New York Airport Service operates express buses 7 days a week, about every 30 minutes from JFK to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Terminal, and Penn Station in Manhattan from 6:15 am to 11:10 pm.
Bus stops are located outside the baggage claim area at every terminal, look for the New York Airport Service bus stop sign.
Trips take approx. 60 minutes. $15 one-way, $27 round-trip.
SuperShuttle is a great way to get from the airport to the city. It only cost $18 plus tip and you don't even have to have a reservation. Just go to the Ground Transportation desk outside of the baggage claim area and speak to the person there about reserving a ride for you they can even reserve a trip back to the airport. I recommend having the name address and cross street of the location you are going to.
ps. However if you are traveling with more than 1 person a taxi may be a better choice since it is a fixed rate of $45 plus tip. And they will get you there alot faster
This has got to be the best way to go to and from JFK and Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn. I qualify this by saying it is the best way if you don't have a lot of luggage. I am also not sure about handicapped services. The airtrain itself is a breeze, but once you get to the subway, that could be a problem.
Taking a cab from the airport (JFK) to the city is definitely the most convenient option. Since my arrival and departure times to and from the city were very early in the morning (around 6 AM each way), I was advised that the subway might not be the safest route. I'm used to traveling alone with large bags, but I decided to take the advice of my friend that lives there. The flat rate from Manhattan to the airport (and vice versa) is $45 plus a toll, ... altogether, with tip, around $50-60 depending on how much you like to tip. I think it decreases the travel time, as well.
Had I arrived /departed at a later hour, I definitely would have taken the subway instead. It's very easy to get around New York that way. I guess the $100 was a little insurance!
You should note: One cannot arrange for a cab pickup in Manhattan, instead, you just have to grab one whenever you see one. This is fine at the airport and in front of large hotels. They are always lined up, no matter how early/late, and they are easy to catch.
Getting a cab around rush hour, however, is quite different... and sometimes it might be about the same amount of time to walk/run if you're in a hurry!
There are two ways to get from JFK to Times Square. You can get a cab but it will cost approximately $40.00 to $50.00. You can also take the Air train from the JFK airport which cost $5.00 to the Jamiaca Station then transfer to the NYC trains. The NYC trains cost $2.00 per ride. Pick up either the E or F train at the Jamaica station to Times Square. It will take approximately 25 minutes from Jamaica station to 42nd street times Square. Have a nice trip!
At the Howard Beach station
The train stops at Howard Beach every 5 to 10 minutes during rush hours and every 15 to 20 minutes evenings and weekends. AirTrain stops at Howard Beach every 4 to 10 minutes. Most subway lines connect to the train. Just be sure you take the marked "Far Rockaway," NOT "Lefferts Boulevard." It's about a 12-minute ride from the Howard Beach station to the airport.
At the Sutphin Boulevard station in Jamaica
trains all stop at the Sutphin Boulevard station where you connect to the AirTrain Jamaica Stop. trains run every 5 to 10 minutes during rush hours and 8 to 12 minutes evenings and weekends. AirTrain travels to the airport from Jamaica every 4 to 10 minutes and the trip takes no longer than 12 minutes.
At LIRR Jamaica Station
There is an in-station link to the AirTrain platform — AirTrain travels to the airport from Jamaica every 4 to 10 minutes. The AirTrain ride takes about 12 minutes. The AirTrain is connected to the Railroad's hub by escalators, elevators, people movers and an overhead mezzanine bridge.
Sample Travel Times and Costs
(using full $2 subway fare and $5 AirTrain fee)
To JFK Total Cost Time
at 53 St/Lex Av station via Jamaica $7 50 min.
at Fulton St station via Howard Beach $7 1 hr. 5 min.
at West 4 St station via Jamaica $7 1 hr. 5 min.
at Jay St station via Howard Beach $7 55 min.
Long Island Rail Road
Penn Station to Jamaica via LIRR express train $12* 35 min.
