John F. Kennedy, New York City
If you are flying into JFK with BA you will probably come into and go out of T7.
I've done it twice now. Here are some potentially helpful hints:
1. Expect to queue at border control (called 'customs' in the US). Hope to be landside an hour or so after landing but don't expect it. Chances are you won't be that quick.
Last time (July 2014), arriving mid-afternoon, just getting to baggage reclaim took me around an hour. This time (August 2015) I arrived at lunchtime. At least 3 planeloads of people were crammed into the very small space in front of immigration/border control as well as lined up far along both low-ceilinged (and very hot) corridors leading from the gates. The queue included many older people and families with small children.
It took me 2 hours just to get from the plane to baggage reclaim. The bags from my flight were already off the conveyor and dumped on the floor.
2. Expect to queue to get through Customs as well as border control. Everyone is channelled through one small gap with just a couple of officials (in my case, just one) taking and checking landing cards.
3. Taxis are outside. Use the taxi dispatcher and the official yellow taxis. There's a flat fare to Manhattan. Don't use the taxi touts who may well offer you a ride. You'll pay more, possibly much much more.
4. Access to the Airtrain (for LIRR and subway into the city) is directly across the road outside T7. There are elevators and you pay when you exit at Jamaica.
5. There is only a small Starbucks, a small Subway and a newsagent in the Arrivals area. There are no food or drink vendors in the landside Departures area, which is one level up. There is nowhere to sit outside on either level.
6. Although there are machines to check-in and get your own baggage label you can still expect to queue for bag-drop.
You can also expect to queue for security. Allow enough time for both queues...don't risk getting to JFK too late. If you have checked bags, aim to be there 1.5 hours before departure as an absolute minimum.
7. Airside in departures has quite a few places to eat (and shop, obviously). Expect to pay airport prices for e.g. water.
8. There is not enough seating at the gates for the number of passengers carried on international flights. Expect to sit on the floor if you aren't at the gate early enough.
Hope that helps somebody. T7 isn't awful but it isn't much fun for arrivals or departures.
On my third (and fourth) visit I decided to save money and use public transport from JFK rather than taxis (which have a flat rate from the airport but aren't cheap). As I was staying within walking distance of Penn Station, and because I do not much like subways, I decided to use the Airtrain + Long Island Railroad. It's the fastest option to Midtown Manhattan, in theory, taking around 35 minutes travel time (plus any waiting time).
The Airtrain works on a loop from Jamaica station (for subway and LIRR), serving the airport terminals and car parks. It only has two carriages but they are spacious enough for people with lots of luggage and services are frequent. When I first arrived at the T7 Airtrain 'station' (well-signed from Arrivals) I was a bit bemused by the lack of ticket machines but it turns out one pays when one arrives at Jamaica station (one might expect the Airtrain to be free, but it's not).
Once at Jamaica station you need a ticket to get out of the Airtrain section and into the LIRR or subway parts. Ticket machines are easy to use, accepting cash and giving change as well as accepting cards. There are several MTA staff to help if required (they wear red jackets).
I bought an off-peak one-way Airtrain + LIRR ticket for 12USD. Although I was also flying back from JFK on this trip (the first time) the MTA operative pointed out that my return trip would also be off-peak, so buying a round-trip ticket would not be the cheapest option.
LIRR trains are comfortable, clean and spacious. If you are travelling at commuter times I suppose the journey wouldn't be much fun but there has been ample space for me and my bag on all four journeys so far.
The LIRR platforms at Penn station in Manhattan have only small elevators to take you up to the main concourse so I decided to hump my bag up the stairs rather than wait in the queue and use a crowded elevator (one of my horrors). There are escalators from the LIRR concourse up to the main Penn station concourse, which makes life much easier.
You can only buy LIRR + Airtrain tickets from special machines at the Penn LIRR concourse, not from the ordinary machines (you can also buy them from the ticket offices, of course). The LIRR+Airtrain machines have the MTA logo and are directly in front of the LIRR ticket offices.
