General Information

Here is some general information about Israel.

Main Airport Location

The airport of Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv is situated nine miles (14km) southeast of Tel Aviv, 30 miles (50km) west of Jerusalem.

There are of course other airports,  most of them used for air traffic between Israeli cities except Eilat Airport that also receives flights from other countries, mostly from Europe.

Time

GMT +2 (GMT +3 from April to September).

Airport Facilities

The facilities in the Airport include banks and currency exchange, ATMs, a post office, public telephones, restaurants, duty-free shops, left-luggage services, a children’s nursery, information counters, facilities for disabled passengers and conference and business services.

Weather

Israeli climate “ranges from temperate to tropical, with plenty of sunshine. Two distinct seasons predominate: a rainy winter period from November to May; and a dry summer season which extends through the next six months.”

“Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country, with much less in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern areas. Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions, hot dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.”

“Weather extremes range from occasional winter snowfall at higher elevations to periodic oppressively hot dry winds which send temperatures soaring, particularly in spring and autumn.”*

Money

The money used in Israel is the New Shekel, but tourists can easily change Euros or dollars to the local money.

New Shekel (ILS; symbol) = 100 agorot (singular, agora). Notes are in denominations of  200, 100, 50, and 20. Coins are in denominations of 10, 5 and 2, 1, and 50 and 10 agorot.

A few words in Hebrew that will be useful in Israel

GOOD MORNING = BOKER TOV

THANK YOU = TODA

YES,NO = KEN, LO

PLEASE = BEVAKASHA

HELLO (AND ALSO) GOOD BYE = SHALOM

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*part of the info taken from MFA site