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How to reach New York from John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)

Around 98% of all tourists come to New York by plane. Most convenient website for searching flights to New York: Skyscanner. With this website you can choose the most suitable flight for you or you can check the prices.

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is the largest airport of the three in New York. JFK receives mostly international flights.
Information about others airports can be found here: Newark (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA).

In this article, we look at the 5 main methods of getting from JFK to the city center of New York or to your hotel. You can compare prices and time in order to choose the most convenient method of transport for you.

The 5 main methods to go from JFK (John F. Kennedy Airport) to Manhattan (NY City Centre) are:

1. Subway

Subway in New York

Price: $7.75 for a high-speed train that takes you to the Subway. The Subway itself costs $2.75. Children under 5 years ride for free.
Time to get to Manhattan: approximately 50 minutes.
Possible delay in rush hour: no.
Description: a special express train called ‘Air Train’, which will take you to the Subway in just 10 minutes, serves the airport. The train stops at two stations: Jamaica Av (lines  E   J   Z ) and Howard Beach (line  A ). Use the link below to plan your route and select station for changeovers to the Subway.
Additional Information: use this website to plan your route, point of arrival (the starting point is JFK) and click ‘Map’ to view the best route.
The journey back: take the subway to Jamaica Av (lines  E   J   Z ) or Howard Beach (line  A ), and then transfer to the Air Train, which stops at all the terminals.

2. Taxi

Taxi in New York

Price: approximately $55 to go downtown.
Time to get to Manhattan: 30 minutes.
Possible delay in rush hour: up to one hour (from 7 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday).
Description: this is the fastest way to travel around New York. This way is easier to use if you are traveling with other people and luggage.
Additional Information: when ordering a taxi, you will be quoted a different price; as this does not include passages through the toll tunnels and bridges, as well as the mandatory tip for the taxi driver. To call a taxi just leave the airport and go to the street where you’ll find a taxi. You cannot call a taxi by phone in Manhattan and crowded places (such as shopping centers, airports, railway stations, zoos, etc.).
The journey back: if your hotel is in Manhattan - just go outside and wave to an oncoming taxi, or just ask the concierge at the hotel to do this for you.

3. Bus

Bus from JFK in New York

Price: $16.
Time to get to Manhattan: 45 minutes.
Possible delay in rush hour: up to 90 minutes (from 7 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday).
Description: as you come out of the airport, you can see the bus stop. Ordering a ticket online is better; as you will not have to queue up. Buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi. This company provides buses for transfer between all New York airports, railway/train stations and the city center.
Additional Information: for details about bus stops in Manhattan, visit this website and select the relevant route. Tickets to be purchased online, these are valid for 90 days.
The journey back: use the website, as indicated above, to see all the available routes.

4. Route Taxi

Route Taxi in New York

Price: from $12.
Time to get to Manhattan: about 30 minutes.
Possible delay in rush hour: up to one hour (from 7 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday).
Description: if you are more than 4 people, then this option is the most advantageous. You can choose different capacity buses (from 3 to 56 people), which will take you from the exit of the airport to any point in New York.
Additional Information: information about the company "Airlink NYC" and the services they provide can be found on this website.
The journey back: order a share taxi on their website which is indicated above.

5. Car Rental

Car Rental in New York

Price: more details on websites of various companies.
Time to get to Manhattan: 30 minutes.
Possible delay in rush hour: up to one hour (from 7 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday).
Description: in the airport, you will find car rental companies. But we recommend pre-ordering online, so that the car will be ready for collecting you, and that way you can get a discount of up to 30%.
Additional Information: thanks to this website, you can compare offers from different companies and choose the car (or the rates) that you prefer. Popular companies: Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Avis and other.

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