The primary entry point to Israel is Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv. There are several cheap flights to Tel Aviv from the UK and other major hubs. The airport has ATMs and currency exchange facilities. Renting a car at the airport makes getting to Tel Aviv easy: the city centre is 20km away, and there are no direct buses. Visitors who value comfort and convenience often opt to rent a car in Tel Aviv. Drive directly to Tel Aviv beach hotels or choose one of the many hotels in Tel Aviv as your base to begin exploring the city and the surrounding area. The capital city of Israel, Jerusalem is an hour's drive away from Tel Aviv. Explore numerous attractions here such as the Holocaust memorial of Yad Vashem, the bustling Biblical Zoo, and the historical City of David.
Your Tel Aviv holidays would be incomplete without a walk down the Shlomo Lahat promenade, and a picnic or two at the city's beaches. Metzitzim is a family-friendly beach, while Hilton Beach lets pooches run free. Another popular option is the lively gay beach area. Beaches are not all that Tel Aviv has to offer, though. Get a glimpse of the city's rich history and culture by going museum-hopping. Drive to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel’s largest museum, to feast your eyes on masterpieces by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Chagall. Alternatively, visit the Palmach Museum to see three-dimensional exhibits of scenes from Israel's military history. To escape the city's hustle and bustle, visit Gan Meir Park and lounge on picnic benches under the arbour. Catch a contemporary dance performance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in the artsy neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek, or head to Jaffa Port in Old Jaffa to watch yachts, go shopping, and dig into seaside meals.
Dominated by the coast along the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv’s landscapes are somewhat contradictory: visitors have their pick of deep blue waters and sandy beaches, as well as a robust metropolis complete with buzzing streets and myriad attractions. Home to two-fifths of Israel’s population, Tel Aviv tends to get crowded during peak hours, but if you rent a car in Tel Aviv, you can beat the traffic by hitting the road early. Car rentals in Tel Aviv allow you to set your own schedule and visit as many places as you like. Go club-hopping, travel between Israel's villages and cities, or just stick to one or two attractions – the road is yours to navigate.
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The Dead Sea and Galilee are on most visitors' checklists, but public transport to these places is not as frequent as you might think. Public transport in Tel Aviv shuts down for Shabbat from sundown on Friday to Saturday night. Car hire in Tel Aviv makes getting to these sites easy. Driving regulations in Tel Aviv are strictly enforced. The speed limit is 50km/h on inner-city routes and 90km/h on intercity routes. You're allowed to drive up to 110km/h on all main highways but Highway 6, which allows a speedier 120km/h. Drivers stick to the right-hand side of the road in Israel, and the minimum age to drive a rental car is 21 years. Use of seatbelts is mandatory for all passengers. In Israel, it is illegal to turn at a red light. Drivers can only use hands-free mobile phone systems, even if they've stopped at a red light.