Travel to/from Israel
Ben-Gurion International Airport is Israel’s main international airport and is connected to all major world capitals and big cities by direct flights (3-5 h from Europe, 10-12 h from Americas and Far East).
Transportation to/from Ben-Gurion International Airport
Ben-Gurion International Airport is located at a distance of 100km / 62.5 miles from Haifa. Travel time by train is 1h 15min and by car approx. 1h 30min, depending on traffic. Please review the following Transportation options:
1. Pre-reserved arrival airport transfers operated by Diesenhaus-Unitours
This is a shared direct transfer service from the airport to your hotel in Haifa, offered to conference participants. Possible wait – up to 1 hour for arrival transfers. A Diesenhaus Unitours representative will meet you upon arrival inside the Arrivals Hall, after you go through passport control. He will be holding a sign “ECFG”.
Price: US$77 per person each way
If you intend to reserve an arrival transfer and have not yet done so, please send an email to the conference Secretariat by TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 and provide your full flight details:
Name of passenger(s)
Airline and flight number
Date of arrival
Time of arrival
Number of passengers
2. AMAL Shared Taxi Service to/from Haifa
AMALTaxi operates a special shared taxi service from the airport, drop off at your hotel in Haifa, and pick-up from hotels to the airport. They are located outside the airport terminal. Possible wait: 1 hour. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
No reservation is needed for transfers from the airport to Haifa. For return transportation, upon arrival at your hotel, please ask the reception to reserve this service.
Price: NIS119- = ~$31
AMAL Taxi may also be used as a private taxi at approx. NIS580=~$153.
3. Train from the airport – to Haifa (NIS 35.5 = ~$9).
Important note: Due to maintenance work, there will be temporary closures of train service from Ben-Gurion airport (and from Tel Aviv) to Haifa, from Sunday, Feb.18 midnight until Saturday, Feb. 24 (midnight). Normal service will resume after midnight of Saturday, February 24.
On Saturday, Feb. 24 evening, free shuttles from Ben-Gurion Airport to Haifa will be arranged by Israel Railways to the Haifa Hof HaCarmel bus station. From there, you will need to take a taxi to your hotel. These shuttles will depart from Terminal 3 (main arrivals terminal) at the following times: 19:30; 20:30; 21:30; 22:30; 23:30. There will be signs and assistance by Israel Railways staff.
The train station is located on Level S (the lowest floor) and can be accessed from Greeters Hall via elevators, escalators or stairs. Tickets may be purchased from automatic machines located on Level G.
Get-off at Haifa Hof HaCarmel Station and from there take a taxi to your hotel.
The taxi fare would be approx. NIS 50 = ~$14. See item 3 for a 25% surcharge for night fare.
General train hours to/from Ben-Gurion Airport:
Sunday – Thursday: 00:53-23:20
Friday : 00:53-14:00
Train schedule: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx
Taxis are freely available outside the airport terminal. Fares to Haifa are approx. NIS580=~$153.
A 25% surcharge for night trips is in effect from 21:01 until 05:29 and from 14:00 on Fridays.
You may wish to download the Gett Taxi cellphone app, which may prove to be helpful.
ECFG Transportation (Conference days)
Transportation to/from sessions and events and conference hotels will be provided free of charge.
To download the transportation PDF file – click here
Public transportation (trains & busses) in Israel does not operate from Friday afternoon (one hour before sundown) until Saturday evening (one hour after sunset). In Haifa and the north, there are a fair number of bus lines that do operate on Saturday; check your itinerary in advance. A ticket valid for 90 min including unlimited transfers costs NIS 5.90; there are full-day rates for Haifa and for larger surrounding areas. For schedules see http://www.egged.co.il/HomePage.aspx – or use the Moovit cellphone app.