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JFK Airport Transportation To and From New York City

Updated on June 25, 2012

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New York City is the most popular travel destination in the world. The city's tourism office estimated that 46 million people visited New York City in 2007. New Yorkers also like to travel, therefore 8 million New Yorkers and people working in New York City could be easily added to this obscene number of people who try to get to or from New York City's airports (JFK, La Guardia and Newark). JFK airport is the largest one. What is the best way to get to JFK Airport from New York City? Let's look at all possible ways to get to and from the airport and choose the best one.

$7 - Airtrain plus The New York City subways - Airtrain will cost you $5.00 and brings you from any terminal at JFK to Howard Beach or Jamaica station where you have to use subway A train ($2.00 more) and probably make a couple more transfers in order to reach your destination in New York City. If you travel light and don't mind to get around the city on a subway that would be a right way for you. But if you have a big luggage, you may find it difficult to manage this long exhausting trip. The trip is usually takes more than an hour.

$15 - New York Airport Service Express Buses goes to and from JFK and brings you to Grand Central Terminal (Park Ave. and 41 St.) or the Port Authority (8th Ave. and 42 St.), where again you have to switch to subway ($2 more) or taxi. The great way for people who stays around Times Square or Grand Central. The busses go every thirty minutes and all trip is about 45 minutes, but usually longer on a way from the airport (be prepared to spend 20-30 minutes to go from one JFK terminal to another to gather people from different terminals).

$21 - SuperShuttle will pick you up from any location in Manhattan and bring you right to your terminal. That would be probably the most convenient and cost effective way to get to JFK, if you don't have to share the van with 10 other people who you have to pick up on a way from different Manhattan locations. Sometimes takes more than 40 minutes to gather all of them and just get out of the city. And absolutely inconvenient way from the airport, you have to wait more than 30 minutes to be picked up.

$45 - Taxis or Yellow Cabs will take you anywhere to or from the city. The rate is flat, however doesn't include tolls and tips. The trip will take 30-60 minutes depending on traffic and usually doesn't take too long to get the taxi at the airport. However, on a way to JFK, depending on a time of the day, please leave yourself a little time space to get a taxi, sometimes it could be hard.

$50 - $100 - Limousine and Car Service will cost you more than a taxi, but if you don't want to jump on streets of Manhattan in order to get a taxi, then this pricy but reliable service is perfect for you.

$105 plus - Helicopters from two Manhattan's locations (East 34th St. and Wall St. area) will bring you to and from JFK for less than 10 minutes. If you can afford, you definitely must experience it, the view of the city is breathtaking! And it gives you an opportunity to avoid most of the traffic. However, if you are not staying around these two heliports you would have to spend some time in order to get there. Plus, the helicopter arrives to the Terminal 3 at JFK, and if you are not flying from this terminal you have to take AirTrain to get to the terminal of your departure. Even though the trip is only 10 minutes, taking into account that you have to arrive to the heliport in advance and all the time getting to the heliport and your terminal, the trip is not really faster than the trip on a taxi and definitely less convenient.

Unfortunately there is no way to get to or from JFK airport for less than 40 - 60 minutes. Also, don't forget that New York City traffic is very unpredictable and for all of you who want to be on time at the airport for sure, you always can stay at the hotel near JFK airport. But if you decided to stay in New York City, you have six ways of JFK airport transportation to choose from, and among all of them a taxi is still fastest, cost effective, most convenient way and the best one. Have a great time in New York City, and for New Yorkers - have a safe trip!


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      Laura 4 years ago

      Unfortunately US Helicopter is no more!

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      Doug 4 years ago

      New York Aiport service lost their license, their site only sells airlink shuttles now. The new Airport bus authorized by the Port Authority of NY & NJ is

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      Human 5 years ago

      amazing post informative for all of us. amazed by the fact that 46 million people visited New York City in 2007.i love New york i will come bck soon to learned more form your site.

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      Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

      Dear m_kunzman, when you are at JFK look for a sign "shuttle to LGA", follow the sign and take a shuttle. Have a great trip!

