Getting from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv.
Train, bus, shuttle, or taxi are just some of the ways to get from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv at night - Image credit: Usplash
Train to/ from Ben Gurion Airport
Getting to and from Ben Gurion Airport (NATBAG) from Tel Aviv is not a problem.
The northbound train from from the airport travels to all the four stations in Tel Aviv including; HaHaganah station, HaShalom station (Azrielli), Savidor station and Tel Aviv University station. It continues northwards stopping at Binyamina, all of the Haifa stations, the Krayot, Akko and the finally Nahariya.
If you need to travel south to towns like Holon, Rishon L'Zion, Ashdod, Rehovot and final destination, Beersheva, then you need to take the northbound train to Tel Aviv, switch trains and take a southbound connection.
- The Israel Railways train route map here
- The train timetable can be accessed, in English, here
- Visiting Israel? Purchase an anonymous Rav Kav multipurpose, public transport card for 5 shekels and load all your public transport fares and combinations thereof, onto the card.
The train station is located at the lower level of Ben Gurion’s Terminal 3.
The train doesn’t operate on Shabbat (Friday evening through Saturday evening).
Ticket price: 13.50 Shekels = $US 4
Bus to/ from Ben Gurion Airport
The bus stations are located at gate 01. Bus line 445 takes passengers from the airport to central Tel Aviv. Along Ben-Yehuda Street with stops at Dizengoff, Gordon, Frishman, and other central locations. The bus operates every hour on the hour, excluding Shabbat (Friday evening through Saturday evening). The last bus on Friday afternoon is at 3:00pm.
Ticket price: 9.30 NIS
Private taxi to/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.
Shared taxis to/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 Tel Aviv. Sheruts also run to other parts of the country; Jerusalem and surrounding areas and settlements and also to Haifa and surrounding towns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sheruts are located on Level G outside the Arrivals Hall. Usuall 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.
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