Travel Tips to Enjoy Israel Like a Local
Dine Like a Local
Most restaurants have menus in both Hebrew and English. You simply need to ask for an English menu while you are being seated or ordering.
It is considered rude in Israel for a waiter to bring the check before the customer asks for it.
It is safe to drink tap water throughout Israel. However, the water in Jerusalem and near the Dead Sea might contain particulate, so you might prefer bottled water in those regions.
Tip Like a Local
Tipping is discretionary but expected in restaurants. Tips usually range between 12-15% depending on the quality of the service. If you plan to tip by credit card, you must specify the tip before the wait-staff charges the card as there is not a section on the receipt to add the tip.
Get Around Like a Local
The Gett Taxi app works similar to Uber but with licensed taxis. It also locks in the price of the ride so haggling is not required. You can download the app from the app store on your iPhone or Android.
If you prefer to use public transportation, Moovit allows you to plan your journey using buses and trains. You can download the app from the app store on your iPhone or Android.