Situated on the shores of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Israel combines everything from arid plateaus to laid-back beach resorts. As might be expected, the country is also chock full with fascinating sites of historic and religious significance, including mosques, temples and churches.
High summer is generally extremely hot. Most tourists tend to avoid this season, coming instead during spring or autumn when the heat is more tolerable. Of course, that makes summer time a perfect option for the cold-blooded travellers out there looking for a good deal. However, places like the Dead Sea – although definitely worth a visit – should be avoided during the hottest times of year, even for the hardy. From December to March you will likely find better deals on flights.
Try to be as flexible as you can on departure and arrival locations as this will turn up the widest range of results for you to choose from. For instance, if you’re travelling from a regional UK airport, select ‘Nearby airports’ beneath the search box to see where else flights might be available from. If you’re travelling from London, select ‘All London airports’ when searching. Likewise, Israel has a number of international destinations to choose from. While most people tend to fly to Tel Aviv, you can also book flights to Jerusalem and Ovda, which may be cheaper, if less direct.
Flights to Israel from London take approximately five hours. Direct flights land in Tel Aviv. While you can also fly to Ovda, this requires additional stopovers.
Optimal travels times from London to Israel are as follows:
Ben Gurion Airport, the busiest international airport in Israel, lies about 10 miles south of Tel Aviv. Widely considered one of the best airports in the Middle East, both for amenities and security, it handles 20 million passengers every year. Flights here largely serve the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. However, if you’re content waiting for a connecting flight, you can also fly to Ovda Airport in the south of the country.
Air carriers travelling between the UK and Israel include:
Getting around in cities such as Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem won’t pose much of a problem, with buses, trains and sherut (shared taxi vans) all available.
When travelling between Israeli towns and cities, the InterCity bus service is the cheapest and fastest form of transport. While trains are available, these are quite a lot more expensive than bus travel. Additionally, because the rail network is still being developed, train stations are not always situated in very convenient locations.
The two most famous cities in Israel are Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem is one of the world’s most ancient cities, having stood here for 4,000 years. A religious focal point for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, here you’ll see the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as countless places of worship. Jerusalem is also home to a fantastic selection of museums and annual festivals, and it boasts some excellent hiking nearby.
The most cosmopolitan city in Israel though is undoubtedly Tel Aviv. A modern metropolis, Tel Aviv acts both as the country’s business centre and as a popular seaside resort. Packed with sandy beaches, delectable dining and a thriving nightlife, it’s quite the contrast to Jerusalem.
No visa is required for British visitors to Israel, although you will be given an entry card upon arrival, rather than a stamp in your passport. Since this entry card proves you have legal permission to visit, you must keep it with you at all times.
It’s good to remain aware of the volatile situation between Israel and Palestine – especially if you are travelling near the Gaza Strip or checkpoints along the West Bank.
✔️ Policies will vary from partner to partner, but many of them cover travel to highly impacted areas. The dates and destinations change frequently as more is learned about the situation, so it’s important for travelers to check in with the airline if they have an upcoming trip. Please visit our Customer Service Portal to learn more about what policies are available for your flight to Israel.
✔️ Due to COVID-19, many of our trusted airline partners are waiving change fees for eligible new bookings to Israel, so consider filtering for these airlines during your search for cheap flights to Israel!
✔️ Most of our hotels in Israel offer free cancellation, so consider booking refundable hotels vs. non-refundable. Just look for the “free cancellation” message during your search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
✔️ When purchasing flights tickets to Israel, remember to check the fine print as depending on what type of fare you choose, changes may either not be an option or could potentially incur a hefty fee. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of your ticket before making any purchases