Stuck on a Tel Aviv layover at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Israel? The airport is located roughly 9 miles from Tel Aviv which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Tel Aviv layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Tel Aviv layover, you can find plenty of things to do to help occupy your time. The airport has duty free and regular shopping as well as restaurants and cafes (for a list of all the shops and eateries in the airport, click here). The airport also has banks, ATM machines, and foreign currency exchange counters.
There are a number of lounges at the Tel Aviv airport that you can visit during your layover including the Arbel Lounge in the Eastern Gallery Level 1, the King David Lounge in Concourse D, Dan Lounges in Concourses B and C, and the Metsada Lounge in Terminal 1.
If you’re looking to store your luggage while you explore, there is a Baggage Storage facility free of charge at the Western short-term parking lot on the Ground Level.
There are a number of transportation options to Tel Aviv if you’re planning on leaving the airport during your layover. Taxi stations and dispatcher’s counter are located at Terminal 3 on Level G of the Multi Level Road. Public transportation and bus services are located in the three-story bridge on the second floor, next to Gates 21 and 23. In addition the train station is located on Level S of the Landside Building , adjacent to the Greeters’ Hall (click here for more train information including schedule and fares). Car rental and shuttles are also available at the airport.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Tel Aviv Layover:
Tel Aviv Tour
If you want to see the sights in a short period of time, a tour might be your best bets. There’s tons to choose from including sightseeing tours, day cruises, walking and biking tours, food tours, and lots more!
Carmel Market (known at Shuk Ha’Carmel) is Tel Aviv’s biggest marketplace. This lively venue filled with vendors and tons of goods from dried fruit to jewelry and cosmetics, it’s a fun stop on a Tel Aviv layover.
At the campus of Tel Aviv University is the Diaspora Museum that follows the movement of Jews over the last 2,500 years. Here you can trace family records, and learn about various Jewish communities worldwide.
Nachalat Binyamin Mall
Filled with cafes and restaurants, the Nachalat Binyamin Mall is a great place to grab a bite. Tuesdays and Fridays have outdoor artist markets and crafts on display. A great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs.
With great views of the coastline, Old Jaffa is a nice place to stretch your legs on a long layover. The 4000 year old port town has cute, narrow streets, shops, parks, churches and a market square.
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