Cheap Flights to Tel-Aviv, Israel
- Area City : 52 km² (20 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : +972-3
- Currency : New Israel Shekel (NIS)
- Population City : 432,892 (2015)
- Official Language : Hebrew, Arabic
- Time Zones : IST (UTC+2) Summer (DST): IDT (UTC+3)
- Airports : Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
Located on Highway 1 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, TLV is 19km from the city and easily accessible. Passengers can take taxis (located outside arrivals), shared-taxis, rental vehicles, public buses or the train to reach the city and other destinations. TLV is the biggest and busiest airport in Israel and one of the most secure around the globe.
Travellers in South Africa can fly from Cape Town to TLV with the following airlines:
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 12h 15m+
- British Airways, EL AL (via Johannesburg) 13h 25m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 13h 35m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 15h 5m+
Airlines touching down at TLV include amongst others:
- Air Berlin
- Air Europa
- Air France
Reasons to Visit Tel-Aviv, Israel:
- The city is the second largest in Israel and paradise for anyone interested in history, archaeology, theology or just wanting a fantastic holiday in a city that pulsates day and night with stretches of magnificent beaches along the Mediterranean. Spend more than a night out at one of many chic cafes, bars, nightclubs, music venues or the theatre and youll understand why Tel Avivs nicknames comprise The White City, the Non-Stop City, The City That Never Sleeps, The Bubble, TLV, The Big Orange and, titled by the New York Times, the Mediterranean Capital of Cool.
- Israels first Kingdom is thought to have been founded in the 11th century B.C. The country experienced innumerable battles, a variety of rulers, Roman and Arab invasions, the Ottoman Empire and the British. On 14th of May 1948, the State of Israel was founded.
- There are terrific beach resorts and for backpackers a good selection of clean, comfortable hostels in great locations including apartments, B&Bs, budget, boutique and ultra-luxury hotels. The city offers an abundance of excellent eateries serving local and international cuisines and the street foods also appetising.
When to Go Tel-Aviv, Israel:
March through April (spring) and September through November (autumn) afford agreeable temperatures and reasonable prices. Spring is great with warmer days perfect for outdoors but perhaps not yet warm enough to swim. Autumns also a good time as tourists leave for home and streets are somewhat quieter, except for the days of Rosh Hashana and Yon Kippur.
Summer from May to August is most preferred, specifically for the beaches. The winter months of December through February have hotels increasing rates and its the rainy season.
Places to Visit Tel-Aviv, Israel:
- The Eretz Israel Museum gives insight to the countrys archaeology, crafts and folklore and features an on-site excavation of 12th century B.C. ruins. Beit Hatfutsot museum displays the history of Jewish communities around the world while Palmach Museum is dedicated to the Palmach strike-force that later unified with Israels Defence Force. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art includes works by Reuven Rubin, Yigal Tumarkin and Gal Weinstein. A hidden gem is Joseph Bau House. Glean more on this artists amazing background who was born in Poland in 1920. Nahum Gutman Museum of Art is housed within the historical Writers Home, one of the first buildings constructed in 1887 in the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood. The museum showcases splendid illustrations, paintings and writings by Nahum Gutman, a celebrated Israeli artist. Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery is deemed most significant in the country, for contemporary art. Opening in 1925 Bialik House, now a museum, was the home of Hebrew national poet Hayyim Nahman Bialik who wrote modern Hebrew and Yiddish poetry. The historic house museum Ben-Gurion House was utilised as an added residence for the Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. The Childrens Museum located in Holon affords some great activities for children aged two to 12.
- Situated between Tel Aviv and Herzliya Pituach is the Apollonia National Park, a hidden treasure for relaxation with cliffs and splendid vistas of the beach and ocean below and a fortress, built between 1241 and 1265.
- Yarkon Park is beautifully lush and ideal for relaxing or fun times with the family. With the Yarkon River flowing through it, there are six landscaped gardens, a pond and numerous sporting facilities.
