The easiest way to get around Tel Aviv is on foot or by taxi. Taxi mini-buses (sheruts) follow the same routes as the public buses, often with more frequency, and are slightly cheaper on weekdays. The bus system itself is extensive with a fixed fare in the city centre. Taxicabs are not of any particular make or model car, but do have rooftop signs and are plentiful. Fares are metered and more expensive at night. Ride sharing for a fee is illegal in Israel. Uber does operate in the country but only as a service for ordering taxis. Gett, Raxi and Yango provide the same type of service.
The airport is situated 16 miles (26km) southeast of Tel Aviv, and 37 miles (59km) northwest of Jerusalem.
Ben-Gurion Airport (TLV)
LocationThe airport is situated 16 miles (26km) southeast of Tel Aviv, and 37 miles (59km) northwest of Jerusalem.
Getting to the city
Trains are the best option for getting into Tel Aviv; they're clean, fast and cheap. Trains run from Level S of Terminal 3 to Tel Aviv Savidor Station and a trip into town takes around 20 minutes. Passengers arriving after midnight will have to wait until 3am for the first train of the day. Buses run from the nearby Airport City rather than the airport itself. Passengers can take the free Egged 5 Shuttle from the second floor of arrivals to Airport City.
TimeGMT +2 (GMT +3 from the end of March to the end of October)
Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Eldan, Hertz and Sixt have facilities at the airport.
Taxis usually wait outside the arrivals hall. The trip into town is 16 miles (26km). There is an added fare surcharge at night, on Jewish holidays and the Sabbath.
Transfer between terminals
A free shuttle service operates between the two terminals at 15-minute intervals.
Airport facilities include currency exchange, ATMs, banks, a post office, luggage storage, business facilities and VIP lounges, information desks, two synagogues, medical clinics, a police station, a VAT refund desk, special-needs-assistance services, a playroom and a mother-and-child room. There are also myriad shopping and dining options.
The area directly in front of the terminals is reserved for pick-up and drop-offs only. Short-term parking is available in the parking lot in front of Terminal 3; long-term parking is available opposite Terminal 3. A shuttle bus runs from this parking lot to the terminal at 15-minute intervals.