Getting there & away
From Tel Aviv’s enormous central bus station (694 8888) outgoing intercity buses depart from the 6th floor, where there’s also an efficient information desk. Suburban and city buses use the poorly signposted stalls on the 4th floor. There are some Dan departures from the 1st floor also. Tickets can usually be bought from the driver as well as from the ticket booths. Note that during Shabbat you’ll have to resort to sheruts (service taxis).
Buses leave for Jerusalem (No 405, 17.70NIS, one hour, every 15 minutes); for Haifa (No 910, 23NIS, 1½ hours, every 20 minutes); Tiberias (Nos 830, 835 and 841, 42NIS, 2½ hours) once or twice hourly from 6am to 9pm; Eilat (65NIS, five hours), more or less hourly from 6.30am to 5pm (an overnight service departs at 12.30am); and Be’er Sheva (13.70NIS, 1½ hours, two or three hourly).
Tel Aviv’s second bus station, the Arlosoroff terminal (695 8614; cnr Arlosoroff & AP Derakhim Sts; 4-9pm Sun-Thu, 11am-3pm Fri 6-11pm Sat), adjoins the central train station northeast of the centre. To get there, take bus No 61, which travels along Allenby St, King George St, Dizengoff St and Arlosoroff St.
Most of the car-rental agencies are on HaYarkon St, near the Sheraton Moriah Hotel. Parking can be a nightmare in downtown Tel Aviv. Parking at the red-and-white curb is illegal and you’ll be towed if you do. Lots and garages charge around 45NIS per 24 hours of parking.
Avis Ben-Gurion Airport (971 2315); Tel Aviv (527 2314; 113 HaYarkon St)
Budget Ben-Gurion Airport (971 1504); Tel Aviv (524 5233; 99 HaYarkonl St, in Dan Tel Aviv)
Eldan Ben-Gurion Airport (977 3400); Tel Aviv (527 1166; 114 HaYarkon St)
Europcar (524 8484; 126 HaYarkon St)
Hertz Ben-Gurion Airport (977 2444); Tel Aviv (522 3332; 144 HaYarkon St)
Tel Aviv has three train stations: the main station, Tel Aviv Merkaz (577 4000/5770; www.israrail.org.il/english), is located at the end of Arlosoroff St; the smaller HaShalom train station is convenient for the Azrieli Centre; while further south, HaHaganna is a five-minute walk from the central bus station.
From Tel Aviv Merkaz, you can travel to Haifa (24.50NIS, one hour) via Netanya (12.50NIS, 25 minutes), more or less hourly from 6am to 8pm Sunday to Friday, and on to Akko (34NIS, 1½ hours) and Nahariya (38NIS, 1¾ hours). Heading south, you can travel down the coast to Ashkelon (22.50NIS, one hour) and as far as Be’er Sheva (25.50NIS, 1¼ hours), both departing once or twice hourly. To reach Tel Aviv Merkaz from the centre, take bus No 61 or 62 north from Dizengoff St to the Arlosoroff bus terminal, which is a two-minute walk from the station.
Most travellers fly in and out of Ben- Gurion Airport, usually on El Al (971 6111; www.elal.co.il; 32 Ben Yehuda St), but Arkia (699 2222; email@example.com; 74 HaYarkon St) also has daily flights to Eilat (370NIS) and Haifa (442NIS, daily except Saturday) from Sde Dov airport, north of the Yarkon River. The other domestic airline is Israir (795 5777; www.israir.co.il; 23 Ben Yehuda St).
Airline offices in Tel Aviv:
AirCanada (607 2111; www.aircanada.com; Azrieli Centre, 132 Menahem Begin Rd)
AirFrance (755 5005; www.airfrance.com; 7 Jabotinsky St, Ramat Gan)
Alitalia (971 1047; www.alitalia.it; Ben-Gurion airport)
American Airlines (795 2133; www.aa.com; 29 Ben Yehuda St)
Austrian Airlines (511 5110; www.aua.com; 1 Ben Yehuda St)
British Airways (606 1555; www.britishairways.com; Azrieli Centre, 132 Menahem Begin Rd)
Cathay Pacific (795 2133; www.cathaypacific.com; 29 Ben Yehuda St)
Continental Airlines (511 6700; www.continental.com; 25 Ha’mered St)
KLM (971 1138; www.klm.com; Ben-Gurion airport)
Lufthansa (513 5355; www.lufthansa.com; e-ticket only, counter at Ben-Gurion airport)
Qantas (795 2133; www.qantas.com; 29 Ben Yehuda St)
Royal Jordanian Airlines (516 556; www.rj.com; 5 Shalom Aleichem St)
South African Airways (510 2828; www.flysaa.com; 23 Ben Yehuda St)
United (513 5600; www.united.com; e-ticket only, Lufthansa counter, at Ben-Gurion airport)