Jerusalem Travel and Conversions

Israeli Flag over the country of Israel Map
Israeli Flag over the country of Israel Map | Source

"Jerusalem Travel - Fast Facts and Israeli Travel Conversions" will assist you in navigating the wonderful country and its most illustrious city. Jerusalem is known as the "Eternal Sacred City" to three great religions, and is unparallelled in its opportunities for uplifting spiritual experiences and communing with history. However, for those looking for a more modern experience, Jerusalem is also a vibrant modern city that offers incredibly good cuisine and an interesting culture Arabs and Jews who reside there provide. The combination of cultures has been further enhanced by influences of Russian to South American people; which add a delightfully infinite variety to the inner fabric of this grand ancient city.

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Today you will find a few Israeli fast facts on currency exchange, what to expect from the electricity in Jerusalem, best time of the year to plan a trip, a few conversion tables, and a quiz to help you get in a Middle Eastern mood. You will also enjoy a virtual (video) trip down Ben Yahuda Street in west Jerusalem! Get ready to do some bookmarking, as this will be very helpful information to have along with you on your next travel adventure to the beautiful city of Jerusalem!

Three "Jerusalem Fast Facts" Right off the Bat

1. Water in Jerusalem:

  • The water throughout Israel is potable (viable drinking water). The exception to this is at the Dead Sea, where bottled water is highly recommended.

2. Emergencies:

  • Police - dial 100
  • Fire - dial 102
  • medical emergency/ambulance - dial 101
  • local directory assistance - dial 144
  • operator assistance - dial 188
  • For international calling - Israeli's country code is 972


3. Taxation Tip:

  • Unlike prices for everything else in Israel, prices for hotel rooms, international flights, and car rentals are usually quoted in U.S. dollars (USD). Tourists paying for these items in foreign currency (such as using a credit card) are exempt from the country's over 16% Value Added Tax (VAT). If you eat lunch at your hotel and charge the meal to your room, you also don't have to pay the VAT.


What do Israel Electrical Outlet's Look Like?

The Type H Israeli electrical plug and outlet is completely unique to Israel. The 3-pin triangular formation is very easy to spot when compared to other types.
The Type H Israeli electrical plug and outlet is completely unique to Israel. The 3-pin triangular formation is very easy to spot when compared to other types. | Source

TRAVEL ELECTRICITY- JERUSALEM ISRAEL

Anytime you travel to a foreign country you pack those things that you simply cannot do without. Your favorite hairdryer, laptop, and of course cell phone. Upon arrival to your vacation destination you are likely to find an outlet that will not comply to your western plugs. Now what? Well with a little forethought and preparedness you can avoid this dilemma all together. Since this is a discussion about travel to Jerusalem, lets learn about the electricity in Israel.

The "Type C" is a European 2-pin electrical outlet, generally referred to as the Europlug. It is a 2-pinned unearthed plug that is found all over continental Europe, and a few places in Israel.
The "Type C" is a European 2-pin electrical outlet, generally referred to as the Europlug. It is a 2-pinned unearthed plug that is found all over continental Europe, and a few places in Israel. | Source

In Israel, the electrical current used is 220 volts AC (50 cycles), as opposed to the 110-volt system used in America. If you bring (and who wouldn't) an electric hair dryer or shaver with you to Israel, you are going to need the proper transformer to convert the current. When choosing a converter, avoid buying a cheap model because these devices are not safe and sooner or later are going to cause damage to your personal items. A VERY IMPORTANT electronic fact concerning packing your laptop is this; do not use sensitive items (like your laptop) unless they have a built-in transformer that automatically converts to both 110 and 220 voltage systems. External converters are simply to risky and may cause some really bad things to happen to your really good laptop memory.

The sockets (power outlets) in Jerusalem (Israel) are design to accept two or three pronged plugs. If your electronic device with the proper voltage still doesn't have the right plug, you can easily buy an adapter—inexpensively (an adapter is far and away different than a converter, so buying a cheaper model will be just fine). Often times the hotel where you are staying will offer these adapters to you for little to no cost. (Call ahead, check online, or ask your travel agent for details.)

Fun Ben Yehuda Street Tour!

The Ben Yehuda is to Israeli Hebrew as Webster's dictionary is to American English.


