Hiring a car in Tel Aviv International Airport
Car rental desks at Tel Aviv International Airport (also known as the Ben Gurion Airport) can be found on the first floor, between the Arrivals and Departure Halls.
Avis, Budget, Dollar Thifty, Eldan, Hertz and Shlomo Sixt all service Ben Gurion Tel Aviv International Airport, and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can hire a range of vehicles to suit your needs, from small and efficient hatchbacks, to large people carriers, and 4x4 SUVs. Vehicles with automatic transmissions are more expensive than those with manual transmissions, so please keep that in mind when budgeting for your trip.
Leaving Tel Aviv International Airport
The airport is conveniently located only 20kms away from downtown Tel Aviv, and without traffic, the journey should only take 20 minutes.
Take Route 1 to Tel Aviv-Yafo, Route 1 will then become Route 20, where you can take the exit HaShalom Interchange to Route 2, heading to Arlozorov Street.
If you need to fill up on fuel before returning your hired vehicle, there is a fuel station on the premises of Ben Gurion Airport, at the old eastern entrance of the airport.
Driving in Tel Aviv
Israel, like Australia and the UK, drive on the left side of the road, and you’ll find most of the traffic signs are written in English. Avoid rush hours, which are typically 7-10:00am in the morning and 3-6:30pm in the evening. Within the city, you will find that there can be some slightly unusual driving regulations on different days of the week, so it is worth getting some local advice on your nearby area. Parking can be very difficult, so ensure the place you are staying offers parking spaces before you book your car.
Though Israel does not legally require an International Driving Permit (IDP) it is required by all car rental agencies in Israel that you have one.
What can you see and do in Tel Aviv?
Having a car in Israel is a fantastic way to see the country, as Israel is small and most of it is accessible by car. And there are lots of things to do in Tel Aviv; stroll through the old port town of Jaffa, traditionally Arab, and learn about its past in the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv. The spend the afternoon walking along the famous promenade and pick one of the eight Mediterranean beaches this city has to relax on.
Drive an hour east to see the historic city of Jerusalem, where many of Israel’s most famous sites are, from the Wailing Wall, to the Temple Mount and the inspiring Dome on the Rock. Another hour southeast from Jerusalem will take you to the Dead Sea, where you can take in the waters, said to be rejuvenating.
Driving an hour north from Tel Aviv will get you to Haifa, where you can wander in the UNESCO World Heritage Baha’i Gardens, a stepped garden of 19 levels that leads to the peak of Mount Carmel.
Please note all information is current as of October 2015.