Transfer to/from - New York JFK airport (JFK)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in New York JFK airport (JFK)


Most transportation options at the airport require the use of the AirTrain system. Traveling between terminals using AirTrain is free, but there is an associated fee (USD 8.25) when connecting to Jamaica Station and Howard Beach Station. From these stations, you can access buses, subways, and commuter trains that connect to various destinations including Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Additionally, some transportation lines provide direct service to the airport, and there are door-to-door services available for your convenience.


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 From which terminal departs the MTA bus?

There are routes from MTA (Tel 511 / +1 877 690 5116) that depart from Terminal 5. Fares are USD2.75 and offer the chance to make connections with several subway lines. Learn more

How to hire a private service?

Civitatis is one of the door-to-door private transport alternatives and is suitable for groups, families or couples.
The best option is to book online in advance your transfer to or from JFK airport. In this way, a driver will be waiting for you and you will not have to negotiate prices with taxis or transfer companies. You can get private service from around *$112 for 3 people (total price per vehicle) to Manhattan or Brooklyn. There are also 6-passenger vehicles (*$150) and 10-passenger (*$230) and 14-passenger (*$290) vans. If you need to go to Newark airport from JFK, start from *$160 (up to 3 people) and to LaGuardia airport from *$105

*Rates are in US dollars and are estimates, but may change at any time. To know the exact price, go to the reservation form 

 How to get to the other New York airports?

JFK to LaGuardia
All County Express (800) 914-4223 - 45-60 minutes. Learn More
ETS Air Shuttle 718-221-5341 or call toll free 866-864-7433 for reservations. Learn More

JFK to Newark Liberty
ETS Air Shuttle 718-221-5341 or call toll free 866-864-7433 for reservations. The ride can take 60 to 90 minutes. Learn More

 How to get to the city by Metro?

The A line from MTA (Tel 511 / +1 877 690 5116) runs from Howard Beach Station to Far Rockaway, Southern Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Line E leaves from Jamaica Station and heads to Western Queens, Manhattan and the World Trade Center. Routes J and Z go to Central Queens and Northern Brooklyn. Trains depart every 5-20 minutes. Journey time to downtown Manhattan is 50-75 minutes and the fare is USD2.75.

 How to get to Penn Station by train?

At Jamaica Station you can board Long Island Rail Road services (Tel 511 / +1 718 217 5477) to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. The fare varies according to the schedules, but to Penn Station it is from USD $10.75 (to this you must add the Airtrain fare to Jamaica station and USD$1.00 from the Metrocard in case you do not have it. The route from Jamaica station to Penn Station it takes about 50 minutes. Learn more

 Where to find the taxi cab ranks?

Cabs are available outside the Arrivals Halls. There is a fixed fare of USD70.00 to Central Manhattan and travel time is 40-100 minutes, depending on traffic. To the base fare you must add usd 5.00 during rush hours, plus tolls and tip. The trip to LaGuardia airport costs USD48.00-53.00, and to Newark airport the price is USD157.00-177.00 (+$20 surcharge). Learn more

 Public bus lines serving the JFK airport

B15 - Travels to Eastern New York, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Spring Creek and Howard Beach (85 min.)
Q3 - To Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens and Jamaica Bus Terminal (50 min.) 
Q6 - Springfield Gardens, South Jamaica.
Q7 - South Jamaica, Ozone Park, East New York.
Q10 - Runs to South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens (40-45 min.)

Latest updates: August 23, 2023

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign. If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.
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