New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Getting In

By Plane to JFK Airport

 
 
JFK International Airport is located in New York City’s borough of Queens. The airport comprises of eight terminals connected by a free AirTrain service. The airport serves many international airlines including Air France and Lufthansa (Terminal 1), British Airways (Terminal 7), and Virgin Atlantic (Terminal 4). JFK Airport also serves as a major international hub for Delta Air Lines (Terminals 2 and 3) and American Airlines (Terminal 8). JetBlue is a large low-cost carrier and operates at Terminal 5.
Left luggage services are in the arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and 4 and the service cost $4-16 (depending on size) a bag per day. There are plenty of ATMs located within the airport and almost all charge a $2-3 per withdrawal. Luggage trolleys are available for $3 in Terminals 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and free in Terminals 1 and 4. There are several hotels close to JFK Airport and many run shuttle buses between the airports.

Ground transport from JFK Airport to New York City include the following:

MTA Bus
The MTA commuter buses offer the cheapest ($2.25) but slowest form of transport with little room for luggage. Buses depart from Terminal 4 to bus stops in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan including subways and the Long Island Railroad stations. Pay with coins to board unless you have a MetroCard, which is available from the Hudson Newsstands in Terminals 1 and 6. Paying wih coins only allow single rides while the MetroCard allows free transfer between the bus and subway.

JFK AirTrain
The JFK AirTrain is free if traveling within the airport but cost $5 if the destination is outside the airport. The AirTrain travels to Howard Beach Station, connecting with the “A" trains to Brooklyn and then Upper Manhattan. The AirTrain also travels to the Jamaica Station, connecting with the "E" trains to Queens and then Downtown Manhattan. From Jamaica Station there also the "J/Z" trains to Downtown Manhattan and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.
JFK Airtrain, New York City
JFK Airtrain by ArnoldReinhold
Shuttle Buses & Vans
The NYC Airporter ($15.75) shuttle bus departs every 30 minutes from JFK Airport to Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), both in Midtown Manhattan. Go Airlink NYC operates a shuttle van service departing from JFK Airport to locations in Manhattan up to 125th Street. The SuperShuttle Manhattan provides door-to-door van service to hotels in Manhattan for about $25.

Cabs
The city's cabs offer the most flexible routes from JFK Airport to the city though the wait for a cab can sometimes be long. The fare is $45 to anywhere in Manhattan excluding tolls and tips. Cabs traveling from JFK Airport to locations outside of Manhattan use the meter.
Waiting cabs at JFK Airport, New York City

Waiting cabs at JFK Airport by Sergio Calleja

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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