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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Tel Aviv-Yafo

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Tel Aviv each year. The main ones are listed below:

May 14: Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day, national)

Commemorates the formal establishment of the State of Israel, on May 14, 1948. Celebrations are organized across Israel, including military parades, air force flyovers, concerts, parties and religious events.

September or October – First and second days of Tishri in the Jewish calendar: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, national)

This autumn festival constitutes the first two days of Yamim Noraim, the ten “Days of Awe” or High Holy Days, a period spent in profound reflection and prayer that concludes with Yom Kippur. The sound of the shofar, made from a ram's horn, calls the faithful to pray at the synagogue. It is also a time for families to gather around a festive dinner table for a meal including special foods to celebrate the occasion.

September or October – Tenth day of Tishri in the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement, national)

This autumn festival constitutes the first two days of Yamim Noraim, the ten “Days of Awe” or High Holy Days, a period spent in profound reflection and prayer that concludes with Yom Kippur. The sound of the shofar, made from a ram's horn, calls the faithful to pray at the synagogue. It is also a time for families to gather around a festive dinner table for a meal including special foods to celebrate the occasion.

September or October – Twenty-third day of Tishri in the Jewish calendar: Simchat Torah (national)

Certainly one of the most joyous holidays in Israel. In Tel Aviv's synagogues and all around the country on this day, people pray for rain during the next season, as readings of the Torah come to an end. The day is also an occasion for various popular festivities.

December – Twenty-fifth day of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Jewish calendar: Hanukkah (Festival of Lights, national)

This festival commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in 165 B.C., when Jews successfully rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean revolt. Lasting for eight days, it is celebrated with the lighting of candles (or the burning of oil) in a special eight-branched menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. In Tel Aviv, all hotels, shops and government offices place menorahs in their windows.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has over 300 days of sunshine a year. The city can experience heat waves in the summer and experiences a long dry period from April to October. Winters are humid and very mild.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 10/50 17/63 127/5.0 Not the best period to go
February 10/50 18/64 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
March 11/52 19/66 60/2.4 Not the best period to go
April 14/57 23/73 18/0.7 Not the best period to go
May 17/63 25/77 2/0.1 Not the best period to go
June 21/70 27/81 0/0.0 Good period to go Good period to go
July 23/73 29/84 0/0.0 Good period to go Good period to go
August 24/75 30/86 0/0.0 Good period to go Good period to go
September 22/72 29/84 0/0.0 Good period to go Good period to go
October 15/59 27/81 26/1.0 Not the best period to go
November 11/52 23/73 79/3.1 Not the best period to go
December 11/52 19/66 126/5.0 Not the best period to go
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Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport

The Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport is located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) south-east of the city centre.

  • Four terminals:
    • Terminal 1
    • Terminal 2
    • Terminal 3 (Air France)
    • Terminal 4

Getting from the airport to Tel Aviv and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via Highway 1.
    • Several short- and long-term parking facilities are available:
      • short-term in terminal 3 (ILS 90 for 1 day) and long-term just outside the airport (ILS 80 for 1 day).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall on the first floor.
  • By rail
    • Ben Gurion Airport Railway connects the airport with central Tel Aviv every 20 minutes (no service from Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. to Saturday at 6:30 p.m., then every hour on Saturday evening). Trains depart from Ben Gurion Airport station, located on Level S of Terminal 3. The trip takes about 12 minutes and the fare is ILS 15.00 one way.
  • By bus
    • Several bus lines (249, 423, 475, 930, 943, 947 and 950) serve central Tel Aviv from Ben Gurion Airport in about 20 minutes. The fare each way is about ILS 8.
  • By taxi
    • Licensed taxi services are provided under the supervision of the Israel Airport Authority. Arriving passengers are requested to order taxis only from the official dispatcher posts on Level G of Terminal 3 at Gate 03 or at Gate 03 of Terminal 1. The trip to central Tel Aviv takes about 20 minutes and costs around ILS 150.

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GETTING AROUND Tel Aviv-Yafo

A welcoming, energetic city attracting large numbers of international visitors annually, Tel Aviv offers every convenience to make getting around easy. Moreover, tourists can reach any point in the city for a reasonable price.

By bus

C'Buses are the main mode of transport in Tel Aviv. On most routes, fares can be paid directly to the driver in cash. The standard fare for a single trip by bus within Tel Aviv is ILS 7.

By minibus

In addition to the main bus routes, privately run minibuses, also known as “service taxis”, serve several working class neighbourhoods. The fare must be paid in cash on board the bus, between ILS 5 to 10, depending on the destination.

By rail

Tel Aviv expects to complete the construction of its first urban light-rail line in 2022.

By taxi

Many taxis ply Tel Aviv's streets at all hours. You will never have any difficulty finding one, wherever you are in the city. However, make sure the driver turns on the meter when setting off. The initial charge is ILS 12.30, to which is added about ILS 12.00 for each kilometre, under normal traffic conditions.

By bicycle

Tel Aviv has a public bike-sharing system, called Tel-O-Fun, with nearly 750 bicycles available at some 80 stations throughout the city. The daily access fee is ILS 14 (ILS 20 on Saturdays and public holidays) and the weekly access fee is ILS 60.
Rental rates depend on the total usage time:

  • Up to 30 minutes: Free of charge
  • Up to 60 minutes: ILS 5
  • Up to 90 minutes: ILS 12
  • Up to 150 minutes: ILS 20

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Tel Aviv, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Tel Aviv Tourist Information Centers

Offer practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Israel travel guide

The official website maintained by Israel's Ministry of Tourism provides a wealth of information on Tel Aviv.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Israel is the Shekel (ILS).

1 € = 4,24 ₪

1 ₪ = 0,24 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. Tel Aviv counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home.

Vaccinations

Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are recommended.

Depending on the length of your stay and hygiene conditions, the following additional vaccinations are also recommended: typhoid, hepatitis A and B.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Tel Aviv.

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Administrative formalities

Israel has entered into visa exemption agreements with a number of countries.

To find out if you will need a visa for travel to Israel, visit the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Tel Aviv, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Hebrew phrases that will make your stay in Tel Aviv a little easier:

Good morning: Shalom / Boker tov / Tzahara'im tovim

Good evening: Erev tov

Goodbye: shalom

Yes: ken

No: lo

No, thank you: lo toda

Thanks a lot: Toda raba

I don't understand: Ani lo mewin.

Could you please repeat?: Ha'im tochal lachzor al ze.

Please: Bevakasha.

What time is it?: Ma hasha'a ?

Excuse me: Slicha.

Airport: Namal Te'oefah.

Station: Tachanat rakevet

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Malon

Hospital: Beit cholim

Bank: Bank

Telephone: Telephone

I am (…): Ani (…).

I'm looking for (…): Ani mechapes (…).

How much is (…)?: Kama Ze (…) ?

Do you have (…)?: Ha'im yesh lecha (…) ?

Where could I find (…)?: Aefo efshar limtzo (…) ?

Where can I buy (…)?: Aefo efshar liknot (…) ?

I would like (…): Haiiti rotze (…).

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Good to know

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Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks

Usually open Sunday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Sunday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Tel Aviv like elsewhere in Israel, there are no hard-and-fast rules for tipping. If you are pleased with the service, it is appropriate to tip between 10 and 15%.

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