Most tourists coming to Israel undergo security check either by El-Al (Israeli aviation company) during the incoming flight, or upon arrival at Ben-Gurion airport. At times, the check may be intrusive and unpleasant. We apologize in advance for possible inconvenience and hope you will be tolerant toward the security personnel. It is most important that you bring in with you to the incoming flight our letter of invitation to the conference, and also the link to the conference's site and to your panel, which may help in saving time. In case of misunderstandings with the security guides, you are welcome to contact one of the organizers (Yuri Pines 0545-872902; Gidi Shelach 0548-820802; Meodi Cohen 0506-654811) and we shall provide you a necessary assistance.
Please kindly notice that outgoing flight will also be accompanied by security check, which may take considerably longer time than checks in most European airports. Please arrive at the airport at least 2.5 hours before your flight!
Transportation to Jerusalem
Ben-Gurion Airport is located approximately 45 km from the city of Jerusalem (and 15 km from Tel-Aviv). The most convenient transportation to Jerusalem is by the Nesher shuttle taxi. The shuttle station is located just outside the arrival hall on the G level, to the right of the exit. Shuttles depart when they are full (each carries 10 passengers), and the waiting time is usually around 20-25 minutes. The shuttle will bring you directly to your destination: either Dan Jerusalem Hotel or the Maiersdorf Faculty Club at Mt. Scopus (which is also the conference's venue). The driving time may be as short as 40 min (if you are the first to be dropped off) or as long as an hour and a half or more in case the shuttle first brings other passengers to their destinations.
* Important! Guests who arrive at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club at night will have to tell the driver that there is a special gate there. In case the driver does not know how to enter, let him call the Faculty Club at 02-5819266 and they will explain him. During the daytime the entrance is via the parking of the Humanities Faculty, the Mt. Scopus campus.
The cost of the shuttle as for May 1, 2011, is 58 NIS (approximately 12 EURO or 17 USD). You can pay in European/US currency but please do not expect the driver to have the change. You can also change the money in the ATM at the arrival hall. Tip of 2 NIS (i.e. paying 60 NIS instead of 58) is normal.
At the exit from the arrival hall, G level, just go to the left. The cost is fixed and is approximately 280 NIS now (it may change due to the continuous hike in oil costs).
First take bus # 5 from Level 2, next to Gates 21 and 23, to the junction of the Airport City; then change to bus 947 to Jerusalem; and then take a taxi or bus #68 from the Jerusalem Central Bus station. This will cost you slightly less, but is too cumbersome and is not recommended.