    • profile image 6 years ago

      How can I get from JFK at 10pm on a Friday evening to LGA by shuttle?

      Anybody know for sure? Please no guess work.

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      Gary 6 years ago

      I've wanted to fly in a helicopter over New York ever since I watched The Apprentice and Donald Trump took the contestants in a helicopter ride. Sometimes limo and taxi drivers know the most though and can show you cool things. When I took a Mexico City limo, my driver Ricardo showed me all of the coolest places to visit!

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      Chicago Limousine 6 years ago

      excellent post.great article bro i like it so much

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      Limo Lou 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information on NYC limo prices. They are much more affordable than I would have initially expected and it is nice to have access to such a service when in a large city for the first time. There is a lot of information a limo driver can provide that is helpful to tourists.

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      airport car service 7 years ago

      A car service is definitely better than a helicopter if you are commuting. It is a much better use of time. Helicopters, are really nice if you are a tourist and want to enjoy the view.

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      Transportation Collection Agency 7 years ago

      Excellent hub. I will be in NY soon and this helps tremendously

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      DC Limo Service 7 years ago

      It's way expensive traveling around NYC. I'd love to try out the helicopter even though it's way more expensive than anything else. It'd be worth it for the experience though. I think a limo ride would be way fun as well.

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      New York Walking Tours 7 years ago

      i wish they hadn't adopted such extreme rules. I hate wasting time all the time with those stupid abusive checks.

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      New York Walking Tours 7 years ago

      Nice hub. made me open eye dream for few minutes. Now i need to get out of this office and take 1st flight from JFK just to feel alive.

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      dnvrguy02 7 years ago from 2550 S University Blvd ste 603, Denver Co 80210

      great post, very informative .

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      Torry 7 years ago

      Big Apple is one of the beatutiful tourist spot in the world.

      Every day, a huge number of tourists book their holiday packages and flight to New York.

      You have recommended the best ways to get to JFK Airport from NYC.

      In my opinion, Airtrain is the best option.

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      Orlando Transportation 7 years ago

      great resource!!!

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      Airport Shuttle 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the information. This could be very useful for local transport.

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      David 8 years ago

      Excellent page, very helpful!!

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      NaomiR 8 years ago from New York

      I live not far from JFK, and so I use that airport all the time. I've never taken a helicopter, though! We might have to try that.

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      RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      I imagine this hub is a helpful resource tool. Very well done.

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      Terry Bryant 9 years ago

      Great hub! It is nice that you added the average costs for comparison.

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      World Travel Guide 9 years ago

      Great information for anyone traveling to New York through JFK. That helicopter trip sounds pretty cool, too, even if it's not a great option timewise.

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      Wanderlust 9 years ago from New York City

      I absolutely agree, it is a shame that the city such as New York doesn't have easy rapid affordable way to the city's major airport. Always like how it is organized in London - easy accessible subway or comfortable Heathrow express train or taxi - it is great to have a choice! As for La Guardia airport transportation, unfortunately the choices are limited to three - Taxis - $20-30, SuperShuttle can drop you at La Guardia on a way to JFK for $16 or New York Airport Service bus from Grand Central - $12. Unfortunately no helicopter service is available.

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      Margaret Hampton 9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, Wanderlust, for another helpful hub, replete with links, pricing, and logistics. When I flew for Pan Am, I knew the Carey Bus from the Port Authority only too well! Boy, it was a luxury in later years to take a taxi or limo. Such a shame there's no direct, easy rapid transit to the City, as Marta in Atlanta and similar systems elsewhere. You are right about AirTran...The multiple changes would be exhausting! Now, are you doing a hub on LaGuardia?

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      Wanderlust 9 years ago from New York City

      Thank you Lindsey. I am glad that you found this article helpful. Will do a HubPage for Newark to NYC. Thank you for a hint!

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      Lindsey 9 years ago

      I used to live in Manhattan, and I still go back fairly often to visit friends. This is a great resource for NYC travelers! I really like that you organized it by price and embedded the links to each transportation option! Many thanks! (P.S. I'd love to see a HubPage like this for Newark to NYC! Hint. Hint.)