Holidays in Tel Aviv – 2022. Prices, beaches, tips.

Prices in Tel Aviv : how much money do you need in 2022 – Travel Budget

52 € (179.0 shekels / 3,246.8 ₽) is the minimum budget for a day in Tel Aviv . This is enough for a good budget hostel, two trips by public transport and food (the amount equal to two dinners in inexpensive cafes).

This amount does not include the cost of the flight and insurance. Direct round-trip flight from Moscow can be found for 13-15 thousand rubles during sales (subscribe to @samokatus Telegram channel not to miss them).

You can pick up insurance on the services of Cherehapa or Comparison.ru, with prices starting from 0.7 € per day.

Current exchange rate of Israeli shekel: 1 ILS = 0.3 EUR = 18.1 RUB. In Tel Aviv you can find exchange offices, where you can exchange euros at a competitive rate and without commission, but to find a good exchange rate for rubles is much harder. In this regard, it is more convenient to pay by card or withdraw money from a cash machine.

How and for how much to get from Tel Aviv airport to the city?

From Ben Gurion Airport there are several ways to get to the center of Tel Aviv:

  • The train is the most convenient and easy way. The train takes only 11 minutes to the nearest station HaHagana. To get to the end of the line – 26 minutes. They run 24 hours a day except for Shabbat and holidays. During the day every half hour and at night every hour. The timetable can be found on the Israeli Railways website. The ticket costs 13.5 ₪ (244.8 ₽). From Ben-Gurion there is also a train to Jerusalem.

  • By bus: First shuttle 5 to Airport City, then bus 268. The ticket price is about 12.5 ₪ (226.7 ₽).
  • A cab to the center of Tel Aviv will cost about ₪ 155 (2,811.2 ₽).
  • Individual transfers (starting at 55 €) can be booked at KiwiTaxi and Intui.Travel.

How do I get around the city?

How much does public transportation cost?

Public transport in Tel Aviv is represented by buses, cabs and trains. Prices depend on the length of the trip and the carrier company.

  • Different bus routes in Tel Aviv serve different carriers. But if we’re talking about the big city buses (blue and white), their carrier is called Dan, and the cost per trip is about 5.9 ₪ (107.0 ₽). You can buy a ticket at the entrance from the driver.
  • A trip by shuttle bus will cost about 8 ₪ (145.1 ₽). Unlike other modes of transport, shuttle buses also run on the Sabbath, but the price increases by 3-4 ₪ because of this.
  • For more rides, it’s worth getting a Rav Kav card (5 ₪ (90.7 ₽), minimum top-up 30 ₪ (544.1 ₽)). With the Rav Kav card, you can transfer within an hour and a half when paying for a single trip.
  • A one-day ticket can also be issued only with the Rav Kav card. It costs ₪ 14.7 (₽ 266.6).

You can use the Moovit app to plan your routes.

Renting a scooter

Renting a scooter is one of the most convenient ways to get around Tel Aviv. It is especially cool to ride along the long promenade with a bicycle lane, so you can get from Jaffa to the north of the city in 15 minutes, overtaking traffic and cyclists.

There are three big rentals in Tel Aviv: Bird, Lime-S and Wind. In fact, tourists can register and use only Bird – it is an international company (a kind of Uber for scooters). It costs 5 ₪ (90.7 ₽) to rent a scooter, plus you’ll pay 0.5 ₪ (9.1 ₽) for every minute you ride. Before you install the app – look for promo codes online.

How much does a cab cost?

The price per boarding is 12 ₪ (217.6 ₽), a kilometer will cost about 4 ₪ (72.5 ₽). There is a 25% surcharge at night and on Shabbat and holidays. There is a surcharge of about 5 ₪ (90.7 ₽) for a phone call, third passenger, luggage, and a ride to the airport, in each case. It’s convenient to order a cab from Gett through the app.

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How much does gasoline and parking cost?

A liter of 92 gasoline in Tel Aviv costs an average of 6.9 ₪ (125.1 ₽). Finding a parking space on the streets of Tel Aviv is not an easy task: parking is often allowed only to residents of the neighborhood. On-street parking for non-residents is allowed during daytime hours and costs about 12 ₪ (217.6 ₽) per hour. It is more convenient to use parking lots: the price per hour in this case is about 20 ₪ (362.7 ₽).

Renting a bicycle in Tel Aviv will cost about 30-40 ₪ (544.1-725.5 ₽) per hour or 120-150 ₪ (2,176.4-2,720.5 ₽) per day (such as O-Fun).

