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Ben-Gurion International Airport

Israel's main international airport is Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport (code IATA:TLV, ICAO: LLBG) located approximately 40km from Jerusalem and 12 km from central Tel Aviv.

The information department at Ben Gurion Airport operates 24/7 and will be happy to provide you with the information you seek,on the following subjects: 
 Finding your way around the airport.
 Transportation, inside the airport and outside, operating times and prices.
 Landing and take-off times.
 Airline companies.
 All information relevant to the workings of the airport.

Essential telephone numbers:
Information, Ben-Gurion Airport: 03- 9755555
Automated Recorded messages - English- 03- 9723332

Israel Airport Authority

Transportation: from the airport to Jerusalem, take bus line 947 (7:00-21:00, every 20 minutes, 20 NIS). To Tel-Aviv and the rest of the country, take the direct Tel-Aviv train (3:53-23:23, every half an hour during day, every hour during night, 12 NIS).

From Tel-Aviv to other destinations, continue by train or bus. Note that neither train nor bus service is available on Shabbat (Friday afternoon to Saturday sunset). Taxi service is also available, though not particularly cheap. A better option is a shared taxi, or sherut - these are available outside the airport terminal.

Other Airports

Israel's second international airport (used mostly by charter carriers) is located at Ovda, and serves the south of Israel, predomenantly, Eilat (code: VDA).

Dov Airport, located within Tel Aviv, is a local airport and is highly reccomnded for those who wish to fly to Eilat from Tel Aviv.  

Airport Security

Note that security measures above and beyond what you might encounter in most countries are taken for flights both to and from Israel - these, of course, are undertaken for your, and other passengers', safety and security. Arriving at the terminal at least three hours before your flight is well advised, as Israeli security procedures can be time-consuming. Bag inspection, both by machine and hand, is routine and should be expected, in addition to repeated interviews about your time in Israel. Keep your cool in what can be a frustrating procedure - it really is done with the best intentions, if not always the most elegant execution. Having the telephone number of friends or colleagues you may have spent time with in Israel, and who can vouch for you, always helps the process. If travelling as part of a group, they will usually question you separately before cross checking your accounts.

* Info courtesy of Wikitravel

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