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).
If flying into JFK Airport, just take a taxi or a shuttle bus to Manhattan if you want to avoid any hassle. If you're looking for cheap, take the shuttle to the Howard Beach subway station and take the A train to Manhattan. Newark Airport is pricey for a taxi but there are regular shuttle buses to Port Authority on 42nd Street.
Do check out the MTA's (Metropolitan Transit Authority) website. It is extremely helpful with maps, schedules and all sorts of needed info.
If you are not on tight budget, the easiest transport to/from JFK airport is the yellow cab. There is a fixed rate of $35 between JFK and Manhattan. But remember, the fare does not include toll fee and tip for the driver.
New York has three international airports:JFK,LA GUARDIA and Newark International airport.
When you are arriving to New York from JFK airport,be sure to get a NY yellow taxi to go to Manhattan.If someone offer you another kind of taxi,don't get it,because can cost doble price than a normal one!,.
The price of a normal taxi is $35 + tunnel toll+tip.
New York is a very easy city to walk,but for long distances in the city,I reccomend you to use the subway,is very fast and efficcient.
Here you can see a NY Subway Map,enlarge to see it in full size.
On arrival, JFK was very efficient & we were whisked out to the taxi stand very quickly.
Rather dissapointing range of shops in the departure lounge though & I wouldn't rely on picking up the last minute gifts here.
Taxis are cheap & plentiful. Apparently the drivers have to earn up to $150 a day to pay for their licence so tips are gratefully accepted!
Subway can be confusing & we did get lost ending up in The Bronx instead of Battery Park!!
Unlike London, where once you get the right platform, you get the right train, In NYC you need to look at the letters on the front of the train as it arrives.
Maps of stations seem to be few & far between too so make sure you have your own map with you
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)
I arrived at and left from JFK airport, and I was a little surprised at how easy it was getting away from it and towards Manhattan (after standing in line for 2-3 hours waiting for the passport/customs inspections, anyway). It's a little surprising that I couldn't find a high-speed connection (a train/subway or a dedicated bus lane, for example) from the airport to the city and had to spend something like an hour on the non-airconditioned bus stuck in the traffic. Sometimes I thought I could've walked faster. On the other hand, the connection from Port Authority bus station away from Manhattan and to New Jersey is very well arranged, plunging into a tunnel right next to the bus station and coming back up in NJ. It's a very simple and effective way into and out of the heart of Manhattan.
New York is the avaiation hub in the United States as well as the gateway to and from Europe. The city has 3 airports - John F. Kennedy, Newark and La Guadia. Most international airlines land at JFK.
There's a subway link from JFK but this involves waiting for a shuttle bus to Howard Beach and then more than an hour's ride to Manhattan. So I recommend to take yellow cab directly from JFK, costs less than US$25. The cab in New York is not as expensive as in London.
Subway is maligned, but actually clean, efficient, heated, air-conditioned but not quite safe in some stations during the night time. Entry to the station (or trains) is with a token costing $1.50 each, depends on how many far you are going. Buses are fine but not the best way to travel within the NYC, unless if your feet hurt from walking ground. The pictures shows the busy street in Madison Avenue.
International flights into New York land either at John F Kennedy Airport or Newark. Both these airports also receive domestic flights, as does the city's third airport, La Guardia. Wherever you land, travel into Manhatten should be fairly straightforward if somewhat time-consuming: once clear of immigration and customs, allow at least an hour and a half to travel between the airport and the city. Besides the public transport services, taxis operate from each of the three airports and should be taken from the clearly signposted official taxi ranks, which will be pointed out by uniformed airport staff. Any taxi driver who approaches you in person is likely to be unlicensed and therefore uninsured. Never ride in independent taxis.
Taxis cruise the streets randomly and must be hailed. Be sure to flag down an official yellow cab and not an unlicensed one.
FLY! If you're coming across country like I am you've got three choices-
John F. Kennedy (JFK)- http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/jfkframe.HTM
All three will get you there but I prefer JFK. LGA is the more likely option for shorter flights (such as coming up the east coast on a shuttle flight) but it is about the most delay prone airport in the country! EWR is just across the river in New Jersey.
The Port Authority website for each one (links above) is pretty helpful.
Served by three major airports, two train terminals and a massive bus depot, New York City is the most important transportation hub in the northeastern USA. John F Kennedy Airport (JFK), 15 miles (24km) from Midtown Manhattan in southeastern Queens, is where most international flights land. Recently voted the third-worst airport facility in the world by business travelers, JFK is best avoided. La Guardia Airport in northern Queens is 8 miles (13km) from Manhattan and services mostly domestic flights. If you're arriving or departing in the middle of the day, La Guardia is a more convenient choice than JFK. Newark Airport is in New Jersey, directly 10 miles (16km) west of Manhattan. Flights to and from Newark airport are sometimes a bit cheaper because of the erroneous perception that the airport is less accessible than JFK or La Guardia. In fact, Newark has a large and spanking-new international arrivals terminal, and its four terminals are linked by a monorail system.
All suburban and long-haul buses leave and depart from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 41st St and Eighth Ave in midtown Manhattan. Bus lines available there include Greyhound, which links New York with major cities across the country; Peter Pan Trailways, which runs buses to the nearest major cities; Short Line, offering numerous departures to towns in northern New Jersey and upstate New York; and New Jersey Transit buses, with direct service to Atlantic City and the entire Garden State.
Pennsylvania Station, on 33rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, is the departure point for all Amtrak trains, including the frequent daily Metroliner service to Princeton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC. The Long Island Rail Road serves several hundred thousand commuters each day from a newly renovated platform area to points in Brooklyn, Queens and the suburbs of Long Island, including the resort areas. New Jersey Transit operates trains from Penn Station to the suburbs and the Jersey Shore. One commuter company departs from Grand Central Station, at Park Ave and 42nd St: the Metro North Railroad, which serves the northern suburbs and Connecticut.
It's a nightmare to have a car in Manhattan, but getting there is easy. Approaches from the east include the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95); the Long Island Expressway, which enters Manhattan through the Queens Midtown Tunnel (often choked by traffic); and the Grand Central Parkway (right off the Triborough Bridge), which cuts through Queens on its way from Long Island. From New Jersey, I-95 crosses the George Washington Bridge; I-95 also continues south as the New Jersey Turnpike, entering Manhattan via the Lincoln Tunnel (at midtown) and the Holland Tunnel (near Soho). Via I-95, it's 195 miles (315km) south from Boston, 105 miles (170km) north from Philadelphia, and 235 miles (380km) north from Washington, DC.
Fly - my favorite airport is JFK - it is the easiest airport to get into Manhattan from.
Don't even attempt to drive in Manhattan - it's easy to get around on foot or take a taxi. Taxis are easy to hail pretty much anywhere. Watch out for the many different types of 'taxis' - there is the familiar yellow cab, then there are professional drivers and then there are limos. Make sure you ask up front how much they plan to charge. I spent $55 with a 'professional driver' and my friend paid $26 for a cab to the exact same route from the airport to the hotel. On the way back to the airport I got a limo and it was $35. Rates are all across the board.