Flights to Israel - international flight tickets and hacker fares

Israel is open to international tourism

Visitors from all around the world can now enter Israel, regardless of their vaccination status. Foreign travelers are not required to quarantine, or present evidence of a negative Covid test result. However, health insurance with coverage for Covid treatment is necessary for the duration of the trip.

Most flights to Isreal have been resumed. Transiting via Israeli airports in order to travel on to other destinations is not currently permitted.

Arriving in Tel Aviv

  • If you are flying to Tel Aviv from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportBen Gurion Airport TLV It is located approximately 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Tel Aviv city center, near the city of Lod.

    TLV airport is known for its high security measures and has been recognized as one of the safest airports in the world. Upon arrival, passengers go through passport control and may be asked questions about the purpose of their visit to Israel. Baggage claims and customs are located on the lower level of the airport. Ben Gurion airport has a range of amenities for arriving passengers, including currency exchange offices, ATMs, restaurants, duty-free shops, and a VIP lounge. Various transportation options are available, right outside the arrivals hall, including taxis, buses, trains, and car rentals

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Tel Aviv. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Tel Aviv, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as El Al Israel Airlines, Arkia, Israir, and Ayit Aviation. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Tel Aviv can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirBaltic, Air Europa, Corendon Airlines, easyJet, FlyDubai, Pegasus Airlines, Ryanair, Smartwings, SunExpress, Transavia, Vueling, and Wizz Air. If you have a layover in Tel Aviv and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Tel Aviv

Best airports to fly into Tel Aviv: Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
Tel Aviv has one airport – Ben Gurion Airport TLV is the main international airport serving Tel Aviv and the rest of Israel. It is located approximately 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Tel Aviv city center, near the city of Lod.
Things to know before flying to Tel Aviv
Airlines flying to Tel AvivAegan Airlines, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Air Baltic, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Malta, Air Moldova, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, ANA, AnadoluJet, American Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Azimuth Airlines, Blue Air, Blue Bird Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific, Corendon Air, Cyprus Airways, Delta Air Lines, EasyJet, EgyptAir, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Flexflight, Fly One, FlyDubai, Georgian Airways, Gulf Air, Hisky, Iberia, Israir, ITA Airways, JetBlue, Kemya Airways, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Neos Air, Norwegian Air, Pegasus Airlines, Qantas, Red Wings, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, RyanAir, S7 Airlines, Smartwings, SunExpress, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Tarom, Thai Airways, TransAvia France, Turkish Airlines, TUS Airways, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Aerolíneas Vietnamitas, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Vueling, Wizz Air
Airlines of IsraelEl Al Israel Airlines, Arkia, Israir, Ayit Aviation
Main airports in Tel AvivBen Gurion Airport (TLV)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €100 – €250 (from Europe)
✈ $450 – $700 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Tel Aviv (student/family/seniors/military)

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The cheapest time to fly to Tel Aviv

The cheapest time to fly to Tel Aviv is during the winter – from November to March (excluding dates around Christmas and New Year). During these cooler months, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem take a break from the massive summer tourist crowds. With fewer tourists, the prices for flights, accommodation, attractions, and food dramatically decrease. If you are looking to save money, this is the best time to fly to Tel AViv.

If you prefer warmer temperatures, the shoulder season is also a period with low tourist traffic, offering the opportunity to find discounted flights. The shoulder season happens twice a year: in the spring – March to May – and again in the fall – September to November.

Tight security checks at Ben Gurion Airport

Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv is considered to be one of the safest airports in the world. It is also infamous amongst travelers for being seriously heavy with security. The internet is full of horror stories of intrusive luggage checks, innocent travelers being detained for hours, and forced to miss flights. However, it is important to understand that Israel has had a lot of issues in the past, and there is a history of tension in the region.

The truth is, with thousands of passengers coming in and out of the country every day, the airport employs a whole range of screening techniques (including an advanced luggage screening machine known as HBS) to make sure that they check everyone without causing delays and too much hassle. In practice for the majority of passengers, the airport security experience will be absolutely not that different from any other airport.

As there’s no way to avoid tight airport security checks, make sure you arrive at the TLV airport at least three hours before departure.

