Today we’re bringing you all the information you need to make your wedding website a useful resource for guests travelling to Israel. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to copy/paste the following material onto your wedding website.
Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) is Israel’s main airport, located approximately 40 km from Jerusalem and 12 km from Tel Aviv.
Israel has three main international airlines: El Al, Arkia and Israir. Around 50 international airlines fly to Ben Gurion Airport, including Delta, Continental, US Airways, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Iberia and Air Canada.
Flights to and from Israel will generally entail greater security measures than in most countries. Bag inspection, both by machine and hand, is routine. You should also expect to be interviewed about your time in Israel. This is standard procedure and should not cause alarm. We recommend international wedding guests arrive at least three hours before their scheduled flight.
There is a direct train from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv (3:53-23:23, every half an hour during day, every hour during night). To get to Jerusalem, take bus 947 (7:00-21:00, every 20 minutes).
Another option is a “monit sherut”, shared minivans which generally follow major bus routes and can be hailed from anywhere, not just the official bus stop. They are often available 24-hours a day including Shabbat.
Israel Railways operates intercity trains between Nahariya, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport and Beer Sheva, and suburban lines from Tel Aviv to Binyamina, Ashkelon, Kfar Sava, Rishon LeZion, Modiin and Bet Shemesh.
All public transportation is closed on Shabbat.
While areas bordering the Gaza Strip are extremely dangerous, the rest of the country is considered very safe. Israel has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, although women are still advised against walking alone late at night.
It is common to see armed guards at public doorways for shopping malls, stores, restaurants, etc. They will generally glance in your bag to make sure you aren’t carrying a weapon before waving you through.
Do not leave any bags or belongings unattended, as it will be treated as a suspicious object and most likely detonated by a bomb squad.
Do not be alarmed to see soldiers everywhere; Israel has conscription for both men and women.
The time in Israel is GMT +2 hours or EST +7.
To view the local time in Israel, click here.
Summers in Israel are extremely hot and days of rain are rare. The coastal regions including Tel Aviv experience humidity during this time of year, while Jerusalem and the highland areas are more comfortable. The summer in southern Israel is hot and dry.
In the spring and fall, the temperatures throughout Israel are more mild, with occasional rain in the coastal regions and northern end of the country.
Winter brings heavy rain along the coast and frost in the highlands, while Jerusalem can witness the occasional snow flurry.
Money and Spending
Major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, etc.) are widely accepted in Israel. Visitors should expect to pay standard Western prices for most goods and services in Israel.
Travellers cheques may be changed at most banks; however, many will tack on a high commission. Hatunot recommends international wedding guests travelling to Israel use a no-commission licensed exchange agency or post office. Exchange agencies are also the best bet for money changing.
Most banks in Israel are open from 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Sunday to Thursday and 4:00 PM–6:00 PM on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. All banks are closed on Shabbat.
The Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel.
To access an international currency converter, click here.
It is customary to tip between 10–12% at Israeli restaurants if service is not included. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers.
The voltage in Israel is 220 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz. The electric outlets used are Type H and Type C. You will be able to purchase plug adapters in Israel.
GoIsrael.com – Official website of Israel Ministry of Tourism