Israel Travel Tips

Getting around, general info, Jerusalem and more

From getting around, to weather, and tech resources, read below for important information to help your experience in Israel and at the 2020 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit be as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Getting Around

Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem 

Cabs: There is a cab stand located in Terminal 3 on Level G (ground floor) outside of door 03. Price of cabs during the day average around 260 NIS. At night it averages around 310 NIS.

There is no need to book ahead unless you are travelling from Jerusalem to the airport. Taxi 99: +972 (0) 72-329 0731.

Shared Taxi (Nesher Sherut): A cheaper, popular alternative is the shared taxi, known locally as a sherut. The sherut is a van which leaves from outside the Arrivals Hall and will take you anywhere in Jerusalem. Just note that most drivers will wait for the taxi to be full before leaving. Sheruts run 24/7, cost around 70 NIS and there’s no need to pre-book if you’re travelling from the airport.

For travel from Jerusalem to the airport, you need to book 24 hours in advance and provide your flight time. Nesher Sherut Taxis: +972 (0) 2-625 7227.

Buses: Line 485, run by Afikim, runs once an hour 24 hours a day, From Terminal 3, on Floor 2, to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. A ticket can be bought on the bus with cash. Price 16 NIS.

Train: The train at Ben Gurion Airport is located in Terminal 3. After exiting from door 3 on Level G (ground floor), there will be signs that direct you to the Train which is located on Level S. A ticket can be purchased before you enter the platform on Level S. Price 17 NIS.

Car Rental: Available car rental companies at Ben Gurion Airport. 

Transportation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem 

Cabs: Cabs are available all around Tel Aviv. You are also always able to use the Gett Taxi App

Buses: Line 405, Egged bus company, from the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station to Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Price 16 NIS.  View bus schedule here.

Line 480, Egged bus company, from Tel Aviv Arlozorov Terminal, to Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Price 16 NIS. View bus schedule here.

Train: There are 4 train stations in Tel Aviv:

  • Tel Aviv Ha’Hagana
  • Tel Aviv Hashalom
  • Tel Aviv Savidor Center
  • Tel Aviv University Station

The train can be taken from any of those stations to the airport and then transfer to the Jerusalem Train. A ticket can be purchased online with a credit card and put onto a Rav Kav or at the station. A one way ticket costs about 22 NIS.

Jerusalem – The Capital of the Startup Nation

Find out more about the Jerusalem tech scene here

Visiting Other Cities from Jerusalem

Thanks to its small size, getting around Israel is fairly easy and you can easily make a one-day round trip to visit another city. Tel Aviv is a 45-minute bus ride away and well worth visiting. Nazareth is 1 hour, 40 minute drive while the Dead Sea can be reached in less than 40 minutes by car.

General Information

Languages

The two official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. English and Russian are also languages commonly used in Israel.

Weather

During the Summit, Israel will have just started the beginning of spring. Though this may bring some cold and rainy days, for the most part the average temperature is 20 °C / 70 °F, and sunny.

Emergency Numbers 

100: Police

101: Ambulance

102: Fire Department

144: Information

Israel Currency 

The Israeli form of currency is called the Shekel, sometimes abbreviated as NIS, which stands for New Israeli Shekel. To check the updated exchange rates, click here.

Money can be exchanged at the airport in the Arrivals Hall after you exit the baggage area. In addition, you can withdraw Israeli Shekels at an ATM, also located in the Arrivals Hall. Money can also be withdrawn at ATMs around the country.

If you brought cash with you and want to exchange it for shekels, you have 3 options — you can exchange at:

  • a bank
  • the post office
  • a licensed currency exchange shop

Terem Medical Service

Terem is a national network of emergency rooms located around Israel. It is an emergency care medical center that treats patients with medical emergencies that don’t need to go to the hospital. Terem accepts most travel medical insurance plans, when the policy and passport number are provided. Visits typically take a much shorter time than a visit to the ER, and are therefore preferred to going to the ER.

Using Electrical Appliances 

The electric current used in Israel is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). If you bring an electronic product of 110 volts or other voltage, you must use a proper transformer to convert the current. You can buy 220 volt equipment in Israel in special shops. Sockets are designed to accept plugs with either two or three round prongs. If your appliance doesn’t have the right plug, you can buy a plug adapter in Israel quite easily.

Apps to Help You Get Around Israel

Gett Taxi: Use this to order a taxi that will come to your location within minutes.

iPhone: https://apple.co/2IbPh57

Android: https://bit.ly/P4tuLe 

Moovit: Helps you get around Israel using public transportation.

iPhone: https://apple.co/2Bxm8eA

Android: https://bit.ly/ZCZVqc 

Pango: This app allows you to pay for street parking around Israel (the app shows up in Hebrew but can be set to English once it is downloaded).

iPhone: https://apple.co/2RZOKCK

Android: https://bit.ly/1JrEwFL

Rav Kav Online: This app allows you to reload your Rav Kav with money directly from your Android phone. This app only works on Androids with NFC capability.

https://bit.ly/2tkTSrq