How much does it cost to live in Tel Aviv?

Oi-wawa, guys, save your money or make friends in Israel. Housing in Tel Aviv is very expensive.

Hotels: In the season a double room in a hotel in central Tel Aviv will cost about 65-80 €. The problem is that most of the options at that price have a rating of about 6. However, there are pleasant exceptions, such as the hotel YT35 Luxury Boutique Suites Tel Aviv. At other times, you can rent a double room for about 50-70 €. In a good three-star hotel a room will cost at least 100-120 € (for example Dizengoff Avenue Boutique Hotel)

Hostels: Prices for twin rooms start at 14-15€ per night and vary depending on the season. The best option available at this price is the Florentine Backpackers Hostel. Hostels located in beachfront areas will cost a bit more, about 19€ (e.g. Tel Aviv Beachfront Hostel). Double rooms in hostels cost about 40-60 € depending on the time of year.

Highly recommend Abraham Hostel. It has a good breakfast, a great terrace and a lot of space. It’s a great place to hang out even if you don’t have a reservation.

AirBnb: A tiny apartment in the center of Tel Aviv can be rented for 40-55 € if you book in advance. During summer, prices go up by about a quarter. Rooms are not much inferior to the price of apartments, options in the center are available for 30-40 €.

So a good budget accommodation in Tel Aviv, if you are very lucky, will cost you 14-30 € per night per person.

Attention!

Foreigners in Israel do not pay VAT on hotels and car rentals. At passport control you will be given a blue (sometimes green) paper. After the passport control there is an aisle where you have to put it, like to the turnstile in the subway. Do not throw this paper away – without it the hotel will charge you 17% VAT.

How much does it cost to connect?

In Israel you can buy a sim card that includes internet and calls or internet only. The best value offer for the former is at HotMobile or 019: 50 ₪ (906.8 ₽) for 6GB with unlimited calls. HotMobile also has a great deal on mobile Internet: 8GB for 49 ₪ (888.7 ₽).

How much does it cost to eat in restaurants?

  • Lunch at an inexpensive cafe is at least 75 ₪ (1,360.3 ₽). Haachim, for example.
  • Fast food :
    • Falafel from 12 ₪ (217.6 ₽). For example, Falafel HaKosem.
    • hummus from 13 ₪ (235.8 ₽). For example, Hummus Magen David
    • 12 ₪ (217.6 ₽) cup of cappuccino. For example, Mae Coffee. A selection of coffee shops.
    • The cheapest coffee is at the Cofix chain. They have fixed coffee prices of 5 ₪ (90.7 ₽), and the chain itself is originally from Israel, so Cofixes are everywhere.
    • 35 ₪ (634.8 ₽) glass of beer. For example, Buxsa Bar. A selection of bars.

    How much does groceries cost at the supermarket?

    Prices in Tel Aviv for groceries are 107% higher than in Moscow. The difference is noticeable for almost all categories of goods, but especially for the prices of meat and alcohol. In order to save money, you should pay attention to Cofix stores and Shufer Sal supermarkets. On Fridays, the local markets are worth the trip as vendors cut prices in an attempt to sell out before the Sabbath.

    How much does entertainment cost?

    There are several free tours in Tel Aviv that are regularly offered: Free City Tour Tel Aviv and Sandemans. A tour from the Bauhaus Center will cost ₪ 80 (1,450.9 ₽). If you’re willing to pay for an interesting tour, you can find a suitable option on Tripster and Sputnik8.

    Dan City Tour buses offer two options: a two-hour tour for 45 ₪ (816.2 ₽) or a Hop-on-Hop-Off day ticket for 65 ₪ (1,178.9 ₽). A one-hour boat ride costs from 30 ₪ (544.1 ₽).

    How much do souvenirs cost?

    Prices in Tel Aviv for souvenirs are about the same in different places: a little more expensive in the port area, and the cheapest can be found in the Carmel market. On average, prices are about the following:

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    All you need to know about rest in Tel Aviv: how to find a cheap tour or self-organize a trip. Prices for tours, hotels, tickets, food and tours in 2022. How much are the groceries and what to try in Tel Aviv? On which beaches is better to bathe?

    Israel only accepts vaccinated tourists, “Sputnik V” qualifies. No direct flights yet, tours are not on sale (pre-pandemic prices are listed). Check the list of open countries.

