Bright and interesting Tel Aviv

With a strongly cosmopolitan feel, and lots of fun, lively street life and golden beaches, Tel Aviv is a good destination for a beach holiday and for some sightseeing. Ancient and religious monuments are popular and the Bauhaus collection of architecture dating from the early 20th century is wonderful.

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Tel Aviv activities 

Tel Aviv has an all year mild climate but can get ferociously hot in Summer and a bit wet in Winter so try to visit in April/October. With a Jewish feel, the Sabbath lasts from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening - during which almost everything is shut. Passover is in March/April (exodus from Egypt), and Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in September; Yom Kippur in September or October. Hanukkah is celebrated in December and is the festival of lights. With all festivals, exact dates vary.

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Useful Tel Aviv information

No visas are needed for tourist visits lasting up to 3 months, but visitors should keep the stamped entry card they are given when they arrive until they leave, and passports need to be valid for at least 6 months from entry date. 

Usual vaccines should be up to date, and advised are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies. Do haggle in markets as the prices are usually way too high. Snacks such as falafel (chickpeas and spices) will cost about 15 ILS and a restaurant meal is from around 30 ILS. A beer is around 10 ILS. 

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How to get from the airport to Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv airport to the centre by taxi takes about 20 minutes and is 140 ILS: The trains leave at 30/60 minute intervals from Terminal 3. Price is 14 ILS with the journey taking 20 min or so. A bus 5 from "Egged" goes to the El Al crossroads (motorway 40), from there passengers should take the public city bus. A hostel bed in shared rooms is from about 90 ILS and a single room will cost from around 180 ILS. The public transport system is good and a 'Rav-Tav Ticket' which is a rechargeable chip card for buses, gives you 20% off normal fares. A single ticket will be about 6.90 ILS. For transport around town, a Sherut shared taxi is about 6 - 8 ILS, and they add a 20% surcharge at night. However, choose these taxis as other ones tend to be more expensive.

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