Israel travel budget

Israel travel budget: an expenditure report from 90 days of traveling in the country

[cl-review quote=”Hey there Trish! A friend passed your blog to me when I asked her about Israel. Thank you for the information! I really like your content. I know that you live in Tel Aviv and I want to ask an ideal Israel travel budget for a week? I heard it’s more expensive than in Berlin. Is it true? Thank you for all the help! Keep up the good work!” author=”Andreas Becker” occupation=”Germany” type=”quote” layout=”framed” italic=”1″]

Thanks for reaching out, Andreas!

 

Yes, Israel is an expensive country and I very much agree that Berlin is cheaper but very similar in terms of lifestyle. I don’t live in Israel anymore but I am still familiar with the prices.

 

In this Israel travel budget report, I will walk you through what I spent in Israel – food, transportation, accommodations, shopping, tours, etc. Below you will find the “content” list – just click on them to jump to the content you are looking for. I hope you enjoy Morocco. It’s one of my favourite countries and I always loved going back!

 

Xx,

Trisha

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Israel travel budget quick facts

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How much does it cost to travel Israel?

Israel travel budget

Having lived in Israel for a year, I find Israel a really expensive country. For example, Gouda cheese costs $5 USD per kg in the Netherlands while in Israel, it costs $17 USD. An explanation from Haaretz, a trusted news website in Israel states:

To the 18 shekels, the basic price, the importer adds three shekels for kashrut certification, which includes sending a respectable delegation of rabbis abroad. To that, we have to add two shekels for shipping, two shekels for port and storage expenses, and a customs charge of 5.6 shekels per kilogram – so that the price comes to 30.6 shekels. To that, we add the importer’s profit, 25 percent, which raises the price to 38 shekels. The marketing chain adds its own 35 percent profit, bringing the price up to 51 shekels, on which the government imposes a value-added tax that brings the price to a sky-high 60 shekels per kilogram.

The currency in Israel is called the New Israeli shekel (NIS). $1 USD = 3.62 NIS. With this price, you will be able to buy a dozen of eggs (large), 1 liter of whole fat milk, 1 kg of tomatoes, and 1 kg of potatoes. It is very important to know what you can buy for a dollar in Israel so you can compare it to your home country. This way, you have a better idea of how much should your travel budget be to travel to Israel.

Accommodation costs in Israel

where to stay in tel aviv

Accommodations in Israel are not that cheap. In Tel Aviv, you can get a decent dorm in a hostel from $15 – $25 USD. Mid-range hotels start from $80 USD for 2 pax. If you want luxury accommodation, I think $150 – $650 USD for 2 pax is reasonable. Most of them are all-inclusive anyway.

Below are my favorite budget hotels in Israel with corresponding estimated prices:

  • Florentin Backpackers Hostel (Tel Aviv): a bed in a 6-bed mixed dormitory starts at $25 USD. They also have private rooms from $64 USD per night for 2 pax
  • Abraham Hostel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Nazareth): a bed in a 6-bed mixed dormitory starts at $25 USD per night
  • Dead Sea Adventure Hostel (Arad): a single bed in a 10-bed mixed dormitory room starts at $35 USD per night
  • Fauzi Azar Inn (Nazareth): a single bed in a mixed dormitory room costs $34 USD per night
  • Port Inn Hotel (Haifa): a bed in 9-bed mixed dormitory room costs $28 USD per night
  • Golan Heights Hostel (Golan Heights): a bed in an 8-bed dormitory room costs $30 USD per night

Airbnb in Israel

Airbnb is also popular especially in big cities like Tel Aviv. Airbnb homes in Israel are very well-designed — it will definitely make you feel like you’re home! Estimated Airbnb cost starts at $80 – $100 USD for 2 people. If you click the link in this paragraph, you can get $40 USD off in your first Airbnb booking. This discount is only applicable to those who are new to Airbnb or have recently signed up for an account. Let me know if you need help!

Housing costs (Tel Aviv only)

I lived in Tel Aviv for a whole year and have moved to three different apartments. Same as everywhere in the world, housing costs in Tel Aviv depend on the area. Mind you, they are pretty small yet very expensive! I was able to find a huge apartment with 2-bedrooms in Jaffa (south of Tel Aviv) for cheap but this is not the city center. Cheap finds like this are very rare in Tel Aviv.

Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in a business district starts at $2,272 USD. In lesser touristic areas, you can get an apartment of the same size for $1,790 USD. A month of utilities including heating, electricity, gas, etc costs $200 USD for 2 people. Furnished studio apartments (around 45 m2) in a non-touristic area starts at $1,575 USD. My old studio apartment which is in a good area but was less than 100 sqm costs $800 USD. Apartment sharing is very common in Tel Aviv. You can get a house and share it with 2 other people, depending on how many rooms an apartment has.

Food costs in Israel

Where to eat in tel aviv

Although the history of where Israeli food came from is a very long argument, most of what they have are from their Arab neighbors which they re-invented the Israeli way. Israeli food is known to be one of the best in the Middle East so even if they are expensive, make sure to try as much food as you can!

A basic lunchtime menu in the business district starts at $16 USD. Combo meals in fast food restaurants like McDonald’s start at $14 USD. Not only that Israel is home to amazing food but it is also proud of their Israeli wines. If you buy a bottle of wine in a supermarket, a good red starts at $14 USD. Mid-range restaurant dining starts at $80 USD for 2 pax. This may include appetizers, main course, wine, and dessert. For beer drinkers, you can get a bottle of beer in a downtown pub for $8 USD. If you buy it in the supermarket, it costs $3 USD. Coffee drinkers can enjoy a cappuccino in a cool cafe for $4 USD.

Transportation costs in Israel

Israel travel budget

Israel is a small country so getting from point A to point B is not difficult. You can always go to another city with a bus – they’re comfortable and cheap. If you want a faster journey, take the inter-city trains. Please take note that transportation services do not operate every Shabbat – from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. Below are estimated rates for inter-city bus travel in Argentina:

  • Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: $9 USD (less than 1h ride)
  • Tel Aviv to Haifa: $12 USD (1h 12m ride)
  • Tel Aviv to Golan Heights: $25 USD (4h ride)
  • Tel Aviv to Eilat: $39 USD (4h 30m ride)

Israel has inter-city trains which can take you all the way to Haifa. Prices are quite similar to the bus tariffs. A liter of gasoline in Tel Aviv costs $1.80 USD. If you plan to take the taxi as your mode of transport, the basic tariff for every 8 km is $18 USD. Monthly ticket for public transport costs $61 USD.

Israel travel budget summary

In summary, below is a table of my estimated daily expenses in Israel. Please note that I sometimes changed my type of travels: budget, mid-range, and luxury. I also rented an apartment which is not included in the costs below. Note that this is an estimate and that the numbers are based on my travels in Israel.

 
Accommodation
Food
Transportation
Total
Backpacker/budget
$15 USD
$40 USD
$20 USD
$75 USD
Mid-range
$90 USD
$100 USD
$80 USD
$270 USD
Luxury
$390 USD
$180 USD
$150 USD
$720 USD

Given the facts and the numbers, it’s totally up to you how much your daily Israel travel budget will be.

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How much did you spend when you traveled to Israel?

What’s your Israel travel budget report? How much do you think should a traveler spend per day? I’d love to hear about your experiences! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below as it may help other travelers plan their travel budget accordingly!

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

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