About Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves popular destinations Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, is the largest airport in Israel. Despite being called Terminals 1 and 3, there are only two terminals at the airport, Terminal 1 handles domestic flights, while Terminal 3 is used for international flights. Our Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport guide includes information on terminal facilities, public transport options and local accommodation.
Information counters (tel: +972 3 975 2386) are situated in the public and departures halls of Terminal 3.
The Israeli Government Tourist Office (tel: +972 3 975 4260; www.thinkisrael.com) operates a 24-hour tourist information desk in the Terminal 3 entrance hall.
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport is situated just off Highway 1, which links Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From central Tel Aviv, head southeast along Route 1 and turn off at the Shapirim Interchange.
Transfer between terminals:
A free shuttle bus operates between the terminals and the long-term car park, 24 hours a day.
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Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport is located 20km (12 miles) southeast of Tel Aviv and 50km (31 miles) west of Jerusalem.
+972 3 975 2386.
Public transport road:
Bus: A new shuttle bus (number 485) connects Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem every hour, 24 hours a day, 6 days a week excluding Shabbat (meaning it stops running from Friday afternoon till Saturday evening). The Central Bus Station in Jerusalem City is the destination stop, which is relatively naer to the Light Railway, allowing you easy access to a plethora of hotels along the Light Railway. Bus 485 departs from Terminal 3 (2nd floor, outside gate 23) and the cost is only ₪16 each way, which you pay the driver in cash. At present, you can't pre-book the journey.
Taxi: Taxi ranks and counters are located on level G of Terminal 3. Sherut, a form of shared taxi, is popular - you share the taxi with other passengers to either the main bus stop or direct to your hotel in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other places. If you prefer to ride alone, Hadar Lod Taxis (tel: +972 3 971 1103) operates to all destinations; Nesher Tours (tel: +972 2 625 7227; www.neshertours.co.il) runs a shared taxi service between the airport and Jerusalem; while Amal (tel: +972 4 866 2324) provides a shared-ride service to Haifa. The taxi fare to central Tel Aviv is around ₪150.
Public transport rail:
Rail: A train service (tel: +972 77 232 4000; www.rail.co.il) links Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport's Terminal 3 and central Tel Aviv, operating from 0100 to 2300 (journey time: 15 minutes; fare: ₪15). Please note that trains do not run during Shabbat - they stop on a Friday afternoon and resume the service on Saturday evening.
ATMs are located in Terminals 1 and 3. Banking and currency exchange services are available in Terminal 3.
There are plenty of places to eat at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. Among the options are fast-food outlets, bakeries, cafés and full-service restaurants.
Duty-free shops are located in the departures areas of Terminals 1 and 3. The majority of other retailers can be found in the Square area of Terminal 3. These include fashion boutiques, sports shops, electronics stores and souvenir outlets.
A 24-hour left-luggage and lost and found service (tel: +972 3 975 4436) is available at the western car park of Terminal 3. Individual airline lost and found desks can be found in the Terminal 3 arrivals hall.
Emergency first aid clinics operate 24 hours a day. Other facilities include a mother and child room, a children’s play area in Terminal 1, and a synagogue in the Square area of Terminal 3.
Conference and business:
Passengers with Israel's El Al airline are permitted to use the King David Lounge (tel: +972 3 977 1111) in Terminal 3, which provides internet kiosks and newspapers. First- and business-class passengers with all other airlines have access to a number of dedicated lounges, while other passengers may also use these services for a fee. Meeting rooms, and more extensive business facilities, are available at most major hotels in Tel Aviv.
Facilities for the disabled include accessible telephones and toilets, raised pedestrian crossings, ramps and lifts. Lifts and vehicle transportation to the aircraft are also available to disabled passengers, who should contact their airline in advance with any special assistance requirements. Disabled parking spaces are designated in the short-term car parks close to the terminals.
There are short-term car parks at the entrances to Terminals 1 and 3. Long-term car parking is at a remote location and is clearly signposted – a shuttle bus links the long-term parking areas to Terminal 3. A new long-term car park has also recently opened, located close to Terminal 3, with space for an additional 750 cars, 500 of which are under shelter. Further information is available from the parking office (tel: +972 3 975 2550).
Car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Dollar Thrifty, Eldan, Hertz and Sixt are represented at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. Desks for these operators are situated in the Terminal 3 arrivals hall, and are open 24 hours a day.