General Information

  Entry to the Technion is permitted with ID / Passport only!  


 Foreign participants 

During check in when you present your passport and the B2 entrance card which you receive at the airport (which indicates your exemption for paying vat), the rate of the accommodation will be reduced accordingly.


Arrival From the Airport to Dan Panorama Hotel (Cost members)
List of options:

Taxi (Airport) – Ben Gurion Airport
The service operates 24 hours a day.
Arriving passengers are requested to order a taxi through the taxi dispatcher only.
The dispatcher post is located in Terminal 3 Level G, at the exit from Gate 03. The post at Terminal 1 is located near Gate 03.
Price: approximately 670 NIS (One way ( Click here to see taxi fares

Please be aware that taxi expenses will not be covered by COST.

Taxi Shuttle
AMAL Service taxis transportation to Haifa departs from the service post on Level G, next to Gates 01-03. There are signs directing to the post.
The service operates 24 hours a day, but you will need to wait until they fill a Van.
Telephone: +972-4-8662324
Approximately NIS 120  (One way(, and you will be able to ask the driver to drop you at the hotel.

Public transport:

Buses –
To arrive from the Ben Gurion Airport to Haifa you will have to combine 3 routes:
1. Take bus line number 5 from Ben Gurion Air Port Terminal 3 to El-Al junction stop (Cost: 5NIS).
2. Take bus line number 947 from El-Al junction stop to Haifa Merkazit Khof Ha-Karmel (Cost: 35NIS).
3. Take bus line number 205 from Haifa Merkazit Khof Ha-Karmel to Haifa Dan Panorama hotel (Cost: 6NIS).

The combined travel time should be between 2.5-3 hours.
For bus information and updated timetables please look up the Egged’s (the bus company’s) website.

Israel Railways –
To arrive from the Ben Gurion Airport to Haifa you will have to take one train:
The train station is located at the exit from Terminal 3,  Take the train to Haifa-Hof HaKarmel (Razi`el) station from platform 2 (cost: approximately 36 NIS (One way)).
Then you can take a special taxi to the Dan Panorama Hotel from the train gate (about NIS 70) or cross the road to the Central Bus Station and take a bus to the Dan Panorama Hotel, (bus line number 205, cost approximately 6 NIS )

For updated information on trains, click here.
Please note that Israel Railways does not work on weekends (from Friday at 3pm to Saturday 9pm).
Please pay attention to updates of Israel Railways.

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Payment options:
We recommend you to buy “Israeli currency” – NIS at the airport (or at your country).
* Bus – Payment in NIS only.
* Taxis – Depending on the taxi driver, you can usually pay in NIS, Euros or credit card – check with driver before taking the taxi.
* Israel Railways – Credit card or NIS.

Arrival to the Technion

By public transportation:
Haifa has two main bus-train terminals:
* Hof HaCarmel – The number 11 bus is a direct bus to the Technion. It leaves from platform 16 and runs only once or twice an hour. Otherwise take the 123 from platform 15; you will have to change at Ziv center (ask the driver where to get  off) to any bus going to the Technion (11, 17, 19, 31).
* Merkazit HaMifratz – The 142 reaches the Technion. It leaves from platform 21 and runs a few times a day. Otherwise take the 16 from platform 23; you will have to change at Ziv (ask the driver where to get off) to any bus going to the Technion (11, 17, 19, 31).

For further information and updated timetables please look up the Egged’s (the bus company’s) website.

For information on trains to and from Haifa, click here.

Arriving to the Technion by car:
If you wish to enter with your private vehicle to the Technion, tell the guard and the gate the name of the conference (““COST2020”  conference”). Please do not to park in places marked “Parking for vehicles with red stickers”; It is recommended to park at the entrance near the “Nesher Gate”.

 Entry Visa 

Passport holders of EU countries, the USA and Canada, do not require entry visas to Israel. For participants from other countries we suggest you check the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the following links or check with your local Israeli embassy, consulate or travel agent.
Tourist Visa Information for Each Country
Application Form for Entry Visa to Israel

 A letter of invitation 

A letter of invitation from the “COST2020”  conference will be issued upon request. This invitation is prepared solely to assist with visa application or participation requirements, and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support or confirmation of inclusion in the Scientific Program.
To apply for a letter of invitation from the conference, Please send an email to Ms. Meital Gotfrid: and she will send you the details required to fill the order.

 Climate and Clothing 

The average temperature in Haifa area in March ranges between 24°C-12°C.
Often rainfall and fog may be expected in March , however, rainstorms or snow are rarely observed in Israel. The daytime weather is expected to be sunny and warm, nighttime weather is expected to be colder, thus, it is recommended to pack warm clothes as well.
Casual dress is appropriate for all conference occasions.


The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

 Currency / Exchange 

The currency unit in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS – “Shekel” in short). International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at Ben-Gurion International Airport. We recommend that you change some of your money at the airport for immediate needs.


Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The workshop organizers  will not be liable for any loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants nor for personal injuries sustained during the workshop or during tours.

 Restaurants in Haifa 

See this link for recommended restaurants near the Dan Panorama hotel.
See this link for recommended restaurants in all Haifa district.

 Useful links