Tel-Aviv - Tourist Useful Information
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As you can see from the chart, it is quite hot in Tel-Aviv. If you don't like cold weather the only months to avoid are December, January and February but even during these months, there are many sunny days.
Tel-Aviv has more than 300 sunny days a year.
July and August are very hot and humid but all places in Israel have air-conditioning (not the beach).
Probably during autumn and spring when it is not too hot but you can still go to the beach (September, October, May, June). November is usually also fine, the lifeguard at the beach is still working, which means people are still entering into the water, and the sea is usually very smooth in October and November, no waves.
Regarding hotel prices:
July, August is the hot season. Kids are on vacation. prices are high
You should know that Kippur day (In October) is a very special day in Israel. There is no car traffic so wherever you happen to be on the eve of the feast, there you will stay for the next 24 hours. I still recommend to be on that day in Tel-Aviv because it is very special. (Many cities in the world would like to have a day without cars, Israel did it somehow)
Pessah (April) is a feast in which during one week, most grocery stores are not selling bread and its subproducts (Pasta...), same with many restaurants. Again, this is not a reason to avoid Tel-Aviv, you can still find bread in many places or eat the traditional "Matza".
Note 1: Feasts that are non labour days (National holiday) are colored green in the following table.
Note 2: Feasts in Israel, like the day of Shabat, begin one day before, at sunset.
Note 3: Children at school have more "National holidays".
Here are the dates for 2012 and 2013:
||24 Feb||16 Mar
||26 Mar, 1 Apr|| 15 Apr, 21 Apr
||8 Apr||28 Apr
||15 Apr||5 May
||16 Apr||6 May
||28 Apr|| 18 May
||15 May||4 Jun
||5, 6 Sep||25, 26 Sep
||14 Sep||4 Oct
||19 Sep|| 9 Oct
||26 Sep|| 16 Oct
||28 Nov||17 Dec
Some prices of products in Tel-Aviv in the year 2013:
Bus ticket in Tel-Aviv: 6.60 shekels
Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem by bus, one way: 18 shekels
Sandwich Falafel: 16 shekels
A drink with the Falafel: 8 shekels
Mac Donalds Big Mac meal: 30 shekels
A movie at a cinema: 38 shekels (don't buy the popcorn, too expensive)
One night in a private room in a hostel: 200 shekels
One night in a standard room at the Hilton hotel: 1500 shekels
Use this Currency Converter to get the prices in your local currency. Personal safety:
Much safer than major big cities in the world. The murder rate in Israel is 2.1 per 100,000 people compared to 5.0 in the U.S (source Wikipedia). Road accidents are like in Europe and the U.S (source Wikipedia)
Girls are going to party at night with very short clothes. In cities like Paris or London it is less safe to do so.
There have been periods with terrorist attacks on Tel-Aviv and of course it makes a big psychological impact but statistically you have much more probability to get hurt in a car accident than from a terrorist attack. (And anyway, a terrorist may reach you also on a peaceful island in Norway as occurred in 2011)
At War time or when there is an earthquake:
Avoid Israel when it is at war (You know, nuclear missiles flying in all directions). We will try to win the war as fast as possible so that you can come back to visit.
Note: Life expectancy in Israel is one of the highest in the world. In 2010 Israel was in third position with an average of 82 years (80 for men and 84 for women). (source Wikipedia)
As you see, Israel is a small country. Eilat in the south is a little bit far, you can take a bus for 4 hours or a flight of 50 minutes.
- Tel-Aviv is the center of Israel in many aspects. How can you understand a country without visiting its economic and cultural center? Tel-Aviv is where movies are filmed, the place were politicians, students and celebrities choose to live and the place where protests are held.
- Tel-Aviv is fun: it has beaches and it has a joyful atmosphere. Tel-Aviv was chosen by Lonely Planet in 2012 as one of the most vibrant cities and beach cities and it was chosen in 2013 as one of the most innovative cities.
