Sleeping in Airports

Tel Aviv Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Tel Aviv Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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

Airport Overview

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.
  • 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.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information 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 a sleep mask/eyeshades 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).

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.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 1

Massada Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Landside, west end of the Arrivals Hall. Hours: unknown. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]

Terminal 3

Arbel Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Eastern Gallery, Level 1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Dan Lounge (Terminal 3, Concourse B) – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Concourse B. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Dan Lounge (Terminal 3, Concourse C) – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Concourse C. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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

  • Avia Hotel & Resort – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Sadot Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport pick-up on Thurs, Fri or Sat night (per room, per night) and free one-way transfer to the airport any day of the week (per room, per night). » Check Rates

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.

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

Communications

Family Services

  • 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.
  • 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).

Food & Drinks

  • 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

  • Information Desk – Locations: Check-in Hall, opposite entrance 32 (Landside), Rotunda (Airside) and Greeter’s Hall, opposite entrance 3 (landside). 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.
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Tel Aviv and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Eshet, Issta and daka90 are all located in the Greeters Hall, East Gallery, Level 2.

Luggage

  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge on the departures level.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Terminal 3, on the G floor, in the “Vineyard” and “Orchard” parking lots • At the Duty Free in Arm B. There are also mobile charging stations available at the locker stands. Storage rates: vary by location and size, sample rates – Small up to 2 hours for 10 NIS • Small up to 72 hours for 80 NIS • Medium up to 2 hours for 20 NIS • Medium up to 72 hours for 100 NIS. Lockers are accessible 24 hours.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Locations: Airside, Terminal 1, Greeter’s Hall west gallery, near Gate 21 (Hours: 24-hours) • Airside, Terminal 1, Departures Hall (Duty Free area), next to Mother and Child Room (Hours: Not known).
  • Pharmacy – SkyPharm offers services. Location: Terminal 3, 3rd Floor, Buy and Bye Mall. Hours: Unknown.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging Stations – Charge your electronic devices for free at charging stations located throughout Terminals 1 and 3. Mobile charging stations are also available for faster service, see Luggage Storage and Lockers above.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.
  • Banking Services – Yahav Bank offers full-service banking, currency exchange and an ATM. Location: Airside, Terminal 1, near Massada Lounge Hours: Vary (closed Friday & Sat).
  • 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.
  • TravelersBox – Turn your leftover change into emoney at any TravelersBox kiosk! Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall, near Bank Hapoalim currency exchange.

Prayer

  • 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.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • 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.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Showers are available in the King David El-Al Lounge.
  • Spa – Not available

Smoking

  • Smoking – Smoking is permitted in the designated locations only (airside and landside) as well as in Schmoozy’s Pub in the Rotunda.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Tel Aviv airport is served by the following airlines: Adria • Aegean Airlines • Aeroflot • Air Baltic • Air Berlin • Air Canada • Air Europa • Air France • Air Malta • Air Mediterranée • Air Serbia • Air Sinai • Alitalia • ANA • American Airlines • Arkia • Astra Airlines • Atlasglobal • Austrian Airlines • Azerbaijan Airlines • Belavia • Blue Air • Bluebird Airways • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bul Air • Bulgaria Air • Cathay PAcific • Corendon Airlines • Corsair • Croatia Airlines • Cyprus Airways • CSA Czech Airlines • Delta • Dniproavia • Donavia Airlines • easyJet • El Al Israel Airlines • Enter Air • Ethiopian Airlines • Finnair • Freebird Airlines • Georgian Airlines • Germania • Germanwings • Hainan Airlines • Hermes Airlines • Iberia • Israir • Jet2 • KLM • Korean Air • LOT • Lufthansa • Meridiana • Mistral Air • Monarch Airlines • Neos • NIKI • Norwegian • Onur Air • Orenair • Pegasus Airlines • Rossiya Airlines • Royal Jordanian • SAS • S7 Airlines • Small Planet Airlines • SunExpress • Swiss • Tailwind Airlines • Tandem Aero • Tarom • Thai Airways • Transavia • Travel Service • TUIFly • Turkish Airlines • Tus Airways • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • Ural Air • Uzbekistan Air • VIM Airlines • Vueling • Wizz Air • WOW Air • XL Airways • Yakutia Airlines • YAN Air.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.