Tourist Tip: Train to the Plane in Israel

The most cost-effective – and often quickest – way to travel into the city from Ben-Gurion airport is by train.

Yasmin Kaye
An Israel Railways train
Credit: Israel Railways
Yasmin Kaye

One of the advantages of Israel's small size is that you rarely spend a lot of time traveling. This comes in particularly handy when you land at Israel's only international airport, which is situated just 19 kilometers south-east of Tel Aviv's city center.

The most cost-effective – and often quickest – way to travel into the city is by train. Within 20 minutes, and for just NIS 15 one way, you arrive at Tel Aviv's Savidor Central Station, from where you can continue your journey to the north and south of the country, as well as Tel Aviv's suburbs.

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However, there's something terribly misleading about the station's name (and that of The city's Central Bus Station, for that matter): It is anything but central. Sadly, it will take you an extra 20 minutes or so – depending on the traffic – to get to the city's hotel area by bus or taxi.

Trains run to the airport every hour, around the clock. Travelers beware, however: they screech to a stop about three hours before Shabbat on Friday night and don't start up again until late Saturday night, well after sundown.

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