International flights to Tel Aviv land at the Ben Gurion Airport, named after Israel’s first prime minister and located in Lod, some 15 kilometers/9 miles southeast of Tel Aviv. Flight time from London is approximately 4 ½ hours and 11 hours from New York. No visas are required for visitors from North America, the European Union, Australia, India, and most other countries for up to a three-month stay. Ben Gurion airport has recently opened a new, modern terminal with the array of duty-free shops and restaurants that present-day air travelers have come to expect, so visitors will feel they are in familiar surroundings when they disembark.
Once at the airport and through customs, you have several options for proceeding on to Tel Aviv. An air-conditioned shuttle bus leaves Ben Gurion every hour on the hour and stops at all major hotels in the city center. (Even if you are staying at a place that is not among the majors, most other accommodations are at most a five-minute walk from the hotel drop-off sites.) A one-way trip will cost you $17 (or 65 new Israeli shekels) and takes approximately 30 minutes. More information on shuttles can be found at https://www.withflo.com/1305/Tel-aviv, including the online booking. Whenever possible, shuttles should be pre-booked.
Taxis: Taxis are another option (Hadar Taxis is one of several reliable firms). Fares to and from the airport are regulated. Taxis charge about $35 for a 30-minute drive and are located on the ground floor to your right when you leave the Greeter’s Hall. The advantage of transfer by taxi is (of course) that you save time by having a flexible departure schedule and going directly to your hotel.
Rail: Finally Israeli Railways also offers inexpensive train service between the airport and four different stations downtown. The train station is located on Level S (the lowest floor) and can be accessed from Greeter’s Hall via elevators, escalators or stairs. Tickets may be purchased from automatic machines located on Level G.
Train travel time to the city is less than twenty minutes, but you will then need to get go on by bus or taxi (there is no subway system in Tel Aviv). For more on the rail option and train schedules visit http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx
Web resources: For additional general information about Ben Gurion International Airport, please check the airport website at http://www.telaviv-airport.com.
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