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With gorgeous beaches, an exciting nightlife, and great shopping and dining options, modern Tel Aviv is a popular destination with all sorts of travelers. Despite the intense heat during summer, many tourists visit Tel Aviv between June and August. Make sure to book your flights and rooms in advance, and expect to pay more for them in summer. The winter months also see a spike in tourist visits as northerners look to escape cold temperatures at home. Tel Aviv enjoys daily highs of 63 – 66 degrees Fahrenheit from December – February. The spring and fall are probably the best times to visit, there are fewer tourists, and high temperatures ranging from 66 – 81 degrees Fahrenheit are fine for beach-going and other outdoor activities.
Direct flights are available from the US to Tel Aviv with United, Delta, and El Al Israel Airlines. Many airlines offer flights with one or more stops, including British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, KLM, Air China, Royal Jordanian and more.
Ben Gurion International Airport is the main international airport of Israel and is located about 12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv. Here are your options for transport into the city.
You can take the train from the S level of the airport and get off at Tel Aviv-HaShalom station. The trip takes only 16 minutes, and the fare is ₪13.50 ILS. The trains don’t operate during the Shabbat period, Friday evening to Saturday evening.
If you land at Terminal 1, take the shuttle opposite gate 4 to Terminal 3, where you can catch the free shuttle 5 to take you to Sharon / Golan, near Airport City. From here, board Egged bus 506 to Azrieli Mall / Begin Road. The trip takes about an hour, and fares vary, depending on the time and day. Ask your bus driver for a ticket.
Taxi stands are located along the sidewalk on the ground floor level at the gate 03 exit, and on level 2 at the gate 21 exit. You can hail a cab and travel into the city in 30 – 50 minutes, depending on traffic, and it will cost you ₪130.00 ILS – ₪144.00 ILS during the day, or about ₪163.00 ILS at night.
Private and share-ride shuttle services are available at Ben Gurion airport, and must be booked in advance. Click here to arrange your ride.
If you want to rent a car while visiting Tel Aviv, you can find great deals on car rentals with momondo.
Tel Aviv is very walkable, as long as the heat isn’t unbearable, or you can use the Tel-o-fun bikes to get around a bit quicker. When you get tired, hop on a bus or splurge on a taxi ride. If you prefer to drive, be aware that the streets are busy, drivers are typically aggressive, and parking spaces are scarce.
City buses are operated by the Dan cooperative and serve most of Tel Aviv from 5.30am to midnight, except during Shabbat. The adult fare is ₪6.90 ILS, or you may purchase a day pass allowing unlimited travel around Tel Aviv for ₪13.50 ILS. Dan also runs a special tourist service, bus 100, in an open-top bus. It begins at the Old Port and includes stops at major museums and Old Jaffa, running hourly from 9am to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday, and to 1pm on Friday.
You will easily find a taxi for Tel Aviv transportation and, by law, they are metered, so make sure the driver turns the meter on. You will pay legal surcharges above the metered fare on Shabbat and after 9pm. Expect to pay between ₪20.00 ILS and ₪30.00 ILS for a ride within the city center.
The city operates a bike-share program called Tel-o-Fun, with 2,000 bicycles, 200 stations, and there are 80 miles of bike lanes across Tel Aviv. Bikes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making this a great option for transport within the city. Purchase a 1-day or a 7-day access card and you can enjoy as many 30-minute rides as you like within that period. The 1-day card costs ₪17.00 ILS (₪23.00 ILS on Saturdays and holidays), and the 7-day card is ₪70.00 ILS.
Citizens of the United States with a valid passport can visit Israel for a maximum of 90 days without having to apply for or obtain a visa. For foreign nationals, please check the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Tel Aviv’s beaches may be the hottest tourist attraction, but the city has much more to offer than its famous strip of sand. Nicknamed “The White City”, Tel Aviv was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2003 for its fine examples of Bauhaus architecture and, along with excellent shopping and dining, there are plenty of museums and trendy art galleries. Here are our top spots to visit, when you travel to Tel Aviv.
When you visit a local market, expect to haggle for your purchases. Whether you’re picking out a new pair of sunglasses, a piece of jewelry or some fresh fruit for your lunch, try to get a better price than what they ask for. If you don’t, you will be judged a ‘freier’ (a sucker).
Every week, from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, during the Jewish Sabbath, there is a general calming, even in secular Tel Aviv. Some businesses will close and public transport is limited.