The New Israeli Shekel - Currency for Jerusalem.
The New Israeli Shekel - Currency for Jerusalem. | Source

Convert US Dollars to Israeli Shekels Using this Calculator

JERUSALEM TRAVEL and YOUR MONEY

Whether you are spending dollars or shekels, the exchange rate can make a huge difference in your Jerusalem vacation experience. As we leave our western ways and currency behind, we head into a new and exciting Israeli monetary system. But no matter where you travel, getting the most out of your dollar (or shekel) can determine just how much fun you can manage while traveling; and this applies in the great city of Jerusalem as well. Having a few fast facts surrounding the exchange of currency can help you get the most bang for your buck. Follow a few of these travel currency exchange tips and you may just find a few extra "shekels" where your dollars use to be:

  • Do not exchange money at banks or hotels
  • Legal currency exchange outlets line the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall, Jaffa Road, and King George Street (they offer slightly better rates than banks, will exchange money in less time, and charge no commission; they also have longer hours of operation). You don't even have to shop around because they all offer the same rates.
  • Most of the Post Offices will exchange money at a competitive rate.
  • ATMs connected to the major international networks can also be found on the Ben Yehuda mall. A small fee will apply to your withdrawal just like when using them in the USA.

Downtown West Jerusalem Pedestrian Mall Walk Tour Map

Downtown West Jerusalem - the pedestrian mall walk takes you past many great shops, and convenient currency exchange locations.
Downtown West Jerusalem - the pedestrian mall walk takes you past many great shops, and convenient currency exchange locations. | Source

Jerusalem Average Temperature (°F &°C) & Monthly Rainfall (inches)

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MONTH  
HIGH AND LOW TEMP (°F)  
HIGH AND LOW TEMP (°C )  
RAINFALL (inches)   
January
53/43 
12/6 
5.6 
February
57/44 
14/7 
4.5 
March
61/47 
16/8 
3.9 
April
69/53
21/12
1.2
May
77/60
25/16
0.1
June
81/66
27/19
0.0
July
84/66
29/19
0.0
August
86/66
30/19
0.0
September
82/65
28/18
0.0
October
78/60
26/16
0.9
November
67/64
19/12
2.7
December
56/47
13/8
4.3

THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO JERUSALEM

It makes sense that the majority of those heading to Israel come during the Summer vacation months, or to celebrate religious holidays. However, traveling to Jerusalem at these seasonal times brings two distinct concerns: 1. Hotels and airfare costs, and 2. The hot summer weather.

1. Hotel and airfare costs are much higher

Whenever you travel during any peek season the air travel companies and Hotel industry increase the cost of a boarding pass and room rates significantly! This is due to supply and demand. Everyone wants to get to their vacation location quickly so they can enjoy as much of their scheduled trip doing vacation things, rather than transportation and check-in things. The airfare and Hotel rates during these times reflect this mind-set.

IT'S TIME FOR AN ISRAEL QUIZ! How Much Do You Know About Israel?

2. The summer is really, really hot

Because summer is usually the time when little David and Sarah are out of school, most people plan to travel around this academic schedule. If you can avoid landing in Jerusalem during the summer months, you will be doing your family a very cool favor. The best time to travel to Israel is in autumn and spring. You'll encounter fewer crowds (except during Passover in spring and Sukkot in fall). However the good news is Jerusalem's weather is very comfortable and conducive to some beautiful sightseeing during these months of the year. Winters in Jerusalem can get a bit nippy, but the Dead Sea or even Tel Aviv can offer you some escape from the cold.

You will probably find some rain between November and March, but for no more than two days in a row. Jerusalem is located in the Judean Hills, so it can get chilly there in the evenings—especially at night. I suggest packing a sweater or light jacket, even in the summer months.

~Israeli Fast Fact Conversions at a Glance~

METRIC CONVERSION LIQUID VOLUME (ISRAELI MEASURES)

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 TO CONVERT  
MUTIPLY BY   
U.S. gallons to liters
3.8 
Liters to U.S. gallons
.26 
U.S. gallons to Imperial galons 
.83 
Imperial gallons to U.S. gallons
1.20
Imperial gallons to liters
4.55
Liters to imperial gallons
.22

METRIC CONVERSION FOR DISTANCE (ISRAELI MEASURES)

(click column header to sort results)
TO CONVERT   
MULTIPLY BY   
Inches to centimeters 
2.54 
Centimeters to inches 
.39 
Feet to meters 
.30 
Meters to feet
3.28
Yards to meters
.91
Meters to yards
1.09
Miles to kilometers
1.61
kilometers to miles
.62

Temperature & Liquid Volume Conversions:

Temperature

  • 32°F = 0°C
  • To convert °F to °C: Subtract 32 and multiply by 5/9 (.555)
  • To convert °C to °F: Multiply by 1.8 and add 32

Liquid Volume

  • 1 liter =.26 U.S. gallon
  • 1 U.S. gallon = 3.8 liters

Weight & Distance Conversions:

