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Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem

There are a number of convenient ways to travel between Tel Aviv Airport (Ben Gurion Airport) and Jerusalem.

Bus

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
Phone: +972-3-694-8888
Address: 228 Jaffa Rd, Jerusalem

Afikim Bus Company
Phone: *6686

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.

Jerusalem-Tel Aviv High-Speed Railway Line

The new Tel Aviv – Jerusalem railway line was officially launched on the 25th of September 2018. The line departs from the new Yitzhak Navon Station on Shazar Street in Jerusalem and is planned to end at Tel Aviv-Savidor Center Station, and at Herzelia Station in the future. During its initial period of running, the line operates between Yitzhak Navon Station, located in the center of Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion Airport Station, where passengers can transfer to additional lines. Travelling from Jerusalem to Ben-Gurion Airport takes about 25 minutes and travelling from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (HaHagana Station) takes about 45 minutes. Starting from December 25th, 2018 and until August 24th, 2019, passengers who will purchase tickets for the high-speed line at Ben-Gurion Airport Station will enjoy a discount of 50% off their train tickets.

There is no passenger parking at Yizhak Navon Train Station. However, there are several available parking lots around the station within 50-900 meters from the railway station. The station is located within walking distance from Binyenei HaUma – International Convention Center (150 meters) and from Jerusalem Central Bus Station, and it is a kilometer away from Machane Yehuda Market. The centrally located terminus is spread over 5 accessible floors. Passengers who need a wheelchair lift to get on and off the train are highly encouraged to coordinate their travel in advance so that the presence of an operating staff member is granted.

Visit Israel Railways website or contact customer service for booking and coordination.

Customer Service: *5770

Website: https://www.rail.co.il/

Train Station Hours: Yitzhak Navon Station is open Sunday-Thursday, 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Rav-Kav Ticket Office is open 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM. Yitzhak Navon Station is closed Fridays and Saturdays.

Car

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.

Private Taxi

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)
Phone: +972-3-971-1103

Amal (to Haifa and North)
Phone: +972-4-866-2324

Taxi 99 (All parts of Israel)

If you need to get to or from Tel Aviv before you go to the airport, we’ve got that covered too!

And if you’re going to be spending some time in Tel Aviv, check out iTravelTelAviv or this awesome Tel Aviv city guide!