Why You Should Take a Flight to Tel Aviv
Vibrant, modern Tel Aviv is a chic city with a global outlook to rival New York or Los Angeles.
The city was founded in 1909 near the port of Jaffa and has now consumed its ancient neighbor and other nearby Jewish settlements.
The modern areas have wide tree-lined boulevards, cycle paths and state-of-the-art buildings. But you can also explore the narrow alleys of the older districts. There are glorious sandy beaches to enjoy, the city’s nightlife is among the best in the world, and there are world class galleries and museums to explore.
When to Book Flights to Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv gets very busy from June to mid-September, and if your visit coincides with the festivals of Passover (April) and Sukkoth (September/October) you will need to book well in advance. The city is also crowded for Pride Week in early June.
The summers are hot and dry with temperatures touching 90°F in July and August. The winter is cool and can be wet, but is less crowded and the temperature will sneak into the 60s even in January.
Spring and fall are great times to find cheap flights to Tel Aviv. The weather is warm and the city is at its charming best.
How to Find the Best Flight Deals to Tel Aviv
There are many ways of getting from the US to Tel Aviv, including direct flights from several cities. And there are plenty of ways to find a cheap fare when you book with Orbitz.
One of the best ways to find a bargain is to look at different routes, and by using the ‘Nearby airports’ option on the search page you can look at fares to Tel Aviv from different departure points in the US.
Taking a connection can sometimes be cheaper than flying direct and using ‘Show options’ and the buttons on the left of the results page you can filter results by the number of stops. You can also list flights by price and duration, ticket type and compare different airlines.
Flexibility with your schedule can also pay dividends, and the ‘Show flexible dates’ option allows you to compare fares on different days.
US Departures to Tel Aviv
Optimal flight times from US cities to Tel Aviv include:
Main Airports in Tel Aviv
Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV), 12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, is Israel’s biggest airport with more than 20 million passengers a year. The airport was renamed for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in 1973.
There is ultra-strict security in place at the airport and departing passengers must pass through preliminary security checks before checking in, so give yourself plenty of time.
When arriving, you can get to Tel Aviv by train or bus but there is no service on Shabbat. Shared taxi vans are a popular option and run all the time.
There are several car rental firms at the airport and the kiosks are located between departure and arrival passenger halls. The airport has lots of shopping, including duty free, and dining options.
Which Airlines Fly to Tel Aviv?
Airlines flying from the US to Tel Aviv include:
- Air Canada
- Delta Air Lines
- El Al
- United Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
How to Get to and Around Tel Aviv
International flights arrive at Ben Gurion International, but Sde Dov is a domestic airport north of the city.
Trains run from Tel Aviv to many other cities in Israel, and Tel Aviv has a good bus network. Another good way to explore is to take a sherut, or shared taxi. These minibuses follow bus routes around Tel Aviv and head to other cities including Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv was built with pedestrians and cyclists in mind. The center is easy to explore on foot and the city boasts 75 miles of bike routes. Hiring a car allows you to explore the region around Tel Aviv, a head north on a coastal road trip, but parking is limited in the city and driving can be an ordeal.
What Are the Must-Sees in Tel Aviv?
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has a fantastic collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art with works by Chagall, Gauguin, Renoir, Van Gogh and others. The building that houses the collection is just as interesting.
Tel Aviv has lots of markets that are worth visiting, but don’t miss the bustling flea market in ancient Jaffa. It sells everything from souvenirs to furniture and electricals. The cobbled streets and alleyways are full of cafes and bars.
Set on the shores of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is blessed with miles of white sand beaches. The most popular is Gordon Beach near the city center.
Tips and Tricks for Traveling in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is a modern, bustling city, but it slows down for Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, which runs from Friday afternoon until sunset on Saturday. Many shops close early on Friday and public transport stops until Saturday evening. Restaurants get busy on Friday nights and the beaches can be packed on Saturdays.