Most options require the use of the AirTrain system (fee: USD5.00), that connects the terminals with Jamaica Station and Howard Beach Station, where you can board buses and subway trains to Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn. Some lines serve the airport directly.
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.
Trans-Bridge Lines (Tel +1 610 868 6001) provides transportation to Newark airport, Branchburg, Flemington, Lambertville, New Hope, Lahaska, Doylestown, Dublin, Quakertown, South Bethlehem, Clinton, Phillipsburg, Easton and Allentown. Buses leave daily from the Arrivals level of Terminal 4 at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm, and tickets cost USD44.00-54.00.
The NYC Airporter (Tel +1 718 777 5111) operates every 30 min. between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm, heading to Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and Port Authority Bus Terminal. The fare to and from Manhattan is USD19.00 and travel time is around 90 min. It also runs to Newark airport (USD29.00).
In addition, there are private operators that provide shared transfers between the enclosure and different destinations in the area.
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.
Train - At Jamaica Station you can board services from Long Island Rail Road (Tel 511 / +1 718 217 5477) to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. The fare to Penn Station is USD10.25 and the trip takes around 20 minutes.
Taxi - Cabs are available outside the Arrivals Halls. There is a fixed fare of USD52.00 to Central Manhattan and travel time is 40-100 minutes, depending on traffic. The trip to LaGuardia airport costs USD34.00-39.00, and to Newark airport the price is USD97.00-102.00.
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B15 - Travels to Eastern New York, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and Queens (85 min.)
Q3 - To Queens, Hollis, St. Albans, Long Island and Jamaica Bus Terminal (50 min.)
Q10 - Runs to Queens, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens (40-45 min.)
Private shuttle operators:
Airlink New York (Tel +1 212 812 9000 / 877 599 8200)
All County Express (Tel +1 800 914 4223 / 516 285 1300)
ETS Air Shuttle (Tel +1 718 221 5341)
Prime Time Shuttle (Tel +1 800 377 8745 / 203 891 1280)
Super Shuttle Long Island (Tel +1 800 742 9824)
Super Shuttle Manhattan (Tel +1 212 258 3826 / 800 258 3826)