Is Ramallah safe?
Ramallah is totally safe. Tourists (both men and women) feel free and comfortable to walk around the city any time of the day or night. There are no urban crimes such as robbery, theft and assaults in Ramallah and all locals will do their best to make you feel safe and welcome.
Many people are able to speak English and help you with directions or anything else you need. You can count also with our crew from the Hostel; there will always be someone available to orientate you.
Do I need a visa to visit Palestine?
If you are visiting the West Bank, where is Ramallah, for example, there are no visa conditions imposed on foreign nationals other than those imposed by visa policy of Israel. You can check here the list of countries whose nationals do not need a visa to visit Israel: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf
If your country is not listed, you will find more information about visas for Israel here: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx
The visitor’s visa is valid for 3 months.
How much do I need daily to stay in Ramallah?
Comparing to different cities around the world, Ramallah has an average life cost; comparing to life cost in Israel, Ramallah is much more cheaper, which makes it one of the best options to me accommodated in the West Bank. Here you have all the facilities and easy access to any city of the region, but expending less money than if you were staying in Jerusalem, for example.
You can cover your costs in Ramallah starting around 100 NIS (around 30 USD) daily, considering you are going to pay for accomodation, two meals and transportation. It can be even less than that, depending on your travel habits.
Below you will find a list of prices and costs to give you a better idea about how much do you need to bring to Ramallah.
Hostel in Ramallah (shared rooms/breakfast included) 50 NIS
Falafel sandwich 5 NIS
Shawarma 13 NIS
Regular meal 20 NIS
Bottle of water 1 NIS
Beer 12 NIS
Bottle of milk 4 NIS
Arab coffee 2 NIS
Expresso coffee 4 NIS
Bus ticket to Jerusalem 7,60 NIS
Milk 13 NIS
Vegetables (potato, onion, tomato, cucumber) 3 to 5 NIS (kilo)
Pasta 2 NIS
Falafel Pita 5 NIS
Cigarrete 23 NIS
Egg Tray 14 NIS
Deodorant axe 10 NIS
Shampoo 15 NIS
Pastes 10 NIS
Beer 12 NIS
Strawberry 10 to 15 NIS (kilo)
Corn in the street 5 NIS
Bread 1 NIS
Transportation system in Palestine
Transportation in Palestine is pretty simple but most of the times efficient: it is composed by buses and the cost for a ticket is usually between 5 to 30 NIS (considering the furthest Palestinian cities from Ramallah: Jenin on the North and Hebron on the South).
In Ramallah, it is possible to reach any part of the country, from north to south, in 1 hour and 30 minutes at most.
Ramallah is served by a central station where you can take buses to Jerusalem, Nablus, Taybeh and many other Palestinian cities. Depending on where you are going, you should go to Jerusalem first, than take another bus from the Arab Bus Station there (near Damascus Gate).
The crew of Hostel in Ramallah will be pleased to help you with any information you need.