    Contents:

    Exchange rate: 1 Israeli shekel (ILS) ≈ 17 RUB.

    Remember that Israelis have Shabbat – after sunset on Friday and until sunset on Saturday they rest. Transport also does not drive, take it into account.

    Visa to Israel

    You do not need a visa to Israel for a tourist trip, but you must bring the following documents:

    • round-trip air tickets;
    • proof of financial solvency;
    • passport;
    • Birth certificate for children;
    • health insurance;
    • documents confirming the nature and purpose of the trip.

    Medical insurance can be obtained free of charge when applying for the card “Tinkoff Bank” All Airlines.

    Read more about the visa to Israel.

    Tour prices in Tel Aviv in 2022

    Tour prices are for two people with a flight from Moscow.

    Cheap vacation in Tel Aviv can be on a last minute tour – look for travel on the websites Travelate and Level.Travel. You can still save if you buy tours in advance. Organized vacation has some nice moments – no need to worry about accommodation, transfers from the airport to the hotel, insurance, and sometimes even meals – everything is already included.

    Before the trip decide what you want to do on vacation. For the cultural and sightseeing holidays in Tel Aviv should go in low season (from November to April) – in these months the prices for tours in Israel are lower. For a beach holiday – in the high season, but the tours are more expensive.

    We found the minimum prices for tours to Tel Aviv in hotels of different categories.

    In the low season (December) :

    7 nights. 11 nights
    Hotel 3* from 79 thsd from 103 thousand
    4* hotel from 79 thsd from 104 thousand
    5* hotel from 111 thousand from 107 thousand

    In high season (August) :

    7 nights. 11 nights
    Hotel 3* from 94 thousand from 119 thousand
    4* hotel from 108 thousand from 139 thousand
    5* hotel from 123 thousand from 167 thousand

    Tour prices in Tel Aviv

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    Prices for air tickets to Tel Aviv

    Prices are per person round trip.

    Decided to go on vacation to Tel Aviv on your own? It’s cheapest to fly from Moscow, a little more expensive – from St. Petersburg. Here are the ticket prices:

    From Moscow :

    • In low season – from 9,000 rubles;
    • During high season – from 12,5 thousand rubles.

    From St. Petersburg:

    • In the low season – from 15 thousand rubles;
    • In high season – from 18 thousand rubles.

    Where to find cheap tickets? Use the search engine Aviasails – it compares prices of all airlines. Learn the secrets of finding cheap airline tickets.

    Tips for buying. Look for tickets not only from your city, but also from neighboring cities – so you have a better chance of finding cheap ones. To save money, buy tickets in advance and keep an eye out for sales. The price also depends on the luggage: if you choose a fare with only hand luggage, the cost of the ticket will go down.

    Fly to Tel Aviv on your own.

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    Hotel Prices in Tel Aviv – 2022

    The city has a rich selection of hotels at different prices. It all depends on your preferences: choose a category, location and additional hotel offers if you need them. If you wish to stay in Tel Aviv, use our booking engine at Hotelluk. The prices of hotels in Tel Aviv are high, but you can find budget options if you watch the sale.

    We have researched the minimum prices for a one night stay in a double room in the high and low season:

    7 nights. 11 nights
    Hotel 2*. From $95 from $85
    Hotel 3* from $170 from 125$
    4* hotel from $195 from $155
    5* hotel from $190 from $185

    Prices for a room for two during the beach season start at $23, but for that money the conditions will be Spartan. If you’re going as a family or a group of friends, it’s more convenient to rent an apartment or house. A decent apartment in its entirety costs from $ 55.

    Hotel prices in Tel Aviv

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    Tour prices in Tel Aviv

    Search for interesting tours on Tripster. Individual and group, no crowds and in Russian.

    Here are the prices for tours in Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel in 2022:

    • Tel Aviv walking tour – $115;
    • Bethlehem and Jerusalem – $90;
    • Caesarea, Jaffa, Acre – $95;
    • trip to the Dead Sea – $740;
    • Jaffa, $220-$270.

    Holidays in Tel Aviv with children

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    What to see in Tel Aviv on your own

    You can find quite a few activities without spending money on tours. For example, see the city from the heights of the Azrieli Center or Migdal Shalom Tower. Take a family walk through Hayarkon Park with its rock garden and Tsapari Bird Park or Sarona Park with its galleries, alleys and ponds.

