Israel Travel Budget: 10-day-trip

Israel is reputed to be a very expensive destination, which puts a lot of people back when it comes to organizing a trip around the country. The truth is that Israel is not as expensive as many people say or, at least, as I was told. Next, I am going to share with you a Israel travel budget so that you can get an idea of ​​the money you might spend, as well as give you some useful tips that will help you reduce the cost of your trip. Here we go!

Jerusalem
  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: BASICS

    • Type H plug adapter € 10 , 2 units. (€ 5 p/p)
      • NoteWe found it hard to find adapters of this type, so I recommend you buying it through this link, in case of needing some. They were two of the cheapest ones we found and they worked perfectly.
    • International driving license: € 10’30 (€ 5’15 p/p)
      • Note: It is essential in order to rent a car in Israel.

 

TOTAL BASICS: € 10’15 p/p

  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: FLIGHTS

After considering several options that we found through Skyscanner, the cheapest and most feasible one was to flight with Ryanairon two different days on the way out and on the same day on the way back:

SPAIN – ISRAEL
    • Valencia – Milan Bergamo: (+ 20 kg shared suitcase + boarding priority with bag and carry-on luggage): € 63 (€ 31.5 p/p)
    • Milan Bergamo – Tel-Aviv: (+ 20 kg shared suitcase + boarding priority with bag and carry-on luggage): € 114 (€ 57 p/p)
ISRAEL – SPAIN
    • Eilat – Milan Bergamo: (+ 20 kg shared suitcase + boarding priority with bag and carry-on luggage): € 77 (€ 38.5 p/p)
    • Milan Bergamo – Valencia: (+ 20 kg shared suitcase + boarding priority with bag and carry-on luggage): € 75 (€ 37.5 p/p)

 

TOTAL FLIGHTS:€ 164’5 p/p

 
  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: RENTAL CAR

Definitely, it is what increased our budget the most, but if we had not hired a car, we could not have visited all the places we went in just 10 days.

SHABBAT is Judaism’s day of rest. It is celebrated every week from Friday evening until Saturday night. During this period of time, most stores are closed and public transport does not work. In case of arriving at the airport that day, in Tel-Aviv, for example, it would cost you €40 to get to the city center by taxi.

It is because of this reason why renting a car is sometimes the best option. In our case, we were very lucky, since we needed to rent it in order to drive long distances towards not very tourist places in two moments of the trip that coincided with the Shabbat festivity.

How much did we pay?

CAR 1
    • Characteristics: small car, limited mileage (250 km per day), automatic gearbox, fully comprehensive insurance and young driver.
    • Picking up: 10/01 at 17h at Ben Gurion International Airport (near Tel-Aviv).
    • Return: 12/01 at 16.30h at Tel-Aviv city center.

PRICE CAR 1 (without fuel): € 145’76 

    • Fuel expenses: € 36’54
TOTAL CAR 1 : € 182,3 (€ 91,15  p/p)
CAR 2
    • Characteristics: small car, unlimited mileage, automatic gearbox, fully comprehensive insurance and young driver.
    • Picking up: 16/01 at 17h at Jerusalem city center.
    • Return: 19/01 at 9h at Ramon International airport (near Eilat).

PRICE CAR 2 (without fuel): €165,16 

    • Fuel expenses: € 42,75
TOTAL CAR 2 : € 207,91 (€ 103,95 p/p)

 

TOTAL RENTAL CARS: € 195’1 p/p 

Timna Park
  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: OTHER TRANSPORTS

In addition to flights and rental cars, we also used other types of transportation:

    • Public buses (1 in Tel-Aviv, 1 in Jerusalem y 2 in Palestine): € 8’60
    • Taxi in Palestina (half-day tour): € 50 (€ 25 p/p)

 

TOTAL OTHER TRANSPORTS:€ 33’60 p/p

Booking.com
  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: ACCOMODATION

Accommodation in Israel is one of the factors that can make your trip more expensive, since there is not a high offer of cheap accommodation.

In this way, in order to save money and meet new people, we decided to stay in Couchsurfing and hostels whenever we could. I must also say that when we had no other choice but to stay in hotels, the fact of being 2 people played in our favor, since the price we had to pay per person was reduced by half.

These were the options we opted for, mostly reserved through Booking:

    • Airbnb room, Bergamo (1 night): € 44 (€ 22 p/p)
    • Couchsurfing, Tel-Aviv (2 nights): Free
    • Romero’s Guest House, Nazareth (1 night):  € 47 (€ 23.5 p/p)
    • Stay Inn Hostel, Jerusalem (3 nights):  € 118 (€ 59 p/p) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    • HI Arad Hostel, Arad (1 night): € 66 (€ 33 p/p)
    • Little Prince Hostel, Eilat (2 nights): € 81 (€ 40,5 p/p)

 

TOTAL ACCOMODATION: € 178 p/p

  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: MEALS

Throughout the day we had about 2 or 3 big meals, since we wanted to spend the most of the time visiting as many places as possible.

For breakfast, we bought most of the times some sweets in bakeries. The price was around € 2 in total.

For lunch and dinner, we opted for typical Israeli dishes, such as hummus and falafel. We always tried to choose the best value options and what we paid for it tended not to be more than €8. Most of the times, the price used to be around € 3 to € 8. Portions were very big, so sometimes, in case of having lunch late, we were full enough for the rest of the day, so we didn’t even have dinner. If you are used to eating more times a day, you must have in mind that your expenses can be a bit higher than ours.

HUMMUS OF THE HOUSE, from The House of Hummus (Tel-Aviv)

Clicking on the following link, you can find further detailed information about where to eat good quality food at the best price in Israel:

LOW-BUDGET-TRAVELER: BEST PLACES WHERE TO EAT IN ISRAEL

TOTAL MEALS: € 104’89 p/p

  • ISRAEL TRAVEL BUDGET: TICKETS & TOURS

    • Caesarea National Park (student): € 10’30
    • Free Walking Tour Jerusalén: €13 (€ 6’50 p/p)
    • Masada National Park (student): € 6’84
    • Timna Park (student): € 10’30

 

TOTAL TICKETS & TOURS: € 33’94 p/p

Decovering Timna Park

Thus, adding all the aforementioned expenses and without considering other possible purchases, such as souvenirs, we paid a total of:

TOTAL PAID: € 720’18

What it is to say € 72 per day and person.

Alternatives to make your trip cheaper:

    • Travel 3 people instead of 2: the price of the rental car would be reduced considerably, as well as the price of the single rooms, where the capacity was up to 3 or 4 people.
    • Do Couchsurfing as many nights as possible. In this case, keep in mind that if you travel more than 2 people, it will be more difficult to find options.
    • Do not take fully comprehensive insurance and if possible, choose a no-young driver.
    • Do not buy souvenirs or other unnecessary stuff.

I hope I have helped you get an idea of ​​the investment when making a trip of this characteristics through Israel. Do not hesitate to write any messages or doubts in comments and/or directly to travelwithlorens@gmail.com . I will be so happy to read them and be of any help to you. Greetings dear travelers!

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