If you don't want to take a taxi, haven't got a huge number of bags and are staying in Midtown Manhattan (or are happy to take the subway onwards from Penn station) this way of getting from JFK is imo much the best option. There are frequent services from Penn to Jamaica even at off-peak times, you get to see some of NYC's suburbs on the way and the journey itself is fairly simple. I shall be doing the same next time I visit, though, depending on which was I was travelling, I would not consider doing so during busy commuter periods.
JFK International Airport is in Queens, about 16 miles from Midtown Manhattan. There are many ways to get from the Airport into the City. The cost and time really depends on the time you're arriving, mobility, amount of travelers and amount of luggage.
We like the AirTram from JFK to Jamaica. It runs 24/7 and costs $5.00. There are two stops, at Howard Beach you can get the A subway into NYC. At the Jamaica transportation hub you can take
1. the LIRR and it is a $14.50, :50 trip to Penn Station.
2. the E, J or Z subway into Penn and other parts of the City. The total ride is a little over an hour for $7.75 pp.
3. A taxi is the most expensive & may take the longest due to long line and traffic. You are paying per vehicle so a few people would be a less expensive ride. There are taxi lines at terminals & a cab usually charges $52. from the airport and usually takes about an hour and a half. They charge less and run a meter from Jamaica, but it there is traffic it can be more costly.
4. SuperShuttle.com is $20 per person but may take the longest amount of time. Their van will pick you up at the airport along with 10 other passengers and drop all of you off in NYC traffic.
5. At JFK near the luggage carousels and help desk they have a phone for car service. We often use this phone, give our destination, describe what we're wearing and are given a place to stand outside the terminal. We have found the cars to be quick, efficient, and the same price as the taxi without a long wait in line.
New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (Airport Code: JFK), located in the extreme southeast of the Borough of Queens, is the largest of the three major airports in the New York City metropolitan area. An international hub for U.S. carriers American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines, as well as a domestic hub for budget airline Jet Blue, JFK hosts an incredible 68 different airlines, from Aer Lingus to XL Airways. If you are arriving in New York from overseas, there's a good chance you will be arriving at this airport. JFK has 8 terminals, connected by the "All Terminals Loop" route of the AirTrain JFK light rail system. Unfortunately, if your transfer involves a change of terminals, you will need to exit security, take AirTrain JFK to your connecting terminal (the train is free for travel within the airport), then pass through security again to get to your gate. As a result, be sure to allow extra time if you need to change planes at JFK.
Ground transportation options to and from JFK are plentiful. The cheapest (and slowest) option is to take an MTA bus to connect to the Subway. Bus Q10 departs from the east side of the Terminal 4 arrivals roadway and connects to the A, E, and F trains. Bus Q3 departs from the west side of the Terminal 4 arrivals roadway and connects to the F train. Bus B15 departs from the west side of the Terminal 4 arrivals roadway and connects to the 3 and 4 trains. Fare is $2.75 in coins or prepaid Metrocard (Cost $1 for the card itself). Fare is $3 for a single-ride ticket purchased from vending machines. If using coins or single-ride ticket, be sure to get a transfer card from the fare machine on the bus so you don't have to pay again for the subway. Metrocards can be purchased at Hudson News outlets in the airport terminals.
A faster option is to use AirTrain JFK to connect to the Subway or Long Island Railroad. For this, use either the Jamaica route to connect to the Jamaica station (LIRR) and Sutphin Blvd/Archer Avenue subway station (E, J, and Z trains), or the Howard Beach route to connect to the Howard Beach/JFK Airport subway station (A train). Trains from each line depart every 5-10 minutes, 24 hours per day. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes. Fare is $5.00 for AirTrain, payable using a pay-per-ride Metrocard at Jamaica or Howard Beach (card vending machines available at the fare gates, cost $1 for the card itself). If you wish to purchase an unlimited ride Metrocard for your trip, it is now possible to purchase one with additional fare to pay for the AirTrain (see the website for details). Otherwise you will need to pay again to use the subway. Using LIRR will always require you to purchase an additional train ticket.
