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Most airlines fly into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport, 22km southwest of the city centre, but unlike many major hubs, it's modestly sized and efficiently designed, making things easy to navigate. There's good free wi-fi and plenty of places to sit once you've gotten through security – which is known to be notoriously thorough. Always arrive at least three hours before your flight and be prepared for detailed questions (some seemingly arbitrary, like the origin of your name and your father's middle name) from security officials.
The most straightforward method of getting from Ben Gurion International Airport into Tel Aviv is by train – the station entrance is outside the international terminal building, to the left. Except on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, trains run every 30 minutes between 5.35am and 11.35pm, stopping at all four Tel Aviv stations, with extra services at 12.53am, 1.53am, 2.53am, 3.53am and 4.53am to Savidor station only. The fare is 14NIS. Check the Israel Railway website (www.rail.co.il/en) for more.
Prices for taxis are controlled, and either meters or preset official prices are used; there's an orderly taxi rank just outside the international terminal building. Depending on traffic, the ride into central Tel Aviv takes about 20 minutes and should cost 160NIS (day rate) and 200NIS (9pm to 5.30am). There's usually an extra charge of 5NIS per suitcase.
Some domestic flights operate from this small airport, on the coast a few kilometres north of the city centre. In July 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a plan to build an artificial island that will call for the airport's closure in early 2019.
A taxi between Sde Dov Airport and the city centre should cost less than 50NIS.
Buses 501 and 532 take just over 30 minutes from Tel Aviv Central station.