Getting from Ben Gurion Airport to Haifa.
Best transport options for getting to Haifa from Ben Gurion Airport are by train, bus, shuttle or taxi.
Train to and from Ben Gurion Airport
The northbound train from from Ben Gurion International Airport starts its journey in Modi’in. After stopping at the airport it travels on to all four stations in Tel Aviv including; HaHaganah station, HaShalom station (Azrielli), Savidor station and Tel Aviv University station. It continues northwards stopping at Binyamina, and then continues to all of the Haifa stations; Hof HaCarmel Central Station; Bat Galim, Hashmonah (Central) and Merkazit Hamifratz Central Station. The train continues northwards to the Krayot, Akko and then onto the last station which is Nahariya.
- The Israel Railways train route map
- Visiting Israel? Purchase an anonymous Rav Kav multipurpose, public transport card for 5 NIS and load it with public transport fares
- The train timetable can be accessed, in English, here
The train station is located at the lower level of Ben Gurion’s Terminal 3 on Platform 1.
The train doesn’t operate on Shabbat (Friday evening through Saturday evening) or on religious holidays.
Ticket price between Haifa and Ben Gurion Airport:35.50 Shekels = $US 10
Bus to and from Ben Gurion Airport
The bus stations are located at gate 01. Bus line 947 takes passengers from the airport to Haifa Hof HaCarmel Central Station. It is a 2.5 hour bus trip and the bus meanders its way through Petach Tikva, Raanana then northwards on Rd No. 4 to Hadera, stopping along the way until it reaches Haifa. The first bus from Ben Gurion starts at 7a.m. and the last bus leaves Ben Gurion at 9p.m. The last bus on Friday afternoon is at 5:00pm (summer).
Ticket price: 34 NIS
It must be noted that the bus does not go into the airport anymore. The bus stop is approximately a 500m walk from the airport entrance. From the entrance it is still a 5-10 minute car journey to the terminal buildings. Don’t expect to walk the route.
Private taxi to and from Ben Gurion Airport
The taxis at Ben Gurion Airport operate under the supervision of the Israel Airports Authority. Taxi stands are located outside the arrival hall. Reduced rate licensed taxis can be found on Level 2 of Terminal 3 (take the escalators to your left after you pass through customs). It is recommended to use only licensed taxis. Make sure you negotiate your fare before setting out.
A private taxi between Ben Gurion and Haifa costs in the region of 500 NIS (US$150) – September 2021
Shared taxis to and from Ben Gurion Airport
A sherut or a shared taxi is a very popular and convenient way of cutting costs and traveling in Israel especially to and from Ben Gurion Airport to Haifa. Sheruts also run to other parts of the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sheruts are located on Level G outside the Arrivals Hall. Usually they are minibuses which carry around 10 passengers either to the main bus station or direct to the passengers precise destination. The sherut will also pick you up from your front door if you book in advance.
It is usual that the sherut waits to fill up with passengers before commencing the journey which could mean a substantial wait. Sometimes the passengers might decide to chip in a little extra to make up the missing fares and get the driver to depart.