- The 250 acre Ramat Gan Safari is Tel Avivs zoological centre thats home to the largest collection of human-cared wildlife in the Middle East. Visitors can take a drive-through African safari or stroll through the modern outdoor zoo.
- Ideal for families is Luna Park, an amusement park located in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds comprising bumper cars, carousels and a Ferris wheel or spend a day at Superland, located in Rishon LeZion on 94 acres with three roller coasters, bungee jumping and a cable car.
- Tel Aviv Port is a popular entertainment and commercial area with restaurants, shops, lively farmers markets and events including cycling, jogging or walking along the boardwalk or tanning on the beach.
- Visitors have a great variety of theatre opportunities. Habima Theatre (the National Theatre), founded in 1912 puts on enormous, extravagant productions and is Israels most revered theatre. The intimate fringe Tmuna Theatre focuses on avant garde theatre productions of dance, music, literature, poetry and fine art exhibitions. Other theatres include Beit Lessen, Cameri, Gesher, the Arab Hebrew Theatre and Tzavta.
- Chef Eyal Shani at HaSalon in Jaffa ensures the best and most delectable local cuisine experience ever in an upbeat relaxed atmosphere and the Kitchen Market, situated in Tel Avivs indoor market, provides great Israeli food with fabulous views. For the best choice of seafood, located on Rothschild Blvd, Milgo & Milbar run by two young chefs is climbing in rave reviews. Norman Restaurant located in the celebrated Norman Hotel affords a high-end dining experience either alfresco, in the lovely main dining room, or in a private reserved area.
- The promenade provides an enjoyable walk or cycle to the charming ancient Old City of Jaffa and its safe for ladies to walk unaccompanied. Start from the Tel Aviv Marina and make your way through the Charles Clore Park, (a 29.6 acre park adjacent to the Mediterranean) to Jaffa Port, one of the most ancient harbours in the world. Take in the Franciscan St Peters Church, old city houses that overlook the ocean and lanes that comprise delightful stores and museums. The northern section of the port provides panoramic views of the city.
- Take a worthwhile drive to the beautiful port city of Ashdod, just 40 minutes south of Tel Aviv. Once a fortified Canaanite city, Ashdod offers attractions such as Givat Yonah (Jonahs Hill) a popular archaeological site, the Ad Halom Bridge (and lookout) from the Ottoman Empire and the Or Torah Tunisian Synagogue with interior walls of exquisite mosaic artistry, 140 stained-glass windows and a dome symbolising the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Ashdods Corinne Maman Museum of Philistine Culture displays archaeological discoveries adjacent to high-tech experiential exhibits. Visit Ashdod Nitzanim Sand Dune Park or take a walk along the Lachish Stream promenade to the free zoo housing with rare Berber sheep, ostriches, deer, zebras and other animals. There are marvellous beaches, excellent restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, a pleasing marina to stroll along and the Ashdod Performing Arts Centre is a striking piece of architectural design to be seen.
Getting Around Tel-Aviv, Israel:
A great way to discover this city is by bike with its relatively flat landscape, cycle lanes and numerous attractions within close proximity.
There are two bus operators in the city, Egged and Dan. 10-ride cards can be purchased with a discount and tickets are available on the bus.
The train is best for the airport and for day trips to the greater Tel Aviv area and cities nearby like Jerusalem, Haifa and Beer Sheva. Cheaper round trip tickets can be purchased or get a combo ticket thats inclusive of a free day pass for Dan buses. Trains run daily, not as often on Fridays and Saturdays and rates are dependent on distance travelled.
Theres always a cab available in Tel Aviv. Comprising numerous models and makes, their roof-top signs indicate their availability. Make sure the metre is on when you get in.
Sheruts are minivans that take between 7 to 12 passengers and travel the same routes as buses, with similar fares, but much faster trips.
Reputable rental companies located in the city comprise Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Budget and others.