Haifa Facility Visitor Information
International flights land at the Ben Gurion Intl. Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv. The airport is 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Tel Aviv, 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Jerusalem, and 55 miles (95 km) south of Haifa. The drive from the airport to the Haifa site should take about an hour and a quarter. Local time in Israel is GMT + 2 hours.
Note: Some airport and public transportation services are limited on the Sabbath, between Friday from about 5 P.M. to Saturday at 6 P.M.
Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport
From the Ben Gurion Airport train station, located near the arrivals hall in the airport, you can take a direct train to Haifa. Buy a ticket to the Hof HaCarmel station in Haifa and go down the escalator to the train. Make sure you board on the correct track. Take a taxi from the Hof HaCarmel station in Haifa to your destination.
For more information, see the Israel Railways site. Note that trains and buses do not generally run on Saturdays/holidays in Israel. If you arrive on Friday afternoon, Saturday, or a holiday, you will probably want to rent a car or take a taxi to Haifa.
You can take a direct Egged bus from the airport to Haifa. Take the 947 bus to the Hof HaCarmel station in Haifa and take a city bus or taxi from there to your destination.
To find out more about the buses that serve the University of Haifa campus, go to the main Egged Web site.
Sherut Taxi Service
Shared taxis, called Sheruts, are available from the airport to all destinations in Israel. Sheruts are about half the price of a private taxi, so they're a good deal, especially if you're going to a distant area such as Haifa or Jerusalem. Keep in mind that you may have to wait a while, since the taxi only leaves the airport when it is full.
As you exit from the terminal building, look for the supervised taxi stand. Give your destination to the dispatcher and he will direct you to the correct taxi. The fares from the airport are fixed, so the driver should not use the meter.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and other local firms have offices at the airport.
From the North or South, via the coastal road:
Take Route 2 along the coast toward Haifa, until you reach the entrance to Haifa.
Take the Tirat HaCarmel exit, following the signs for the University, the Technion, MATAM, and the Haifa Convention Center. Turn right off the exit ramp and move into the left lane. At the first light, turn left. You will see the Haifa Convention Center on your left and the Haifa Mall on your right. Continue driving straight up the mountain. At the third traffic light, about 3 miles/5 km up the mountain, turn right onto Horev Street (Horev Street turns into Abba Hushi Boulevard). Continue straight for about 2 miles/3.5 km. You will see the IBM building and the tall University of Haifa building on your left as you approach the campus. At the traffic light, turn left onto campus and make an immediate left into the IBM parking lot.
From the South, via the expressway:
Take Route 6 North. Stay on Route 6 (a toll road) for about 50 miles/80 km. Route 6 will turn into Route 70. Stay on Route 70 until you have passed through Yokne'am. Turn left at the light at the Yagur Intersection onto Route 752 (you'll see a shopping center on your left). Stay on this road for about 2 miles/3 km, then turn left onto Derech Moshe/Route 705 at the Nesher Intersection. Follow this road up the mountain (about 3 miles/5 km) and then turn left at the light onto Abba Hushi Boulevard. Make the first left onto campus and then make an immediate left into the IBM parking lot.
From the North or East, via the Western Galilee (70W):
Take Route 70 West towards Haifa. Go straight through the Yagur Intersection, at which point Route 70 will end and turn into Route 752. Stay on Route 752 for about 2 miles/3 km, then turn left onto Derech Moshe/Route 705 at the Nesher Intersection. Follow this road up the mountain (about 3 miles/5 km) and then turn left at the light onto Abba Hushi Boulevard. Make the first left onto campus and then make an immediate left into the IBM parking lot.
The Haifa facility is located at the edge of the University of Haifa campus, to the left of the Eshkol Tower on the campus map.
Haifa General Information
- European power is 220 V/50 Hz. Most, but not all ThinkPad AC adapters will accommodate this; check before leaving. You will need a Europe/US outlet adapter, these can often be found in US airport shops or can be ordered from http://www.travelproducts.com/store/electric.htm.
- The dress code at the IBM R&D Labs in Israel is generally very casual. Ties at IBM R&D Labs in Israel would be rather unusual, and jeans and T-shirts are common.
- The work week in the IBM R&D Labs in Israel and throughout Israel is from Sunday to Thursday.