Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport or Ben Gurion Airport is the largest and busiest international airport in Israel. In 2013, it handled over 14.2 million passengers. Located within the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport is often referred to as Tel Aviv International Airport. The airport is also considered as one of the world's most secure airports with a security force that includes both police officers and IDF soldiers, resulting for the airport to be named as one of the five best airports in the Middle East, along with providing great passenger experience. It serves as an international gateway to Tel Aviv, the metropolitan areas of Jerusalem, as well as the majority of Israel. Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport is the hub for El Al, Israir Airlines, and Arkia Israel Airlines.
Tel Aviv is a large place, housing unique landmarks, museums, amusement and water parks, even festivals, sports, and performing arts. This being said, knowing the highlights of the city or a list of things you wanted to see and do will let you enjoy your visit to the fullest. Let us help you with the itinerary. You can start by visiting the Old Jaffa, which is one of the oldest ports in the world. This is where Jonah boarded a ship and was later swallowed by a big fish. Walk across the biggest public square in Israel and watch the locals be out and about at the Rabin Square. See the entire Tel Aviv area from 200 meters high when you go to Azriely Lookout in Central Tel Aviv. See multiple museums in one area by going to Bialik Square, which houses the Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv, Bialik House, The Art Museum of Town History, and the Rubin Art Museum. You can also go to the beach, or wander at the amusement and water parks in the city. In terms of performing arts, Tel Aviv holds the record of having the widest selection in all of Israel. Don't miss the chance to catch one when you visit. Sports such as football, basketball, and martial arts are also included in the city's visual entertainment. And aside from hosting arts performances, Tel Aviv also has a fair share of festivals and events that the city manages to hold almost every weekend. Surely, you will get your fill of the city's arts, culture, history, sites, life, and spectacles.
How to get around within Tel Aviv
Buses and taxis are the two most popular ways to get around Tel Aviv. The bus network operates from 5:00 a.m. until midnight, and night buses operate from midnight until 4:00 a.m. Bus tickets can be purchased at the bus station or from the bus driver. The other one, which is also the more convenient way to explore the city, is by taxi, or the Sherut Taxis as what the locals call it. These are mini buses that run about the same route as the popular bus route numbers 4 and 5 and the fare cost about the same as the bus. In sherut taxis, people pay after taking their seat then passing the fare to the next person next to them on the seat, until it reaches the driver. These mini buses also run along Namir road to the central business district. You can also hail a taxi, or mo-NIT as locals call it, in the street, or call one with extra surcharge. Make sure to demand that the driver use the meter. In addition to normal taxis, Tel Aviv also has 6-12 person van-sized taxis that also run on some bus routes. These van-sized taxis are often faster, slightly cheaper, and operate more frequently than buses 7 days a week.
How to get there
Getting to Israel's largest metropolitan area, you can fly in and land at the Tel Aviv International Airport. The airport is located near Highway 1, the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, and Highway 40, making it accessible to public transport. From the airport, there are public transport options available to get you to the city. The airport train connects the airport to many parts of the country. The airport train station is located at the lower level of Terminal 3. You can also get on a taxi, which runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the most comfortable way to transfer from the airport to the city centre as well as to other locations within the metropolitan area. You can also get to Tel Aviv in your car by using the freeways in the country. Freeway 1 or the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv freeway will lead you to the city centre from the airport. If you're coming from the north of the country, you should use the Tel Aviv-Haifa freeway or freeway 2. Freeways 4 and 20 are the freeways you should use if you're coming from Beer-Sheva and the southern parts of the country, respectively. The city is also accessible by bus. The New Central Bus Station in southern Tel Aviv serves most locations in Israel and is located within short walking distance from HaHagana Train Station. By rail, Israel Railways is the principal rail that services the city.