    There are many fascinating museums in the city:

    • Tel Aviv Museum of Art;
    • Eretz Israel;
    • Palmach Museum;
    • Elena Rubinstein Pavilion;
    • Rabbi Yitzhak Center;
    • Independence Hall;
    • Jewish Diaspora Museum and others.

    What to see in Tel Aviv by yourself

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    When to go to Tel Aviv

    Tel Aviv has more than 300 sunny days a year, only in December and January there is a regular rainy season.

    The high season comes in the spring. If you prefer a cultural and sightseeing vacation, it is best to come to Tel Aviv at this time. The heat is still warm in March, but to swim at this time of the Mediterranean Sea is still early. In April, too, still cool, but the temperature rises. In this month come the pilgrims for Easter. It gets even hotter in May.

    Hot and dry weather (above +30 ° C) is established in summer, the water in the Mediterranean Sea is ideal for swimming. On excursions because of the heat can be difficult.

    The high season continues in autumn: in September and October the weather is about the same as in May. Prices for holidays in these months in Tel Aviv are still high.

    Winter is good for the pilgrimage. At this time comes the rainy season, for bathing is cool, but the prices of tours and tickets are cheaper.

    Sunny weather in Tel Aviv

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    Beaches in Tel Aviv

    For a beach holiday in Tel Aviv is ideal for April, May, September and October. In summer it is hot, but some tourists are not embarrassed by this.

    On the west side of the city is washed by the Mediterranean Sea. All beaches (except Ha-Tsuk) in the city are municipal and free. Holidays are great for children.

    Ha-Tzuk, Metszim and Tel-Baruch are considered the beaches, which are mainly for local people. At the orthodox Nordau, almost all days are divided into men’s and women’s.

    We made a selection of the most popular beaches for vacationing in Tel Aviv:

    • Dolphin Beach is divided into two parts: Banana Beach in the north and Drummer Beach in the south. The former is a quiet beach, and the latter is known for hosting “Welcome Weekend” parties and gathering drummers.
    • Gordon is a clean equipped beach, suitable for athletes; it has a saltwater pool and children’s slides.
    • Rishon-les-Tzion – quiet beach with fresh air, well equipped.
    • Jerusalem – the most crowded and largest beach, awarded the Blue Flag, it is chosen by travelers with children.
    • Beaches Bugrashov and Frishman offer a quiet holiday near the center of Tel Aviv.
    • Alma – a clean and pristine beach where you will enjoy the seclusion and views of Old Jaffa.
    • Hilton is a popular beach known for its calm waters. There is free parking and a surfing center.
    • Jaffa – one of the newer beaches, but the infrastructure is not very developed, you will also have to walk a little bit to the nearest cafes.
    • Charles Clore is a quiet place, there are playgrounds and exercise areas.

    Many beaches offer umbrellas, sun loungers and other equipment for rent; lifeguards are on duty, and there are places to eat lunch. For those who like sports there are areas. Surfing stations are on the beaches of the Hilton, Tel Baruch and Drum Beach. Tel Aviv is one of the famous diving centers, and athletes will find many sites to explore.

    Video – Beachfront of Tel Aviv

    Photos of the beach in Tel Aviv

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    What to try in Tel Aviv

    The cuisine of Israel is very diverse and includes many dishes and traditions of the West and the East. It should be remembered that the food here is cooked with observance of religious rules, so pork or shellfish are prohibited. No cooking is allowed on the Sabbath, except for food that has been made in advance and which has been stewed in the oven.

    What to try in Israel:

    • Falafel – balls of shredded beans fried with spices and garlic. They can be served with salad and sauce, potatoes and flatbread.
    • Pita with hummus is an appetizer made with mashed chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, onions, lemon juice and spices. It can be with eggplant, peppers, eggs and other ingredients.
    • Shakshuka – a dish of eggs with tomatoes and spices, bell peppers.
    • Burekas – pies made of thin unleavened dough or puff pastry filled with cheese, potatoes, spinach.
    • Cholnt – a hearty stew of meat, potatoes, beans, onions, chickpeas, and spices.
    • St. Peter’s fish – grilled tilapia.
    • Sweets : baklava, ponchikas fon trevore, blinchikas, hamentas, candied fruit, knafe, bamba.

    What to try in Tel Aviv

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    Prices in Tel Aviv for food – 2022

    Eating out in restaurants is not cheap, but you can save money if you get away from the tourist spots. Another option is to periodically try street food, which is very popular here. It’s a bargain, plus you’ll learn about the cuisine of Tel Aviv from all angles. But remember, it’s not healthy to get addicted to fast food.