Save money on weekend travel to Jamaica by using CityTicket. CityTicket costs just $3.00 for Long Island Rail Road travel that begins and ends in New York City (excluding travel to or from Shea Stadium, Belmont Raceway or Far Rockaway), then transfer to AirTrain at Jamaica Station. See CityTicket for more information.
*$7 peak time LIRR fare and $5 AirTrain fee.
For more AirTrain information, call 877-JFK-AirTrain or log on to
We left New York from JFK. The airport is not that far from central Manhattan, but it can easily take almost 1 - 2 hours to get there (depending on traffic).
Be sure from which terminal you are leaving as the terminals are quite far apart.
Do your shopping and eating before you go through customs, as there is not much in the area where the departure gates are (this is at terminal 4).
We used Airlink Shuttle Service fro the hotel to JFK Airport and I could reccomend using their service.
There are 8 terminals in JFK International Aiport.
You can take Airtrain to go between terminals and to the subway.
If u have to wait for your flight over midnight, most of the food stall will be closed in terminal 1.
Terminal 4 is the better one with more shops and restaurants.
If you need to sleep in JFK, you can go to Terminal 1, 2nd floor beside Starbucks. There's a quiet and rather dark corner there.
You can also charge your electronic devices at Samsung plugs on 2nd floor.
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!!!!!
I leave you every comments!
Anyway, from Jfk to Manhattan budget 1 hour. 50 minutes if you are very lucky.
Make the connection.
to Sutphin Blvd
to Howard Beach
LIRR to Jamaica
The subway or the Long Island Rail Road and AirTrain are the new, fast, economical ways to JFK International Airport.
AirTrain is a light-rail system that links the Howard Beach and the Sutphin Boulevard subway stations, and LIRR's Jamaica Station directly to JFK. It takes about an hour from most parts of the city, and about 15 minutes from LIRR's Jamaica Station — with no traffic or parking worries ever.
And just like the subway, AirTrain runs 24/7.
AirTrain stations are fully enclosed, heated in winter and air conditioned in summer. They feature wide escalators and glass enclosed elevators. Transfers between the subway and AirTrain at Howard Beach and between the Long Island Rail Road and AirTrain at Jamaica are ADA-compliant; the transfer between the Sutphin Boulevard subway station and the Jamaica AirTrain station will be ADA-compliant when construction is completed later this year. At the airport, convenient moving walkways take you and your luggage to any one of nine connecting airline terminals.
On weekends, you can use CityTicket to save money and speed your trip to or from JFK Airport. Use the $3 CityTicket for Long Island Rail Road travel to or from Jamaica Station for travel within New York City for your AirTrain connection.
Travel to and from JFK via AirTrain is $5 each way. Children under 5 ride free. You pay the fare with Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard at either the Sutphin Boulevard or Howard Beach station (unlimited ride cards are not accepted for AirTrain).
Be sure you add additional money to your Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard to cover the cost for the subway and AirTrain.
Best and convenient way to get to JFK from Manhattan is to take the LIRR from Penn Station, sometimes just one stop, 20 minutes to Jamaica Station. The fare is $5off peak/$7 peak. From there you can take the Air Tran to JFK terminals $5
Operates at all hours. Very convenient.
I found JFK surprisingly difficult to get around when I got off my flight from San Diego. No signs anywhere to the train or anything like that.
Actually getting to the airport from Manhattan was fine, it is a long old journey though by the time you get on in Manhattan, change at Jamaica Station in Queens, get the ticket for the Airport bullet train ($5) and then watch out for your terminal.... so you really NEED to know what terminal you're going to, otherwise you will waste valuable time.
Anyone who utilizes standby travel (Free travel, through family member or friend who works in the airline industry) Jan is coming up and it's the best month to get in and out of NYC without getting bumped! Everyone is done with the holidays and you have a good month there before any Carnivale travel starts!
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.
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.