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Getting to New York City : from JFK Airport
Formerly "Idlewild", The John F. Kennedy International Airport, or "JFK", is located fifteen miles from midtown Manhattan, in southeastern Queens, at the southern end of the Van Wyck Expressway. Over 29 million passengers pass through JFK annually.
Taxis (flat rate $45 plus tolls, as of May 2004) aren't your only option to get to Manhattan from JFK, you may want to check out the :
-AirTrain JFK to Manhattan (via connection with NYC subway)
-New York Airport Service Express Bus to Midtown Manhattan/West Side
-SuperShuttle Manhattan to anywhere in Manhattan between Battery Park and 227th, including all hotels
-Q10 and Q3 buslines connecting to MTA subway trains
-Private Car/Limousine/Van Services
Details on all of the above transportation options are too numerous to list here, but are clearly presented on the official JFK website - see below. Here you will also find all information on getting to Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, or Staten Island from JFK.
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 $2.50 in coins or prepaid Metrocard (Cost $1 for the card itself). Fare is $2.75 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.
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From JFK to NYC or Long Island
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.
Getting To and From the Airport
To get from the airport into Manhattan, plan ahead: figure out exactly where you're going and the best wya for you to get there before you deplane. The return trip to the airport should be a cinch: use the bus services mentioned above, call that limo service again, take the Air Shuttle to JFK, or pull your bags to the cub and hail a cab.
There are two major airports in New York City, both in Queens: John F. Kennedy International Airport, the bigger and grimier of the two, and LaGuardia Airport, which is closer to Manhattan. From midtown Manhattan, it's about 15 miles to JFK Airport and around 5 miles to LaGuardia. Be prepared to spend an hour or MORE to get from either airport into mid-Manhattan. Newark International Airport in New Jersey is actually closer to some parts of Manhattan than either New York City airport and the journey takes around 30 minutes.
GOOD NEWS: AirTrain JFK: My new favorite transport option is AirTrain JFK, which connects all the terminals of JKF Airport to the MTA Long Island RailRoad (LIRR). Connecting to and from JFK costs $5 each way. You can reach AirTrain via the LIRR at Jamaica Station. The LIRR runs between Manhattan's Penn Station and Jamaica several times a day; the LIRR trip costs $12 one way and lasts 35 minutes. This is a relatively inexpensive, relatively quick (no worry about rush horu traffic), and reliable method of transport.
JFK to Manhattan
Everyone always says avoid JFK at all costs and that La Guardia is much better. I agree but not 100%, if you book some form of transportation ahead of time like I did then getting from JFK is really straight forward. I booked a shuttle bus from the airport to Manhattan with a company called Airlink New York and they were there on time. The ride cost about 18$ US one way and WELL worth it because public transportation is a bit tricky and not worth the headache. The ride takes about 1 hour with traffic and Airlink picked me up from the arrival hall and dropped me off at my hostel's door which was impressive. I will def use them again.
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New York Airport Service
When I worked at the Chrysler Building the New York Airport Service was easiest and cheapest way of getting to the airport from work. The NYAS runs often and provides service to LaGuardia & Kennedy as well as limited service to area hotels.
The ride from the 42nd Street location to Kennedy Airport (you can also get on at Port Authority or Penn Station) is about an hour and to LaGuardia about 45 minutes. The buses leave on time, so make sure to arrive at least 1/2 hour before.
You can purchase your tickets on line or you can purchase them at the booth located right in front of the bus stop.
Prices range from $12-$15 one way depending on airport and location of departure.
Check out their website for more inforation, pricing and locations.
Getting to/from JFK Airport
We went with the cheap option for getting to/from the airport and in the end we paid for our choice.
Granted, the subway is a great tool for getting around the city, but not necessarily for getting into or out of the city. When we left JFK airport, we had to take the new AirTrain from our terminal to the Howard Beach station where the subway supposedly runs from. However, on the day we were travelling, there was a bus that went from Howard Beach to the Rockaway Blvd stop where you could catch the A-train which we took to Penn Station/34th Street. Because we had no time limitations (we were staying with friends), the trip into the city was very uneventful.
