Cheap Flights to Tel Aviv, Israel
Why visit Tel Aviv?
Tel Aviv may be the second largest city is Israel, but it is without a doubt the most cosmopolitan. A typical Mediterranean creature, this city is basked in warm sunshine, lined with golden beaches, and filled with a variety of interesting and ancient architecture. Visit this fun and vibrant city, the jewel of this Middle Eastern nation.
Things to do in Tel Aviv
Along the coast, visitors will find one of the city’s most atmospheric neighbourhoods: Jaffa. Once an Arab port town, this district has maintained its distinct Arabian flavour, with excellent Middle Eastern restaurants, souks, and charming boutiques. It is one of Tel Aviv’s more serene neighbourhoods, and wandering through its narrow streets will make you feel like you have stepped into a storybook adventure. Then head to the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv to learn about this important district and its part in the city’s history.
Away from Jaffa, but still on the coast, you will discover Tel Aviv’s top attraction, its beaches. Stroll along the city’s promenade and you will have your pick of its golden beaches. With ones for children and pets, ones for young revellers and even ones for romancing couples. Try Banana and Gordon beaches, for both their cafes and host of sun loungers to relax on.
While you’re in the city, take the time to see the Neve Tzedek Quarter, where much of the architecture is from the late 19th century, and houses small galleries and museums. This neighbourhood is filled with little boutiques as well as restaurants, and a few attractions like the Nachum Gutman Art Museum.
For those interested in architecture, don’t forget to head to the Bauhaus Centre, which offers tours of the prominent Bauhaus buildings in the city. These art-deco modernist structures contributed to Tel Aviv’s nickname as the White City, and its UNESCO World Heritage designation, and the tours are definitely worth your time.
Best time to visit Tel Aviv
· Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best seasons to visit the city. The crowds thin, but the mercury stays fairly high, around 19-27°C.
· Summer is the most popular time to travel to Tel Aviv, but this time of year can see highs of 30°C and can be quite stifling.
Best time to book
· For any long-haul flights from Australia, booking seven months in advance is likely to yield the best flight prices.
Expect to pay
· Israeli New Shekel (ILS).
· Sip on a hot coffee in this lovely city for 12ILS ($4).
Arriving in Tel Aviv by plane
· The primary international aviation hub is the Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) and this is where all long-haul flights are directed. For your own reference, it is worth noting that the city also has the Sde Dov Airport (SDV), which operates the domestic flights within Israel.
· Ben Gurion International is located about 25km outside of the city, and has an excellent range of facilities available to its guests. Expect to have access to free WiFi, cash machines, foreign exchange counters, meeting rooms, lots of food outlets, and a decent duty-free shopping.
· Flights to Tel Aviv usually fly via Hong Kong (HKG), Istanbul (IST), Frankfurt (FRA), Bangkok (BKK).
· Israel does not require Australian citizens to apply for a visa to enter the country, and you will likely be granted a stay of 3 months. Be sure to double check the entry requirements before you leave on the Australian travel advice website.
Transportation to city centre
· There is a fixed fare of 165ILS ($56) during the day from Ben Gurion International into Tel Aviv.
· There are bus and rail services into the downtown area, but passengers wanting a hassle-free way into the city can arrange an airport transfer to pick them up when they land.
· Hiring a car to get around Tel Aviv can be done in the airport, or you can sort out a car ahead of time using Skyscanner’s search tool.
Where to stay in Tel Aviv
· It is worth booking a hotel along the waterfront, as the Tel Aviv beaches, whether north, south or central are beautiful along the whole stretch of the city. Expect to pay premium prices for a sea view though.
· If you want atmosphere, then Jaffa is your ticket. Lots of restaurants, shops and quirky hotels to book into.
· Neve Tzedek is quieter than other parts of the city, and has a distinctly European vibe. Enjoyable for all the restaurants, cafes and galleries that populate the streets.
Useful tips before you go
· Tel Aviv is the most liberal city in the country, and you won’t have to modulate your dress. However, if you visit Jerusalem, you may find that on the whole it is more conservative.
· Giving a 10-15% tip for waiting staff in a restaurant is standard in Tel Aviv.
Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of June 2016
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