Jerusalem is just a 35-minute drive from Ben Gurion International Airport, one of the largest travel hubs in the Middle East. There are direct flights to Ben Gurion from major cities throughout the world. Israel is only 2-5 hours by plane from Europe and Russia.
Ben Gurion Airport
Israel’s international airport, Ben Gurion, is a 40 minutes drive from Jerusalem. Security at Ben Gurion Airport is unmatched for its high standard. The airport was completely renovated in 2004 and is ultra-modern, efficient, and equipped with duty-free shops, restaurants, and currency exchanges. Most airlines fly to and from the renovated Terminal 3, with others based at Terminal 1.
From Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem
There are several means of transportation between Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem:
Taking an express train is the best way to travel to the city of Jerusalem. The train ride is only 20 minutes time and costs about $5.
Both private and shared taxis service Ben Gurion Airport. The Israel Airports Authority licenses private taxis that are conveniently situated at the Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall exit. A private taxi to Jerusalem costs approximately $63 Sunday through Friday and about $80 on Saturday. There is no need to book ahead for the trip to Jerusalem. Not all taxis accept credit cards, and visitors are advised to change a sufficient amount of money prior to leaving the airport.
Shared Taxi (Nesher Sherut)
The Nesher sherut -- a shared taxi service – is a cheaper, popular alternative to a private taxi. Nesher vans are located just outside the Arrivals Hall and will drop you off anywhere in Jerusalem. The vans leave when they have a full load of passengers, and those at the end of the drop-off list may have a journey of up to two hours. The service runs 24/7, and there is no need to pre-book when travelling from the airport. For travel from Jerusalem to the airport, you need to book 24 hours in advance and note your flight's departure time. The shared taxi costs about $17, with the current rate clearly posted outside the terminal.
There is a direct bus that makes round trips between Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem.
The No. 485 Afikim bus operates 24 hours a day (Saturday evening through late Friday afternoon) and departs from Terminals 1 and 3 at the airport and from several locations in Jerusalem, one of them the Central Bus Station. The journey is approximately an hour and costs about $5.