Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)

(נמל התעופה בן גוריון)
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תל אביב-יפו
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  • 🇺🇸Maayan G.
    "the best place in israel!! :)"(15 Tips)
    Yechiel E.
    "Great duty free!!"(14 Tips)
    Eimear M.
    "Make sure you arrive to the airport 2.5 hours prior to departure."(13 Tips)
    Jenifer H.
    "Plan for more if traveling with el al."(7 Tips)
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  • Jakob D.
    Jakob D.June 19, 2014
    Lots of security checks, multiple luggage & passport checks, etc. But all the staff and security people are patient and nice though, so it is not so bad, only time-consuming. Be here in good time.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Gloria S.
    Gloria StoilovaOctober 29, 2012
    Good to come 2-3 hours before the flight.Security check is a must fot the safety of everyone.Be calm,confident and well prepared,upstairs is a nice duty free for some late shopping.Enjoy.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Tom M.
    Tom MorrisOctober 27, 2011
    Get to Ben Gurion as early as you can for your flight: if you aren't an Israeli citizen, the security takes a really long time. Try to remain calm even with the slightly intrusive questions.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Vladimir S.
    Vladimir SitnikovSeptember 2, 2013
    I'm impressed after reading all above tips. Check in and border control were really fast. Architecture deserves special mention. Very clean and light airport. Free wi-fi available.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Simsimy
    SimsimyAugust 24
    Been here 5+ times
    The early morning madness together with the overcomplicated, pointless screening procedure, and the the mess in the checkin stands makes feels like a punishment before your vacation
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • Baruch S.
    Baruch SadogurskyAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Wanna know which Dan lounge is less crowded? Look at the flights list on the screens on the concourses entrance and go to the one with less flights. That will also one be to accept cc "arrangements"
  • Alex S.
    Alex SlepianApril 28, 2014
    Make sure to get to the airport at least 3 hours early. Even to just go through security with a carry on the wait is an hour and you are asked tons of questions.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • NIL
    NILSeptember 11, 2015
    Good airport, but there are huge queues, you have to wait for along time for everything. Think twice before coming to here.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Eugene 
    Eugene October 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Remember, there are two security checks, each one can easily take more than an hour. Especially if you have a beard!
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • The White House
    The White HouseMarch 20, 2013
    "Why does the United States stand so strongly, so firmly with the State of Israel? And the answer is simple. We stand together because we share a common story" —President Obama at the arrival ceremony Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • James A.
    James AzarFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Flying out is a pain as security checks and lines are sometimes slower then usual. Overall great airport and lots of options for shopping and relaxing while waiting for your flight.
  • Martin A.
    Martin AssmannNovember 25, 2012
    Free wifi available at the airport. A taxi to Tel Aviv is about 130 NIS. Use the taximeter if you feel not confident to evaluate a fixed price. Ask the taxi driver for local recommendations.
  • Maria N.
    Maria NuyanzinaSeptember 2, 2013
    Extra fast pre-checkin/passport control, just asked a few questions, my suitcase wasn't even x-rayed. Friendly staff, free wi-fi, conveniently planned. One of the best airports and a safest one, too.
  • James C.
    James CullAugust 10
    If you're travelling internationally (especially with El Al), make sure you arrive at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight time. Be prepared for a lot of queueing and multiple security checks.
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • Dmitry P.
    Dmitry PupkovAugust 24, 2014
    Free WiFi. If you're going to TelAviv you can take a train/bus. There're shuttle buses to other cities (e.g. Jerusalem). Taxis have a choice between fixed price to nearby cities or using a meter.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KamererMarch 20, 2013
    Security can hold you up for up to an hour. Give yourself enough time so you don't miss your flight.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • meredith k.
    meredith kerekesMarch 13, 2015
    Quite possibly the world's safest and most secure airport. Passenger screening is tight but obviously worth it.
  • NFTY in Israel
    NFTY in IsraelMarch 16, 2011
    A rarity for an airport, check out the palm tree-lined garden outside Terminal 3. It includes citrus orchards, agricultural fields, olive groves, and stone terraces.
  • Tom R.
    Tom RothenbergSeptember 24, 2014
    Pondering checking in bag or taking on plane? Check it. Or else, you'll be doing lots of repacking @ xray. They take security seriously - everything's getting taken apart & swabbed.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StoltzJune 25, 2011
    If you have young kids, find the nursery off the main hall (thru security) - changing tables, private nursing rms, & filtered water. Plus, a playground. Every int'l airport should offer.
  • Andrei F.
    Andrei FuentesDecember 22, 2012
    I went through 6 security checks and a 45 minutes security interrogatory. Arrive at least 4 hours before your flight, specially during the holidays.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Vassilis T.
