Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem
There are a number of convenient ways to travel between Tel Aviv Airport (Ben Gurion Airport) and Jerusalem.
The recently simplified task of catching a bus directly from the main terminal at Ben Gurion Airport to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem — and vice versa — is easily the most affordable option at just 16 NIS per person. The 485 line run by Afikim also conveniently leaves every hour on the hour 24 hours a day from Sunday-Thursday, but less conveniently only runs from 12:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday and 7:00 pm on Saturdays.
Jerusalem Central Bus Station
Address: 228 Jaffa Rd, Jerusalem
Afikim Bus Company
Shared Taxi Van – Nesher Tours
If you’re arriving or need to get to the airport during the Ben Gurion bus line’s downtimes or prefer to be dropped off or picked up at your hotel, you can turn to the Nesher (shared taxi) that leaves from just outside the Arrivals Hall at Ben Gurion airport and will deliver you directly to your destination in Jerusalem. Leaving from the airport, drivers typically wait for the sherut taxi to be full before setting off, so you need to factor that into your journey time.
You can also order one to take you from Jerusalem to the airport, and need to book 24 hours in advance (they will tell you to call back if you try more than 24 hours in advance). However, if your flight is on Saturday night or Sunday, then make sure to book 48 hours in advance.
A single journey should cost you 62 NIS (USD or euro equivalent accepted). Sheruts run 24/7.
To take a train to the airport, you can catch a train from the train station in southern Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Hahagana station, and from there, change to a train going to Tel Aviv Airport (Ben Gurion Airport). It is a time consuming procedure and not recommended.
To get to the train station from the center of Jerusalem, catch bus 18א, which takes approximately 45 minutes from King George Street. Or, you may want to catch a taxi, which will be around 50 NIS on the meter from town. Those who are driving can enjoy free parking at the train station. Tickets are available at the station at a ticket booth or vending machine.
At the airport, the train station is located on Level S, which is the lowest floor, and can be accessed through the Arrivals Hall via stairs, elevators or escalators. Train tickets are available for purchase from automatic machines on level G.
Address: Derech Yitzhak Moda’i, Malha, Jerusalem
Ticket Booth Opening Hours:
Sun – Thurs: 6:00am – 10:00am; 3:15pm – 7:45pm
Fri: 8:45am – 2:00pm
Sat eve: closed
The car rental companies are located on the first floor of the East Gallery in Tel Aviv Airport’s Arrival Hall and are open 24/7. The pick-up and return of the car is at the car rental companies’ parking lot on the ground floor of the East Building, which is opposite Terminal 3.
Rental Car Collection: After organizing the paperwork, head to the parking lot via the connecting corridor between the terminal and parking lot. Descend to level G and follow signs. If you know in advance you will be picking a car up at the airport, it is advisable to provide your flight number in case of flight delays.
Rental Car Return: Cars should be returned to the parking lot opposite Terminal 2 (internal flights terminal). Rental car companies provide transportation to Terminal 3.
Read more about car rental.
A private taxi to or from Jerusalem is another option, and should cost you 250 NIS during the week and 300 NIS on Shabbat. At the airport, it is advised to use a taxi company under the supervision of the Israel Airports Authority, operated by on-site dispatchers, and found at Terminal 3 on the ground level of the multi-level road. Read more about taxis here.
Airport Licensed Taxis
Hadar Lod (all parts of Israel)
Amal (to Haifa and North)
Taxi 99 (All parts of Israel)