A vibrant and friendly coastal city
Visitors to Tel Aviv can enjoy Mediterranean beaches, spectacular views from the Azrieli Tower and historic attractions.
Best time to plan a break in Tel Aviv
The city has hot summers and wet, mild winters so many visitors prefer the April to October period.
Most businesses close from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening for Jewish Sabbath.
There are many festivals: Passover marks the exodus from Egypt and is celebrated from March to April, while Rosh Hashanah (New Year) is in September. Exact dates vary from year to year. Yom Kippur and Sukkot both take place around September/October and the Hannukah festival of lights is in December.
Facts before travel
Tourists visiting Israel for less than three months don't require visas, although visitors should retain the stamped entry card they are given on arrival until they leave the country. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after arrival.
Travellers should check that usual vaccinations are up to date and are also advised to get Hepatitis A vaccinations and consider Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Prices in markets tend to be too high so haggling is essential. Snacks like falafel cost about 15ILS and meals in restaurants are around 30ILS and about 10ILS for a beer.
Tips for Tel Aviv
The airport to central Tel Aviv is about 20 minutes by train from Terminal 3. Trains leave at 30 to 60 minute intervals and a single ticket costs approximately 14 ILS. Expect to pay about 140 ILS for a taxi. The number 5 bus goes from "Egged" via motorway 40 to the El Al crossroads where a public city bus can be caught.
A bed in a shared hostel room is around 90 ILS while a single room should be about 180 ILS.
Tel Aviv has a good public transport system and travellers can purchase a Rav-Tav ticket for about 6.90 ILS to get a 20% reduction on fares. Sherut shared taxis charge around 6-8 ILS with a 20% surcharge at night but other taxis are more expensive.