Flights & Travel Information

International Flights

All participants are responsible for their own flight to Israel – we do not arrange group flights. You should schedule your flights in order to be present at the orientation and the closing dinner:

Plan to arrive in Israel by 8 am on Tuesday, November 8th.
Plan to depart Israel after 11 am on Tuesday, November 15rd.

If you are extending your stay in Israel, you can book extra nights at the opening and closing hotels on the logistics form.

Getting to Jerusalem:

You are responsible for your own transportation to Jerusalem before the ride starts.  There are private taxis (about $50) and shared “sherut” vans (about $18) from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem.

israel ride domestic flight

Getting From Eilat to Tel Aviv

The Israel Ride includes a domestic flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv. You can choose your preferred flight time on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday after the Ride. Options will be posted in the late spring and can be booked on our logistics form.

Generally, there is about a flight every hour. Most fly to Sde Dov, a small airport in Tel Aviv itself, although a few each day fly to Ben Gurion International.

We can also book you on a bus to Jerusalem if you prefer.

We will post lists in Eilat of everyone’s flights so you can share cabs to the airport (about 10 minutes), and if needed from Sde Dov to Ben Gurion (about 45 minutes).


The Israel Ride orientation is held on Tuesday, November 8th. You need to be at the hotel no later than noon, but your room may not be ready until 3 pm. There are private taxis and group taxis (sherut) from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem. Bike assembly, mechanic assistance, test rides, and optional tours all take place before orientation on Tuesday.

EL AL Bicycle Discount- LAX, JFK, EWR, BOS

If you are flying EL AL from Los Angeles (LAX), New York City (JFK or EWR), or Boston (BOS) and bringing your bike, EL AL, the Israel Ride’s preferred carrier, has generously offered to waive the bike baggage fee to Israel for Israel Riders. This option is only available to those who are originating their travel from Los Angeles, New York, or Boston (LAX, JFK, EWR, BOS), with no domestic connecting flights before. You will still have to pay the fee on the return trip.

Please note: This is NOT a discount code! The fee will be applied in the system only after you do the following:

After booking your flight, email with the subject “EL AL Discount Information.”  In the email, please include the following info for your flight TO Israel:


  • departure airport
  • flight number
  • date and time of flight
  • record locator code (6 character number-letter code)