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The old harbour of Jaffa, Tel Aviv
 

Practical info Tel Aviv, Israel

Getting around the city

The easiest way to get around Tel Aviv is on foot or by taxi. Taxi mini-buses (sheruts) follow the same routes as the public buses, often with more frequency, and are slightly cheaper on weekdays. The bus system itself is extensive with a fixed fare in the city centre. Taxi cabs are not of any particular make or model car, but do have rooftop signs and are plentiful. Fares are metered and more expensive at night.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the end of March to the end of October)

Electricity

220 volts, 50Hz; European-style two-pin and round three-pin plugs are used.

Currency

Israel's currency is the Israeli Shekel (ILS), which is divided into 100 agorot (singular is agora). Money can be changed in the small exchange bureaux found on most main streets, or at banks and hotels. ATMs are prevalent throughout the country. Most banks are open Sunday through to Friday until noon, and are open again from 4pm till 6pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Communication

The international access code for Israel is +972. The outgoing code is 00 (not from public phones) followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). There are other outgoing codes depending on which network is used to dial out on. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)2 for Jerusalem. Public phones are card operated and are readily available, and instruction cards state whether to dial 012, 013 or 014 for overseas. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators; otherwise mobile phones can easily be rented. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and tourist areas all over Israel.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 100 (Police); 101 (Ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Ben-Gurion International Airport

www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/BenGurion

Getting to the city

Trains are the best option for getting into Tel Aviv; they're clean, fast and cheap. Trains run from Level S of Terminal 3 to Tel Aviv Savidor Station and a trip into town takes 20 minutes. Passengers arriving after midnight will have to wait until 3am for the first train of the day. Buses run from the nearby Airport City rather than the airport itself. Passengers can take the free Egged 5 Shuttle from the second floor of arrivals to Airport City.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Dollar Thrifty, Eldan, Hertz and Sixt have facilities at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis usually wait outside the arrivals hall. The trip into town is nine miles (15kms). There is an added fare surcharge at night and on Jewish holidays and the Sabbath.

Transfer between terminals

A free shuttle service operates between the two terminals at 15-minute intervals.

Facilities

Airport facilities include currency exchange, ATMs, banks, public telephones and a post office, luggage storage, business facilities and VIP lounges, information desks, two synagogues, medical clinics, a police station, a VAT refund desk, special needs assistance services, a playroom and a mother and child room. There are also myriad shopping and dining options.

Parking

The area directly in front of the terminals is reserved for pick-up and drop-offs only. Short-term parking is available in the parking lot in front of Terminal 3. Rates for short-stay parking start at ILS 18 for the first hour, and go up by ILS 4 every fifteen minutes thereafter. The maximum daily rate is ILS 90. Long-term parking is available opposite Terminal 3. A shuttle bus runs from this parking lot to the terminal at 15-minute intervals. Long-stay rates are ILS 40 per day in the open area and ILS 70 per day in the roofed area.

Internet

Free wifi is available in all terminals of Ben Gurion Airport.