Definitely one of Secret Tel Aviv’s favourite questions – how do I get to and from the airport to Tel Aviv? Answer: 2 ways – the train or a taxi.
- The train is quick and cheap, but it can be a hassle getting to and from the train station, especially at night, and it doesn’t run on Shabbat.
- Taxis always works, but they can be expensive, costing at least $25 from Tel Aviv to the airport and $45 from the airport to Tel Aviv.
Taxis run 24-7 from the airport to Tel Aviv and cost between 110-190 shekels ($26-$50) depending on the day and time and the number of passengers and suitcases. Taxi drivers have been know to take advantage of tourists, so make sure to ask the person in charge of the taxi queue how much it is and close that price with the driver immediately. If you are traveling from Tel Aviv to the Airport, you can book a taxi for 110 NIS ($26) via Hadar Taxi. To get a taxi at the airport follow the taxi signs in the main airport concourse.
(Interesting fact: the Hadar Taxis are only 110 shekels because these are the empty taxis that have just dropped off someone from the airport to Tel Aviv – Hadar have the monopoly of taxis from Ben Gurion Airport).
The Train – 16 NIS or $4
Trains run from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv throughout the day and night, except on Shabbat when there are no trains (Friday evening through to Saturday evening). During the day there are two trains per hour and the train stops at four stations in Tel Aviv; at night (between 11pm and 6am) there is only one train per hour, and it only stops at Arlozorov Station only.
The train costs 16 shekels ($5) for a trip between the airport and Tel Aviv, and takes approximately 18 minutes – but unless you live close to the station or you are traveling without luggage, you will probably need to take a taxi to home or to your hotel.