Tel Aviv, IL
Ben Gurion International Airport, named after the first prime minister of Israel, lies 19km south-east of Tel Aviv. It's known as one of the best airports in the Middle East, and will increase in importance (and traffic) when nearby Sde Dov Airport closes in 2018.
The airport has two terminals:
Travelling between terminals
A free shuttle bus runs from Terminal 3 and the railway station to Terminal 1. Buses leave every 15-30 minutes.
The most convenient and affordable way into the city is by train, located at the lower level of Terminal 3.
The Israel Railways train from the airport station takes you into Tel Aviv Savidor Central Railway Station in 18 minutes. Trains runs 24 hours daily, except on Friday when they run from 00:00-16:00. Late-night trains only stop at Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor station.
Be aware that trains don't run during Shabbat (Friday afternoon until Saturday evening) and Jewish holidays.
Cost: NIS 16 single trip, NIS 21.5 return trip
Buying tickets: From a cashier or an automatic machine. Beware: tickets can only be bought by cash
Location: Terminal 3, Level S
If the train isn't running, you can catch a cab. Taxis are available 24 hours a day and charge a fee of NIS 5 to the fares of every trip leaving from the airport. Additional surcharges may apply for luggage, parties of more than 2 passengers or travel on toll roads.
Cost: Fares start from NIS 110 NIS and can cost between NIS 110-190 depending on the day and time and the number of passengers and suitcases.
Location: Terminal 3, ground level, at the Gate 03 exit and level 2, at the Gate 21 exit
Passengers travelling with low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Norwegian, and Wizz Air perform check-in, passport control, and security screening in Terminal 1, and are then bussed to the Departures area of Terminal 3. Take this added procedure into account when planning your arrival and departure.
If you’re travelling with carry-on luggage only and have printed your boarding pass prior to arrival, you may proceed directly to Terminal 3 for passport control and security screening.
A free shuttle between Terminal 1 and 3 operates approximately every 15 to 30 minutes, and can be accessed from the front of Terminal 3, Level G next to Gate 1 and Terminal 1 opposite Gate 4. The journey takes 10 minutes.
There are free mobile charging stations available throughout the airport.
They are located in Terminal 3 in the Buy and Bye Hall, next to Gate B8, Gates C4 and C9, and Gate D8, and in Terminal 1 next to Gate 38 of the International Departure Hall.
Tel Aviv Airport is considered one of the safest in the world. There are multiple levels of security screenings at the airport – at least one before the check-in desks and a couple after. Travellers report being asked very personal questions and going through multiple levels of screenings which can take up to two hours.
Expedited and priority screening options are available, starting at USD 119 through VIP services.
Immediately after baggage claim on the arrivals floor you will find the Telecommunications Center where you can rent a phone or buy a SIM card. Cellcom is the largest provider in Israel, followed by Pelephone, and Orange. Daily rates start at USD 3 per day with data and voice calling plans.
Mobile phones can be returned to the Global Cellular counter in Terminal 3, Level G next to Gate 1, or in the drop box located in the Duty Free Area next to the VAT Refund counter.
If you will be making multiple trips, we recommend purchasing a Cellcom card online instead of waiting in line after a long plane ride. You can also have phones conveniently delivered to your hotel.
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