Questioning by Israeli airport security

All passengers arriving in Tel Aviv are interviewed by security personnel. The questioning is polite and friendly, and the whole process seems like a simple informal chat. Interviewers look for such warning signs as nervousness, lack of a concrete reason for traveling to Israel, and suspicious travel history (some Arabic countries or countries with Muslim majority such as Indonesia and Malaysia). “Risky” passengers may be sent to private rooms for questioning and searches. In rare cases, the officials might ask you to open your email or Facebook for inspection.

Try to have your answers ready for this process. If you have hosts in Tel Aviv, make sure you know their names and contact details (they might be called to validate this information). If you are staying in a hotel, have the reservation details. Tell the truth, stay calm and relaxed – nothing is personal, and you are not a suspect.

On completion of the interview, a sticker with a barcode will be stamped on the back of your passport. It will start with a number from “1” to “6”. Travelers who aren’t considered a threat at all by Israeli security are given numbers from “1” to “4”. Number “5” is for foreign visitors who raise some red flags (they may be questioned again). Number “6” is considered a high-security risk and such travelers would be subjected to further stringent questioning and screening.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and others.

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: @EL_AL_AIRLINES” if contacting Israeli national carrier EL AL Airlines). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

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Flights to Tel Aviv from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Tel Aviv. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Tel Aviv, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are multiple options for direct flights from the United States to Tel Aviv. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, EL AL Israel Airlines, JetBlue, and Lufthansa offer non-stop flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Prices start at $500 one-way for 11-14 hours long flight.

    If you are departing from Canada, Air Canada flies direct to Tel Aviv from Toronto (flight time: 10 hours 30 min)
  • Tel Aviv is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Tel Aviv with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Tel Aviv from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, Air France, British Airways, KLM, LOT, and Lufthansa. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Avoid currency exchange kiosks at Israeli airports

It is always a good idea to bring some cash with you to Tel AViv. The official currency of Israel is the New Israel Shekel or shekel for short (usually abbreviated “NIS”), subdivided into 100 agorot.

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Israeli airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and bring a significant proportion of your spending money in cash. You may also try to exchange some money for the Israeli shekel at one of the plentiful ATMs located at the airports, and all over the country. Virtually all of them accept foreign Visa and MasterCards.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and others.

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: @EL_AL_AIRLINES” if contacting Israeli national carrier EL AL Airlines). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

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Flights to Tel Aviv from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Tel Aviv — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Direct flights from Europe to Tel Aviv are just 2-5 hours long. Most large European hubs have a nonstop connection to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport — including Amsterdam, Athens, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich. You can fly non-stop from Europe to Tel Aviv with popular low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Pegasus Airlines, Norwegian Air, Ryanair, Smartwings, and Wizz Air
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Tel Aviv include Aegean Airlines, Air Malta, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Georgian Airways, Iberia, KLM, LOT, Neos Air, SWISS, TAP, Tarom, and Virgin Atlantic.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Tel Aviv from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Tel Aviv: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Last-minute flights to Tel Aviv. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Tel Aviv almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

Last-minute flight cost spike
Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Tel Aviv is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Looking for the best deals for Tel Aviv? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Tel Aviv from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Tel Aviv, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Tel Aviv, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

The same goes for long-haul flights to Tel Aviv from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

Domestic flights from Tel Aviv

Most domestic routes in Israel are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Nazareth, and Petah Tikva from Tel Aviv Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: El Al Israel Airlines, Arkia, Israir, and Ayit Aviation.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Israeli destinations.

Flights to Tel Aviv from Australia and New Zealand

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“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Tel Aviv, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Booking group flights to Tel Aviv

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Tel Aviv can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Tel Aviv and can help with logistics and scheduling.

Flights to Tel Aviv from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Tel Aviv is well-connected with large hubs in the Asia Pacific. There are direct flights to Tel Aviv TLV airport from Bangkok BKK, Beijing PEK, Dubai DXB, Hong Kong HKG, New Delhi DEL, Phuket HKT, Seoul ICN, Shanghai PVG, Tashkent TAS, and Tokyo NRT.
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Tel Aviv look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Tel Aviv will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Israel and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Tel Aviv — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Israel to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Israel and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Tel Aviv, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.