Weight

  • 1 ounce = 28 grams
  • 1 pound = .4555 kilogram
  • 1 gram = .04 ounce
  • 1 kilogram = 2.2 pound

Distance

  • 1 foot = .30m
  • 1m = 3.3 ft.
  • 1 mile = 1.6km
  • 1km = .62 mile

Concluding Your Jerusalem Trip

Following the fast facts and tips here when traveling to Jerusalem can enhance the visit in many ways. Knowing where to get your currency exchanged, a few tips for electronics, and of course when the best time to venture to the Middle East all combine to make your adventure more memorable—for all the right reasons! If you are heading east for a spiritual reawakening, great culture and cuisine, or a little of both, you have made the right choice in an Israeli vacation. I am certain that once you experience the wonders that Israel has to offer, you may never be the same. Go with an open mind and a sensible attitude and you are sure to find Jerusalem to leave you with memories that you'll share with generations to come.

~Shalom~

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Comments for "Jerusalem Travel - Fast Facts and Israeli Travel Conversions" 19 comments

michaelgoldberg 4 years ago

I don't have any words to appreciate this post.....I am really impressed ....the person who Wrote this article surely knew the subject well. Keep more post. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Pamela~ Thank you so much for the votes and all. It is an honor to have your approval on any hub! Appreciate your cruising by today.

Cheers~

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is definitely a winning hub, so interesting and very useful if you are traveling to Israel. Rated up, useful and awesome.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

akirchner~ Thank you for stopping by. I am thrilled that you found the presentation to your liking! I simply love Jerusalem and its good people.

Cheers~

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Incredible amount of information and so beautifully presented!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Wavegirl22!! So happy to see here today, my favorite challenge mentor! The Naomi Shemer lyrics you offer are very moving for me. No other place on earth has managed to bring me more spiritual joy than Jerusalem (and the wild side of the city is just plain fun!). I wish it on all people. I am honored to have your vote my friend~ this means the world, truly!

HubHugs,

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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY

K9 - an extraordinary reference for anyone who is lucky enough to spend time in Jerusalem .. makes me think of the song by Naomi Shemer - Jerusalem of Gold

As clear as wine, the wind is flying

Among the dreamy pines

As evening light is slowly dying

And a lonely bell still chimes,

So many songs, so many stories

The stony hills recall...

Around her heart my city carries

A lonely ancient wall.

You have my vote!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Sinea Pies~ Thank you so much for the well wishes. I must admit it would be very cool to win with a hub about Jerusalem, Israel-- as there are some great hubs in this contest! Thanks for your vote. I Appreciate your time today!

Cheers~

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Great hub and fun quiz. Voted up and useful. Hope you win!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Denise~ Thank you so much for the comments. I was very surprised and honored that this Jerusalem hub made the contest cut! Always glad to see you have stopped by my friend.

Cheers~

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub info and organization of facts. Congrats on it being selected as one of the favorites this week.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Simone~ I sure appreciate you stopping by for an Israeli read. I hope you make it to Jerusalem someday, you may never be the same again! Thanks for the support.

Cheers~

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

What an excellent collection of facts indeed! It'd be fascinating to visit a place steeped in so much history. Hopefully I'll have the chance someday!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Chatkath~ So happy to see you today! Thanks for such high praise for this little Jerusalem travel guide; you always make me smile. I will keep you in my thoughts in the hope that you can someday manage that vacation to "The City of Peace." I am certain you will find it an amazing adventure spiritually, physically, as well as visually.

Big Hub Hugs CK!

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

As usual K9 - You have provided an exceptional guide and wealth of information for travelers & potential travelers to this amazing city. I have never been but have bookmarked your most informative hub for future travel times(hoping) ;-) Rated up and useful!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Livelonger~ Jerusalem has long inspired people from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. From spiritual awakenings to fun filled nightlife, this historical city has much to give! I am so glad you have had the chance to set foot on her peaceful sands.

I appreciate you coming by today and finding a little something to take with you about Jerusalem!

~Shalom my friend~

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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Terrific and useful Hub! I love Jerusalem - such a fascinating city - and had visited it when I was living in Haifa. Your Hub is chock full of useful advice for travelers to Israel and the "city of peace."


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Robin~ Thank you so much for stopping by for a little "Jerusalem travel" education! I hope you do get to go to this grand city, it has so much to offer. I appreciate your comments very much.

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Robin 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wonderful and informative Hub. I have never been to Jerusalem but would love to go. As you said, I'm bookmarking the Hub for future reference! ;)

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