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New York JFK Airport

General information

JFK Airport is the largest of the three airports in and around New York, it handled 62.5 million passengers in 2019. New York JKF Airport has six terminals and four runways. A large portion of all flights are operated by Delta Air Lines (T2 and T4), American Airlines (T8) and jetBlue (T5). The airport is named after John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The airport is the busiest airport in the United States based on the number of international passengers. There are three international airports in close proximity to Manhattan, New York: New York JFK Airport, Newark Liberty Airport and New York LaGuardia Airport.


Where is New York JFK Airport situated?

New York John F. Kennedy Airport is located in the south of the Borough of Queens on Long Island, southeast of Manhattan. The airport is easily accessible by car via the Interstate 678 highway.

How many terminals does New York JFK Airport  have?

The airport has six terminals, numbered 1 to 8, terminals T3 and T6 have been demolished after the renovation of Terminal 5. At New York JFK Airport, you will find an ‘automated people mover’ called JFK AirTrain on the landside of all terminals. The AirTrain is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day between the airport terminals and Jamaica and Howard Beach stations. The AirTrain also stops at Federal Circle station, where the car rental companies are located. You can use the AirTrain for free between the terminals and Federal Circle station. To and from Jamaica Station (LIRR/Subway) and Howard Beach Station (Subway) the price is $ 7.75 per person. You need to buy a MetroCard for $ 1.00 to pay the fee.

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Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from New York JFK Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in United States.

Airport Distance
New York LaGuardia Airport 17km
Newark Liberty Airport 34km
Philadelphia Airport 151km



The distance from New York JFK Airport to the centre of New York is 28 kilometres. By car, it takes 45 minutes to get to the centre of New York.

From JFK Airport to New York City centre by Car
28 km
45 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from New York JFK Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from New York JFK Airport you can travel by metro. Visit the New York JFK Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from New York JFK Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of New York is about $ 52.-. Book your taxi at New York JFK Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From JFK Airport to New York City centre by Taxi
28 km
45 min
$ 52.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At New York JFK Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Alamo (Enterprise Holdings), Avis, Budget, Dollar (The Hertz Corporation), Enterprise, Hertz, National (Enterprise Holdings), Sixt, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

New York JFK Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

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At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at New York JFK Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at New York JFK Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at New York JFK Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to New York JFK Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at New York JFK Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Delta Air Lines
  • American Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near New York JFK Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City, an IHG Hotel, Queens

Located 2 km from John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City boasts a fitness centre, on-site restaurant and a business centre. Modernly decorated accommodation is equipped with free WiFi.


Hilton New York JFK Airport, Queens

This hotel boasts free airport shuttle services to John F. Kennedy International Airport, which is 1.6 km away. A seasonal indoor pool and on-site restaurant are also featured at this Jamaica, Queens hotel.

Hotels in New York

Looking for the best hotels in New York? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Hotel Boutique at Grand Central, New York

Offering a restaurant and a fitness centre, Hotel Boutique at Grand Central is a 2 minutes' walk from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. High-speed WiFi is provided. Each room features a flat-screen TV with streaming capabilities.


Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, New York

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan in TriBeCa, less than 700 meters from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and scenic waterfront Seaport District.


The Muse New York, New York

This 4-star hotel located in Manhattan’s theater district is 650 metres from Rockefeller Center. The boutique hotel is eco-friendly. It features a state-of-the-art fitness centre and rooms with a 37-inch flat-screen TV.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near New York JFK Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


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  5 reviews

Have you visited New York JFK Airport lately? So far, 5 airport passengers have written an airport review about New York JFK Airport. This airport has an average score of 1 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport reviews

Virginia Harris
2 months ago

If you come there from Italy beware of customs in thus airport. It very unorganized. I was there today. They had me wait 2 hour with a TSA pass due to my flight. I was push back because other officers was letting anyone come. They staff was rude and was upset when I asked why I missed my flight, but you let a lot of people through. Never go to JFK.

8 months ago

Probably the most horrific experience in my entire life. I boarded my flight from terminal 8 of JFK where I arrived 3 and half hours before flight.
The airport was terribly overcrowded. Where in the world domestic and international passengers are checking in at same kiosks?
A handful of highly uncooperative staff was available to help herd! of passengers at self-check-in kiosks so, I could not get any help in spite of literally begging from 3 staff when I was not able to scan my wife passport. Finally, one staff told me to go another counter. After standing in Queue for half an hour I was told that I was at wrong counter and should go to other counter.
After standing in queue at that counter for 15 minutes, I was told that I should fill the immigration form of Peru by scanning QR code from the machine installed at a point in airport. I and at least 10 of other passengers were struggling to connect to Wi-Fi of airport to scan the code. When I went to some staff to report this issue their straight answer was “this issue is not their problem” and when I said that I will miss my flight, unfortunately instead of having a word of sympathy the answer was “it’s not their problem”.
Anyways, I kept on trying for next half an hour to finally connect Wi-Fi of airport to find that it was not the “immigration form” it was “health declaration form” which I had already filled. Airport staff should at least know the exact terminology and difference between immigration form and health declaration form.
Anyways, finally I stand in a long queue to find that I was not the only one, majority of the people in that line who like me were about to miss their flight or had already missed their flight in spite of reaching 3 hours prior due to utter chaos, incoordination and red tapism. I requested at least 3 staff to consider me early but in vain.
Finally, I reached at check in counter to find that there was 1 pound extra in one bag (while other 3 bags were short of 30 pounds) but still the lady asked us to open our lock and shift our load to another bag. While we were doing so, she went for short break.
The misery didn’t end here, security staff opened the bag of my wife to remove creams, lotions etc. (which we were open and were sure less than 100 ml; moreover, we had crossed 3 airports before in other countries with the same stuff). When I requested them to please do it little fast otherwise I will miss my flight, their answer was again “that’s not their problem”
Finally, we sprinted to reach our flight departure gate which was about to close in next 5-10 minutes. At gate I was told that my cabin baggage is oversized (the same bag approved by check in staff became oversize after reaching at departure gate!).
Anyways, finally we boarded our flight after depleting all adrenaline and other stress hormones.
My request from authorities is to:
1. At least separate domestic and international departures.
2. Increase staff to help passengers at web check in kiosks
3. Ask staff to be compassionate towards passengers. Just bluntly saying that it not their problem does not solve the problem rather disheartens you.
4. Start feedback system of international passengers to understand their agonies.
5. Do a survey to find that how many international passengers are missing their flights and then compare with other countries.

9 months ago

very bad experience at terminal 4. at the security control the whole staff was very unfriendly. All travellers were treated like animals on the way to the slaughterhouse. Loud screams of the staff members, rushing and disrespectful. Such people should be fired! This was so far the worst airport I have visited in my life.

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