By Plane-Flights arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport, on the outskirts of the city. There is a fixed daytime taxi fare of NIS 165 from Ben-Gurion to central Tel Aviv. This fare includes one suitcase per passenger; additional suitcases are NIS 4 each. After 9pm the fixed fare will be higher. Trains (www.rail.co.il) leave Ben-Gurion Airport for the Arlosoroff Street Train Station in Tel Aviv two times an hour from 3:30am to 11pm. Fare is NIS 16. From there you’ll need to take a local taxi. You’re not too far to most Tel Aviv hotels, but with baggage, jet lag, and brutal summer heat, it’s not walkable. Note: The Arlosoroff Train Station is a magnet for taxis looking to cash in on exhausted, unknowing tourists arriving from Ben-Gurion Airport. Always insist that your driver use the meter.
By Train-The Central Railway Station (sometimes called North Railway Station because it’s in the northern reaches of the city) stands at the intersection of several major arteries—Petach Tikva Road, Haifa Road, and Arlosoroff Street. From here, municipal buses will take you throughout the city. For Israel Railways information, schedules, and fares to points in Israel go to www.rail.co.il.
By Bus-From the New Central Bus Station (in a southern part of town) take bus or sherut no. 4, which runs along Allenby Road and then up Ben-Yehuda Street. As you ride along Ben-Yehuda, you’ll be parallel to, and a block away from, Ha-Yarkon Street, where many hotels are located. Ask the driver for the stop closest to your hotel. For the more inland Dizengoff Square area, take the no. 5 bus or sherut to Dizengoff Square. For Dan Bus Lines information, call tel. 03/639-4444.
By Sherut-Ten-passenger vans from Jerusalem and Haifa drop passengers off just outside the main door of the vast Tel Aviv Bus Station and leave for the return trip as soon as they’re full. Sheruts cost a shekel or so more than busses do, but are less of a hassle than wending your way through the six-story bus station.
By Car-Major highways connect Jerusalem, Haifa, and Ashkelon with Tel Aviv.
The Tel Aviv Tourist Information Office is located at 46 Herbert Samuel Promenade (tel. 03/561-6188). It’s open Sunday through Thursday 8am to 4:30pm. Its staff distributes free information about sites in Tel Aviv and throughout Israel, as well as maps (some for a fee), useful brochures, and discount coupon books. You must come in person.
Online, Tel Aviv Guide (www.telavivguide.net) offers lots of good information and visitor forums; Tel Aviv 4 Fun (www.telaviv4fun.com) has helpful information about guided and independent tours, travel tips, and reviews of attractions, hotels, and dining.