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Transportation to and from New York JFK Airport


What is the distance from New York JFK Airport to the centre of New York?

The tourist center of the largest city in the United States is located around Times Square, in the Borough of Manhattan. Travel time to Times Square (Midtown Manhattan) in New York is 45 minutes, the distance is 28 kilometres / 17.4 miles. During rush hour, it can take much longer to get to your destination. Times Square is not always seen as the centre of New York City, historians use Columbus Circle as the city centre and geographically, Queens is the centre of the city.

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

Public transport

AirTrain and Subway/LIRR to New York

New York JFK Airport has no railway station or Subway station, you always have to change trains at least once to get to the centre of New York. Two stations near the airport are served by the JFK AirTrain, a monorail that connects all New York JFK Airport terminals with Jamaica Station (LIRR) / Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport (Subway) and Howard Beach Station (Subway ). The red line runs to Jamaica Station north of JFK, the green line to Howard Beach Station west of JFK. Travel time is 10 to 15 minutes. You can use the AirTrain 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, every 7 to 15 minutes. Unfortunately, this service is neither free nor cheap, as you pay $ 7.75 for an AirTrain ticket and $ 1.00 for the reusable MetroCard. The AirTrain fare is mandatory  for travellers arriving at or departing from Jamaica Station or Howard Beach Station, the service is free to use between the terminals and Federal Circle station (Car Rental).

You need to know where you want to go, to choose the right means of transport. The LIRR Long Island Rail Road train service is the fastest and most expensive travel option to Midtown Manhattan, the journey time to Penn Station is 20 minutes and a ticket costs $ 7.75 (Off Peak) or $ 10.75 (Peak) one way. However, on Saturday and Sunday, the price is only $ 4.50 (CityTicket). You can save money by taking the metro from Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport (Subway E, J, Z) or Howard Beach (Subway A), in which case you’ll pay $ 2.75 for a single journey. If you want to go to Midtown Manhattan or Uptown Manhattan take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station, if your accommodation is located in Downtown Manhattan take the AirTrain to Howard Beach Station. Travel time with Subway A from Howard Beach – JFK Subway Station to Fulton Street Subway Station in Lower Manhattan is 35 minutes. On average every 15 minutes there is a metro in both directions. The NY Subway is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It is possible to travel to the centre of New York without using the expensive JFK AirTrain to Jamaica Station or Howard Beach Station. From Terminal 5, bus service Q10 runs to Kew Gardens north of the airport every 10 to 20 minutes. After about half an hour you can get off at Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard metro station. There you can take Subway A leaving in the direction of Downtown Manhattan. Travel time to Fulton Street Subway Station in Lower Manhattan is 33 minutes. This public transport option costs only $ 2.75 if you are in possession of a MetroCard, which allows you to transfer from bus to metro or vice versa at no extra cost. Both services are operated by MTA Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At the airport you can buy a MetroCard for $ 1.00 and top it up with Pay-Per-Ride, a weekly pass or a monthly pass. Please consult website MTA JFK Airport – Public Transit for more information.

Top 5 sights in New York

1. Central Park (always open) and High Line (daily 07:00 hours to 19:00 hours), both free!
2. Museums: Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum
3. Liberty Island (Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Island
4. 9/11 Memorial & Museum
5. Best views in NYC: One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building

New York City public transport tickets – good to know!
Public transportation in New York consists of buses, metros (Subway) and trains / commuter rail (Long Island Rail Road LIRR, Metro-North Railroad MNR and Staten Island Railway SIR) operated by MTA Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Besides you can travel by ferries, including the free Staten Island Ferry between Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. Tourists mainly use the bus, Subway and of course taxis. New Yorkers commonly use train as a synonym for Subway. If you want to travel by bus and/or Subway, you must purchase a Single Ride ticket for $ 2.75 (bus) / $ 3.00 (Subway) or a MetroCard you can top up with Pay-Per-Ride, 7-Day Unlimited, 7-Day Unlimited Express Bus Plus or 30-Day Unlimited.

If you choose Pay-Per-Ride you pay $ 2.75 for a one-way ticket including transfers, MTA charges a $ 1.00 card fee for each new MetroCard. You may change from bus to metro, metro to bus or bus to bus once, there are no restrictions for transferring on the Subway. The price for a single ticket is always the same, express buses ($ 6.75) are the exception, on the bus and Subway in New York you do not have to worry about price zones. A MetroCard with Pay-Per-Ride can be used by up to four people. If you plan more than 12 bus and/or Subway rides during your stay in New York, it’s more economical to buy a 7-Day Unlimited for $ 33.00.

The MetroCard can be bought at many places in New York City, the easiest is to buy one from the ticket machines at the stations. You can pay with cash, debit card and credit card. On the buses in New York you can also buy single tickets from the bus driver, but only exact change in coins. At the metro stations, you need to swipe your Single Ride ticket or MetroCard to access the Subway, which consists of local trains and express trains. Children up to 44 inches / 112 centimetres in height can use public transportation in New York for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Please consult tickets and fares MTA New York City for more information.

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