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Tel Aviv Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Tel Aviv Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

if you must, I recommend to go to the departure floor and go to the end of the terminal.
- David

Airport Overview

tel aviv airport
Duty Free Roteunda. Source: Mewasul, Wikipedia

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Tel Aviv Airport.

What to Expect

  • The airport has two current terminals: T1 houses low-cost carriers, and the new, modern T3 houses international and long-haul flights.
  • The security here is tight - many travellers suggest arriving earlier than normal, and being prepared for a lot of questions from security.
  • Airport staff generally don’t mind overnight travellers - though expect for security or police to check your passport and tickets overnight.
  • The facilities are generally modern and very clean.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • This is a large, busy airport and places for quiet sleep are rare.
  • Head to the departure hall in front of the security check, near the food court.
  • Noise and bright lights are an issue here, so bring eye masks and ear plugs.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • On weekends (Shabbat) there are no trains. Taxis are the only available public transportation between the city and airport. The shuttle service to Haifa and Jerusalem works as usual. See Airport Transportation in the airport guide below.
  • Check-in counters and Security interview are available 3 hours before flight. Passengers with carry-on luggage only and a printed boarding pass can enjoy faster security interview at the entrance to the secondary security area (to the right hand side, next to the Business security area).
  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass to relax in several airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Tel Aviv Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Tel Aviv Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Tel Aviv airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Mesada Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Landside, west end of the Arrivals Hall. Hours: unknown. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 60)
  • Dan Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Concourse B. Hours: 3:00AM - 8:00AM & 1:00PM - 12:00AM (Sun - Thurs) • 1:00PM - 6:00PM (Fri) • 8:00PM - 12:00AM (Sat). Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (£25.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Dan Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Concourse C. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (£25.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Arbel Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Eastern Gallery, Level 1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 60)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Tel Aviv Airport, connect to the “Netvision” network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Tel Aviv Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Tel Aviv Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - There are nine ATM’s located throughout the landside and airside areas of Terminal 3.
  • Baby Care Facilities - A crib, sink, changing table and more are available in the Mother and Child Room. Ask the Information Counter for access. Location: Airside, Terminal 1, Departures Hall (Duty Free area) Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Available in the departures level. Free of charge.
  • Banking - Yahav Bank offers full-service banking, currency exchange and an ATM. Location: Airside, Terminal 1, near Massada Lounge Hours: Vary (closed Friday & Sat).
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Children’s Play Room - Locations: Terminal 1, Airside, Departures Hall (Duty Free area) • Terminal 3, Airside, Concourse B, C and D, at entrance (right hand side) of every concourse and at end of the concourse on the left hand side (behind the shops).
  • Currency Exchange - Terminal 3, Bank Hapoalim offers 24-hour service from three locations: Landside, Baggage Claim near carousels 6 and 7 • Landside, Eastern Hall • Landside, Check-In counter between Departure Hall and Buy & Bye Mall. • Terminal 1, the Yahav Bank provides currency exchange. Hours: vary depending on the day of week but never opens before 8:00 and closes by 1:00PM or 5:00PM and is never open on Friday.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - JR/Duty Free has four locations: Airside, Concourses B, C and D. In addition, you will find a small selection of other shops selling jewellery, clothing, books, etc.
  • Food & Drinks - There are a variety of restaurants/cafes; however, at the time of this update, we don't know if there are any 24 hour food concessions available. Vending machines can be found at the entrances to all concourses.
  • Information Desk - Locations: Check-in Hall, opposite entrance 32 (Landside), Rotunda (Airside) and Greeter's Hall, opposite entrance 3 (landside). Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Location: Western "kerem" short term parking lot on Ground Level G. Payment by credit card only. Hours: Sun-Thurs (8:00AM-7:45PM) • Fri (8:00AM-2:45PM) • Sat (8:00PM-12:00AM).
  • Medical Services - Locations: Airside, Terminal 1, Greeter’s Hall west gallery, near Gate 21 • Airside, Terminal 1, Departures Hall (Duty Free area), next to Mother and Child Room • Terminal 3, Airside, eastern side, second floor.
  • Mobile Charging Stations - Charge your electronic devices for free at charging stations located throughout Terminals 1 and 3.
  • Pharmacy - Location: Terminal 3, 3rd Floor. Hours: unknown
  • Showers - Showers are available in the King David El-Al Lounge.
  • Smoking - Smoking is permitted in the designated locations only (airside and landside) as well as in Schmoozy’s Pub in the Rotunda.
  • Synagogues - Three locations: Airside, Terminal 1, Eastern Hall, near gate 2 • Airside, Terminal 3, Greeter’s Hall east gallery on 1st floor • Airside, Terminal 3, Duty Free Hall. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Tourist Information - Get tourist information, maps and assistance with hotel reservations at the Ministry of Tourism information desk. Location: Arrivals Hall.
  • TravelersBox - Turn your leftover change into emoney at any TravelersBox kiosk! Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall, near Bank Hapoalim currency exchange.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The following companies offer bus service from Terminal 3, Level 2 (Public Transport Level):

