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Direct flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport (in Tel-Aviv) are possible using most European national airlines. Actually, you'll find it surprisingly close to many European Capitals. Flights take only about 3.5hr from Rome or Vienna and about 5hr from Amsterdam or London. You can easily reach it with low-cost flights as well.
With so many options, we're sure that flights will be an easy and affordable thing to arrange.
There are taxis, trains and other options to get you to and from the airport.
One of the most affordable, convenient and popular ways is to take a "sherut" (shared taxi) that leaves from just outside the Arrivals Hall at Ben-Gurion Airport and will deliver you directly to your destination in Jerusalem. There is also a similar service to Haifa and the north of Israel (Akko and Nahariya). Many taxi drivers wait for the sherut taxi to be full before setting off, so you need to factor that into your journey time.
You can also order one to take you from Jerusalem to the airport, and need to book 24 hours in advance (they will tell you to call back if you try more than 24 hours in advance). However, if your flight is on Saturday night or Sunday, then make sure to book 48 hours in advance.
A single journey should cost you 62 NIS (US$ equivalent accepted). Sheruts run 24/7.
Read more about it here.
Tel: +972-2-6257227 (For Ben-Gurion-Jerusalem service)
Tel: +972-4-8662324 (For Ben-Gurion-Haifa and the North service)
Definitely the fastest and cheapest way to travel to and from Tel-Aviv.
And as our minister of Transport and Road Safety promised that by the end of March 2018 the new fast train to Jerusalem will stop at Ben Gurion airport.
It's also a convenient way to travel to many other destinations in the country. The train station can be entered just outside Terminal 3 (Level G Gates 01-03). In case you've landed and reached Terminal 1, you should take the free shuttle bus to take you to Terminal 3.
Trains from Ben-Gurion Airport go to Tel-Aviv, Haifa and the north, Be'er-Sheva and the south and many more destinations. Tickets are bought outside the station using automatic ticket machines (credit card accepted).
For routes and time tables: +972-3-5774000 or read the website.
You can find more info on the airport webpage (under arrival and departure routes to and from Ben-Gurion airport).
We will organize upon request subsidized shuttles to the conference venue at Maale Hachamisha