how to go there
Like most people travelling in Israel we arrived by plane into Ben Gurion airport (TLV) which is 15km away from Tel Aviv. You can take a taxi (120nis) or the train at the lower level (12nis for Tel Aviv, 40nis for Haifa) there are trains 24h but not during Sabbath (Friday afternoon till Saturday evening).
There are long lines at check in/check out of the airport due to security. But some will feel a bit better because of the huge duty free.
If you fly to/from Eilat you may arrive at Sde Dov (SDV) domestic airport.
There are 4 different train stations in Tel Aviv(HaHagana, HaShalom, Merkaz/Savidor, University), if you arrive from Ben Gurion airport at night the only stop will be Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor station.
Train is not a good idea to reach Jerusalem as it goes through the old scenic route (bus is much faster) but it was fast and comfortable for us to reach Haifa and Akko in the north.
You can easily drive to Tel Aviv through Jerusalem-Tel Aviv freeway 1 or if you come from the north by Tel Aviv-Haifa freeway 2. There’s a lot of traffic in the city and parking is scares and expensive. We preferred public transport.
We arrived from Ra’anana by bus 47 (10.40nis) and stopped near the City Hall but most long distance buses in Tel Aviv depart from the New Central Bus Station (Tahana Merkazit) near HaHaganah train station. Egged bus 405 runs to/from Jerusalem(18nis)
Some people prefer the Arlozorov terminal (officially 2000 Bus Terminal) near Merkaz/Savidor train station which seems to be less confusing for the tourists.
In any case the main problem is during Sabbath(Friday afternoon till Saturday evening) when there’s no bus.
how to move around
Tel Aviv is a big city along the Mediterranean coast. There are different interesting districts starting from the old Jaffa in the south, then Neve Tzedek and Flrentin (1920s’ quarter built by greek jews, now a trendy corner), the sea coast in the west with the long beach and the clubs etc.
Most attractions lie west of Ibn-Gvirol street.
We walked a lot at Jaffa district, also in the city center near the City Hall and then west through Ibn Gvirol street but also along the coast up to Yarkon river.
Unlike other Israeli cities (Haifa, Jerusalem) in Tel Aviv you can ride a bicycle because of the flat ground and enjoy a ride along the main boulevards or along the coast. There are the usual rental stores but also rental stations in many spots all over the city center. We saw surprisingly lots of bikers all over the city.
Although we walked a lot local buses were very useful to save some energy. Single ticket costs 6,60nis (purchased at the driver) except some north suburbs like Herzliya or Ra’anana (10,40nis). There are some daily passes (Hofshi-Yomi) valid after 9.00am but also monthly travel cards.
It’s not a good idea, there’s a lot of traffic, confusing roads and its very hard to find parking which is expensive anyway (30nis per hour)
Minibuses that run along the regural bus lines, it’s a funny faster alternative, we used them a lot in other Israeli cities.
They were everywhere but hopefully we didn’t have to use any of them because although they are convenient they are also expensive (especially if you get stuck in the traffic)
Tel-Aviv has Tel-O-Fun, anetwork of bicycle rental locations through the city.
When you take a subscription the rates are scheap:
Daily subscription Su-Fr: 14 ILS
Daily subscription - Saturdays and Public holidays: 20 ILS
Weekly subscription: 60 ILSRelated to:
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Travel in Tel-Aviv by Bicycle
In recent years Tel-Aviv has become much more bicycle-friendly. Bicycle lanes have been constructed in many parts of the city: In the "Boulevard Axis" of Rothschild Blvd, Ben-Zion Blvd, Chen Blvd and Ben Gurion Blvd; all along the seashore promenade, connecting Jaffa in the south with all the beaches and major seaside hotels, to the old harbor in the north, and beyond. The extensive Yarkon Park ("Ganei Yehoshua") is ideal for bicycle riders.
In 2011 the Tel Aviv municipality took the initiative and put bicycles for rent in many bike stands all over the city: 75 stations to a start, to be doubled by the end of the year; 750 bukes altogether, to be increased to 1500 by the end of the year.
The bicycles are lightweight, and, of course, are colored green. You can get a subscription for one day (NIS 14), one week (NIS 60), one month or a whole year.
Every time you take a bicycle for a ride, you have to return it within 30 min to any of the bike stands in the city. If you are late by 1-30 min there is an extra charge of NIS 5, but if you return the bike later than that the fines is higher.
This is a cheap, convenient, healthy and "green" way to travel around Tel-Aviv!
You can check the map of bike stands at the website below.Related to:
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If you fly To Israel get to the airport early because the security check is more extensive than any you've had before and takes a long time. It's nothing to worry about, mostly questions about what you're going to be doing in Israel, if you have relatives and other seemingly innocuous inquiries that somehow help the security officials spot potential problems.
To leave the country is a little different than yours because it takes more long to get out comparing to get In.Thats why please keep all the official papers in order to prove where you ve been in Israel ( Hotel ,restaurant invoices ,tickets etc etc )
Usually, customs officials will wave you right through, but don't be surprised if you are asked to open up your bags. Checks are random and are very common. Don't be offended or resist and you'll be on your way very soon.Last word . Dont make jokes to the officials!!!!
4 and 5 minicabs
the 4 and 5 mini cabs will take you near to almost anywhere you need to go in tel aviv. they run very regularly - the 4 i think maybe even all night, but definately into the wee hours, they both start at the central bus station - the four going all the way down allenby, down ben yehuda all the way north and then stops at reading (from which you can get cabs if you need to go more north)
the five goes on rothchild, dizengoff till nordau and then continues down till Weizman - if you look at the map you'll see that all of central tel aviv is no more than a 15 minute walk from either of these bus routes - so it makes it very convenientRelated to:
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