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About Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-Yafo, a major city on Israel's Mediterranean coast, is situated approximately 60 km northwest of Jerusalem. Founded in 1909 as a garden suburb of the ancient port of Jaffa, which it was later merged with in 1950, Tel Aviv has evolved into a significant economic and cultural hub by the early 21st century. Covering a city area of 52 square km and a metropolitan area of 1,518 square km, its population in 2008 was 402,600 for the city and 3,233,500 for the metropolitan area.

Tel Aviv's strategic location near the old city of Jaffa, historically a gateway to Jerusalem, contributed significantly to its early growth. It became the largest city in the region before the mid-20th century and remains the core of Israel's largest metropolitan area, representing a substantial portion of the national population. The city is recognized as Israel's economic engine, hosting government ministries, including the Ministry of Defense, and serving as the headquarters for most of the country's large corporations and foreign embassies.

It contrasts with Jerusalem's conservative and historical nature by being more secular, liberal, and focused on contemporary life. The city has undergone significant beautification and development, especially near its beaches, enhancing its appeal as a center of economic activity and cultural richness. Tel Aviv is also famed for its architectural heritage, particularly the White City area, renowned for its Bauhaus and International Style buildings, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003.

The city enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, humid summers and mild, rainy winters. Its coastal location moderates extreme temperatures, making the climate pleasant for much of the year. The Yarqon River to the north and the Ayalon Stream to the east are significant geographical features, with the latter occasionally causing floods in the past.

Transportation to Tel Aviv City Center from Airport


Ben Gurion Airport

Tel Aviv, one of the major cities in Israel and located on the country’s Mediterranean coastline, is the center of culture, art, education and trade. Tel Aviv, considered to be an important place for all religions with its history dating back to 2000 BC, is also a tourism center with its nightlife and unique beaches. The White City, in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and the museums spread over all parts of the city make Tel Aviv more attractive.

Tel Aviv is also known as 'the city that never sleeps' where the life is active for 24 hours. Since the country is a trade center and has a crowded population, traffic congestion is the biggest problem in the city. Those governing the city are trying to make transportation easier every day with the bicycle trails they are expanding.

Trains and buses offering service to approximately one million passengers monthly are the main transportation options of the city. In the city, two airports as international and regional offer service for passengers.

At International Ben Gurion Airport, many transportation vehicles offer service for passengers. Thanks to the trains you can go not only to the city center but also to many cities of the country. Buses and taxis are trying to make transportation easier for passengers because the traffic is heavy in the city. Moreover, there is an opportunity to rent a car for those who want a more comfortable travel.


Taxis that you can find at the Level G (ground floor) of the Terminal 3 demand higher fares at night. Since taximeters are obligatory in taxis according to the laws, you cannot bargain for the fare. Furthermore, taxi service is provided with yellow and white colored vehicles called Sherut which have the capacity of 12 passengers. In this taxi service, you cannot specify the route, you can only get off wherever you want.


You can go to the city center from the airport by taking the bus route 5 belonging to the bus company Egged. Buses operate between 05:00 am and 10:00 pm. To get on the buses, you need to buy your tickets in advance. These buses will take you to the airport in about 4 minutes which can vary according to the traffic density.


Trains, one of the commonly preferred options in the transportation to the city center, are new and very comfortable. Trains operate from 05:35 am to 10:35 pm. There is a train every 30 minutes. You can buy your train tickets online or from the ticket vending machine found in the terminal building. The train station is located on the first floor (Level G) of the airport.

Car Rental

At the airport, there are many car rental companies offering comprehensive services for those wanting to feel themselves special. There are a great variety of vehicles from limousines to more affordable cars that passengers can rent. In order to rent a car you can get in contact with Tal Limousine, Tour Bus, Sashir and Super B car rental companies.

Weather in Tel Aviv

DayMin - Max
SaturdayMin 26ºC - Max 32ºC
SundayMin 27ºC - Max 32ºC
MondayMin 26ºC - Max 32ºC
TuesdayMin 27ºC - Max 32ºC
WednesdayMin 26ºC - Max 31ºC

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