Transportation to and from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport


What is the distance from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to the centre of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem?

From the airport it is a 23-kilometre drive to the centre of Tel Aviv, on the corner of Allenby Street and King George Street. Travel time is about 30 minutes. The section between Ben Gurion Boulevard, Habima Square and Jaffa Road is considered the centre of the city. Jerusalem is approximately 55 kilometres from the airport, it takes 60 minutes by car to reach Downtown Triangle in the middle of the city.

From TLV Airport to Tel Aviv City centre by Car
23 km
30 min

Public transport

Please be aware: During the Shabbat (weekly day of rest, from Friday evening to Saturday evening) there are no trains available in Israel on Friday and Saturday. These days of the week, you can not travel by train to and from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. Public transport offers excellent connections from Sunday to Thursday, from Terminal 3 you can travel by train to the city centre and Jerusalem. From Terminal 1 you first have to take the shuttle bus to Terminal 3 to catch a train. The trains leave from platform 2 (wheelchair friendly) and are known to be fast, clean and affordable.

Train to Tel Aviv

A train journey from the airport to the main railway station Tel Aviv – Savidor Center in the eastern part of the city centre takes 21 minutes. It runs every half hour between 05:35 hours and 20:35 hours. During the day, trains also stops at Tel Aviv HaHagana railway station and Tel Aviv HaShalom railway station, these stations have the most central location in the city. The stop after the central station is Tel Aviv – University, the journey time to Tel Aviv University (TAU) is 26 minutes. During the night, the train runs once every hour to Tel Aviv – Savidor Center between 20:35 hours and 05:35 hours. Then, it does not stop at intermediate stations. A single train ticket costs 13.50 NIS (3.35 euros) per person. Tickets can be purchased online and at the airport, from the ticket counter and ticket machines. Please consult website Israel Railways for more information.

Transportation in Tel Aviv
There are different ways you can move around in Tel Aviv. The majority of bus services are operated by Dan, one of the public transport providers in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. It is not possible to purchase individual tickets for public buses in the city, you must be in possession of a Rav Kav smart card. An alternative that you can use for the same price are the shared taxis ‘monit sherut’, the price is 5.90 NIS. Other options are Tel-O-Fun bicycle sharing Bird scooter/step sharing. The price for a day on the streets with a Tel-O-Fun bicycle is 17.00 NIS + usage fare. The price for a day on the roads with a Bird scooter is 5.00 NIS + 0.50 NIS per minute. For both “green” means of transportation you need a credit card for payment.

Train to Jerusalem

It is also possible to travel by train from the airport to Jerusalem, since September 2018 there is a direct connection between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem. Travel time from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem – Yitzhak Navon is only 24 minutes. The “high-speed trains” run every half hour between 06:31 hours and 21:31 hours. The price for a single journey is 22.00 NIS (5.00 euros), tickets are available online and at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. Please consult website Israel Railways for more information.

Train / Light Rail / Bus in Jerusalem
Trains from the airport will take you to the new railway station in Jerusalem, called Jerusalem – Yitzhak Navon. Until September 2018, travellers from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport had to change twice and the final station was Jerusalem – Malha. The modern railway station Jerusalem – Yitzhak Navon is one of the deepest stations in the world at a depth of -80 metres. According to some people, this is a disadvantage. An advantage is the location (i.e. good connections), from here you can travel to the centre of the city with the Jerusalem Light Rail (Red Line 1, 5.90 NIS per trip). City Hall tram stop is closest to the Old City of Jerusalem (Jaffa Gate). The bus is another option, because Jerusalem Central Bus Station is opposite the train station.


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