Lonely Planet Writer

Wow Air to fly from North American cities to Tel Aviv for less than the price of a night in a hotel

If you’re looking to get across the world for cheap, new flight routes will take travellers between a number of North American cities and Tel Aviv – with a stopover in Iceland – for as low as $149.

The flea market of old Jaffa in Tel Aviv is one of the notable landmarks of the city.
The flea market of old Jaffa in Tel Aviv is one of the notable landmarks of the city. Image by ©eFesenko/Shutterstock

Wow Air – already famous for its ultra-cheap flights across the Atlantic – has announced it will fly to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport starting 12 September.

The airline announced that prices would start at $149 from from Boston, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto and starting at $199 from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. However, according to Wow Air’s website, prices for flights in October and November have already shot up as high as nearly $500 between New York and Tel Aviv, without any additional amenities like checking baggage or reserving a seat.

Like all of Wow Air’s offerings, the flights will also require that travellers will connect in Reykavik. Heading from the East Coast, travellers will stop for about 13 hours, while travellers from the West Coast cities will stop for about two, though those numbers will change for the winter season.

People cycling and walk down a beach promenade in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Shlomo Lahat promenade in Tel Aviv, Israel. Image by Maremagnum/GEtty Images

However, passengers are able to make a stopover without any extra fees, meaning they can hang out in Iceland for an unlimited period before heading on to Tel Aviv.

So if you’re looking for a wide variety of new experiences on your next trip, a journey to Tel Aviv with a long stopover in Iceland may fit the bill. Located on the Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv is known for its beaches and nightlife, and as a cultural hub. Once there, travellers can take in the White City, with its amazing collection Bauhaus buildings, see Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest ports, or take a day trip to the Dead Sea.