Currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Conversion is very easy – almost 1: 1 to polish zloty. Therefore, we can see very easily, how expensive Israel is. Basically you can exchange money almost everywhere. One important issue, please remember that in some of the money exchange offices charges a commission. In Warsaw also you find a currency that will exchange NIS directly to PLN (Klonowa street 22).
All what is necessary for survive by tourist is expensive public transport, accommodation, food, entrance fees. In Israel, in force is clearly the principle of “the farther from the tourist attraction, the cheaper.” Noticeably cheaper is in the West Bank. In turn, the prices of products which are not the basis for survival, for example diapers cost similar as in Poland.
To check a prices in Israel you can look at this website: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Israel
Distances in Israel are not large. The longest journey is from Eilat to north parts of the country: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Acre. Before our trip to Israel, we couldn’t decide whether we want to relay on public transportation, or car, or perhaps even hitchhiking. However, since we have started partnership with Abraham Tours, we decided on a couple of trips by bus. However, if you would like to travel from the top of Israel to bottom, we recommend renting a car – on kayak.com we had found a very good offer (necessary switch over to the American version of the page).
We get used to the fact that if we travel with Mania people are more open-minded, it’s easier to establish contact, she opens for us different gates that normally remain closed. Unfortunately, not in Israel. Many times in our posts we stressed the fact that the Jews are mistrustful, sometimes even deliberately misleading. Of course we generalize, because we met many people who greeted us with a smile (the whole team in Abraham or Fauzi Azar). On the other hand, completely different approach to us was presented by Arabs (Muslims). Open, smiling, helpful. But this is the story of a completely different story :-).