From the U.S: Around 10 hours
here, on TripAdvisor.
(See on Map) In order to arrive to Tel-Aviv you can use the train, it operates also at night and the trip takes about 20 minutes. See the train schedule in this Train Company Internet Site.
You can also take Taxi. There are no shared taxis to Tel-Aviv (Sherut service).
these activities during the day and go to the nightlife spots during the nights. Israeli Tourism Ministry site. You can also look at the ministry of foreign affairs Site for information about more types of visas. here, on TripAdvisor.
You can reserve an hostel for Tel-Aviv here, on HostelWorld.
- The Tel-Aviv port area in the north of the city.
- Around Florentin street.
- Lilenblum and Rothschild streets, close to Hertzel street.
- Alenby street, close to the sea.
- Neve Tzedek, the main street Shabazi
- The Station complex (Atahana), close to Jaffa on the shore.
- Take a tour on the Touristic Bus or (and) a Walking
- Visit the place where the state of Israel was first declared: the
hall at 16, Rothschild street, visit
other Museums in town,
like the Jewish diaspora museum in Tel-Aviv university.
- Go shopping in one of the Malls.
- Walk in the streets: Shenkin, Nahalat Binyamin,
Dizengoff. Visit Neve
Tzedek neighborhood, the Tahana, old Jaffa, the port area.
- Take a view of the city from the 50 floor of the Azrieli towers.
- Visit the Yarkon
park (you can rent a public bike). There is also
a botanical garden in the park.
- Go for a day trip to Jerusalem by public bus (50 minutes)
- Go for a day trip to Haifa by train (1 hour)
Timeout magazine, page 100. You can also look at this TripAdvisor Restaurant guide.
Restaurants, spectacles and entertainment areas are very active on Shabat. Shops and businesses are closed but you can find grocery products in some places.
The day of the Shabat starts on Friday at sunset and ends on Saturday at sunset.
(See on Map) Merkaz Savidor(Main train station and northern central Bus station), Ashalom (Azrieli towers), Aagana (Central Bus station). The train doesn't always stop at all these stations. With the train you can go to Haifa, Naariya, Ashdod, Beer-Sheva and many other suburban destinations. To go to Jerusalem it is better to take the bus from one of the two central Bus stations(faster)and to go to Eilat a bus or a flight. Train Company Internet Site.
(See on Map)
The main company for Tel-Aviv lines is Dan.
You can also use this bus itinerary planner site.
Ask people around you, most Israelis like to talk, it is the best way to get information.
Jerusalem is at just 65 Km from Tel-Aviv with the highway number one. The fastest way to arrive to Jerusalem with public transport (as for 2013) is by taking the Bus from one of the two bus central stations of Tel-Aviv. The journey takes about 50 minutes. Once you arrive to the central station of Jerusalem you can use the light train to get to the city center and the old city (about 15 minutes).
By Train - In these days a new railway is being built between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem but it will take a few years to be operational, for now there is an old railway with nice scenery but the journey takes almost 2 hours and you arrive to another part of Jerusalem (Malka mall).
Haifa is at 100 Km from Tel-Aviv and the best way to get there is by train, it takes one hour. The train stops at several stations in Tel-Aviv. Once you arrive to Haifa by train (Haifa Center Station), you can take the funicular (Carmelit) to climb the mountain. There are also buses from Tel-Aviv to Haifa, of course.
Eilat is at 350 Km from Tel-Aviv. There is not a train to Eilat. You can take a bus for about 5 hours (also at night) or you can take a short flight.
Kastel taxi Tel: 03-6994242 or *3242 from mobile phone
New-York taxi Tel: 03-5237722 or *227 from mobile phone
Panoramic Touristic Bus Internet Site Walking tours in Tel-Aviv
A Segway tour is also an interesting way to explore Tel-Aviv.
Currency Converter to know the rates.