NYC Airporter is another option, departing all terminals for Grand Central Station, Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Departures are approximately every 20-30 minutes, exact departure and travel time depends on traffic, but is normally 60-90 minutes. Fare is $16 one-way, $29 round-trip.
Car Rentals are also available at JFK, but be aware driving in the city itself is not easy to say the least. All major car rental companies have offices at JFK; you can take AirTrain JFK to Federal Circle station (free) to get to the rental offices.
Taxis are plentiful. To get to Manhattan from JFK, fare is a flat rate of $52 plus tolls. A 15-20% tip is expected for good service, which will bring your total cost to just under $70. WARNING: do not accept unsolicited "limousine" or unmarked "taxi" service from the airport. These are almost always a rip-off.
There are other options to get to and from the airport, to include charter buses and car services. Check the website for details.
the John F Kennedy International Airport is the main gateway to new york city and state for both Domestic and International Flights however La Guardia and Newark Liberty in New Jersey complements JFK as these are the 3 major airports in the Tri-State Area. JFK is the busiest International Gateway to the USA and LAX is the second Busiest. JFK is also the one of the main International Hubs of Delta Airlines besides Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis. JFK has 6 terminals of which Terminal 1 is the International Terminal for non USA Airlines and the rest are mostly domestic terminals of US Carriers. There is a subway stop at JFK (Howard Beach - JFK Airport) and also various ground transporation options like taxis, airport shuttles, airport limousines and buses to all points in the tri-state area.
address: Jamaica, New York, NY 11430, United States
It still bemuses me that there is no direct mass transit service from New York City's major international airport - JFK - and the cultural, social, economic, commercial, and psycholgical hub that is Manhattan.
But the Air Train is better than nothing! From the poorly organized JFK terminals, you can cross the road to take the Air Train to Jamaica Station - for only $5.00. From here it's only a short walk (admittedly changing platforms and crossing a busy concourse) where you can connect to either the MTA subway or the Long Island Railroad into the city.
New York is blessed with three major international airports in its catchment area. One is the world famous John F. Kennedy airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, and handling many transatlantic flights to capital cities across Europe. LaGuardia Airport deals mostly with national flight, but also has flights to Canada and the Caribbean. Across the river in New Jersey is a third airport with easy access to New York City, and that's Newark Airport. Closest to Staten Island, Newark Airport is one of the busiest in the US, and has international flights all over the world, especially to Europe.
New York has mainly 3 international airports. The JFK is the most famous and probably the largest. Be aware it has many terminals and you need to verify in advance to which one to go when you depart. It is located not too far from downtown Manhattan and easy connection by public transport.
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It is possible to 'shrink wrap' your case at JFK in the hall just prior to check in - at the time of writing, it cost $14 per case.
Ordinarily, this would seem to be overkill. However, if you are flying to a destination which has a bad reputation for baggage tampering (ie. things being stolen from your case at the airport), it's a good idea. For instance, I would usually advise people travelling into OR Tambo in Johannesburg who don't have lockable suitcases to do this, as theft from baggage has historically been a problem (although thankfully seems seem to have improved in the last couple of years).
More importantly, consider this option if you're transiting via an airport where theft from baggage tampering is an issue, especially if your case is going to be sitting around unattended in the bowels of the airport for a few hours, just 'asking' to be tampered with.
This time around, the reason why I had my (lockable) case shrinkwrapped was far more basic: the side lock had sheared off sometime during the journey between Vancouver and NYC, and this was a much cheaper and more practical option than buying a new case.
