How to travel in Israel for less. 10 tips for seeing Israel on a budget in 2019

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Hi guys, if you’re starting to plan your trip
to Israel and you’re looking for budget tips then this video is for you. Before people come to Israel they are concerned
with safety issues but once they are here they see that Israel is safe but they meet
the real problem and that is that Israel is expensive. Now I’m going to share with you ten tips on
how you can make your vacation in Israel cheaper. My first tip is to take into consideration
the hagim, the Jewish holidays, when you are starting to plan your trip. Now you already know that on holidays the
prices of hotels and flights are more expensive but what you may not know is that in Israel
most of the holidays are by the Jewish calendar and I’ve written a post about the Jewish holidays,
when they are and what you can expect, and I will leave the link down here. Now of course it is really nice being in Israel
on the holidays, on New Year, on Yom Kippur, on Pessach, but if you do come on the Jewish
holidays then book well in advance. My second tip is the low-cost flights to the
desert, to the Negev, most flights will land in Ben Gurion Airport, which is in the middle
of Israel, but if you’re coming in winter or if you plan to spend most of your time
in the desert then you might check if there is a low-cost flight to Ovda, Eilat, or Ramon. The new Ramon airport should be open this
year or next year (2018/19) so it is definitely worth checking, especially if you are from
Europe. By far the biggest expense is accommodation,
and hotels in Israel are very very expensive; the prices of New York and London. The good thing is that there is an alternative:
hostels. In the last couple of years some great hostels
have opened in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other places in Israel, and all offer private rooms
with bathrooms so you don’t need to sleep with people that you don’t know. And it’s like a three-star hotel but the prices
are half. Another thing is that in all the hostels there
is a kitchen where you can cook by yourself so you don’t need to eat outside in restaurants. And the atmosphere is great and the location
of the hostels is also very good. I’ve written a post about the best hostels
in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv so you can check them out. Another great option, and this is the cheapest
option, is couch surfing, where you sleep in other people’s homes and it is for free. If you don’t know this site then I will leave
a link down here below. Another great way to save money in Israel
is to eat street food, now fruits and vegetables are cheap in Israel but the prices in restaurants
are very very high. The good thing is you don’t have to go to
a restaurant to enjoy good Israeli food; there is great Israeli street food. Now unlike street food in Europe or in the
US, Israeli street food is relatively healthy: a lot of fruits and vegetables and sabich,
falafel, shawarma, houmous are just great. It will cost you around 20-something/30 shekels
so 7/8/9 dollars and you are full. Now the prices of alcohol in Israel are absolutely
ridiculous, especially in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: you can pay up to 10 dollars, or even 10 euros,
for a beer in Tel Aviv so always look at the menu, always look at the prices before you
order. In 2010/11 there was a wave of social justice
protests against the high prices of basically everything, and as a result of that new coffee
chains have opened up: Cofix, Cofizz, that sell a cup of coffee for 5 shekels, so it’s
about a dollar and a half, a euro, two euros, and they also have like small snacks, also
for a euro and a half, something like that. And it’s not the best coffee, it’s not the
best bourekas, but it is really ok. Public transportation in Israel is fairly
good and the prices are also okay, like inside the cities, inside Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, a
bus ride will cost you around two dollars, two euros, and between Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
I think it’s like 60 shekels, so like 4/5 dollars/euros – really okay. The one thing you need to remember is that
in Israel there is no public transportation so no buses, and no trains, from Friday afternoon
till Saturday night and if you want to go somewhere then you need to take a taxi. And the price of taxis on the weekend is very
expensive, so take that into consideration. I like to recommend a local SIM card. Now in Israel there is wi-fi everywhere, every
hotel, restaurants, sometimes in parks and outside there is wi-fi. But still if you come for more than a week
I would recommend buying a SIM card. Now I can’t tell you which one to buy; there
are many different companies and it changes every couple of months, but it really makes
your life much easier, especially if you’re renting a car and you want to go from point
A to point B then if you have internet then you can use Google Maps or Waze, which is
an Israeli app. And it will take you there straight away;
you don’t need to use maps, and I think that eventually it saves you money. My next tip is very simple: walk. Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and also Haifa are really
really small, much smaller than the big cities in Europe or the US. And if you take a hotel/hostel in the middle
of the city, as I recommend, then you can basically walk to almost all the important
places. Another tip is haggle. Now in most places in Israel, 99.9% of the
places, it is a fixed price but there are a couple of places where tourists go: the
flea market in Tel Aviv or the market in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the prices are
determined by the face of the tourist. If you don’t see a price then you need to
haggle and basically they all sell the same things so if you see something ask for the
price but never buy immediately, look as if you’re not interested or walk away and maybe
come later on but in the Old City and in the flea market and sometimes also in the Carmel
Market you need to haggle. My next tip is about tours. Now tours in Israel are basically a must. In Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, and in other places,
if you don’t understand what you see then you cannot enjoy the places. I’ve said it in many other videos: most of
the sites in Israel are not impressive, it’s not like you stand next to the Pyramid and
it doesn’t matter if you understand it or know when it was built: it is impressive. In Israel most of the sites, like the Wailing
Wall, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and thousands of other sites: if you don’t
know what it is then the places are not impressive. The best way is to take a private guide, this
costs a lot of money. The good thing is that there are other options. In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv there are also the
free tours, which basically show you the important places in the city, it’s about a 2- or 3-hour
tour. Now I have to say that I don’t like the name
“free tour” because these tours are not free: they are tip-based tours and what the guides
don’t tell you is that the guides have to pay to the company 2/3 dollars on every person
that comes to the tour. So the tours are good but if you do go to
one of these tours then pay like ten dollars or so per person. Another great affordable way to understand
the sites in Israel is to buy my booklets. I’ve written three booklets: one about Jerusalem,
Tel Aviv, and the Judaean Desert, in English and in German, and they are just great with
a lot of good information, I think. But I will definitely say that in Israel,
do take tours, it is worth the money and I’m going to do another video about different
tours in Tel Aviv: graffiti tours, food tours, bicycle tours, so make sure you subscribe
to my channel. My last tip is planning. Now when you are traveling there are always
surprises but from what I’ve seen, and I help thousands of travellers, people that plan
their trip, that know what they want to see, that know the opening hours, that know how
much things will cost, enjoy more and pay less. As a budget traveller myself I must add that
traveling is all about seeing new places, meeting new people, trying new things, it’s
not about saving money. I met quite a lot of travellers, mostly young
Europeans, that take pride in how little they spend. Coming to Israel and not visiting museums,
parks, not doing anything, makes the whole trip pointless, so there are ways to save
money but again this is not the purpose of the trip. That’s it, guys, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, please help me grow my channel
and subscribe. See you in the next video and bye for now.

