Israeli wine, kosher products, t-shirts, diamonds. Banks and post offices, as well as some smaller shops, stick to traditional business hours of 8:30-19:00, with a lunch break from about 13:00 to 16:00, so do check.
The business days are Sunday through Friday in Jewish towns, allowing for observance of the Sabbath (“”Shabbat””) from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.
It is pretty common to bargain in most modern areas in Israel.
It is quite common to bargain in bazaars and the more rural markets, and when buying second hand products. Many shops, especially in malls, will re-open on Saturday evening, at about 19:00 in winter, and 20:30 in summer.
Shops in malls and on major shopping streets are generally open from 9:30 to 21:00 daily. Each shekel is divided into 100 agorot (singular: agorah).T.00 (April 2008). free city. Take note that currently (Feb 2007) the price of a soft drink can is between 3 and 7 shekels and a 0.. Note that post office branches change travellers cheques (and cash) commission-free. Check with your specific bank. When buying at shopping malls and the bigger places bargaining will be more difficult but is always worth a try to lower the price. Some shops, especially outside city limits or in tourist areas, as well as 24-hour convenience stores, remain open on Saturdays.A. Usually it’s easier to make a deal if you are buying multiple items than a single item.50; 1 equals about NIS 8. Cash can also be sent to post office branches using Western Union services.5 NIS to the dollar. Prices in tourist areas such as the Old City of Jerusalem can routinely be haggled down to as low as 25% of the asking price.A. In Arab towns, shops are generally open 7 days a week.
ATMs are widely available in cities and towns and are connected to European and American banking systems – this is easily the best way to access funds without paying commission on travelers’ cheques! There are specific change storefronts that do not charge commission.General
Living and travelling costs in Israel are almost on a par with Western Europe, North America and Australasia, making it by far the most ‘expensive’ country outside the Persian Gulf in the Middle East region.5CL bottle, however often a small walk will reveal the more local places that will sell you 6 1. Bank of America charged a service fee of five dollars for taking money from the ATM, so other banks probably do as well. On Friday, many shops will close at about 14:30-15:00 to allow ample time return home before sundown. The common symbols for the shekel are NIS or �’.5CL bottle is generally one shekel more expensive than a can. Prices in tourist areas in big cities, especially tourist cities like Eilat can be up to 20 shekels per 0.
US Dollars are accepted in some tourist locations, particularly Jerusalem, at a rough exchange rate of 3 to 3. Almost needless to say, Israel is one of the best countries for purchasing Judaica and Christian pilgrim trinkets. There are 10 agorot, 50 agorot, 1, 2, 5, and 10 shekel coins, and 20, 50, 100 & 200 shekel notes.
While it is legal to purchase antiquities from the small number of government-licensed dealers, exporting antiquities from Israel is illegal, except with a written authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority. $1 US equals about NIS 3.5CL bottles for as cheap as 14 shekels.