Tel-Aviv Museum of Art
Eretz Israel Museum (Ancient cultures of Israel)
See this site for the complete list of museums. Dizengoff Center, it is big and right in the center of town (On Fridays there are stands selling home made food and it is very animated). The second largest mall in Tel-Aviv is Azrieli Center, right at the base of the Azrieli towers, you can’t miss them, they are the tallest buildings in town. There are some local, smaller malls: Gan-Ahir near the City hall building and the Opera building on the beach. There is an Arts & Crafts bazaar in Nahalat Binyamin street (on Tuesdays and Fridays). On Fridays you can visit the Flea market in Jaffa, it is recently very animated with new cafés. You can find commercial streets a little bit everywhere in town, Dizengoff street is one of them. You can find more big malls a little bit outside of town: Arena Center in Herzelia Pituah (it is on the beach and there is a Marina there with many cafés), Ramat-Aviv Mall in Ramat-Aviv, and Ayalon Mall in Ramat-Gan.
(See Map with all the Commercial Centers in town). Tel-O-fun. You can take a bike in one station and bring it back in another. You can pay for this service with an international credit card at the stations. There are also private shops for renting bikes in Tel-Aviv, some are located close to the beaches. Also some hotels give that service. MotoGo is doing rentals per days. outdoor gyms which are spread all over the city, you can go to a regular gym, some of them are quite fashionable with music playing as loud as in a dancing club, some include a swimming pool.
Here are some gyms located in the center:
- Gordon swimming pool and gym, right on the Gordon beach. The swimming pool is an Olympic size and is in open-air.
- Holmes place: They have two branches in the center, one in the Azrieli towers (with a swimming pool) and the other in Dizengoff center.
Shape - Near the municipality at 68 Even Gvirol street.
Start from there and ask the people for the other places to dance (it changes).
In Tel-Aviv you can dance Salsa almost every day of the week. The evening usually begins around 22:00 with a lesson of one hour in many levels and just after comes the party. Going to Salsa in Israel is a good way to meet people and if you can't dance Salsa, simply join the beginner level group.
- The beach and swimming pools.
- Water parks - the most central one is the Meymadion in the Yarkon park (Yeushua park). Another is Shfayim, in a kibutz north of Tel-Aviv and there is Yamit 2000, south of Tel-Aviv in the city of Hulon.
- Tel-Aviv Malls,
they are air-conditioned and some of them have
special playgrounds for kids.
- The Azrieli
towers have an observatory deck at the top floor and
a 3D movie.
- The Yarkon park - you can rent there a boat on the river, visit
the Tzapari (a small zoo) and a
- Rent bikes, there is Tel-O-fun, the public service and there are also
- Visit the Safari
(big Zoological park) in Ramat-gan (a short bus ride), there are
tours with a "kid train" for those who don't come with a car.
- In the port of Jaffa, there are short boat tours.
- If you are willing to go out of town : Mini Israel is an attraction with replica models of Israeli sites and regions.
- Travel to Jerusalem by train - with the old rails it takes almost
two hours but the scenery is nice between Bet-Shemesh and Jerusalem.
here. Neve Tzedek and Atahana
Video: Rothschild Boulevard
Video: Sheinkin, Nahalat Binyamin, Dizengoff Center
Video: Rikudei-Am at Gordon Beach
Video: Rabin Square - A Demonstration
Video: Dog Beach
Video: Matkot Game at the Beach
Video: Kippur Day in Tel-Aviv
Live Webcam: If you want to see Tel-Aviv in live enter the Ayalon highway site. If you choose camera number 7, you see the Azrieli towers.
Israeli Tourism official Site
Tel-Aviv municipality official Site
Timout magazine Tel-Aviv
Don't forget to visit the pages Tel-Aviv - Only the Important Stuff, to get a taste of Tel-Aviv atmosphere and more information.
If you have specific questions about Tel-Aviv or Israel, you can ask them in this TripAdvisor Forum.
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