The closest airport to Tel Aviv in Israel is Ben Gurion International (IATA code: TLV), located 19 kilometres south east of the city centre. Its top-notch customer services, outstanding security system and remarkable operations management have led the main base for El Al airlines to be considered as one of the most important air travel hubs in the Middle East. As a matter of fact, it is already the largest and busiest in passenger traffic of its country. In this post, you will learn further about the terminals of Ben Gurion, which airlines fly to Israel, the services provided inside the facilities and how to get to your hotel in Tel Aviv from the terminal buildings.
Terminals of Tel Aviv International airport in Israel
As of today, Ben Gurion airport has two terminals: T1, from which primarily domestic operations are handled, and T3, a larger one where the great majority of international flights land and take off. Terminal 3, which has undergone improvement works recently, comprises three concourses with thirty boarding gates, a dining court and a duty free shopping area.
In case you need to transfer between terminals in Ben Gurion International airport, take one of the shuttle buses connecting the two buildings which, in turn, link them to the parking area and the railway station.
Flights to Tel Aviv
The following airlines fly to Tel Aviv in Israel; note, however, that some of the destinations mentioned are offered on a seasonal basis only. Scheduled flights are operated by El Al and other carriers to and from most major European and International capitals.
Aegean Airlines (from Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, among others), Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo and St. Petersburg), AirBaltic (Riga), Air Bucharest (Bucharest), Air Canada (Toronto Pearson), Air Europa and Iberia (Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona), Air Sinai (Cairo), Alitalia (Rome Fiumicino), Arkia (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, London Stansted, Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Ljubljana, Porto and Munich), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), British Airways (London Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Bulgaria Air (Sofia), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Croatia Airlines (Dubrovnik, Zagreb), Delta (New York JFK), EasyJet (Basel, Geneva), El Al (from and to destinations across the world), Finnair (Helsinki), Hainan (Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong), KLM (Amsterdam), Korean Air (Seoul Incheon), LATAM (São Paulo Guarulhos), LOT Polish (Kraków, Warsaw Chopin), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Norwegian (Copenhagen, Oslo Gardermoen and Stockholm Arlanda), Pegasus (Istanbul), SmartWings (Prague, Tenerife South), Swiss (Zürich), Transavia (Eindhoven) and WizzAir (Budapest, Katowice, London Luton, Vilnius). UPDATE September 2020: United Airlines has started operating a new route between Chicago O’hare International (ORD) and Tel Aviv (TLV).
Travelling from Ben Gurion airport to Tel Aviv
The strategic situation of Ben Gurion International airport by Highway 1, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, makes it really easy to commute from the terminals to the city by either bus or car. In order to go from Tel Aviv airport to the downtown, there are several ground transportation options made available to arriving passengers as soon as they step out of the arrivals hall.
Firstly, bus stands from which lines operated by the Metropoline, Egged and Kavim coach companies depart towards the city. Secondly, Israel Railways trains running services from the airport railway station (reachable by free shuttle from the terminals). And lastly, taxi cabs and shared vans, an increasingly popular alternative to renting a car to get your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Internet and mobile charging points in Ben Gurion airport
When in transit at the main airport of Israel, you may need to connect your gadgets to Internet and charge the battery of your mobile devices. In such case, know that Tel Aviv International airport provides travellers with complimentary WiFi connection all throughout the facilities, as well as with several charging stations for electronic devices can be found across the buildings.
Currency exchange in Tel Aviv airport
Should you need to get foreign currency at Ben Gurion airport, head over to the nearest Bureau de Change. The offices of Bank Ha’Poalim stay open around the clock and are located in the baggage claim area of T3, close to belt 7. There are other money exchange counters in the international building: one at the Greeters Hall and other one between the Departures zone and the Duty Free to be precise. In the domestic terminal (T1), go to the departures restricted area close to boarding gate 37.
Coffee shops and restaurants in Tel Aviv International airport
Without a doubt, you will be surprised by the vast array of local and international foods that are present for you to indulge in before your flight out of Ben Gurion. Most of these outlets are concentrated on the Departures Hall and the Duty Free area of Terminal 3 so as to cater to the needs of international travellers about to embark on a long-haul journey. While coffee is available in virtually every establishment, the take-away and dine-in options are extremely varied; you will find traditional snacks, cheese, hummus, sushi, noodles, fish and chips, hamburgers, pastries, ice cream, pizza, traditional Israeli meats, barbeque dishes, tapas, sandwiches, soups and breakfast combos, some of them adjusting to specific needs like those of gluten-free and vegan diets.