Getting to and from Ben Gurion Airport, Israel’s main international airport, is generally an easy task. There are many options available, including the train, shuttles, taxis, sheruts (a bus taxi hybrid), and car rentals. Each has its own advantages. Each better fits different types of travelers, different destinations/start points, and different numbers of people. This article will answer one of our most frequently asked questions: How can you get to and from Ben Gurion Airport?
Taking a Taxi or Private Transfer
Taxis to Ben Gurion Airport can be ordered from any taxi service in the country. Taxis can be found outside the Arrivals Hall where a dispatcher is on hand. Fares from the airport have legally fixed prices to every city. They fall into two categories depending on the time of day. Drivers can also charge extra for more than 2 passengers, luggage. It’s important to know that during busy times, there can be a long queue for taxis at the airport, and therefore if you’re arriving after a long flight, it is often a better idea to pre-book a private airport transfer.
Private Ben Gurion Airport transfers are also available and are sometimes cheaper than taxis as there are no hidden fees for extra luggage, passengers, or weekend/nighttime hours. Regardless of price, private transfers are generally more convenient, with drivers tracking your flight and waiting in the arrivals area with a sign, newer and more comfortable vehicles, more options in terms of vehicle size, and no uncertainty about availability. It’s also worth considering vip fast-track services at Ben Gurion Airport which can make the airport experience even quicker and simpler, skipping queues for security, checkin, and passport control.
More information about Ben Gurion Airport Transfers can be found here.
Renting a Car at Ben Gurion Airport
All of Israel’s major car rental companies have location at Ben Gurion Airport. They have reservation desks above the arrivals hall, and the cars are only a short bus ride away. Likewise, if you are returning a car, follow signs to the drop off point. There will be a bus service to the main airport terminal. Cars are available for pickup and drop off at the airport 24/7. Generally, car rental agencies in the rest of the country are usually closed from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning.
Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem Shuttle Bus
The shuttle bus from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem (#485) is available 24 hours a day, 6 days a week (not on Shabbat). Generally, it departs hourly during this time, and runs to several central points in Jerusalem, including Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station. The journey time to Jerusalem is approximately 1 hour. The central drop-off in Jerusalem avoids the city’s heavy traffic. While exiting the bus, you can easily transfer to the Light Rail or a local bus. You can grab a local taxi to anywhere in the city. These are all significantly cheaper than a taxi from the airport to Jerusalem.
Taking a Train
Israel Railways trains in Israel run to and from the Ben Gurion Airport station right outside Terminal 3. They are an easy way to get to and from Tel Aviv and many other cities. However, be aware that the stations in Tel Aviv are on the edge of the city. A bus or taxi is required to get to almost all hotels. If you are flying in or out of Terminal 1, there is a free shuttle that runs between the terminals every 15 minutes to connect you with the train. Read more about which terminal you will use in Ben Gurion Airport.
The Airport has a frequent service with modern trains traveling directly from the airport to Modi’in, Tel Aviv (four stations), Binyamina, Atlit, Haifa (three stations), Krayot, Akko, and Nahariya. Furthermore, you can also change in Tel Aviv for train services from Ben Gurion Airport to places including Herzliya, Netanya, Caesarea, Yavne, Bat Yam, Rishon Lezion, Holon, Ashkelon, Bnei Brak, Petach Tikvah, Rosh Haayin, Ramla, Beit Shemesh, Ashdod, Rehovot, Kiryat Gat, Beer Sheva, and Dimona.
A new high-speed train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem also now operates with one stop in the middle at the airport. Now, transport between the airport and Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon Station in central Jerusalem is just over 20 minutes.
To see the train timetable, visit the Israel Railways website.
Taking a Sherut
A sherut is a shared taxi, a very popular way of traveling in Israel and in particular to and from Ben Gurion Airport. From the airport, sheruts run to Jerusalem and Haifa 24/7. They can be found on Level G outside Arrivals. They are minibuses that take about 10 passengers to the main bus station in the city or directly to your destination. You can ask the driver to drop you off at any point along the route. In addition, they will pick you up from your front door for the return journey to the airport if you book in advance.
Amal operates sheruts between Haifa and Ben Gurion Airport. Sheruts to Haifa also go to the Krayot and the north of the country. This includes Haifa, Nesher, Tivon, Rekhasim, Yokne’am, Tirat Hacarmel, Akko, Mishmeret, Check Post, Kiryat Haim, Kiryat Motskin, Kiryat Yam, Kiryat Bialik and Kiryat Ata, Naharia, Lokhamei ha-Geta’ot, and Rosh Hanikra.
Nesher Tours operates sheruts between Jerusalem and Ben Gurion Airport. Sheruts to Jerusalem can take you to Jerusalem, as well as towns and villages en route. This includes Givat Ze’v, Moshav Ora, Moshav Aminadav, Even Sapir, Kiryat Anavim, Beit Nekofa, Abu Ghosh, Zova, Sho’eva, Har Adar, Netef, Ma’ale Hahamisha, Kiryat Ye’arim, Neve Ilan, Shoresh, Beit Meir, Ramat Raziel, Kisalon, and Ma’ale Adumim.