JFK AIRPORT is always crowded, come early if you want to catch your plane !!!
You can take the subway, if you want to discover crazy trains running and stopping where you do not expect....
But, you must travel by bus, if you want to see NYC and the streets, the life and the atmosphere. Buses are also cery crazy during the night, they can run very fast : do not miss your stop !
Day pass illimited for BUS and subway in Manhattan costs only $4.00. And you can travel in NY from north to south.
the John F Kennedy International Airport is the main gateway to new york for both Domestic and International Flights however La Guardia and Newark Liberty complements JFK as the 3 major airports in the Tri-State Area.
JFK airport, located on Long Island, is said to be the busiest American airport for international arrivals and departures. That's odd since I have traveled overseas dozens of times in the last decade, mostly to Europe and the Middle East, and had never been through JFK until a recent trip in 2010. In terms of number of total passengers, its 45 million a year ranks about 12th among world airports.
Construction on the airport began in the 1940s in order to reduce the load at La Guardia airport. Just a month after President Kennedy's assassination, the airport was renamed in his honor.
I flew through Terminal 4, which just opened in 2001, and is strikingly modern, spacious, and clean.
Unusual one this. The hotel shuttles are not allowed to pick up from the terminals. Only at 1 designated point at Federal Circle, which you reach by the Airtrain from your terminal.
Easy enough when you know about it. Took about 10 minutes to get to it.
She can park in the short term parking and wait for you at the arrivals gate. If your cell phones work, she can go to the cell phone parking area and wait for your call then she can drive and pick you up. No one is allowed to linger in their car for more than a few minutes at the terminals.
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The John Kennedy airport is the international airport of NY, located 20km away from Manhattan in Queens. There are also two smaller airports in NY, Newark Liberty and La Guardia. I used DELTA airlines flying direct from Greece (10h trip) but of course there are international flights to/from everywhere in the world.
From the airport to Manhattan:
The fastest way (or when you are REALLY tired) is by taxi, about 45 minutes. Yellow cabs charge a flat fee to Manhattan of $45, but with toll and tip it is about $55.
The Super Shuttle charges around $23 + tip, but each person pays, which means it is worthwhile if there is only one person travelling. Also, time varies on where other people in the van are going.
The cheapest way is by subway. From JFK there is the air-train ($5) that connects to the A-Subway at Howard Beach Station, LIRR at Jamaica station or E, J, and Z trains at Sutphin Blvd/Archer Avenue subway station.
The Air-train goes circuly around all the terminals and it’s for free between the terminals. There are 9 terminals though so on your way back to the airport check out which is your terminal so you don’t loose time. Here’s a list of aircompanies and the terminal they use:
Terminal 1: Aeroflot, AeroMexico, Air China, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, Cayman Airways, China, Japan, Korean, Lufthansa, Olympic, Royal Air Maroc, Saudi Arabia, Turkish
Terminal 2/3:Delta, Us Helicopter
Terminal 4:Aer Lingus, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aerosvit Ukranian, Air India, Air Jamaica, Air Tahiti Nui, Asiana, Avianca, Caribbean, Continental, Constelation, Copa, Czech, Israir, JetBlue, Klm, Kuwait, Lacsa, Lan, Lot Polish, Ltu, Miami, North American, Northwest, Pakistan, Royal Jordanian, Singapore, South African, Sun Country, Swiss Int’l, Taca, Tam, Thai, Travelspan, Uzbekistan, Virgin, World, Zoom
Terminal 7: Air Canada, Ana, British, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Icelandair, L’avion, Open Skies, Qantas, United, Us Airways
Terminal 8:American, Jet Airways, Finnair, Malev, Mexicana
You can find Baggage storage at terminal 1 or 4, chapels at terminal 4 and travelers aid at terminal 6
I really dont think EWR is a possibility here.. if you catch the 1400 shuttle you would be there at jfk around 1500 or later and you have a flight at 1700. if there is a shuttle at 1330, you will have time to get to JFK.
Is it possible for you to fly JFK to Hobby? then you dont have to change the terminals?
in cany case prebook your shuttle and if you are going to laguardia perhaps you can even contemplate a taxi ride to jfk..
The Airtrain at JFK has finally arrived after years of delay, accidents, leaves on the line, the wrong sort of snow (oh no, hang on a moment I'm thinking about our rail network in England)
The Airtrain at JFK is late however, and only runs around the airport and out to a couple of the Subway lines.
