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Transportation between Terminals

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Airport Transfers
  • Rental Cars
  • Taxis

Getting to any location within New York by either train or subway at John F. Kennedy Airport may seem a great idea given the existing connections with both means of transport.

To reach the subway and train stations detailed below, the passenger should use the AirTrain system. Opening hours: 24 hours.

Train / Commuter Rail

The closest Train station to JFK Airport is Jamaica Station, serving the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road). The following lines stops at this station:

– Babylon

– Belmont Park

– Far Rockaway

– Hempstead

– Long Beach

– Montauk

– Oyster Bay

– Port Jefferson

– Ronkonkoma

– West Hempstead

Passengers are required to use the AirTrain JFK system to connect to Jamaica Station.

Bus lines at JFK Airport

One of the cheapest transportation options at John F. Kennedy Airport are buses. You can pick them up at Terminal 5, since the bus stop is located there. Use the AirTrain to move from and to other terminals.

The following Bus lines stops at the airport:

ABCS website or call +11 (0)123 45 6789 before travelling.

From / to Queens

– Jamaica: Bus Q3. Travel Time: 50 minutes to/from Jamaica station. Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

– Hollis, St Albans, Long Island: Bus Q3. Travel Time: 40 minutes to/from Hollis. Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

– Long Island: Bus Q3. Travel time: 20 minutes to/from Locust Manor. Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

– Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park: Bus Q10. Travel Time: 40-45 minutes to/from Kew Gardens. Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days week.


From / to Brooklyn

– Bedford Stuyvesant: Bus B15. Travel Time: 85 minutes to/from Myrtle Avenue; 70 minutes to/from Kingston-Throop Avenues.Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

– Crown Heights, East Flatbush: Bus B15. Travel Time: 55 minutes to/from Sutter Av-Rutland Road. Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

– Brownsville, East New York: Bus B15. Travel Time: 30-40 minutes to/from New Lots Avenue. Single ticket price: USD $ 2.75.

Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days week.

JFK airport to Newark Liberty airport (EWR)

– AirTrain & mass transit: is probably one of the best and fastest ways to connect JFK and Newark. Contact: (877) JFK AirTrain (535-2478).

– NYC Airporter: The official airport bus, which also offers connection between Newark Airport and JFK Airport. Just remind you that in order to connect both airports it is required to get first to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to board the Newark Airport Express Bus.

This services departs from the Port Authority Bus Terminal every 15 minutes. Opening hours: From 4:45 am to 1:45 am (from Newark Airport to Manhattan).

The average travel time is about 3 hours.

For further information, please visit its website.

Other options:

– ETS Air Shuttle – Phone: (718) 221 5341. Travel time is about 60 minutes.

– Taxi. Travel Time is about 80-90 minutes.

– All County Express – Phone: (800) 914 4223. Travel Time is about 60 minutes. Opening hours: From 08:00 am to 08:00 pm.


JFK airport to LaGuardia airport (LGA)

– NYC Airporter is the official airport bus that offers express shuttle bus service that runs between both airport JFK and LaGuardia.

Buses depart every half an hour (30 minutes) approximately from each airport.

One-way ticket price is USD $ 17.00.

The NYC Airporter’s desks at the airports are located in the Ground Transportation Centre and also in the Baggage Claim area.

Contact: NYC Airporter (between LaGuardia airport and JFK airport only) – (718) 777-5111.

Travel Time is between 50-60 minutes. Opening hours: From 6.00 am to 10:00 pm.

For further information, please visit its website.


Other options:

– Taxi: it takes about 30 minutes. Fee: between 45-75 USD, depending of the traffic jam or the hour of the day.

– AirTrain: is not the most practical way. Passengers must do transfers but if do you have time is an economical option. Travel time is between 1h20-1h30.

– All County Express – Phone: (800) 914-4223. Travel time is between 50-60 minutes.

– Van Service / Private Limousine: passengers can pick up the service in the Ground Transportation Information Counter located in the Baggage Claim Area. Travel time is about: 30 minutes.

Rental Cars

Outside ever terminal in the airport there is a taxi stand close to the taxi rank.

At the stand is given a paper that specifies the medallion of the taxi cab. It’s recommended to keep the paper, if passengers miss something in the vehicle or have any complaint they can contact with the taxi company easily.

Door-to-door Car Service is another popular transportation option.

It is recommended to ignore the non-licenced taxis to leave JFK airport, it’s always safer to travel with an official taxicab.

Taxi to airport


New York City’s yellow cabs, licensed by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, offer a flat rate service of $52 from JFK airport to Manhattan, excluding tips and tolls. Tips should be around 15-20% of the total price and are common for the good service. This rate applies to travel from Manhattan to JFK as well. Passengers may know that depending of the hour of the day, the traffic jam can delay the taxi’s route, and the taximeter cost will increase.

Where to catch Taxis

Depending on the time of day the travel from JFK to Midtown Manhattan can be as quick as 40 minutes (without traffic jam). During weekday rush hours (6-9 am and 4-7 pm) there’s a surcharge of $5 to travel anywhere in New York State (except Staten Island). From the center of Manhattan there’s a surcharge of $18 for tolls and gratuity.


To reach Brooklyn from JFK airport should cost around 75 dollars (adding tips).