Banks and Currency
The official currency in Jerusalem is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). The Shekel is divided into half Shekel. Paper currency comes in 20, 50, 100 and 200 NIS. Metal currency comes in 0.5, 1, 2, 5 and 10 NIS. Currencies of foreign countries can be converted into Israeli Shekel at exchange offices and banks in accordance with the daily exchange rate. Currencies such as U.S. Dollar and Euro are accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants.
Mobile Phones in Jerusalem:
If you're visiting Jerusalem from abroad, don't forget that the dialing code is +972 (which replace the 0) Jerusalem has 02 as code, if you call from outside you should not dial the 0. If you want to access the internet, be aware that your network will charge you to access your data while you are in Jerusalem.
Emergency Telephone Numbers:
- Police: 100
- Ambulance: 101
- Fire: 102
Note: From outside Jerusalem, you must dial the city prefix (02) before any 7-digit phone number. From outside Jerusalem, you dial only the (2) - without the zero - between the country code and the phone number.
Official language in the old city is Arabic and Hebrew in the west part of Jerusalem. People understand and speak English as well.
The time zone in Jerusalem is GMT +2.
Weekend in Jerusalem for Muslims is Friday. Most places are closed on Fridays, but the shops in the old city are open. Some of the Christians may choose Sunday as their main weekly holiday, while Jewish people do not work on Friday and Saturday.
Jerusalem has a wonderful climate through the year where you can enjoy the four seasons. The average temperatures:
- 230 volts, 3 holes sockets.
- Cuts occasionally occur.
Wi-Fi is available in most Hotels and coffee shops for free.