Generally, it's pretty safe since it is likely there will be other people from the airport taking the train as well. 10 or 11pm is still early in New York and there will be plenty of people getting off work from the airport or going to work at that time... If you're just taking the A train all the way to Manhattan it's pretty easy and can save you about $50. But that depends what part of Manhattan you're trying to get too. I would just check out how many people are taking the train into the city and decide based on that. If you're basically alone on the platform then head back to the taxi area.
Hope that helps...
Skip the Manhattan traffic and take a helicopter between JFK and Manhattan in 10 minutes flat.
U.S. Helicopters departs from Terminal 3 at JFK and has service to two Manhattan heliports: Midtown at East 34th Street and Downtown at 6 East River Piers.
There is no service on weekends or holidays. Cost from $109.
I took advantage of the wagons that transport passengers to all over New York from the Airport. It is reasonably prices and if you are the last one dropped off, then you get to see the most of New York for free. I did that, as I asked the driver to drop me off last and I kept him occupied by firing questions as soon as I saw a new sight!!! Well worth it!!!
Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. They cost $45 to Manhattan NOT including bridge tolls and tip (these are an additional 4 dollars). Taxis are cash only. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you. more...
Bus and Van Services
New York Airport Service Express Bus:
The fare is $13, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The busses operate once every twenty to thirty minutes between 6am and midnight. For exact schedules call (718) 875-8200. The trip is 45 minutes to an hour and there are several stops in Manhattan:
Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (betw. 40 and 41st Streets)
NOTE: From here you can catch a shuttle bus to many New York hotels for $2
The Eighth Avenue and 42nd St. Wing of The Port Authority Bus Terminal
Penn Station, 34th Street (betw. 7th and 8th Avenues)
Express Shuttle USA (formerly Gray Line):
One-way fare is $14. The buses run from 7am to 11:30 pm to locations in Manhattan from 23rd to 125th Streets. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation desk. A shuttle bus will come to pick you up within twenty minutes of your arrival. For exact schedules call (212) 315-3006 or (800) 451-0455.
SuperShuttle: (800) BLUE VAN (258-3826)
The New York City subways and buses run to JFK for $1.50. If you have large quantities of luggage, you may find it difficult to manage this long trip.
Take the A train to Howard Beach (not all A trains go here, double check that you aren't headed to Lefferts Blvd). From there take the free shuttle bus to your terminal.
Tip for Queens:
Take the Q10 to Lefferts Blvd. subway stop (A train) or to the Kew Gardens subway stop (E F R); Or the Q3 to the 179 Jamaica (F R).
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. Some airlines will check you in and take your luggage at Jamaica Station before you board AirTrain.
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.
At the Howard Beach station
The A 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.
We took the F subway from 47th to Franklin Station where we got on the E subway and took it to the Air Train station Queens, There we took the Air Train for $5 into JFK airport.
Alot of transfers but we got an express subway train up so it wasn't as long as we had figured. It was reasonable and easy to use.
This is an interior shot of the JFK Terminal 4. This is looking down from the ticketing and baggage area to the food/shopping areas within the airport.
This airport is very nice. We liked it much better than the Newark airport.
New York has 3 international airports (JFK, La Guardia and Newark) and is an average 8.5 hours flying time from Western Europe. All 3 are connected to central Manhattan and there are few ways for getting there: taking a taxi, subway, bus, train, helicopter or water shuttle.
I actually took taxi or car service from each one of them, even in NY traffic it's still more efficient (especially with the bags) and not that much more expensive than train.
A car service from Newark to Dumbo costs $100, from JFK to Dumbo - $75, from La Guardia to Dumbo - $30. I used Promenade Car Service: tel, 212 587 1616 or 718 858 6666.
There are several ways to get into New York arriving from JFK. Here are the options:
A. There are free busses every 20 minutes towards subway Station Howard Beach. From there you can take subway A towards Manhattan. The bus takes a long time to get there though. A single ride for the subway costs you $2,50, if you buy a unlimited ride pass you're off cheaper.
B. Another way to get to the subway station is by taking the AirTrain, it's a bit easier and a lot faster and you have 2 options to get to the subway. Either Howard Beach (line A) or Suthphin Blvd / Archer Av (line E,J,Z). A single ride ticket costs $5,-.
C. A shuttlebus drives to Grand Central and Penn Station in Manhattan. Ride is about $15,- and takes about an hour to Grand Central.
D. A private bus shared with other people drops you off out your doorstep. Hotel destinations cost $17,- private addresses $19,- (excl. tips) Driving times vary as the bus stops at other places as well. Take 1 to 2 hours in account.
E. A cab, definately the most expensive way with a price of about $30 to 35 dollars (excl. tips), but it's also the quickest option.
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!
For most people, a cab will be the easiest option to and from JFK, which is still very ill-served by public transportation, especially if you’re traveling with substantial luggage. You might consider a direct bus if you’re traveling alone, but with two or three of you, the cost will be pretty similar (there’s a fixed charge from JFK to Manhattan, currently $35 plus tolls/tip; going to the airport, you pay exactly what’s on the meter, which can be anything from $32 to $50 depending on traffic conditions). They are in the process of building a monorail link to the airport, but that is not due to open until at least late 2003. There are also plenty of other private (mini) bus services.
By contrast, the bus is a decent option to the much closer La Guardia airport, which serves domestic destinations and from where the east coast shuttle services generally depart. The buses depart from Park Avenue at 42nd Street (opposite Grand Central). A cab from La Guardia costs between $16 and $22, plus tolls and tip.
We took the train to Newark, in New Jersey, which proved to be pretty simple, despite the hassle of lugging baggage around the transfer station; late at night, however, you may find that it’s easier just to grab a cab back into the city, but the charges can be high, since you’re riding in a New Jersey cab beyond the city/state limits (anything from $35 to over $50). The train costs $11.55 from Manhattan’s Penn Station.
Leave yourself lots of time for getting to the airport, especially if you’re going to JFK; traffic delays can have you panicking in the back of the cab (and watching the meter in despair).
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.
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..
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 (see upper photo) is huge. But it is really complicate to get around. I don´t like it that much. In comparison to the great standards of most American airports, JFK is definetely below average.
Newark, NJ., is chaotic and has a lot of delays. Don´t know about La Guardia.
I would prefer to fly to Philadelphia and make the one-hour drive up to New York.
If you reach NYC by bus, you will arrive at Port Authority Bus Terminal (see photo in the middle). It´s huge. With 400 gates.
In my opinion the subway is the best way to get around. You can buy a several day Metropass, which is cheaper than a single ticket. For recent prices check with MTA, the subway company. (see lower photo)