 

58 Responses

  1. Coquette

    February 25, 2018 10:03 pm

    hi, do you have any tips for female travelers, how to dress in tel aviv & jeruzalem? How to act… What's considered polite… What you should do or don't do as a solo female traveler?

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  2. Benjamin Garcia

    February 28, 2018 4:30 pm

    I bought his booklets and they are amazing. I think it is a must to read the booklets before visiting the places. Thank you for your videos

    Reply
  3. Kona Alan

    May 18, 2018 8:42 pm

    I like couch surfing . Eat at Tel Aviv university in the cafeteria and at a hospital like tel hashomer

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  4. India Cooper

    May 30, 2018 6:27 pm

    I plan on staying in Jerusalem what鈥檚 the wisest Decision on booking a ticket? Should I book my flight landing in Tel Aviv or the other airports you mentioned in this video?

    And will this be expensive around September- December?

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  5. Elijah Parker

    August 15, 2018 1:11 am

    I think your information is great and your site and books are very attractive and colourful. God Bless

    Reply
  6. vinnie

    September 21, 2018 2:42 pm

    Hello.Im planing to go to Jordan and Israel and I will flight out from Israel . Do i need 2 way ticket orn ot ,and will I have to pay tax when enter Israel from Jordan ?

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  7. Marianna H

    October 7, 2018 8:44 am

    I have just returned from my second trip to Israel. My first trip was in 2016, and on a tour, which was great! On this second trip, I was on my own, and I ended up hiring a car from Haifa onwards, and that was the best thing i did. From there I drove to all the places I didn't see in 2016. I really enjoyed my time and spent my last week in Jerusalem and went on 2 Sandeman tours( half day walking tours) and one full day with Ein Harim tours) to Jericho and Bethlehem. I visited friends in a kibbutz and spent 5 days there. I am hoping to return to Israel in 2020 , hiring a car and doing Airbnb and visiting the same friends .

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  8. Davis Urdaneta

    November 18, 2018 10:54 pm

    I will be in TLV and JLM by the end of January, what's the weather be like and do you have any special tips for that season? Thank you!

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  9. Yeshua Saves Love one another

    November 27, 2018 9:53 pm

    Shalom I am interested to come to Israel with my mum and son in the summer .We prefer some cheap option for a hostel in Jerusalem 3 nights , and 7 nights in a hostel in Tel-Aviv . But in the same time we need help to visit Jordan River only for 1 day like staying there 4 or 6 hours . Can you suggest me something please and if I get your help how much will cost us ? Thank you I hope to hear from you

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  10. Rhodesia

    January 14, 2019 1:11 am

    I was just in Israel, in November of 2018 for 15 days landed on a Friday the longest 14 hour non stop flight I was ever on and we stayed at the New Market Hotel they picked us up at no cost we stayed the night then we were able to get a shuttle on Saturday to go to Jerusalem we stayed at the Muslim Quarter by the Damascus gate stayed at the Austrian Hostel only because most if not all of the Hotels were full for the month of November The Austrian Hostel was a great place to stay because you felt like you were behind a fortress, as an american I felt more safer in the Muslim Quarter than outside the walls of Jerusalem but that's just me, just have to get use to the Muslim 5 prayers a days over the load speakers because their is a mosque across the Austrian Hostel then rented a car and as an american driving in Israel is like driving the Indy 500 race track I did not once see a speed limit sign it was like you were fighting your way around the streets but I made it to Tiberius with only one stop at a check point which everyone was armed to the teeth just as you pass the big red sign that says forbidding zone for all Israelis citizens. We rented an apartment in Tiberius for 3 nights on the Sea of Galilee enjoyed the trip but My questions is was November a bad time to travel to Israel to get a Hotel ? because it seemed like everything was all booked up for that month.

