Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
BEST WAY DOWNTOWN: TAXI or EGGED BUS
The airport is 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Tel Aviv and 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Jerusalem. Information counters are in the main hall and the departure hall. The Israeli Government Tourist Office information desk is in the arrivals hall.
Note: Most airport functions are restricted on Shabbat, which begins Friday at about 5 P.M. and ends Saturday at 5 P.M.
As you exit from the terminal building, look for the supervised taxi stand. Give your destination to the dispatcher and he will direct you to the correct taxi. The fares from the airport are fixed, so the driver should not use the meter. The fare to the hotels on the beach, in the center of Tel Aviv, is 50 shekels ($16), and a little bit higher during the night. Travel time will be about 25 to 40 minutes to the seaside hotels such as the Carlton, Dan, and Ramada.
Shared taxis, called Sheruts, are available from the airport to all destinations in Israel. Sheruts are about half the price of a private taxi, so they're a good deal, especially if you're going to a distant area such as Haifa, or Jerusalem.
One of the easiest and most reasonably priced ways to get to Jerusalem is by the Sheruts. The fare is fixed per person and the driver will take you right to your hotel. The fare will be about 30 shekels ($10) with a journey time of about 45 to 60 minutes.
Egged (National Israel Bus) has more frequent service to Tel Aviv. Bus number 475 leaves about every 20 minutes during the day and goes to the central bus station. From there it is a short taxi ride to any area in Tel Aviv. The fare is about 9 shekels ($2) with a journey time of 30 to 45 minutes.