Come see the site for yourself.

Ashkelon is a modern Israeli city easily accessible by car, bus, and train.  Located roughly 40 minutes from Tel Aviv (via Highway 4), 45 minutes from Ben-Gurion International Airport (via Highway 1 and 4), and an hour from Jerusalem (via Highway 1 and 3), Ashkelon can also be reached by public transportation. 

From Tel Aviv, Buses 300 (direct) and 301 depart every 30 minutes, weekdays from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.  From Jerusalem, Bus 437 departs every 30-60 minutes, weekdays from 6:00 am to 7:15 pm.  From the Ashkelon Central Bus Station, take Bus No. 6 to the Ashkelon National Park.  For the most up-to-date information, please check the schedules at the Egged Central Bus Station.

For more information on traveling to Ashkelon by train, please visit  Israel Railways.

As a National Park overseen by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Tel Ashkelon is open year round to visitors.  There is an entrance fee of NIS 27 for adults and NIS 14 for childrn.  Israeli senior citizens and groups of more than 30 are eligible for discounts.  In addition to trails that connect the site's monuments and past and present excavation areas, Tel Ashkelon also offers camping grounds, picnic areas, barbeque pits, and access to the beach.

The excavation season for the leon levy Expedition to Ashkeon lasts for six weeks during June and July.  The range of these dates varies from year to year.  Please see Volunteer to learn the dates we are in the field this year.  Those visiting the site during this time frame would have the opportunity to witness an archaeological excavation in process.  In you are interested in arranging a tour during the excavation season, please send us an e-mail at

Nearby Accommodations:

Leonardo Hotel, Ashkelon

Holiday Inn, Ashkelon

All photos and content copyright Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon. Sponsored by the Leon Levy Foundation