The trip back to the aiport was a different story!
Basically, the trains were running different schedules and to different stops than usual and there was no notification of this. Because of a 1/2 hour delay due to our confusion on these changes, we missed our flight.
One piece of advice...give yourself extra time to get to the airport on time. In fact, plan on leaving at least 2 hours earlier than the time you THINK you need to leave to be there to check-in!!
Trust me, you will THANK ME for that!!!
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.
How to get to Brooklyn/Manhattan from JFK
A taxi will cost you at least $30. This alternative will cost $7.
Get your luggage and find a sign inside the airport that says Air Train. You'll have a long and winding walk outside the airport, maybe taking elevators and escalators up and around.
You'll have to buy a ticket for the train, and for me a subway ticket for $7. Good idea to have the exact change because the kiosks sometimes don't have that much change.
Get on the airtrain when it shows up. I took the Station A/Howard Beach train. When you get there, get on the 'A' train that will take you into Manhattan. If you're going to Brooklyn and need to transfer, get off at the Jay St/Borough hall stop and make a connection to the F train or any other one you need.
It took me 45 minutes to get from JFK to Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn.
Subway in NYC: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm
JFK AIRPORT AND AIRTRAIN
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
A bit of a toytown effort really..
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?
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JFK is where most international travelers and a decent share of domestic ones will arrive.
It is a multi-terminal airport with the airtrain linking the nine of them in six stops. Terminals two and three, five and six and also eight and nine are shared stops.
The major international terminals are one and four although international flights leave from nearly all. Depending upon airline of course.
Subway from JFK to Manhattan
JFK to times square...for the easiest route take a cab it will $50 plus a tip to anywhere in Manhattan. But for those wanting to save some cash..
Once you get off your flight and collect your baggage begin looking for "AirTrain" signs you will exit the terminal and follow the signs to board an AirTrain that will take you JAMAICA Station. Once you exit the airtrain you will have to pay $5 for your ride.
Then you start looking for Subway signs and follow the subway signs to the underground. You will need to buy a Metrocard. I suggest buying a 7 day pass if you will be there for more than 4 days (if you will be choosing the subway over taxis for your stay).
Follow sings for the E train (color BLUE). Board an E train headed to Manhattan. it will be about a 30-40 minute ride depending on the time of day. There is a stop at Times Square -42nd Street. you will exit on 8th Avenue & 42nd. Only a couple blocks from your hotel.
Total travel time is about 50 minutes. It is really easy. if you get confused there is always someone to ask! Please note that during rush hour trains can get very congested and there may not be a seat for you. Other than that, it is a pretty simple ride. Enjoy NY!
Arrival by airplane
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
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Transportation from JFK
There are several methods and different price points to get to NYC from JFK International airport.
The quickest and easiest mode of transportation is to take a taxi. Once you exit the airport terminal, you will see a taxi line formed with a person directing people into taxis. The fee into Manhattan is $45 flat rate (tip not included). If you are traveling with more than one person, this might be the easiest way to travel and not as cost prohibitive if you can share the cost.
There are also bus companies that provide transportation to midtown Manhattan (drop off/pick up is across the street from Grand Central Terminal). I believe the cost is around $15. It takes a little bit longer, as the bus picks passengers up at each terminal in the airport. The bus also runs on a schedule. However, if you are not in a rush, it certainly is cheaper than taking a taxi and leaves you centrally located in midtown.
Another alternative is to take the new airtrain from JFK to the subway. Follow the signs in the airport for the AirTrain and for $5.00 plus $2.00 for a MetroCard, this is definitely the most economical way to get into the city. You can connect to the A or E trains at Jamaica Station or you can walk a few blocks to the F train. These trains run quite frequently and are express to a certain degree, so it should only take 45 minutes to get to midtown Manhattan. If you are carrying a lot of luggage, be cautioned, as the trains can be very crowded during certain times of the day. This is the only downfall of choosing this method of transport, especially after a long day of flying. You will have to drag all of your luggage through the subway stations (possibly including flights of stairs) and then on to your final destination once you depart the subway.
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