Passenger guide - New York JFK airport (JFK) 

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New York JFK airport  (JFK)

John F. Kennedy International Airport, opened on July 1, 1948, is one of the busiest in the country. Together with Newark and La Guardia airports, it serves the entire metropolitan area of New York and New Jersey. It operates with domestic and international flights to the entire globe.

Official Website: panynj.gov/airports/jfk
Number of Terminals - 6 - Terminals 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8, open 24 hours a day. A free train (AirTrain) links all terminals with each other, the parking lots and the car rental facilities.

Annual passenger traffic: 59.3 million passengers went through it in 2017.
Tel +1 718 244 4444. On the Arrivals level of every terminal there are information centers and travelers aid counters (Tel +1 718 656 4870).

 
 

The airport is situated in Jamaica Queens, to the southeast of New York, about 19 km (12 miles) away from Manhattan.

 
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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) 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 USD45.00-50.00.
The NYC Airporter (Tel +1 718 777 5111) operates every 30 min. between 6:00 am and 11:30 pm, heading to Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Bryant Park. The fare to and from Manhattan is USD18.00 and travel time is around 90 min. It also runs to Newark (USD28.00) and LaGuardia (USD16.00) airports.
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) 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 USD10.00 and the trip takes around 35 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.

 

On the Arrivals level of each terminal you can find either a counter or a courtesy telephone to contact the agencies. Cars are located in Federal Circle Station, accessible via the AirTrain.

Advantage (Tel +1 800 777 5500 - 24 hours a day)
Alamo (Tel +1 888 233 8749 - 24 hours a day)
Avis (Tel +1 718 244 5406 / 800 230 4898 - 24 hours a day)
Budget (Tel +1 718 656 1890 / 800 527 0700 - 24 hours a day)
Dollar (Tel +1 800 800 4000 - 24 hours a day)
Enterprise (Tel +1 718 553 7013 / 800 736 8222 - 6:00 am to 0:00 am)
Hertz (Tel +1 718 656 7600 / 800 654 3131 - 24 hours a day)
National (Tel +1 718 632 8300 / 888 826 6890 - 24 hours a day)
Payless (Tel +1 800 729 5377 - 7:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Thrifty (Tel +1 800 331 3550)

 

The airport has currency exchange bureaus, ATMs, post office, mobile phone services, VIP lounges, charging stations, public telephones, internet kiosks and free Wi-Fi access for 30 minutes. Several of the local hotels provide meeting and conference rooms.

Food and Drinks- You can find several restaurants, fast food outlets, cafés, bars and vending machines in the Arrivals and Departures areas and the food courts of all terminals. Dunkin' Donuts, in Terminal 1, and McDonald's, in Terminal 4, are open 24 hours a day.
Shopping- Duty-free shops in terminals 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8, post-security. There are also stores selling gifts, books, newspapers and magazines, jewellery, clothing and accessories, flowers, electronics, cosmetics, liquor.
Baggage- Luggage storage on the Arrivals level of terminals 1, 4 and 8. Secure wrapping in the Departures area of Terminal 5. For items lost inside the public areas, contact the airport police at Tel +1 718 244 4225.
Other Services- Medical center, travel agencies, chapel, spas, baby changing facilities, shoeshines, gas station.

 

There are lots for short and long stays, linked to each other and to all terminals through the free AirTrain. Charging stations for electric vehicles are available. There is also a passenger pick-up zone (Cell Phone Lot) with no charge and a drop-off area (Kiss and Fly). More information: Tel +1 718 244 4168. Rates

Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red Garages- Multi-storey facilities adjacent to the terminals, for short stays.
Long-Term Lot 9- Remote, economy area.

 

Facilities include ramps, adapted telephones and toilets, designated parking spots close to the entrance to the terminals, accessible drinking fountains, relief areas for service animals. The transportation systems are accessible for passengers with reduced mobility. Inform your airline in advance about any special needs.

 

In the Arrivals Halls there are either counters or courtesy telephones to make reservations with one of the numerous hotels in the vicinity. Most of these provides complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Hampton Inn NY-JFK (Tel +1 718 322 7500), Comfort Inn & Suites JFK Airport (Tel +1 718 659 7777), Days Inn & Suites Ozone Park/JFK Airport (Tel +1 718 845 6666), Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City (Tel +1 718 530 1160), Holiday Inn Express New York JFK Airport Area (Tel +1 718 977 3100), Fairfield Inn New York JFK Airport (Tel +1 718 977 3300), Best Western JFK Airport Hotel (Tel +1 718 977 2100), Days Inn Jamaica - JFK Airport (Tel +1 718 527 9025), JFK Inn (Tel +1 718 723 5100), Garden Inn & Suites (Tel +1 718 581 5380).

 
 
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Latest updates: April, 27, 2018
 
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