Getting From Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv
Revised and Updated - January 2024
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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 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the city of Tel Aviv and operates 7 days a week 364 days a year (except Yom Kippur). Arriving passengers who wish to go from the airport to Tel Aviv can make use of private taxis, shared shuttles, rental cars, buses and trains. Availability varies greatly and depends on the day and time of arrival.
- Getting to Tel Aviv 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available throughout the internet regarding transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv is found to be outdated and misleading.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.
From Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv 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 Airport to Tel Aviv should be up to ₪200-₪250 depending on the day and 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.
- 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 Tel Aviv 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.
From Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv by Train
- Taking a train is an easy and relatively cheap way of getting to Tel Aviv from Ben Gurion Airport. The trip takes around 12 minutes to Ha-Hagana station in south Tel Aviv and up to 30 minutes to the University station in north Tel Aviv.
- The earliest train departs around 5:00 in the morning and the latest one usually leaves the airport just before midnight. Remember that trains in Israel do not run during Jewish holidays and weekends (Friday afternoon through Saturday night).
- Frequency is 3-4 times hourly on weekdays and no changing of trains is required to get to Tel Aviv. A single trip costs ₪9 and a daily pass is ₪18 (as of 2024).
- 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.
- Keep in mind that the stations in Tel Aviv are not located near the city center. Thus, taking another bus or taxi is often required to get to your final destination in Tel Aviv.
- Several private operators run a shared minivan shuttle service that can be taken to any destination in Tel Aviv from Ben Gurion Airport 24 hours a day.
- This service must be booked in advance in order for the driver to track your flight and wait for you even in case your flight is delayed.
- Depending on the operator, the type of vehicle and the time of the day it can take a long while before you leave the airport as drivers often wait for additional passengers before departing. Also, if you are the last one to be dropped off your journey can take longer than expected.
From Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv by Bus
- Bus #445 operated by Metropoline runs every hour from terminal 3 in Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv dropping off passengers along the main streets of the city (Dizengoff, Burgashov, HaYarkon, Ben Yehuda) until reaching its final stop at Tel Aviv port.
- While a ticket is only ₪5.50 the duration of the ride can vary greatly due to traffic. Once again keep in mind that buses in Israel do not run from Friday afternoon through Saturday night as well as on Jewish holidays.
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 Tel Aviv 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.
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.