    Here are some examples of restaurant prices in Tel Aviv:

    • Budget breakfast – 20-30 ₪;
    • Lunch or dinner at a cheap restaurant – 55 ₪;
    • three-course lunch or dinner for two at a mid-priced restaurant – 230 ₪;
    • budget lunch (falafel, hummus, or other local dishes) – 24-40 ₪;
    • local beer (0.5 l) – 30 ₪;
    • imported beer (0.33 l) – 29 ₪;
    • glass of wine – 20-30 ₪;
    • cappuccino – 11,75 ₪;
    • water (0.33 l) – 7 ₪;
    • coffee to go – 8-12 ₪.

    How much does street food cost in Tel Aviv:

    • kebab – 10 ₪;
    • large shawarma – 35 ₪;
    • falafel – 7 ₪;
    • hamburger – 12-16 ₪;
    • grilled chicken and rice, 45 ₪;
    • coffee or a drink with a bun, 5 ₪;
    • water in vending machines – 8-10 ₪.

    Prices in supermarkets:

    • milk (1 liter) – 5.7 ₪;
    • white bread (500 g) – 7.23 ₪;
    • eggs (12 pcs.) – 12.5 ₪;
    • local cheese (1 kg) – 45,5 ₪;
    • apples (1 kg) – 9.23 ₪;
    • bananas (1 kg) – 8.8 ₪;
    • oranges (1 kg) – 5.66 ₪;
    • tomatoes (1 kg) – 5.64 ₪;
    • potatoes (1 kg) – 4.61 ₪;
    • lettuce (1 piece) – 6.25 ₪;
    • water (1.5 liters) – 4.1 ₪;
    • bottle of wine – 40 ₪;
    • local beer (0.5 l) – 9.28 ₪;
    • imported beer (0.33 l) – 11.16 ₪;
    • a pack of cigarettes – 34 ₪.

    Food & Beverage Prices in Tel Aviv

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    Transportation in the city.

    On the Sabbath, you can only leave on a shuttle bus – the rest of the transport is out of service. Shuttle buses travel faster than buses, and the ticket is cheaper.

    Public transport

    The city has a well-developed network of buses – they can get almost anywhere in Tel Aviv or the suburbs. They run from 5:00 to 00:00, and some even until 03:00. A trip around the city costs 6-6.4 shekels one way. Map the route on the website of public transport in Israel.

    There is a system of passes. For a long time is advantageous pass for a month for 213-250 shekels. Read more about day, week or month passes on the official website of Eged.

    It is convenient, but a little more expensive, to travel by train. However, their route is limited – for example, you can’t get to the far south or north of the country. In addition, there are fewer stops than buses. A train ticket from the airport to the city center costs 13.5 shekels. Check the Israel Railways website for schedules and prices.

    Transport in Tel Aviv

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    Cab

    For those who like comfort, we suggest ordering a cab. Prices in Tel Aviv are as follows: a pickup is 11.5 shekels, a 3-kilometer ride around the city is 20-30 shekels, and from the airport to the city center is 140-175 shekels. Negotiate the price in advance or arrange to ride on the meter.

    It is better to book a cab from Ben-Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv online at Kiwi Taxi.

    Rent a car

    If you want to plan your own route and not to depend on public transport, then rent a car. With Rentalcars.com you can reserve a car in advance without overpaying – rental costs from 117 shekels per day. A liter of gasoline in Tel Aviv costs 6.11 shekels.

    Bicycle

    For those who like sports and fresh air, we advise to rent a bike. Roads in the city are convenient, there are many bike lanes. But be careful: put a lock on the bike and bring it indoors at night.

    Leisure reviews for Tel Aviv

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    Safety on vacation in Tel Aviv

    The crime rate in Israel is low, it is a safe country. However, we recommend not to go on vacation in the areas on the border with Palestine and the Gaza Strip.

    Be prepared for the police to check your documents – take your passport with you. Because of the terrorist threat, they may inspect your belongings. It is best not to take pictures or video of strategic locations (train stations, airports), as this could be construed as espionage.

    Beware of being cheated in shopping and cabs. Refuse unnecessary “help”.

    Use sunscreen and drink water in hot weather. Choose beaches with lifeguards and beware of jellyfish. Before traveling, get health insurance and carry a travel kit.

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