From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, there are three main ways to travel. The first is the shuttle bus which costs 4€ and takes approximately 1 hour to reach downtown Jerusalem. The second transit method is by a taxi, based on the official regulated fixed fare prices, the ride should cost no more than 54€, while the total ride takes around 50 minutes under normal traffic conditions. The last possible transportation method is by train, which surprisingly is the least preferred option to travel to Jerusalem, since one to two train changes are required depending on the time and date of travel. On a regular day the train trip could take up to 2 hours and train tickets costs 5€/person.
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How to get from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem by taxi
It is recommended to only hire the official taxis, from the ranks outside the designated terminals, they are always colored white with an illuminating black and yellow taxi sign on their roof indicating availability. Most of the taxi drivers have good knowledge of the English language, thus there should be no communication issues. Lastly, taxi rides, especially long distance ones, always have regulated fixed fares enforced by law, but other factors such as: amount of people and type of vehicle further affect the overall price.
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Taxis at Ben Gurion airport are available throughout the day.
Taxi fare from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem
The common taxi fare from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem is around 54€. The price to Jerusalem is further affected by multiple elements, beside the state fixed initial price. Some of the elements are: +4€ toll for the highway, +1.20€ airport fee , +3€ initial fee, luggage fees and most importantly +25% surcharge after 21:00.
Where do I get it from?
The taxi vehicles can be found outside Terminal 3 and 1, on the ground floor of the multi-level road.
Once again, taxis offer the most convenient travel experience from Ben Gurion Airport. For a distance of 55 km the price of 54€ is quite decent. Moreover the ride ensures safety, comfort, and lowest travel time.
It is highly recommended to hire only official/licensed taxis through the dispatchers, because their prices are fixed and you avoid getting ripped off by private drivers.
When the dispatcher assigns a taxi, make sure the driver agrees for a specific fixed price before you start your journey.
Although official taxis are always available at the airport, during rush hour you might experience a waiting time of 10 to 30 minutes to get a vehicle.
Always remember, during night rides, Jewish holidays as well as on Shabbat, taxi fares generally cost 25% more.
How to get from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem by bus
Despite the fact that any bus service from Ben Gurion airport to Tel Aviv is highly inadvisable, this does not apply to the 485 shuttle bus to Jerusalem which is considered very punctual, affordable and efficient. The shuttle tickets cost 4€ and the total duration is approximately 60 minutes. Lastly, the bus only stops at few central and popular destinations in Jerusalem.
Waiting time is 60 minutes.
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The shuttle runs every hour 24 hours a day, except on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Last service is at 14:00 on Friday and first service after Shabbat at 19:00 on Saturday.
How much does the Bus from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem cost?
The ticket price for the 485 shuttle from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem is 4€ if you buy it from the driver during boarding, or 5€ if you book your ticket online, in order to guarantee a reserved seat at a convenient time.
Where do I get it from?
The official boarding stations for the 485 shuttle at Ben Gurion airport are outside terminal 3 right next to the taxi ranks on the ground floor, terminal 3-second floor and Gate 23.
If you book your tickets online to ensure a seat on the bus, the 485 shuttle is considered as the most efficient transportation method to Jerusalem, after taxis. Although, lack of personal space is a significant convenience factor, the customer friendly ticket price along with the short 60 minute travel duration, establish the 485 shuttle as the most recommended transit choice from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem.
The 485 has 6 predesignated stops at central location in Jerusalem. Plan your trip in advance or ask the driver for the most suitable stop to reach your destination.
When arranging your journey to and from Jerusalem, always remember that the shuttle service is not offered at all during Shabbat.
It is highly recommend to pre-book your tickets online, even days in advance, due to the popularity of the shuttle.
When raveling back to Ben Gurion airport, you can board on the 485 shuttle from the corner of Moriya and Jaffa Streets, close to the Central Bus Station.
How to get from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem by train
Unfortunately, the trip from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem by train is quite lengthy and time consuming, since there is no direct route connecting the two destinations. In fact, the trip consists of 2 connecting stations where the average waiting time for the next train is around 30 mins, resulting in an altogether trip of 120 to 150 minutes, depending on the time of the day. A one way ticket for adults costs 5€.
Waiting time is around 30 minutes
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The train from Ben Gurion is available every 30 minutes on regular days, while the network shuts down completely on Shabbat from Friday to Saturday evening.
How much does the train from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem cost?
The price of train tickets for a one way trip from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem is 5€ for adults and 2.50€ the reduced which is intended for students, seniors and kids.
Train tickets can be pre-booked online, or purchased from ticket machines inside the airport and at the ticket office next to the train station.
Where do I get it from?
The airport train station is located on the sub ground level of terminal 3. To reach the station follow the appropriate signs or ask the airport staff for directions.
Although the train from Ben Gurion airport is very efficient and modern, sadly there is no direct infrastructure connecting the airport to Jerusalem. Thus, the trip consists of two interchanging connection, resulting on an exhausting 120 minute journey which can get very uncomfortable especially after long flights.
Avoid taking the train from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem since it usually takes more than 2 hours. On the other hand, both taxis and the shuttle require about an hour to reach Jerusalem.
Plan your trip in advance through Israel Railways website www.rail.co.il
The train offers small perks, such as: free wifi, power sockets and personalized air conditioning that can make the trip a little more pleasant.
There is not any official timetable for the train. However, the maximum waiting time should not exceed 30 minutes.
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Frequently asked questions
How much is a taxi from Tel Aviv airport to Jerusalem?
The fixed taxi fares from Tel Aviv airport to Jerusalem is around 54€. There is a surcharge of 25% for the night fares.
How far is it from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem?
The total distance from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem is 55 Km. The average taxi ride takes approximately 50 minutes.
How long is the bus ride from Ben Gurion airport toJerusalem?
The bus ride from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem is 60 minutes and costs 4€. The shuttle is available every 30 minutes from the airport.
How much does the train from Ben Gurion Airport airport to Jerusalem cost?
All train tickets cost 5€ and 2.50€ for children and seniors. Train tickets can be pre-booked online, or purchased from ticket machines inside the airport.
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