Before it started this year (2004) you could get a free shuttle bus to Howard Beach station, then only pay a couple of Dollars to get to central New York.
The shuttle bus is now discontnued, and a trip on the Airtrain once you leave the main airport area will set you back FIVE dollars. This is a very stupid idea - environmentally. It will drive people towards more polluting forms of transport.
I did wonder however, if you could get off at the last parking lot stop and just walk to the station - thus using the Airtrain for free?
This day was the inaugural flight of Air France A380 from JFK to CDG so the AF lounge was blocked off for celebrations and we were allowed to go into the Alitalia lounge AZuZa lounge. it was not fully occupied. few papers and magazines but nothing exciting. GEO and courier International for example
A very nice snack bar for example tortellini with pesto sauce. wraps with burned tomatos etc
i was served only OJ on the flight over to EWR and it was in the mood for some sparkling wine, coffee, water (san pellegrino) etc Quite Good
It is near Gate 3
there is no free wi fi access but if you have boingo it is a boingo hotspot
The cheapest way is subway, the most confortable is a taxi (or cab in American). I strongly raccomend the 2° option, especially after an intercontintal flight and a long line at immigration desk and at luggage claim (we waited 1 hour at baggage claim, although it was a domestic flight). I know it's a very simple tip to give, but not so granted. BESIDES, pls be aware of all those guys offering a transportation with a shared and endless limusine....it costs as much as the taxi, but you have the disavantage to wait for other people coming. We asked for a shared limusine and costed 50 usd per couple, while a taxi has a plain fare of 50 usd. So my husband asked: So, if you cost as much as a taxi, which is my advantage in sharing with someone else? The answer was: yes, but the limusine is nicer than a cab!!!!!
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Anyway, from Jfk to Manhattan budget 1 hour. 50 minutes if you are very lucky.
We took the A Train subway from JFK to Times Square and it took over an hour. Going back to JFK, we went to Penn Station and caught the Long Island RR to Jamaica Sation. It took about 20 minutes and cost less than $5 for adults, and about a dollar for my 10-year old son. The conductor told me I could have bought a "local fare" and save $2. I don't remember seeing that option on the ticket machines but even at $5, it's a bargain for a 20-minute trip. Much better than the subway. Be sure to check out the LIRR website and check into off peak fares too.
You can get from JFK Airport to Manhattan for only US$2 without paying US$5 for the AirTrain but it will take longer than all the other options and you will need US$2 in coins(quarters, dimes, or nickles but no pennies) because the bus does not accept dollar bills because they want to make it inconvenient to pay with cash so you buy a MetroCard.
You can't buy a metro card at the airport or on the bus so make sure you have enough coin(buy your metro card at any subway station).
Ask the bus driver for your free transfer ticket which will allow you to enter any subway within two hours.
Catch the public buses in front of Terminal 4 and they all will eventually bring you to a subway stop which will take you to Manhattan.
The bus option will save you US$5 but it takes longer and is less convenient than the AirTrain.
The vistors arriving into New York may make itself the moments unforgettable after the landing already. The city has three airports, the La Guardia and JFK international airport in Queens, Newark international airport though in New Jersey can be found.
AirTrain service operates on JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport ($5)
The city may be reached by bus, AirTrain, or cab, though who has no time, but a lot of money, may take advantage the services of New York Helicopter offering a private flight between JFK and the 34. street Heliport. The helicopter starting from General Aviation Terminal gets away under 10 minutes into Manhattan. The price of the flight moves between $300 to 500, depending from the period of season. Reservation is recommended one day earlier (Call 212-361-6060).
Website : JFK International Airport
Website : Newark Liberty International Airport
Website : La Guardia Airport
Website : New York Helicopter
Please do not fly Delta Airlines. I made that mistake and instead of sending my luggage to New York they sent it to Atlanta, Georgia and two weeks later I am still trying to get someone to even reply to me let alone get my luggage back. They just don't give a damn. Use anyone else but DELTA
If you are landing at JFK and your destination is Manhattan,Don't Consider Subway a better choice.Unlike other bigger cities in the world,It is very inconvenient way of transportation to and from airport.if you will do so,you have to change several trains and it will take more than an hour.Taxi is recomended,It will cost you $45 + toll($4.15 if applicable)+tip.It is flat rate to and from JFK.If you are budget traveler,take shuttle bus to city,It cost you $15.