John F. Kennedy, New York City
I visited NYC 3 times for business and I really like that city, but... last time I was there I did exactly what I was used to: jump off of Imigration right to the booth where it reads "Ground Transportation Service". I asked for a shared ride, this time to Long Island. The counter told me it was $45 and pointed me to a driver. The ride was fine until we got to my final destination in Long Island where the driver asked for $103 bucks telling that the ride was not shared because there was nobody else to share with me. I got really upset with that but had to pay. I've asked for a phone number to complain and found later that day that he gave me his own cell phone number. When I returned to JFK to fly back home I complained on the same booth but I'm still waiting for an answer and my money back.
This was the trap side, now goes the real tip: get the Air Train. It will take you secure and confortably to:
• the LIRR at Jamaica Station
• the E, J/Z subways at Jamaica Station
• the A subway at Howard Beach Station
• the NYC Transit Bus Lines Q20, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q43, Q44, Q54, and Q56 at Jamaica Station
• the Green Bus Lines Q6, Q8, Q9, Q40, Q41, and Q60 at Jamaica Station
• the Green Bus Line Q11, one block from Howard Beach Station, at 102nd St and 160th Ave
• you can ride around JFK
Its cheap, quick and secure. Don't be afraid and don't waste your money with "Ground Transportation Service", get the train.
Ther are various ways of getting downtown from JFK airport. It all depends on how many people in your travelling party and how much baggage you have.
The famous yellow cabs are situated just outside the arrivals terminal - good for a party of four with reasonable baggage. Flat rate cost per cab to anywhere downtown is $45 plus any tip you may wish to give.
New York Airport Bus Service
New York Airport Bus Service
Buy your ticket from the bloke outside the terminal standing next to the bus $15 each. Good for downtown drops for single people or couples with small baggage.
A frequent bus service connects with the New York City Transit Authority Howard Beach Subway station. The 'A' train takes around 90 minutes to Manhattan. Cost around $1.50. Good if you're on your own with very small luggage, can take you time and have a tight budget.
Thank god for the air train. After an eternity of awful cab rides or nightmarish old buses to Kennedy liberty has shown her light on NYC and you can now take the train to and from JFK. You have 2 options for going to and from JFK, the ari train is a monorail that connects all the terminals to:
1. The Howard Beach subway station, at which you can get the A Express train to Brooklyn and Manhattan. $2 for subway. It take about 15 minutes. The ride to lets say Penn station is another 30 minutes.
2. To the Jamaica LIRR / Subway station, where you can pick up the railroad to Long Island and Manhattan as well as the subway.
Takes 20+ minutes to Jamaica.
The Airtrain costs $5 + you pay the cost of the subway, so if you take the Howard Beach option only 7$ to Manhattan, what a bargain and less than an hour!
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.
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