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Transfer Guide of getting to JFK Airport

Jun 01 2020

There are several options for transportation to JFK airport, depending on your preferences.

If you’re willing to use the rails for transport, some options are:-

  • A two-transport combo from Penn station to JFK: Take the Long Island Railroad Train from Penn Station to Jamaica hub, and take the JFK Airport Airtrain to the airport. The trip would take around 30-45 minutes and cost about $15.
  • Another two-transport combo from Penn Station to JFK: Take the E train to the Airport Airtrain in Sutphin Blvd, which will take you to JFK. The trip would take about an hour but is cheap, costing only $7.
  • Two-transport combo from any stop in Midtown Manhattan to JFK: From any stop in Midtown Manhattan, take an “A” train to Howard Beach where you’ll find the JFK Airtrain on the upper level. Only the Far Rockaway “A” train stops at Howard Beach, other trains don’t. The trip takes around 30-45 minutes.

Other means of transportation are:

Airport Express Bus:

If you have a lot of luggage and are looking for an inexpensive way to travel to JFK, shuttle buses are the way to go. It costs around $15. You’ll get NY Airport Service shuttle buses from Port Authority Terminal and Grand Central Terminal. The service runs from 6:15 AM to 10:10 PM, and the travel time takes around 1 hour to give or take 15 minutes, depending on the traffic and weather conditions.

Van Services:

Van Services operate on your demand and will pick you up at your hotel or residence. Since these are shared rides, it takes longer as the van has to make several stops on the way. Weather conditions and traffic, of course, could significantly alter the travel time. Generally, it takes around one and a half hours to get to the airport. Popular Van Services, like New York Van Service, offers economical ride services to the jfk airport with timely delivery, even for a group of several people. Van services operate 24/7.


Uber and yellow taxis also offer convenient rides to the airport that cost relatively more than van services. It takes around an hour on average, keeping a buffer for weather and traffic conditions. It’s an ideal option if you carry a good deal of luggage.


Limousine costs around the same as a cab and is a perfect option for someone with a considerable amount of luggage. Also, it takes around 70-80 minutes to reach the airport.


The costliest on the list, costing more than $150, it takes very less time to reach the airport by air ( around 12-15 minutes).

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