This guide will help you to find the best, cheapest and fastest ways to go from JFK to Manhattan. We will cover subway, train, shared van and taxi.
|From JFK to Manhattan – How to Choose?|
|Air Train + Subway|
|Air Train + Train|
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It is also very important to choose a good area for your hotel. Also read our article on the 3 areas where we recommend reserving a Hotel in NYC.
We know it’s not easy to make a choice.
The Subway may be scary for first timers but it is cheap and fast.
The train is faster than the subway but less handy than a cab.
Taxis are user-friendly, but pricey. Keep in mind traffic: it can turn a short ride into 2 hours or more.
Shared vans are cheaper than a cab but traffic is still a problem.
Don’t wait until you arrive in JFK to decide. You will be tired from the trip and maybe also Jet-lagged.
The table below can help you choose the best way for you:
|Time (minutes)||Cost ($)||Best For|
|Subway||60 to 90||7.75||Budget|
|Shared Van||90||> 20||Balance cost & time|
|Taxi||45||> 52 (plus toll and tip) = > 66||Stress-free|
This is the fastest and cheapest way to go from JFK to the City: 10.5$ / person.
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There is no direct subway. You have to take the Air Train to the subway station first and then the subway to Manhattan.
After customs, firstly follow the signs to catch the Air Train. The AirTrain connects the airport terminals. It runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Keep in mind there are Two AirTrain lines.
Travel time varies depending on destination. Allow 60-90 minutes to get to Midtown Manhattan.
Pros: By far the cheapest option. Taking the metro during rush hour is faster than a taxi.
Cons: Not all metro stations have elevators. Not the best if you carry a heavy luggage.
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Are you in a rush? Then using the train is a great choice! In fact, it will take you less than 40 minutes to go from JFK to Manhattan.
Take firstly the Air Train to Jamaica Station. See “Subway” section for info on the Air Train.
Once you are in Jamaica Station, take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Manhattan.
The LIRR station is right next the Subway in Jamaica.
The total cost is 15.75$. The Air Train costs 5$ e the LIRR Train 10.75$.
Roughly 40 minutes
Pros: faster than the metro and still much cheaper than a taxi.
Cons: same problems as the Metro if you have a heavy luggage
Great solution if you want to save money on a taxi ride but still get directly to your hotel.
The most famous ride-sharing vans from JFK to the City are GoAirLink and SuperShuttle
The door-to-door service is comparable to cabs but much cheaper.
We suggest you to purchase tickets online to save time.
The costs (20$ to 40$ / person) depends by your destination in Manhattan.
It depends on two factors: traffic and the number of people in the van.
If you are the last dropped, you will tour first the other people’s hotels.
Pros: door-to-door cheaper than a cab
Cons: often required to wait until a van is mostly full, so be prepared to wait.
The most convenient but also expensive mode to travel from JFK to Manhattan.
JFK Airport taxis charge a flat rate of $52 to get to Manhattan. During peak hours (4-8 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays), there is a $4.50 surcharge.
Add to this a tip of 18% for a total of 67$.
Taxis will accept cash or credit cards as payment.
From 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic
Pros: the best choice for tourists with lots of baggage and tired after the flight.
Cons: the most expensive way
Our recommendation is to take the subway, which is cheap, reliable, and easy to use. The second is the comfortable and safe cab. The train is an option, but we prefer the subway. We recommend the shared van for groups (more than 4 people) as you will take a large portion of the vehicle and be the first to be dropped off in the city.