    Vassilis TsApril 22
    Modern airport which is usually very busy. I like its design and it's convenient!
  • Fatih G.
    Fatih GündoğanDecember 28, 2013
    They are asking bullshit questions juat before checkin. Answer as short as possible :) if you answer like a story they are very very curious about listening the story and much more.. desperate guys.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • I K.
    I KJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The concept of a line in Israel is quite blurry. So when entering the line for gate security, keep your elbows out, because Israeli people will be cutting the line right and left. Enjoy :-)
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Veysel S.
    Veysel Soylu1 week ago
    It's a big but well-planned and clean airport. Be ready for tight security check.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • David G.
    David GerechtDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hey, border control, if you have 32 desks but only have 4 open for the 300+ people in line, don't be surprised if the population thinks you're overpaid and useless.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Andrew C.
    Best security in the world-always feel safe and secure here!!! Make sure to arrive earlier than usual to go thru the extra security measures
  • Derek T.
    Derek TiggesJuly 11, 2013
    I actually liked the sweet girls at the security check. Don't forget, it's for your own safety! The airport itself looks pretty nice.
  • Hagai F.
    Hagai FeinerFebruary 5, 2013
    Welcome to the land of the Jewish people, where people are happy even if things are tough. Drive slow, be safe and enjoy your stay!
  • Luis B.
    Luis BorgesSeptember 2, 2011
    come to the airport 3 hours befor your flight if you want to be relaxed. Get prepared for waiting in line for the multiple security checks.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BeloshytskayaFebruary 21, 2015
    No need to hurry while off-boarding and passport control: your luggage will be the last anyway 😂 however, the airport is pretty nice and duty free section is really huge.
  • Frani L.
    Frani LiebermanJuly 8, 2012
    Get here majorly majorly early. I mean like 3-4 hours early. Know it sounds awful, but you will miss your flight if you do not listen to this little tip.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Lukasz G.
    Lukasz GadowskiJanuary 4, 2015
    guter Flughafen, vernünftige Läden ; for 125usd you can bypass border Control and security lines. makes sense. professional staff.
  • Jerry M.
    Jerry MannelDecember 8, 2013
    Also arrive a bit early for the flights. The security process before and after check-in could take time.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • NIL
    NILSeptember 11, 2015
    One of the best international airports, but now there are a lot of queues, you must wait a lot for time for everything. It's terrible.
  • Eden H.
    Eden HananApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You should get here 3 hours before departure otherwise you might miss your flight.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Lany S.
    Lany SommersJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It took 7 people 1 hour and 45 minutes to search me, take and check in all my electronics, and interrogate me (twice, once with someone else's passport). Totaly check in time 2hours and 45 min.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJanuary 14, 2011
    One of the most architecturally amazing airports that I've ever seen. It has plenty of shops and restaurants. I wish I was still there.
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • Haydée V.
    Haydée VeintimillaAugust 25, 2013
    Most strict airport security in the World. You´ll need more than 4-5 hours before flight departure. Expect check of ALL bags, item by item
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Jean-Francois D.
    Arrive minimum 4 h before your flight. Security screening is the most severe in the world.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Eugene F.
    Eugene FarfelJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Power socket with a chair is available on the ground floor on the right side between the elevator hall and "do not enter" signed door.
  • Matt v.
    Matt vdMJune 19, 2013
    Admire the outstanding architecture while you are waiting (longer than anywhere else)
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Chris K.
    Chris KendallFebruary 4, 2015
    Surprisingly easy to get through the airport security and passport stuff. Very efficient, or maybe it's because it was very quiet when I came through
  • Sandra B.
    Unlimited wifi, so silly with airports that have only for 1hour. Good taxfree ,air conditioning, nice looking airport :)
  • Ayse T.
    Ayse TuncayFebruary 9, 2012
    Be there at least 3 hrs before your flight and relax coz you will be waiting standing for hours
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • Neil S.
    Neil SethiJune 23, 2014
    If you're arriving, google maps and apple imessage are indispensable tools for your Israeli adventure. Have fun!
  • Francesca Romana
    Francesca RomanaSeptember 13, 2015
    Not clear you need to pass a first security check. You risk to miss your flight. Once passed that usually the rest goes smoothly.
    Upvoted Nov 8
  • heidi h.
    Nice and fresh AirPort. Endless security and passport checks with as friendly (as the situation allows) staff.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysJune 10, 2014
    Get your photo taken while floating in the water! The Dead Sea is in the running to be included as one of the “new 7 wonders of the world”, a title it truly deserves.
  • Nicolas G.
    Nicolas G.May 26, 2013
    BE CAREFUL!! In the duty free section some shops have prices in US dollar/Euros. It seems cheap in shekel but its not. $19 for a snowball not 19shekel!Be aware, to buy in shekel buy it before security
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