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Israel can offer a lot of tourist attractions for all budgets, though we can honestly say that Israel is a country which gives you good time even if you are in a shoestring budget.
Still, It's somewhat limiting to travel on as little as 20 US dollars a day dedicated to food and accommodation. Even if you add only 20 dollars more per day you can enjoy cute yet inexpensive private lodging, food other than falafel and a bus trip to Jerusalem.
Now, speaking of falafel, this is Israel's national street food. It is a very tasty mainstay snack and extremely cheap.
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Quite a few high-end hotels in Israel accept US dollars in addition to shekels, which can save about 17% Value Added Tax.
Nearly all kinds of currencies as well as traveler's checks can be exchanged in Israel, plus it's really easy to use your credit card in order to access funds.
A tip is a very common custom in Israel when it comes to almost all services. It's usually worth around 15% of the value, on top of the VAT (which is possible to cash in).
Bus fares are cheap in Israel. The main bus service is called Egged. Whether these are Mount Hermon, Israel countryside life or the main cities, buses in Israel provide quick and frequent trips to just about anywhere you'd like to go. However, you should keep in mind that most buses don't run on Shabbat (Saturday).The Egged and Dan bus companies operate in main municipalities from around 5.30am till 00:00. Other than that, there are no bus services throughout most of the country from Friday afternoon till Saturday evening. In order to keep your travel expanses cheap you should purchase a pass from the Egged bus company which enables unlimited travel throughout Israel.
As for taxies, although most of them have meters, it's frequently useful negotiating an agreed fare with the driver before getting into the cab.
If you choose to hire a car rental in Israel, bear in mind that due to safety concerns, which invalidate the vehicle's insurance, driving in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and some parts of the territories is not allowed.
Although the tourism downturn has lowered prices, expect to spend a substantial amount of money when renting a car in Israel. And last but not least, check carefully the details of the travel restrictions before you sign for the car. For more essential tourist information regarding car rental in Israel, please go to VisitIsrael's car rental page.