The main international airport in Israel, Ben Gurion International Airport, named for the first Prime Minister of Israel, is known worldwide as one of the most secure airports. Whether you arriving to, departing from, or having a layover at Tel Aviv Airport, here is our Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport Guide to help make the most out of your traveling experience in Israel.
Practical Information about Tel Aviv Airport
- Ben Gurion /Tel Aviv Airport is located approximately 15 km from the city center of Tel Aviv
- The timezone in Tel Aviv, Israel is two hours ahead of UTC (UTC+02:00)
- Currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS or ILS)
- Electric outlets are 220 volts, 50Hz; 2-pin European-style round or three-pin plugs are used
- International languages – Hebrew, English, and Arabic
- Free wifi available everywhere
- 24 Hour access to duty-free shopping
- Ben Gurion / Tel Aviv Airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3
Getting to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv
Train to and from Ben Gurion / Tel Aviv Airport
One of the best and most efficient ways to get to and from Tel Aviv Airport is using the train which is easily accessed from the airport and from many major cities in Israel. From Airport Terminal 3, you can access the trains on Level S. Tickets can be purchased from the outside machines or directly from a ticket attendant and the train arrives at the airport approximately every 20 minutes. Important to note that the train does not run after sundown on Fridays or at all on Saturdays due to Shabbat.
Airport Shuttles to and from Ben Gurion / Tel Aviv Airport
An affordable and reliable option for transportation to and from Ben Gurion / Tel Aviv Airport is this Airport Shuttle. Shuttles are quick and hassle-free and can be pre-arranged for transport to and from the airport in Tel Aviv.
Airport Taxis to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv
Taxis can be found outside the airport’s arrivals hall and you can either pay by the meter or ask for a flat rate. If you are arriving on Friday (Shabbat) or on Jewish holidays, note that a surcharge will be added to your taxi fare.
Car Rental at Ben Gurion / Tel Aviv Airport
At Ben Gurion airport you have access to Avis, Budget, Dollar Thrifty, Eldan, Hertz, and Sixt.
Transportation between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3
There is a free airport shuttle that passes between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 approximately every 15 minutes. Keep this in mind if you are making a connection that you may need to wait 15 minutes for the shuttle.
Parking Facilities at Ben Gurion Airport
Both short term and long term parking lots are available and can be found in front of the airport terminals. Parking is not permitted in front of the arrivals and departures halls, it is for dropping off passengers only. The lot in front of Terminal 3 of Tel Aviv’s airport is for short-stay parking and starts at approx 18 NIS for the first hour and increases every 15 minutes by 4 NIS (subject to change). The maximum daily rate for short-term parking is 90 NIS a day. Long-term parking is also found in front of Terminal 3 and is either 40 NIS a day or 70 NIS a day depending on if you park in the covered areas. An airport shuttle bus will also run from the long-term parking lot to the main terminals every 15 minutes.
Airport Facilities found at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv
- Currency exchange
- ATM bank machines
- Luggage storage
- Business centers
- VIP Lounges (read more about VIP services)
- Two Synagogues
- Medical clinic
- Police Station
- Mother and child room and children’s playroom
- VAT refund desk
- Duty-Free Shopping
- Many food options (including Kosher)
Security and Passport Control at Ben Gurion / Tel Aviv Airport
Given that Tel Aviv’s airport is known for its security, you can expect there will be several rounds of security involved. As such, it is always important to plan ahead and ensure that if you are flying out of Ben Gurion Airport to arrive approximately 3 hours early in order to leave enough time for security queues. Upon arrival, you will be asked questions before checking into your flight. Bags are subject to screening and searching before being checked. Be prepared to answer questions several times and go through multiple security procedures. Don’t be alarmed, this is all standard practice. Remember to be patient and if you prepare for delays in processing you will have ample time before your flight.
If you are arriving at Tel Aviv Airport from another destination, you will also be required to go through passport security upon arrival and may also be subject to other screening or bag searches. You will not receive a stamp in your passport, instead, you will receive a separate small print of piece paper to keep with you. Make sure you hold onto this.
Again, just remain calm, patient and honest with airport security in Tel Aviv and you will have nothing to worry about. If you get frustrated this will only cause more delays so always prepare ahead and leave time for this procedure.
Did you know?
Some day tours offered by Tourist Israel offer Tel Aviv airport drop off at the end of the tour. If this option is available on a specific tour, you will see the option when booking for a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. This is a great tip for getting to the airport and seeing some sites before you leave. This Jerusalem tour is an example of a day tour that includes the option for an airport transfer (additional fee).
You can buy Dead Sea products at the Duty Free shop at the airport in Tel Aviv. Along with hummus, dates and olive oil, in case you didn’t have time to pick up souvenirs or want to bring a few things back for yourself from Israel, don’t worry you can stock up at the Ben Gurion Airport
If you are a smoker, there are several smoking booths dispersed throughout Tel Aviv’s airport. In case you need a smoke before your flight and cannot go outside, you can always pop into one of the smoking booths.