains and old volcanic craters in the South. The Israeli Company for protection of nature manages a number of natural reserves. For further information, visit their website.
- 3 main religions are widely represented by sites mainly in Jerusalem and around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). At Nazareth there are a number of religous monuments (Church of Nazareans)
- There are a number of spas in Israel. The main spas are located at the the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) and near the Dead Sea.
- Several magnificient beaches all along the Mediterranean coast, Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). Activities like swimming, surfing, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing are possible.
- Winter Sports
- It is possible to ski on the Mount Hermon.
- Outdoor Activities
- Trekking, Diving, Cycle Trekking, Golf, Waterskiing, Fishing, Mountain climbing.
- There are several commercial centers where you can do your shopping, like the Malha commercial center of Jerusalem. Picturesque markets, annual trade shows, street stalls or boutiques in the large cities shall allow you to bring back souvenirs For further information, visit the Tourism Office site.
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|Neve Tzedek (small village in the center of Tel Aviv)|
|Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias)|
- Tourism Organizations
Israeli Tourism Office
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- No requirement regarding vaccination for international travel. DT, Polio, Hepatitis A and B are advisable presently. Protect the passenger against diarrhoea. Visitors are strongly advised to carry their general medicines. Water should be boiled, filtered or consumed in encapsulated bottles. Avoid walking barefoot on sand or wet/muddy ground. Be careful of insect bites during rural stays : mosquito nets, mosquito repellants are advisable.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Israel Travel guide
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Warnings given by the American State Department
Advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Tel Aviv, Jerusalem (GMT+2 in winter, GMT+3 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
- Summer time from March to October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- The average temperatures in January are 13°C and in June 24°C. The temperatures are mild the whole year on the coasts. Summer lasts from April to October. Winters are cold in the mountain regions. The ideal period for visiting the country is from April to May.
- For Further Information
Israeli Meteorological Service
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- Israeli cuisine is very similar to the Middle East cuisine; it is also partly inspired by the Central European cuisine. The dishes are generally quite spicy.
Baba ghannoui eggplant caviar: eggplant puree in lime juice. Generally served in a plate or in a Ravier spread with small chopped onion and finely cut parsley as starter with pita bread.
Taratour: sesame sauce. Taratour is generally served with baked fish, vegetables pan fried vegetables. It is essential in preparation of chickpeas purée (hummus) or eggplant (baba ghannoui).
Other typical dishes are: Thina (sesame purée), Falafel (fried chickpea balls), Shewarma (meat of turkey, calf or mutton in a pita).
- The beverages widely consumed in Israel are cola, beer, fruit juices and wine.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Pork is prohibited and the food should be kosher.
- Domestic Currency
- Israeli New Sheqel.
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- Foreign currencies can be exchanged from banks, certain hotels and exchange bureaus. There are many exchange points in airports and city centers. You can also withdraw cash easily from ATM's which are numerous.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Settlement is generally made in cash, by check or credit card. Some vendors like to be paid in foreign currencies.
- Official Language
- In Israel the official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. The national language of Jews is modern Hebrew, but since only 60 % of the Jewish population was born in Israel, this language is not the mother tongue of nearly half of the population.
- Other Languages Spoken
- Jews speak other languages like English, French, Russian, or Yiddish. English is considered as the main foreign language in Israel (main language for international communication), followed by French. Russian is the third important foreign language of the country. Finally, Yiddish is spoken by around 500,000 speakers. Moreover, a large number of other languages are spoken by the Jews originally from Latin America or Central Europe: Spanish, Rumanian, Hungarian, German, Polish, Persian, Amharic and Tigrinya
- Business Language
- Getting Some Knowledge
- A little Hebrew vocabulary : Travelnet
- Free Translation Tools
Hebrew French dictionary : Translation
list of hebrew dictionaries : Translation of Hebrew into several languages
Lexilogos : Arabic-English-Arabic Dictionary
- To Find an Accommodation
Israeli Hotels Association
The Kibboutz chain of Israel
Israeli Youth Hostels Association
Israel Zimmer Association
National Tourism Office
- To Find an Apartment
Israel Real Estate
Anglo-saxon real estate
- To Find a Job
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