Tel Aviv is busy in July and August when Israelis take their holidays and head for the city. Not only are hotels and attractions crowded, some hotels add a surcharge to their rates and you may find the prices of flights to Tel Aviv follow trend.
Hotel prices are also very high during the Passover (early April) and Sukkoth (late September–early October) holidays. At the same time, services are curtailed and many Israelis go away for Passover. The locals that stay in Tel Aviv for the holiday can embrace a variety of activities for all ages of the family from parties and concerts to basking on the beautiful beaches. Magic Festival, Da Vinci Alive in Tel Aviv, International Photography Festival and the Tel Aviv Architecture Tours, to name a few, are a selection of the different events on during Passover. Hotel reservations for Passover need to be made at least four months in advance and flights to Tel Aviv should be booked six months to a year in advance. Tel Aviv is also very crowded during school holidays.
May and early to mid-September are pleasant times to visit the city, however the end of May marks the beginning of Tel Aviv’s Pride Week so there may be larger crowds than usual throughout the city. Tel Aviv Pride offers an annual vibrant, dazzling and spectacular parade and over 50 other events during Pride week for people to get involved in. Dine at hip restaurants, shop at stylish boutiques and dance the night away in your pick of the fabulous nightclubs and bars on offer which will all contribute to making an unforgettable and memorable holiday in Tel Aviv.
If you prefer cool, rainy weather to dry heat, November to March is a good time to visit as cheap flights to Tel Aviv are easier to find.
Take a break from the intensity of other places in Israel and enjoy a little rest and respite in Tel Aviv. Situated nicely along the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After a lazy day on the beach, head out for some nightlife, which some say could rival that of New York City or London. Tel Aviv is growing – both in population and in modernisation – at a very fast pace. Today, many travellers on flights to Tel Aviv are heading for business meetings in the city’s financial centre, or stopping overnight before boarding additional flights to Israel’s other destinations.
Even though the city is relatively young (founded in 1909) there are some historical aspects of Tel Aviv. Take a tour of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for its impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art; the Diaspora Museum (Beit Hatfutsot) tells the tale of Jewish history and welcomes millions of visitors year-round; and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cameri Theatre to the New Israel Opera call Tel Aviv home. The city is also home to Jaffa, which dates back thousands of years.
Tel Aviv is home to hundreds of thousands of Jews, Muslims and Christians and continues to adapt to the ever-changing world with the addition of new technology, state-of-the-art buildings and five-star restaurants and shopping boutiques. Flights to Tel Aviv are a great starting point for travellers going on to experience other parts of Israel.
Since its opening in 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has blossomed into the country’s best display of modern art. The permanent collection includes work from Chagall, Dali, Cezanne and Monet. Cultural programs at the museum include presentations on music, dance and cinema.
Tel Aviv has mild winters, hot summers, and high humidity year-round. August is the hottest month with temperatures in the 30s. January is the coolest month with average temperatures ranging from about 4 to the low teens. It rarely rains from May to September. Even though the months from November to March are rainy, many travellers who prefer the cooler temperatures should take advantage of cheap flights to Tel Aviv during this time.
Most of Tel Aviv’s sights are within walking distance of each other, making it very easy to get around on foot. If you get tired, you can always hop on a bus, sherut or taxi. Buses run all over town, but not on Saturdays. A sherut is a minibus that follows public bus routes. Seven people can ride at once and you can hop on or off at any point on the route. They are sometimes more convenient than a bus since they run more frequently. They also operate on Saturdays, but the rates are higher.
Taxis are convenient to hail, but fares run higher at night. Always make sure the meter is turned on.
Avoid driving unless you’re looking for some adventure. Tel Aviv drivers can be quite aggressive. Many streets don’t allow turns or are accessible only to taxis and public transport vehicles. Street signs are sporadic and often not in English, and parking can be hard to find.
The main airport for travellers with flights to Tel Aviv is Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV). The airport is situated 9 miles (15 km) southeast of Tel Aviv and a 45-minute drive from Jerusalem.
Car rental companies are located on the first floor of the East Gallery in the Greeters’ Hall. Desks are open 24/7.
Taxi services are regulated by the Israel Airports Authority. They drive to and from Jerusalem and to and from Haifa and the North.
There are several bus lines from the airport. Trains to Tel Aviv, sometimes continuing to Haifa and the North, depart from the airport every 20-60 minutes and arrive at Tel Aviv in 20 minutes.