Everything You Need to Know for Your Visit to Israel

From getting around, to weather, and tech resources, read below for important information to help your experience in Israel and at the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit be as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

General Information

Languages:

The two official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. English and Russian are also popular languages 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

 

Israeli 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 Money can also be withdrawn at ATMs around the country.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.

 

Current:

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.

How to get to Jerusalem

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.

Busses: 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

Busses: 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.

How to get around Jerusalem

The 2019 OurCrowd Global Investors Summit takes place at the International Convention Center Jerusalem (ICCJ), which is less than a 5 minute walk from the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and the Yitzchak Navon Train Station.

 

 

Walking:

Walking is the best way to experience the city and to enjoy all its beauty. Walking around the city center is easy and getting to the Old City from there by foot should take no more than 20 minutes.

 

Rav Kav (bus card):

A Rav Kav can be filled up with money and then used to pay for public transportation around Israel. There are many places that one can pick up a Rav Kav, although it is recommended to do so at Ben Gurion Airport or any Rav Kav booth.

Ben Gurion Airport: A Rav Kav booth is located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 3, next to exit door 02 on the ground floor. Either an Israeli ID or Passport can be used to acquire a personal Rav Kav, free of charge, at a Rav Kav booth. The booth at the airport is opened from 07:00-23:00 Sunday-Thursday, 07:00-15:00 Friday.

In Jerusalem an anonymous Rav Kav can be purchased on any local bus for 10.90 NIS.

A Rav Kav can be filled up at a booth or an electronic machine, near bus stations. General price of a city bus is 5.90 NIS.

A train ticket can be purchased with a credit card and then stored on your Rav Kav. The Rav Kav is then your ticket getting into and out of the train platform.

 

Light Rail:

In addition to Jerusalem’s network of busses there is a light rail system. Your Rav Kav must be filled (this can be done at the Light Rail stops) prior to your journey and cannot be purchased on the trams themselves. Trams arrive every 7 minutes at peak times and 15 minutes off-peak.

 

Car Rental:

There are many places to rent cars in Jerusalem. Note that the entrance to Jerusalem and certain areas in the center of the city have heavy traffic during rush hours.

 

Taxis:

Taxis in Jerusalem should cost no more than about 40 NIS for a ride within city limits. Please note that there is a surcharge of about 4 NIS when ordering taxis by phone. Taxi ordering apps such as Uber and GettTaxi operate in the city.

 

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.

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