Tel-Aviv - Tourist Useful Information

Frequently Asked Questions:

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What is the weather in Tel-Aviv ?

Here are the average temperatures and precipitations:

Month
Max (C)
Min (C)
Rain (mm)
January
18
10
127
February
18
10
90
March
19
12
61
April
23
14
18
May
25
17
2.3
June
28
21
0
July
29
23
0
August
30
24
0.7
September
29
23
0.4
October
27
19
26
November
23
15
79
December
19
11
126

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).

What is the best time to visit Tel-Aviv ?

Regarding the weather:
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
Regarding feasts:
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".

When is school vacation in Israel ?

July, August and during national feasts.

When are the feasts in Israel ?

Feasts in Israel run according to the Jewish calendar so each year they fall on other specific dates.
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 2016 and 2017 :


2017
2016
Feast
Date
Date
Purim
12 Mar 24 Mar
Pesah
10 Apr, 17 Apr
23 Apr, 29 Apr
Holocaust memorial
24 Apr
5 May
Wars memorial
1 May 11 May
Independence day
2 May 12 May
Lag Baomer
13 May
26 May
Shavuot
30 May
12 Jun
Rosh ashana
20, 21 Sep
3, 4 Oct
Kippur
29 Sep
12 Oct
Sukkot
4 Oct
17 Oct
Simhat Tora
12 Oct
24 Oct
Hanuka
12 Dec
25 Dec

Where is Tel-Aviv ?

Tel-Aviv is quite in the center of Israel and It lies on the Mediterranean coast (many  beaches...). Tel-Aviv is just 120 Km from Lebanon, 55 Km from the Gaza strip, 74 Km from Jordan and just 20 Km from the West Bank (straight line distances). See here distances from Tel-Aviv to major cities in Israel.
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How big is Tel-Aviv ?

To get an idea: If you walk from the port area in the north, to Jaffa in the south it will be 5 Km. From the sea to the Ayalon highway 2.5 Km. So Tel-Aviv is not that big, you can walk to most central places, ride a bike or take a short bus ride. Tel-Aviv itself has around 400,000 inhabitants but with its surrounding towns (Gush Dan area) it gets to more than 3,000,000 which is more than 40% of all the inhabitants of Israel.
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How much does it cost to visit Tel-Aviv ?

Look at the Tel-Aviv cost page.

Are Israeli girls beautiful ? (Asked Only by Males)

Yes, but usually they want to have a minimum of 3 kids in their family.

How safe is it to visit Tel-Aviv ?

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)
For Women:
Girls are going to party at night with very short clothes. In cities like Paris or London it is less safe to do so.
Terrorist attacks:
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)

What are the distances from Tel-Aviv to other cities in Israel ?

Jerusalem
65 km
Haifa
100 km
Airport
21 km
Eilat
350 km
Tiberias
135 km
Natania
33 km
Beer Sheva
103 km
Ashdod
42 km
Natzereth
106 km

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.

Why Visit Tel-Aviv ?

Many tourists are skipping Tel-Aviv, thinking that the city is just a residential area and that they better concentrate on famous tourist destinations like Jerusalem. Here are two good reasons why you shouldn’t miss Tel-Aviv:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
So, let the other tourists go for the holy places and just come to enjoy Tel-Aviv.

Which Airlines are flying to Israel ? What are the Israeli airlines ?

Israeli Airlines :
The Israeli National Airline : El-AL
Low cost Israeli Airlines : Arkia, Israir, Up
Non Israeli Airlines :
Low cost airlines from Europe like : Easyjet, Airberlin, Germanwings, Wizz, Aireuropa, Vueling
International regular airlines like : Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Aeroflot etc...

Tip: You can know which airlines are flying to Israel by looking at the real time arrival (or departure) page on Tel-Aviv Airport site.

For fun: You can watch airplanes landing in Israel on FlighRadar24.

You can search and reserve a flight ticket here, on TripAdvisor.

What is the Flight time to Tel-Aviv ?

From Europe: Around 4 hours
From the U.S: Around 10 hours

How can I reserve a flight ticket to Tel-Aviv ?

You can reserve a flight ticket here, on TripAdvisor.

How can I get from the Airport to Tel-Aviv ?

See it here, on the Transport page.

How many days should I stay in Tel-Aviv ?

Tel-Aviv is not big and it doesn't have famous monuments that are a "must see" for tourists. On the other hand, Tel-Aviv is a pleasant city to stay with nice beaches, parks, cafés, people and nightlife. I would say that 2 days is a minimum to get the spirit of Tel-Aviv. In 2 days you can do some of these activities during the day and go to the nightlife spots during the nights.

Do I need a Visa in order to visit Israel ?

Citizens of many countries will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port or entrance terminal to Israel. You can see the list of countries in this Israeli Tourism Ministry site. You can also look at the ministry of foreign affairs Site for information about more types of visas.

Where to Stay in Tel-Aviv ? Potential zones for Hotels ?

Visit the page : Where to Stay in Tel-Aviv for an overview about potential zones to stay in town.

How can I reserve an Hotel or Hostel for Tel-Aviv ?

Visit the page : Where to Stay in Tel-Aviv for an overview about potential zones to stay in town.

Where are the main areas for nightlife, bars and dancing clubs in Tel-Aviv ?

