Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Tel Aviv's international airport is Israel's largest and most important airport. The airport is named after Israel's first prime minister David Ben-Gurion, but the locals also call it Natbag. Natbag is the pronunciation for the Hebrew acronym of Nemal Teufah Ben Gurion.
The airport is near the town of Lod and handles about 9 million passengers annually. It has three terminals, which are connected by a free shuttle bus. T1 is for domestic flights, T2 for low-cost airlines and T3 for international flights. Safety regulations are very strict at the airport.
IATA airport code: TLV
ICAO airport code: LLBG
The train from the train station in T3 goes to Tel Aviv in 12 minutes. The train goes every 20 minutes, except during Sabbath (Friday afternoon until Saturday evening). For more information about timetables or prices, please visit the Israeli Railways website or contact (tel. +972 (0)3611 7000).
Car and bus
The airport is located about 15 kilometers south east of Tel Aviv and about 50 kilometers from Jerusalem. The airport is situated directly on Highway 1, which goes from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
There several busses (Egged) going to Airport City near the terminals (busses 249, 423, 475, 930, 943, 947 and 950). From Airport City there is a shuttle bus service (bus 5) going to the airport. If you already have your plane ticket, then this shuttle bus is for free. Bus 239 from Ramla and Lod goes to T3. For more information about airport transport, please go to the desk next to gates 21 and 23 on the second level or visit the Egged bus company website (tel. +972(0)3 6948 888).
Car rental Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
There are several car rental agencies at the airport: Avis, Eldan, Budget, Hertz and Sixt. You can also book a rental car in advance at EasyTerra, this website compares prices of multiple car rental agencies simultaneously.
There are a taxi stand and a taxi desk at T3 (Level G) that arranges transportation by taxi. It is recommended to take official taxis. A taxi ride to Tel Aviv costs about NIS 150.00 per person. It is also possible to share a taxi van (sherut) with other passengers, this costs about NIS 50.00 per person to the holy city.
Parking at the airport
At the airport it is possible to park short term (up to NIS 130.00 per day) near the terminals. The long term parking facilities (up to NIS 35.00 per day) are a little further away from the terminals. A free shuttle runs between T3 and long term parking (tel. +972(0)3 972 3339).
There is no hotel at the airport. Near the airport is the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel (tel. +972(0)3 671 5715). A little further are the Sheraton Tel Aviv (tel. +972(0)3 521 111) and the Park Plaza Orchid (tel. +972(0)3 519 7111). For more hotels and on line reservations, please visit Booking.com. This website offers a wide range of hotels at competitive (internet) rates.
Shopping and dining
There are many shops, restaurants and (snack) bars. Especially in T3 there are many shops.
There is a baggage depot on the ground floor of the short term parking facility. This is also the place to go to for lost and found items, or contact tel. +972(0)3975 4436. You can also inquire for lost luggage on line. The airport has a porter service (tel. +972(0)57 488 4999).
There are information desks where you can get information about the airport, transport and timetables at various locations (tel. +972(0)3 9755 555). There are also volunteers around, who are happy to be of assistance. The Israel Government Tourist Office at the arrival hall is always open (tel. +972(0)3971 5555). Here, you can get tourist information or book hotel rooms for instance.
There is a special service for foreign businessmen. This service ensures that the security checks are finished quicker. For more information, please inquire on line or contact (tel. +972(0)3 975 0560).
The King David Lounge for El Al passengers has internet stations. There are several other lounges with business facilities at the airport.
Access for disabled people
Ben Gurion has toilets for people with reduced mobility and telephones for hearing impaired people. There are especially reserved parking spaces for disabled people. Furthermore, the airport has wheelchair ramps as well as adapted elevators and toilets.
The terminals have banks, exchange offices and ATMs. There are two synagogues at the airport. There is a medical center near entrance 21 and several more in T3. The airport also has several VIP services (tel. +972(0)3 971 5859) to make your stay more comfortable.
Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion Airport
PO Box 7
Ben-Gurion Airport 70100
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +972(0)3 975 2386
Fax: +972(0)3 975 2387
IATA airport code: TLV
ICAO airport code: LLBG