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Ben Gurion International Airport - Israel's main airport.

Everything you need to know about airports in Israel.

Hebrew:  נמל תעופה בן גוריון

Airports in Israel

Israel’s main international airport, Ben Gurion, is located in the center of the country at Airport City, near the town of Lod, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In Hebrew it is called 'Namal Teufa Ben Gurion'.  It is also known by the acronym 'NATBAG'.

Getting to and from Ben Gurion Airport; public transport, transfers, shuttles...

Driving to Ben Gurion by car

  • Ben Gurion is accessed via Israel's main highway - Road No. 1 
  • Via Road No. 6 (Kvish Shesh): the toll road, and then taking the Road No. 1 turn off

There are buses, trains and sheruts from all the major cities to the airport.  Israel has convenient and reasonably priced public transportation and public transport options for getting to and from Ben Gurion Airport.  You can get there by bus, private shuttle services; by rail; private taxis, sheruts (shared taxi), rented cars or even limousine services.  For details regarding transportation depots and general airport information, please visit the Israel Airports Authority website.

Traveling by bus to Ben Gurion

Egged Information:  Call 03-694-8888 or *2800 from any telephone for schedule and fare details

Public transportation depots are located in the three-story bridge on the second floor, near Gates 21 and 23.  Buses leave from there to the Egged station at nearby Airport City where one can transfer to regular Egged bus lines.  Passengers traveling from Airport City to the airport will receive free passage tickets for the internal shuttle service that operates the route.  Various Egged lines run between the Airport City station and central points in Israel at frequent intervals throughout the day. It is worth phoning or checking the website for details.

Superbus 

Operates a bus route from the airport to nearby Shoham.

Margalit 

Operates a bus line from Ben Gurion to the city of Modi’in.

 Metropoline

Operates a bus line to the city of Be’er Sheva which travels through Gedera and Kiryat Gat.

 Telephone: 1-700-700-181  Telephone:  08-655-4201  Telephone: *5900

The train to Ben Gurion Airport

Israel Railways provides comfortable and efficient service on various routes. 

Israel Railways Information:  03-577-4000 or *5770

Note: The train station is located on Level S (the lowest level and can be accessed from the Arrivals Hall via elevators, escalators or stairs. Tickets may be purchased from automatic machines located on Level G.

Free shuttle to Ben Gurion

While repairs and work on the Israel Rail system is being carried out, intermittently there are changes to the train schedule and the stop at Bet Gurion is sometimes not operational.  A free shuttle bus  is offered from certain locations across the country.

Airport taxi services

The taxi companies based at Ben Gurion Airport operate under the supervision of the Israel Airports Authority. We recommend that you only use a licensed taxi. The taxi stands and dispatcher’s booth are located at Terminal outside the Arrivals Hall.

Licensed taxi services

Hadar Lod - transportation to all parts of the country.
Tel.: 03-9711103

Nesher Tours - transportation to and from Jerusalem.
Tel.: 02-6257227

Amal - transportation to Haifa and the North area.
Tel.: 04-8662324

Local taxi fares

Taxi drivers are required, by law to use a meter on all trips. Unless you know the official rates, do not be tempted to set a price beforehand. For long trips, the driver must charge passengers according to the Ministry of Transport price list posted in all taxis.

A 25% surcharge for night trips - effective from 9:01pm until 5:29am (from 4pm on Fridays and holiday eves). Trips out of Ben Gurion Airport are charged an additional NIS 5.00, and passengers pay approximately NIS 3.00 for each suitcase. Passengers who request use of Road 6 (a toll road) will pay an extra fee.

You are fully entitled to request a receipt at the end of the journey.

Car rental at the Airport

The car rental companies can be found on the first floor in the Arrivals Hall and are open 24/7.  Returning vehicle can be done at the airport or at another location in Israel, as agreed upon.

Airport limousine services

Several companies provide special transportation services from Ben Gurion Airport to various destinations throughout Israel.  Present your limo voucher at the appropriate counter in the Arrivals Hall.

General Ben Gurion information

A complete list of useful airport  telephone numbers is available available here:

Flight arrivals & departures

>Real time flight arrivals and departures to and from Ben Gurion International Airport

The Ilan & Assaf Ramon Airport near Eilat

A new international airport been built outside of Eilat at Timna.  The Ramon Airport, now officially open, was named after Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003 and his son Assaf, a pilot in the Israel Air Force, who died when his plane crashed during a routine training flight in September 2009.

Six weeks after its official opening, the first international flights have landed in Eilat’s new Ramon Airport. The Irish low-cost carrier RyanAir has operated three flights, to Poznan, Poland and round-trip from Prague, Czech Republic from the new Eilat Ramon Airport.

The Ramon Airport is located 18 kilometers north of Eilat, an Israeli Red Sea resort town, and the country’s most southern city.

The new airport is intended to serve as an international gateway to southern Israel and the Red Sea, to increase tourism from European during the winter month as well as acting as an alternative to Israel’s main international airport - Ben Gurion Tel Aviv during times of conflict.

List of all 9 airports in Israel

  1. Ben Gurion Airport (International)
  2. Eilat Airport - Closed
  3. Ramon Airport (International)
  4. Sde Dov Airport - Closed as of 1 July 2019
  5. Herzlia Airport
  6. Haifa Airport
  7. Ovda Airport
  8. Kiryat Shmona Airport
  9. Rosh Pina Airport