How to get from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to City Centre
There are two main ways of transportation offered from Ben Gurion airport to the centre of Tel Aviv. The train is usually the most popular choice while taxis are less favored by travelers. The trip with the train will cost 3.50€ and will take 21 minutes to city centre. Tel Aviv airport taxi rides will take approximately 20 mins under normal traffic conditions. However, the price could be as high as 39€.
Buses are not recommended since their schedule inconsistency, long waiting times and multiple connecting lines until the city center render them as the most unreliable transit method from Ben Gurion airport. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Tel Aviv at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.
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Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €39|| 20min|| 24/7|
| Welcome Pickups || €39|| 20min|| 24/7|
| Train || €7|| 15min|| 24/7|
How to get from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport to city centre by taxi
The taxi cars in Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport are always white, with the exception of some corporate owned vehicles that might include label advertisements. However, all automobiles must show the distinct black and yellow taxi sign on their rooftops. Due to the large amount of companies offering taxi rides from Ben Gurion airport to the city centre, it is certain that a vehicle will be available for you at the taxi ranks, regardless of the day and time. Lastly, under normal traffic conditions, the trip to the city centre should not take more than 20 minutes and the cost could range from 35€ to 39€.
Taxi fare from Tel Aviv airport to city centre
Despite the fact that the majority of Israel's taxi industry is composed of private companies, the fares are heavily regulated by the government. Thus, the official cost from Tel Aviv airport to city centre should always be around 39€. The price can vary due to factors such as: time of the day (after 21:15 there is a surcharge of +25%), +1.2€/luggage , type of vehicle and the amount of people inside the car (+1€/person after the first person).
*It is recommended to book your Tel Aviv airport transfer in advance in order to save time and to ensure that there are no communication issues with the drivers.
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Although, taxis are not the fastest nor the cheapest mean of transportation available from Ben Gurion airport, they are definitely the most convenient option because they offer personal space, drop offs at exact destinations, and safety of belongings.
To get a taxi at Ben Gurion airport, arriving travelers must refer to the taxi dispatchers located right next to the ranks at terminal 3.
Despite the regulated prices by the government, due to the competition among taxi companies, always try to bargain a better fixed price for your specific destination.
In the unfortunate event of forgotten items inside a taxi, please call Ben Gurion Airport lost and found - Telephone: 03-9754436.
A surcharge of +25% is also applied on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
How to get from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport to city centre by train
The train is heavily considered as the most effective and solid transit option from Ben Gurion airport to the city centre of Tel Aviv. The two main advantages of the train are: the significantly lower ticket prices and the travel time compared to other means of transportation. A ticket to the central station of Tel Aviv, which is located in the heart of the city costs 3.50€ and the trip duration is normally 15 minutes. The train is available every 30 minutes throughout most of the day. Unfortunately, the network completely shuts down every Friday at 18:00 and resumes on Saturday at 21:00.
How much does the train from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport to city center cost?
The price of the train tickets from Ben Gurion airport to the city center of Tel Aviv is 3.50€ and 1.75€ for students and seniors.
The tickets can be purchased online, inside the airport from ticket machines at the arrivals terminal on the ground floor, or at the ticket office right next to the train station.
Waiting time is around 30 minutes.
The train is available every 30 minutes throughout the day, except from Friday evening to Saturday evening where the train network is completely out of operation.
Where do I get it from?
The train station is located on the underground S-level of the airport under the arrivals terminal. To reach the station follow the appropriate signs or ask the airport staff for directions.
The train from Ben Gurion airport to the city center of Tel Aviv is considered by far the most convenient choice of travel, due to the modern and clean wagons, free wifi, plenty of luggage space, regular availability, as well as shortest travel time along with low ticket prices.
Always remember that in Israel the train and public transportation in general shut down from Friday evening until Saturday night, due to Shabbat.
You could also get a day pass for just 5€, from the ticket machines or office, if you are planing to use other public transit in Tel Aviv.
If you lose an object during your trip or in the train station, contact the train customer service call center at 5770.
Traveling with pets on the train is possible, as long as the animals are transported by their appropriate designated carrying bags.
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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Tel aviv. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.
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