John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is located in Queens, 15 miles away from midtown Manhattan and located on Jamaica Bay. A common arrival point for international travelers, this airport is huge and about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan by car, longer if you take public transport.
Getting from JFK to Manhattan (& back):
Public Transportation to JFK:
Take the quick and easy AirTrain. Consult the New York City Subway Map to determine the best connections to get to your destination. $2.75 subway fare (available 24 hours). If you return to JFK via subway, make sure to take the A train marked Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, NOT Lefferts Blvd.
Taxis: $52 flat fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location. Taxis are available outside of every terminal, and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a cab. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the Taxi Rider’s Bill of Rights. There is no additional charge for luggage and rates are based per car, not per passenger (up to four passengers).
Car Services: Prearrange for a car service to meet you at the airport, or call one when your flight touches down. That is a great option if you want to avoid waiting in line for a taxi or if you have a group larger than four people and want to arrange for a van or limousine.
Private Shuttles: Several companies offer shuttles to Manhattan, including:
Go Airlink NYC: Go Airlink NYC offers shared transfers from JFK (starting at $18/person), as well as private transfers via sedan or van for groups. Rides are available 24 hours a day.
NYC Airporter: The official bus service of NYC area airports, NYC Airporter offers transportation between Penn Station, Port Authority and Grand Central and JFK for $16 ($29 round-trip). Every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
Rental Cars: Consult this list of rental car companies serving JFK if you need to rent a car. I discourage visitors to New York City from renting cars, unless they’re planning extensive travel outside of the major metropolitan area. Parking is both expensive and difficult to find, and you will find your money better spent on mass transit and taxis.
For other transit options, including suburban areas, inter-airport transfers, and the five boroughs, consult JFK Transportation Options.