A few handy things to know

if you’re planning to visit Israel for the first time 

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WEATHER

Israel has two distinct seasons: winter and summer

Winter runs from April to October and Summer from May to September.

Summers are hot, in the 80°-90° F range (27°-32°). Winters are mild, 50°-60° (10°-15°C). Between December and March, you’ll see snow on Mount Hermon summit which is 2,814 metres (9,232 ft) above sea level. It may snow in Jerusalem and Galilee.

The city of Eilat in the south typically enjoys good weather all year.

CURRENCY

New Israel Shekel (NIS) 3.7 NIS = 1 US dollar. Currency can be exchanged at hotels, banks, etc. All major credit cards are accepted.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Hebrew, Arabic and English

DRIVING

On the right

GETTING AROUND

Taxi – just flag one down or try the popular ride hailing app, Gett

Check out their Bus or Train availability.

POWER

220 volts at 50 Hertz

GREETINGS

Meeting someone for the first time, Israelis may be formal and use last names, but first names will be used thereafter. The most common parting word is “Shalom” (peace).