Israel is a beautiful and highly interesting place to visit, but is also quite expensive for the average backpacker. In this post I’ve gathered some money saving tickets and codes I’ve come across throughout the years, that might make your trip to Israel a bit more affordable. If you know of any others, don’t hesitate to contact me through my Facebook Page. I’ll be happy to expand the list!
Money Saving Tickets for Israel:
The Israel Pass:
This card is meant mainly for those of you who are planning to visit at least 3 national parks and nature reserves while in Israel. Some top national parks and nature reserves include Masada, Caesarea, Beit Shean, Hula Reserve, Eilat Coral Beach, Gamla Nature Reserve, Banias Reserve and Dan Reserve.
There are three types of cards – 3 Parks Entry Pass (78 ILS), 6 Entry Parks Pass (110 ILS) or All Parks Entry Pass (150 ILS). With the Israel Pass, these cards can also be used as a Rav Kav for public transportation. But, you will need to load it with cash to be able to use it on public transportation. The Rav Kav also gives you some benefits, which you can read in my post – Let’s Talk About the Rav Kav. The Rav Kav which you get with the Israel Pass is anonymous, so you won’t be able to load special plans onto it (like a 24-hour pass). You will only be able to use it with stored value, which is also great.
The Israel Pass can be purchased at both Ben Gurion and Ramon airports as well as at Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It is valid for two weeks from the first park entry.
For more info about the Israel Pass, enter the Israel Pass official site.
Get special offers with the Secret Tel Aviv VIP Card:
It seems like Secret Tel Aviv has some great offers for those who use their VIP Card. Most discounts or offers are available for restaurants and bars in Tel Aviv, less for activities. The best part about this card is that it’s free! You just need to fill in their form or pickup the card from their pickup point.
For more info, check out the Secret Tel Aviv official website. Read until the end of their page, because they also have a 5% discount code for Abraham Tours.
Discover the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem Old City with the JTicket:
One of the most interesting, but less travelled area of the Old City is the Jewish Quarter. If you want to discover its different sites, you might want to get the JTicket, a useful card made by the Company for the Rehabilitiation and Development of the Jewish Quarter. The card costs 75 ILS for an adult and 45 ILS for a child (age 5-18) and offers you entrance to 4 of the Jewish Quarter’s attractions, including the Davidson Center, the Ramparts Walk, the Hurva Synagogue, the Burnt House and the Herodian Quarter. It also grants you discounts to many places in the Jewish Quarter, including restaurants and shops. The amount of money you save depends on which attractions you choose, but you will probably save at least 5 ILS.
For more info and to purchase, enter the Jewish Quarter official website and read more about the JTicket.
Explore Jerusalem for less with the JLM Pass:
If you plan to stay in Jerusalem for more than one day, this JLM Pass might be useful. The pass offers free or discounted entrance to some of the city’s attractions for a whole week. There are three types of passes: (1) JLM All Included, that also includes transfer from and to Ben Gurion Airport and free public transportation in Jerusalem (and costs 248 ILS), (2) JLM Plus, which does not include transfer from and to Ben Gurion Airport, but includes public transportation in Jerusalem (and costs 211 ILS), and (3) JLM Cultural, which only includes the free and discounted sites, without any transportation (and costs 142 ILS). There’s also JLM Plus for 3 Days, which is at a discounted price of 152 ILS, but is only for 3 days.
Is it worth it? Let me break it down for you:
- The ride from Ben Gurion International Airport costs about 16 ILS one way.
- Taking one light rail/ bus ride will cost about 6 ILS. To the city center and back will cost you about 12 ILS.
- The Israel Museum entrance fee is about 54 ILS (39 ILS for students), but with the pass you get to enter for free. You will probably have to use public transportation to get to and from the museum, so add about 12 ILS, and that’s about 66 ILS saved.
- The Ramparts Walk entrance fee is about 16 ILS, but with the pass you get to walk it for free. It’s in the Old City, so if your hostel is close by, you can easily walk there.
- Zedekiah’s Cave entrance fee is about 16 USD, but with the pass you get to enter for free. It’s near Damascus Gate, so if your hostel is close by, you can easily walk there.
- The other attractions in the pass have discounts. My recommended attractions are the Night Spectacular Sound & Light Show at Tower of David Museum (with the pass you’ll save about 10 ILS) and The Hebrew Music Museum (with the pass you’ll save about 10 ILS).
According to this calculation, the card isn’t so money-saving, but I recommend you check out the list of attractions that is offered by the pass and see if it fits your needs- and your pocket. Check it out here – the JLM Pass. I think this pass is the best for family travellers, because it includes many attractions that are great for kids.
Money Saving Codes for Israel:
Save 5% on your second hostel with the ILH Card:
If you plan to stay in hostels in Israel, you might be able to get some discount on your second booking. If you choose to stay at one of the ILH Hostels, you can use the ILH Card to get 5% discount on your second hostel booking. Get the card at your first hostel! Want to know more? Read about it in their official website – ILH Card.
Go on a D-TLV Pub Crawl for just 60 ILS:
This code was given to Backpack Israel by D-TLV Pub Crawl, to help backpackers have a great time in Tel Aviv at an affordable price. Thanks D-TLV! To use the code, enter the D-TLV ticket site , choose your preferred date (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and then put in the promotional code (it’s on the photo above). Enjoy a great night out in Tel Aviv!
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