Information & Facts
Jerusalem is situated at a relatively high altitude, and
therefore experiences quite cold, wet winters with occasional light
snowfalls. By contrast summers are dry and warm, with low humidity
and temperatures averaging around 75°F (24°C), making for bright
and pleasant days. During autumn and spring a hot desert wind
Jerusalem has an extensive public bus service, and most drivers
speak English, but most bus services stop over
Shabbat(from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday).
Bus 99 is a hop-on hop-off service that visits all main tourist
attractions in the city. The old city area is compact enough to
explore on foot. Those who choose to drive in Jerusalem will find
that local drivers tend to be unruly. Taxis are plentiful,
identifiable by a yellow sign on the roof, and can be hailed in the
street, ordered by telephone or hired outside hotels and main
places of interest. Taxis are metered and charge more late at night
and on Saturdays and public holidays. Passengers should make sure
the taxi driver turns the meter on at the start of a journey.
Shared taxis (
sherutim) are another popular form of transport,
travelling fixed routes and usually costing about the same as a
bus. Passengers can get on and off when they need to, though
drivers (and fellow passengers) can be impatient when it comes to
Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of Israel.
Most of the population also speak English.
The Israeli Shekel (ILS) is divided into 100 agorot (singular is
agora). Money can be changed in the small exchange bureaux found on
most main streets, or at banks and hotels. ATMs are prevalent
throughout the country and linked to American systems. Most banks
are open Sunday through to Friday until noon, and are open again
from 4pm till 6pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Major credit
cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, though
commission on these is high.