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One of my pet travel peeves is being asked to pay for luggage trolleys at airports - particularly one that provides such poor facilities as JFK. Being asked to pay for what is a basic service that is offered free in so many international airports gives such a bad initial impression and sets the expectation that from that moment on, as much money as possible is going to be extracted from the tourist.
Yes, luggage trolleys (baggage carts in local speak) at JFK cost $5 - yes, $5!!
The New York airport website states that trolleys have to be paid for in cash (quarters), which would be a nightmare for anyone arriving from overseas, who has been issued foreign exchange in notes. However, fortunately the machine in the Terminal 3 arrivals hall takes credit cards, so at least you don't have to have local coins, but I can't guarantee that this applies for the entire airport.
A warning to all - please do not use Groundlink ground transportation service (private car and limo transfers) from NY airports.
They have a system in place that results in massive surcharges. We recently booked a car to pick us up from our international arrival at JFK. The driver arrived over an hour late for our pick up and the company are trying to charge us, as we did not call them, despite us calling them 4 times and them not answering the call, and then saying that they would call us when the car arrived. Do not trust your credit card details to this firm as they deliver poor service and then charge you at least double if not triple the amount originally agreed to.
Even the people at the ground transportation desk had never heard of this company, and suggested to us that they are scammers.
We recently made a trip to NYC for a weekend and booked our car pick up from JFK airport with a company called Groundlink.
We found nobody at the terminal when we arrived, nobody answering the phone number contact we had and no staff member at the airport assistance desk had heard of the company. After much fruitless searching we finally got a call to go outside to a car over an hour late. Our return journey did go off with any problems. However since we have come home the company has tried to charge us three times, once for each journey and once for the 'failed' pick up - this one at nearly twice the rate to include 'wait time'! We are currently pursuing a refund through our credit cards but would wholly NOT recommend this service to anyone looking to book a transfer.
When flying to New York City, we usually consider LaGuardia, Kennedy, and even Newark airports to find the lowest fares but there ia another airport which should be added to the mix for flights from many parts of the country. Check the availability of, and fares for, flights to Islip (ISP) which is just a bit farther out on Long Island than Kennedy.
In case you are shopping on line for flights, the other three-letter airport codes are JFK for Kennedy, LGA for LaGuardia, and EWR for Newark.
Before finalizing your plans, you might also want to consider other travel and lodging costs associated with your trip. Lodging costs tend to be less in New Jersey than in Manhattan and you can use the train to and from the center of Manhattan for a $4 roundtrip.
If your activities are going to be limited to the five boroughs of New York City, renting a car is probably not a good idea. Parking is amazingly expensive and hard to find and maneuvering the streets of New York City may remove a lot of the joy from your trip.
If you would like to make your approach to New York more simply and less expensively, check out my nearby bus tip.
Thanks everyone for your help. Our plans to stay in the city fell through at the last minute so we wound up at the Comfort Inn in downtown Brooklyn about 2 miles from the Brooklyn Cruise terminal. My brother picked me up at JFK in a rental car and we took a car service to the cruise terminal the next afternoon. I can't find their card but the hotel called them for us and they were great it was only $15 for the trip. When we returned we called them again and it was around $35-$40 to JFK for the two of us. If I find the card from the car service I'll post it.
I didn't find the card but the number I called to reach the driver was 646-824-2312. I called at the end of the cruise and he was there in less than 30 minutes and they charge a flat fee which I think is better than paying the meter when traffic gets heavy.
There is no shared van service (like SuperShuttle) from JFK to Brooklyn so you have to use a car service or taxi.
The Airtrain is one of the easiest, most economical ways of getting to and from Kennedy Airport.
There are a few ways of boarding the Airtrain which is easily accessible by the LIRR to Jamaica Station; the E, J/Z subways to Sutphin Blvd-Archer Ave, Jamaica Station; and the A subway to Howard Beach/JFK Airport Station.
The price of the Airtrain (not including the subway ride) is $5 each way.
Check out their website for more detailed information.