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  11. sonja devogel

    March 3, 2019 12:02 pm

    Very good that you let see how to go cheaper on vacantion. 馃憤馃徏馃嚠馃嚤馃嚠馃嚤馃嚠馃嚤 thanks you. From the netherlands.

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  12. Power Guy

    March 28, 2019 2:49 pm

    I'm going in September witch will I think rosha Hannah. But experience beer . God Dam it . I'm Scottish I need beer 馃槀

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  13. Corey Grua

    April 6, 2019 7:18 pm

    That鈥檚 a good point…you don鈥檛 travel to save money. The experiences that flood your memory later on are sometimes a bit pricey, but worth the cost. I travel to connect with people and places. Then I understand in a richer way. In Israel, I want to experience the places of the Old and New Testament. I want to understand my Savior on a different level, and get to see the same sites viewed by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Lehi, Nephi, Ruth and a Samaritan woman at Jacob鈥檚 well. These thoughtful videos help with my planning. Thank you!

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  14. travelingisrael.com

    April 15, 2019 8:33 pm

    Hey Guys, I hope you enjoyed my video and found it helpful!

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  15. Lore Loree

    May 11, 2019 7:30 pm

    How the best way to getting abraham hostel tlv from airport ben gourion about 11:00pm? I鈥檒l be alone, taxi or public transportation?

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  16. Elena Albini

    May 19, 2019 8:39 pm

    You are the first guy from Tel Aviv who is polite while talking, I have been so sad after my experience in Tel Aviv, back since 3 weeks… My beginning was asking politely how to get to the beach with my clear Italian accent and I have been insulted about WWII, then in Jaffa same by a guy selling bracelet in the street, finally the taxi driver misunderstood my target (Carmel market, even shown in a map) I asked him to stop the taxi and let me leave, I was calling the police due to his yelling and I was totally afraid, I even left money on the seat, but as I was leaving the car he spat against me. Finally I asked to the lady at the tourist office of Jaffa about the prison of Eichmann because it has an historical value and she replied that I couldn't have honoured his prison because now it's Setai hotel… I wasn't certainly going to honour a man who did those crimes, but she didn't care and to be honest I had not to explain her my reasons. So, it is nice to watch someone like you 馃檪 thanks!

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  17. mary dawawong

    June 13, 2019 6:09 pm

    Hi, you are a tour guy , please let me know hotel near to Amphit theatre mount of precipice this the place where the team Emmanuel tv are going to perform activities.

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  18. ANIL GUPTA

    June 16, 2019 9:13 pm

    Hi, I am from India and really looking forward to visiting Israel next month with my family. Your videos have helped me with very valuable information and I wish to thank you very much and may god bless you.

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  19. Sunil Kumar

    August 5, 2019 5:34 pm

    Hello Brother I am From India. I want Visit In Israel But I have low budget please guide me Visit Holy Land.
    Thanks Brother

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  21. Sergio P.H.

    November 19, 2019 2:48 pm

    Thank you, buddy! Your video was very useful and full of great tips. I went to Israel last year and a felt in love with the country, people, food, music, coffee, markets, beaches, landscapes… Everything. I'm witing for next year to come back! From Santiago, Chile.

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  22. Lennie9009

    December 7, 2019 5:59 pm

    Toda Raba! in our language in The Netherlands Dank je wel! I fly next monday for a week Jeruzalem. Looking forward and your advizes were very helpfull. Be welcome in our small country as well. Sjaloom!

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  23. vitonhisway

    December 15, 2019 1:01 pm

    Hi Oren, great videos.. I would like to visit Israel. I watched your videos and Id like to know which hostels are good for a private room – 1 person – in a good place, and price. As you mentioned hotels are so expensive. And if I go there for a week, how many days would you spend in Jerusalem and in telaviv, would you go first to Jerusalem and from there to tel aviv. What is the best way to go from one place to other using public transport? Thanks, Fabian

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  24. GhazalLadani Ircodnintwtwninonintwvaneytsev

    February 25, 2020 2:59 am

    Becareful, people can do wrong to you alot. Implants and abuse on you by some that looking safe in connection but they are fashists to region and you.
    Very seriouse alert to you from the time that I added you, I felt it.
    I have these people as trouble maker in my life. Be careful, thanks for your very good informatiin.

    Reply

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