Reaching your Destination



Travelers visiting Israel typically land at Ben Gurion Airport and then proceed to their final destination using various Transportation Options. On this page, I outline the available choices, highlighting both the benefits and drawbacks of each. Overall, accessing transportation from Ben Gurion Airport is usually a seamless and efficient experience, ensuring a prompt and convenient journey to your desired location.


From the big Arrivals Hall, head straight towards Exit 2 and leave the Terminal building. Turn left and walk the short distance to the official cabstand of the airport. Fares to all destinations are posted on a big sign, meaning that drivers cannot overcharge you. You can use the official online Taxi Fare Calculator to figure out the exact cost beforehand. The ride to Tel Aviv is about NIS 120 – 200 (USD 35 – 60), depending on time of day and amount of passengers. A ride to Jerusalem will cost between NIS 280 – 350 (USD 80 – 100). Taxis run 24/7, including Shabbat and Holidays (except Yom Kippur).


Although Uber does exist in Israel, its service is not really the same as elsewhere. Using your private vehicle in order to offer ride-hailing services is illegal in Israel. Using the Uber-App therefore will simply get you a regular taxi, and for that you can (and should) use the Gett-App, which is discussed in further detail on my Transportation page.


There is no proper Shuttle Bus service that will get you to Tel Aviv, although there are private operators that constantly come and go, which is why there is no one service that I can really recommend.

If your destination is Jerusalem, you have the option of using a Shared Taxi Service, called Sherut in Hebrew. From the big Arrivals Hall, head straight towards Exit 2 and leave the Terminal building. Turn right and walk for two minutes until you see the yellow/white Sherut taxis. The advantage in using a Sherut is that it costs less than a private taxi while still delivering you to a specific address. The disadvantage is that you share the ride with 10 passengers and that the Sherut will only depart when full, which means that you will sometimes have to wait a while before you can get going. The cost of this service is about NIS 60 (USD 18) and you can pay the driver in cash or with credit card. Sherut Taxis run 24/7, including Shabbat and Holidays (except Yom Kippur).


There is no Public Bus service between the airport and Tel Aviv. There is, however, a Public Bus that runs between the airport and Jerusalem. Once you leave the baggage claim area and enter the big Arrivals Hall, bear left and pass Exit 3 on your way to the elevators. Ride up to the 2nd floor and exit the Terminal building at Exit 23.

Cross the street and bearing right – you will see the bus stop of Bus Line #485. This bus runs once an hour on the hour. The ticket costs NIS 16 (USD 5) and you can pay the driver directly in cash. The bus runs 24/7, except for Shabbat. This means that the last bus will run on Friday afternoon around 2 PM, while the first bus will start running again approximately one hour after the end of Shabbat.


You can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in a comfortable and relatively cheap manner by using the train. Upon leaving the baggage claim area and entering the Arrivals Hall, take Exit 2 and turn left. Walk for a few minutes, following the big yellow signs that say Train. You can buy your ticket in cash or by credit card at the ticket booth or at one of the automated ticket machines. Make sure to keep your ticket in a safe place, as you will have to show it again to exiting the train station at your destination.



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