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Israel - Getting There

The main airports in Israel are Tel Aviv International Airport and Eilat International Airport. Many international airlines operate from Tel Aviv airport and routes cover worldwide destinations. The airport itself is approximately 20 km outside of the city of Tel Aviv and there are regular shuttle buses to make airport transfers easier. Transfer time into the city is approximately 25 minutes. Airport facilities include shops, banks, restaurants and duty free stores.

Eliat International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away from the city of Eliat, again making it a short transfer time. There is an airport bus which leaves every 15 minutes and is extremely punctual. Taxis are available from the airport to take people into the city. The city of Eliat is located close to the Red Sea in the desert and is a popular holiday destination.

Flight times into Israel are reasonable, for example, a flight from London to Tel Aviv takes approximately 4 and a half hours and from London to Eliat 5 hours. If travelling from farther afield such as USA, then flight times differ according to location, for example to Tel Aviv from New York takes 11 hours, whereas the same flight from Los Angeles takes 17 hours.

The Main international sea ports in Israel are Ashod and Haifa. There are ferries operating from Greece (Piraeus) and Cyprus which dock in Haifa. Foreign sailing yachts use these ports as well as Eliat and can also use the marinas located at Ashkelon, Tel Aviv and Herzliya. Cruise liners can often be found docked in many of these ports also.

For those wishing to enter Israel by road then there are limited options. From Egypt there are 2 border crossings, and taxis or hire cars are not permitted to cross. Passengers can cross in privately owned vehicles, buses or on foot. Rafiah, which is the main point of entry into Israel is located approximately 50km from Ashkelon and is only operational between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm. There are 4 bus companies that supply a service between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

There are several other border crossings which have differing times of operation, and it would be worthwhile checking in advance before trying to cross what the times are and what paperwork is required at each check point, as different countries have ever changing laws regarding border crossings.

There are currently some travel restrictions due to certain conflicts with Gaza and it is recommended not to travel to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip at night.

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