Half Day Trips From Tel Aviv

Find yourself with a few spare hours in Tel Aviv? Do you have some time before you have to leave and head to the airport? Here is how to make the most of a few hours for the best half day trips from Tel Aviv.

Israel Diamond Exchange

Found on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, the Israel Diamond Exchange is the world’s largest diamond exchange and is the heart of the diamond world. Exploring this hidden gem is a great way to learn about diamonds, Israel’s history and diamond industry. The Israel Diamond Exchange Tour explores one of Israel’s oldest active diamond cutting factories, where you get to see diamonds being cut and polished in real time. This two hour excursion is a great half day trip from Tel Aviv and is guaranteed to be stress free, especially if you are on a time crunch. Check out available tours here.

A diamond cutter displaying rough diamonds to a couple looking over a taking a picture
Israel Diamond Cutting Factory

Yad Vashem

Based in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is one of the things that when visiting Israel, is a must see. The time it takes to get to Jerusalem can vary, but taking the train to Jerusalem Central Station will be 45 minutes, and the light rail to the Mt. Herzl stop (which leads you straight to Yad Vashem) is another 20 minutes, and can be the most time efficient way to get there which makes it a great half day trip from Tel Aviv. Yad Vashem is a remembrance center in Jerusalem dedicated to the history of the Holocaust. This museum is a highly significant place to Jewish people and Israelis alike. Tourists flock to this museum to gain the greatest insight to all aspects of the Holocaust and how significant of a tragedy it was. A core theme at Yad Vashem is to recognize the efforts of non-Jews who at personal risk with no incentive, aided and saved Jewish people in that horrific time in history. You will gain an educational standing of that time in history, as well as inspiration from goodness and bravery of the people who lived during those times. Visiting Yad Vashem will take approximately 2 hours so plan accordingly. You can find the opening hours of Yad Vashem here.

Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem

Carmel Market

For a half day trip from Tel Aviv who says you have to leave Tel Aviv? Spend two hours in Carmel Market to grab a bite to eat, explore and make your last minute purchases of memorabilia to bring back home. There are so many places to see in Tel Aviv for a few hours, learn of more half day tours from Tel Aviv here.


If you find yourself with a few hours to spare for a half day trip from Tel Aviv, a great place to go to is Jerusalem. Just an hour by car from Tel Aviv and 45 minutes by train, even spending an hour or two in the City Center will make for a great half day trip from Tel Aviv. Walk through the beautiful outdoor Mamilla Mall, visit the Wohl Rose Garden to get unbeatable views of the Knesset, or tour the old neighborhood of Nachlaot. If you didn't get a chance to visit the Old City of Jerusalem, find out which attraction interests you the most and head there. However long you have spent in Jerusalem, there is always a new and beautiful place to explore and since accessibility to Jerusalem is so efficient, it makes for a great destination for your half day trip from Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem - Shuk Mahane Yehuda

The heart of City Center in Jerusalem, Shuk Mahane Yehuda is the highly popular outdoor market. With vendors selling everything from produce, poultry, baked goods, spices and falafel, you can spend hours in this lively spot in Jerusalem. This is a great spot to grab some world-class street food, coffee or freshly squeezed juice. The Shuk comes alive at night (especially Thursday night) with the alleyways filling up with tables, chairs, music and lights, it turns into the central hotspot for a great nightlife. You will find that at least 40% of patrons who will be by the bars in the Shuk will be native English speakers, and you are guaranteed to have a night to remember here. The Shuk is a must see, and may take up to 2 hours to explore, taste and purchase on your half day trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

a colorful picture of Shuk Mahane Yehuda with fruite in the forground and people faded in the background
Shuk Mahane Yehuda

For more half day trips from Tel Aviv, check out which locations via train you can access here, as they will be the most time efficient attractions to see on a limited schedule. No matter how many hours you have to explore in Israel, there will always be something new and interesting to explore. Happy traveling!

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