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How much money should I bring on birthright?

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

While the trip is generally known as free since you don’t pay for flights, accommodation, and 2 meals a day, there are still things you’ll need to bring money for.

So let's break down how much money you can expect to bring on a Birthright Israel trip with Yael Adventures.

A meal typically costs $8-$12, so expect to pay around that for the meal each day you are responsible for. You might also want to buy bottled water, juice, souvenirs, etc. so try to budget for these expenses as well.

We strongly encourage you to bring a credit or debit card as most are accepted here in Israel. It is a wise idea to notify your bank of your travel plans beforehand so they don’t suspend your card thinking it’s fraud.

We suggest bringing $300-$500 total in cash for personal spending on the trip. If you do not have a credit card, you may want to bring a little more. If you plan on bringing US bills, we have a representative meet the group to exchange money for you. You are also welcome to exchange money during your free time on the trip.

Pro-Tip: Many places in Israel accept Apple Pay/Google Pay so have yours ready to go on your phone!

If you still have more questions, feel free to check out our FAQs page.

Otherwise, shoot us an email at for any specific questions!

See you in Israel 🇮🇱

The Yael Adventures Registration Team

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