Egged offers a connector shuttle (Line 5) between the airport, Airport City and El Al Junction. From El Al Junction, passengers can transfer to/from Egged bus lines traveling to/from Petah Tikva, Rehovot, Jerusalem, Hadera, Netanya, Ramla, Haifa, Ra’anana Junction and Ramat Gan Ayalon Mall.

Kavim provides service between the airport, El Al Junction (line 13), Shoham and Modi’in.

Metropoline offers bus service between Ben Gurion Airport and Be’er Sheva (Beersheba).

Afikim offers 24-hour service between the airport and Jerusalem. The bus departs hourly on the hour. Rate is 16 NIS.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located on the 1st floor in the Arrivals Hall. From this location, renters will be directed by staff to take the free shuttle to the Pardes Parking Lot for vehicle pick up. Returning renters will have access to that same shuttle to get back to the airport terminals. The following agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Eldan, Hertz and Shlomo Sixt.

Inter-Terminal Shuttles

The airport operates a free shuttle service between the terminals and long term parking which runs in a circuit every 10 - 20 minutes, 24 hour a day. The shuttle stop for shuttles travelling from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 is located on Level G, next to the stop for long term parking shuttles. The shuttle stop for shuttles travelling from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 is at Terminal 1, opposite Gate 4. Shuttles for the long term parking lot leave from Terminal 3, Level G, Gate 1.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day, and dispatchers are available at Terminal 3 (Level G, Exit Gate 3) and Terminal 1 (Gate 3) to assist passengers in hiring a taxi. For safety reasons, please hire a taxi through the dispatcher only. Hadar Lod taxis travel between the airport and all areas of Israel. Nesher taxis, available at Level G, Exit Gates 1-3, travel to Jerusalem and the surrounding regions. Amal taxis, available at Level G, Exit Gates 1-3, travel to Haifa and the surrounding regions. All taxi services are available 24 hours a day. A surcharge of NIS 5 is added to the fares of every trip leaving from the airport. Night fares apply from 5:00PM - 5:00AM Friday into Saturday, and from 9:00PM to 5:29AM all other days, including Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Additional surcharges may apply for luggage, parties of more than 2 passengers or travel on toll roads. Use this Ben Gurion Airport Taxi Fare Calculator to help you estimate the cost of your journey.

Train

Ben Gurion Airport Train Station is located on the lower level of Terminal 3. Northbound trains head to Tel Aviv Savidor Center Station, with intermediate stops at Tel Aviv HaShalom and HaHagana stations, and then terminate at Nahariya (about 2 hours north of the airport). Southbound trains head to Lod or Modi’in. Savidor Center Station, about 20 minutes journey from the airport, is busy station with taxis readily available, as it is located near many Tel Aviv hotels. Trains run 24 hours a day on weekdays. On weekends the last train departs around two hours before the Shabbat (as early as 14:30pm in the winter and late as 17:30 in the summer). The trains to/from the airport commence two hours after the Shabbat (as early as 19:30pm in the winter and late as 21:30 in the summer). On Jewish holidays the train schedule differs greatly. At the time of this update, a single ticket for a trip between the airport and Tel Aviv - Savidor Center is 16 NIS and a return ticket is 25.5 NIS. For routes, timetables and fare information, go to the Israel Railways website.

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Last Updated:24 March 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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