Israel Travel Experience


#1

Hi there,
I have just come back from Israel and would like to share some tips when it comes to using Revolut.

ATM
Most of the ATMs accept Revolut Card - I have only used one ATM that did not work with a Revolut Card. However, almost all of them charge a small fee 5.90 NIS (New Israeli Shekel) or 6.90 NIS so draw more money to minimize the fee/NIS.

I highly recommend using ATM Hapoalim machines - they did not charge anything and allowed to select whether you want eg. 1 x 100 NIS or 2 x 50 NIS.

It is good to have an actual money rather than paying with card so go for it!

Card Payments
Swipe Payments ONLY (I did not find any chip payments and only 1 contactless). Make sure to enable Swipe Payments in your App Settings.

Make sure to have a backup card (preferably not a Revolut) because in some places it simply did not work (we had a train to catch in 5 minutes and ticket machine refused our Revolut card so we used a regular card).

TLV Airport
Duty Free zone gives prices in USD, but when paying ask what the price would be in NIS - there was a 10% better price when switching to NIS.

Cash
Make sure to have cash with you - you are going to need it on the Flea Markets, in Public Transport and in most of the local stores.

Pro tip - don’t buy NIS in your country, they might give you bad price. Just take some EUR/USD/GBP and exchange without any commission in Israel - it turned out to be cheaper than buying NIS with Revolut and withdrawing from the ATM.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!


#2

Appreciated. Thanks for sharing.


#3

Hi Łukasz,
Where to exchange USD to NIS? At the airport is ok? Or rather in the cities?