Travel to Israel
Flying to Israel
The national airline is El Al (www.elal.com), but other Israeli airlines include Arkia (www.arkia.com) and Israir (www.israir.co.il). Major airlines link Tel Aviv’s International Airport to many world cities. Aside from El Al, airlines operating direct flights from the UK to Israel include British Airways (www.ba.com) and easyJet (www.easyjet.com). Delta (www.delta.com) and United (www.united.com) fly direct from the USA.
El Al does not offer flights departing or arriving in Tel Aviv during Shabbat (Friday evening and Saturday).
To Tel Aviv: from London - 4 hours 45 minutes; New York - 10 hours 30 minutes.
Included in the price of an airline ticket. An exit fee is charged at road border crossings.
Travelling to Israel by Rail
Driving to Israel
Despite having borders with Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories of Gaza and the West Bank, it is only possible to cross into Israel from Jordan, Egypt and the West Bank. Crossing overland into Israel from Jordan and Egypt is fairly straightforward.
Egypt: Israel and Egypt have a border crossing linking Eilat with Taba, Egypt. Please note that the Taba border crossing is occasionally closed.
Jordan: Jordan and Israel share three border crossings – the Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba Border Crossing near Eilat, the Allenby Border Crossing/King Hussein Bridge near Jerusalem and the Jordan River Crossing/ Sheikh Hussein Bridge in the Galilee.
For more information and operating hours of Israel’s border crossings, visit www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/borders/
Getting to Israel by boat
Israel’s maritime passenger industry is rather limited. Private vessels arriving in Israel can use one of many marinas, the largest being Haifa and Ashdod. Others include Eilat, Ashkelon, Herzliya and Tel Aviv.