Getting From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem

Revised and Updated - January 2024

Traveling From Ben Gurion Airport

  • Ben Gurion Airport (TLV), named after the first Israeli prime minister David Ben Gurion is the main point of entry to Israel. It is located 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Jerusalem and operates 7 days a week 364 days a year (except Yom Kippur). Arriving passengers who wish to go from the airport to Jerusalem can make use of private taxis, shared taxis, rental cars or trains. Availability varies greatly and depends on the day and time of arrival.
  • Getting to Jerusalem from Ben Gurion Airport can sometimes be a tricky task, especially but not only for those landing in Israel on Shabbat and on Jewish holidays. Unfortunately, most of the information available throughout the internet regarding transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem is found to be outdated and misleading. This guide aims to provide the most up-to-date information about the various options and to put things in order once and for all. It also notes a couple of things that travelers should beware of.
tel aviv ben gurion airport arrivals hall

From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem by Taxi

  • Taxis can be found at the taxi stand outside the arrivals hall. Taxi drivers are not allowed to solicit passengers inside the terminal, yet this happens occasionally so keep away from those as they are likely to be unauthorized drivers.
  • You may ask the driver to suggest a fixed price before hitting the road. As of January 2024, a taxi cost from Ben Gurion to Jerusalem is up to ₪300-₪350 depending on the day and the time of the ride.
  • In case of a dispute you may ask the driver to use the meter which starts at ₪11.85 although most drivers will probably try to avoid it. Generally taxi fares in Israel fall into 3 different categories. During nights weekends and holidays the higher fares apply. There is an extra charge for exiting the airport and using toll roads or fast lanes if needed. Tipping your taxi driver is not expected and therefore unnecessary.
  • As of March 2024, Gett has become the designated operator of the taxi transportation system at Ben Gurion Airport. Upon exiting your flight, you can conveniently use the Gett app on your smartphone to order a taxi and obtain a unique code. If you choose not to download the app, you can order a taxi through one of the Gett kiosks located throughout the terminal with the assistance of service attendants. Once you have collected your luggage, simply locate the designated usher outside the terminal and provide the taxi driver with the code to facilitate your journey to your desired destination.
taxi service in Israel
  • On busy weekdays and nights it is common to encounter a shortage of taxis at the airport which may lead to passengers waiting in long lines just to get on a taxi. If you’re a large family or a group with many pieces of luggage requiring a large taxi this may take you even longer. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to book a private taxi from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem in advance. This way you can avoid arguing with drivers over the price and enjoy peace of mind. This advice is particularly beneficial on Shabbat and holidays but proven useful on weekdays as well.
  • A professional driver will track your flight for delays and will show up on time to pick you up as agreed, then drop you off at the requested destination and help with your luggage.
ben gurion airport taxi and bus station

From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem by Train

  • Taking a train is an easy and relatively cheap way of getting to Jerusalem from Ben Gurion Airport. The trip takes around 30 minutes to the new Yitzhak Navon station located deep underground by the western entrance to Jerusalem.
  • Frequency is twice an hour during the day and once an hour at night. No changing of trains is required to get to Jerusalem. Remember that trains in Israel do not run during Jewish holidays and weekends (Friday afternoon through Saturday night).
  • A single trip costs ₪18 and a daily pass is ₪28 (as of 2024). Payment can be done in cash, with a credit card or through an app.
train station ben gurion airport tel aviv israel
  • The train station at Ben Gurion Airport is located just outside terminal 3 on the lowest level. Passengers landing at terminal 1 can connect to terminal 3 by using an airport shuttle free of charge.
  • In Jerusalem you can easily transfer to the light rail, catch a local taxi or walk to the nearby central bus station and get on a local bus.
underground train station in jerusalem israel

From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem With Shared Shuttle (Sherut)

  • A sherut (Hebrew for service) is a shared taxi service to Jerusalem in 10 seater-minibuses. They typically hit the road as soon as 10 passengers show up.
  • Nesher Tours operates sheruts from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem 24 hours a day (including on weekends). You may ask to be dropped off at any location or address in Jerusalem.
  • While relatively inexpensive (₪66 as of January 2024), remember that sheruts only depart when they are full so you could end up waiting for a while before leaving the airport. Also, if you are the last one to be dropped off in Jerusalem your journey can take longer than expected.
sherut shared taxi in israel

From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem by Bus

  • As of January 2024 Bus #485 is not operational meaning there are no direct bus lines from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem. This was probably done to encourage passengers to use the train.
  • Despite the budget-friendly low costs of bus tickets in Israel, it is strongly recommended not to rely on connecting buses when planning to get to Jerusalem from Ben Gurion Airport. They suffer from frequently changing timetables, long waiting times and low reliability in general.
highway traffic signs to jerusalem in israel

Renting a Car at Ben Gurion Airport

  • 7 Car rental companies operate at Ben Gurion Airport 24 hours a day: Avis, Budget, Dollar Thrifty, Eldan, Europcar, Hertz and Shlomo Sixt. Their counters are located on level 1 of terminal 3 above the arrivals hall while the vehicles are collected from a nearby parking lot.
  • Other local car rental companies have branches in Jerusalem as well as in other major cities but those are closed during weekends and holidays.
  • If you wish to rent a car in Israel it is highly recommended to reserve a car in advance in order to avoid disappointment. You will probably get a better deal too.
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About The Author

Moshe Barak is a highly knowledgeable and reputable private taxi service operator in Israel, renowned for his professional approach, friendly attitude, and attention to details.
With over 20 years of experience and a long list of satisfied customers he is the trusted choice by many international travelers seeking reliable transportation with a personal touch during their trip to Israel.

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