See it in the page - What to Visit and Do in Tel-Aviv - Nightlife

What can I do in Tel-Aviv during the day ?

See it in the page - What to Visit and Do in Tel-Aviv

Do Israelis speak English ?

The main language in Israel is Hebrew but most Israelis have a good level of English. Street signs are everywhere in English, menus in restaurants etc... You may find in Tel-Aviv people speaking also: Arabic(specially in Yaffo), Russian, French and Spanish.

How can I find a good Restaurant in Tel-Aviv ?

Look at this TripAdvisor Tel-Aviv Restaurant Guide.
You can filter the restaurants with the menu on the left, for example to show only Vegetarian cuisine.

Is there public transportation on the Shabat day (Saturday) ?

See it here, on the Transport page.

To where can I go with the train from Tel Aviv and where are the stations ?

See it here, on the Transport page.

Where are the Central Bus Stations in Tel Aviv ?

See it here, on the Transport page.

How can I know Bus schedules and Itineraries at Tel-Aviv ?

See it here, on the Transport page.

How to go from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, Haifa and Eilat ?

For Jerusalem: see it here, on the Transport page.
For Haifa: see it here, on the Transport page.
For Eilat :see it here, on the Transport page.

How can I call a Taxi in Tel-Aviv ?

See it here, on the Transport page.

Is there a Tourist Bus in Tel-Aviv ?

Yes. See it here, on the Transport page - the rouristic bus

Is there a guided Walking Tour in Tel-Aviv ?

Yes. Walking tours 1 and walking tours 2.

A Segway tour is also an interesting way to explore Tel-Aviv.

Is it easy to exchange Money in Tel-Aviv ?

Yes. There are offices all over the city with no commissions, there are banks which sometimes do take commissions. At the airport the money exchange is open 24 hours a day. There are also plenty ATMs from which you can withdraw money and you can pay by credit card in most places.

Can I pay in Tel-Aviv in foreign currency like with the dollar ?

Not really. Maybe at the hotel but anywhere else the expected currency is the Israeli shekel. You can also pay by credit card. Use this Currency Converter to know the rates.

What is the cheapest way to make International phone calls ?

The cheapest way to make International calls will be using a free Wi-Fi network in a café and by using a software like Skype. The second cheapest option is to buy a local SIM from one of the cell phone operators. (Orange, Cellcom). If you use your mobile phone with the tariff plan you have in your country, check out the International call prices, they may be quite high.
Visit the page about Internet and Phoning in Israel for more details.

Are there Museums in Tel-Aviv ?

Yes. See it in the page - What to Visit and Do in Tel-Aviv - Museums

Where are the Commercial Centers in Tel-Aviv ?

See it in the page - What to Visit and Do in Tel-Aviv - Shopping

Where can I rent a bike in Tel-Aviv ?

In case you haven't heard yet : Tel-Aviv has a public bike rental system with stations called 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.

Is it possible to rent a motorbike in Tel-Aviv ?

Yes, there are many scooters in the streets of Tel-Aviv and MotoGo is doing rentals per days.

Where can I find gyms in Tel-Aviv ?

If you don't want to use one of the many 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.
  • Great Shape - Near the municipality at 68 Even Gvirol street.

To which neighbouring countries can I pass from Israel ? (open borders)

Israel has 4 borders: You can pass by land or take a flight to Egypt and Jordan. You can't pass from Israel to Syria and Lebanon.

Which Electric Plug is used in Israel ?

The voltage in Israel is 220 Volt and the plug is usually a 3 rounded socket but the best is to be equipped with an International plug adapter. Just remember that the adapter will not convert the voltage, so make sure your electronic device is suitable also to 220 Voltage.

Is it easy to travel alone (Single) in Israel and in Tel-Aviv ?

Tel-Aviv is THE city for singles in Israel. About 75% of the adults under 30 years old are not married in Tel-Aviv, so if you are single, you will feel in good company. If you are a woman, the nightclubs will be happy to let you enter alone, for a man it may be trickier, so try to arrive early to the club. A good way to meet people could be by going to dance in a Salsa club, most of the people arrive alone to the Salsa clubs and there is the pre-party class which is great to make friends. As for women safety, there is not a particular difference between Tel-Aviv and major big cities in the world, Tel-Aviv is quite safe for women and so is the rest of Israel. If you need orientation, most people in Israel speak English. There are single rooms in hotels and hostels.

Where can I dance Salsa in Tel-Aviv ?

See it in the page - What to Visit and Do in Tel-Aviv - Salsa dancing

What can I do with Kids in Tel-Aviv ?

See it in the page - What to Visit and Do in Tel-Aviv - With Kids

Do I need any vaccination before visiting Israel ?

No. Israel has modern health and hygiene standards.

Can I drink tap water in Israel ?

Yes.

How long does Tel-Aviv exist ?

100 years. You can read more about the history of Tel-Aviv here.

How can I see a Map of Tel-Aviv ?

Look here.

What to Pack for Israel ?

I have prepared this Visual Checklist that will help you prepare your suitcase before any trip and so not to forget items. It is very useful, use it!

Where can I see Videos with Tel-Aviv scenery ?

Video: 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.

Where can I get more Information about Tel-Aviv and Israel ?

Israeli Tourism official Site
Tel-Aviv municipality official Site
Wikipedia Tel-Aviv

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