New York City is one of the world's most vibrant and exciting metropolises. It's also one of the busiest. New York airports (JFK, LGA, EWR and Westchester) have the highest international traffic in the world and also some of the highest domestic travel as well. Hence getting in and out of airports and to your final destination can be daunting at times. It requires some preparation and savvy.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
JFK, as it is frequently called, is the busiest international airport in the world with over 46 million passengers annually. Located in the borough of Queens, JFK connects passengers traveling to and from New York with connecting flights to every major city in the world. The international gateway for American Airlines and Delta Airlines and home to Jet Blue Airways, JFK has over 70 airlines operating out of 7 terminals with 151 gates.
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Getting from JFK to Manhattan (and back):
Traveling to JFK from midtown Manhattan (a distance of 18 miles) typically ranges from 35 to 90 minutes depending upon your method of travel and traffic.
Take the quick and easy AirTrain. Consult the New York City Subway Map to determine the best connections to take to get to your destination. $2.50 subway fare (available 24 hours).
The airport shuttle bus service departs every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bus service picks up and drops off passengers to the airport and Manhattan at the Grand Central Port Authority or Terminal 42nd Street. Fares range from $11 to $21. If you are loading bags on the shuttle bus and need the help of the driver, it is also customary to tip the driver as well.
Taxis charge base fare, a rate based on mileage and time and a surcharge. Fares range from $19 to $75 and any applicable tolls. In addition, 15% gratuity for tipping is also expected for drivers.
There are several car companies like GroundLink that offer reservation options so you do not have to wait in line or even worry about finding where the vehicle is. Your transportation is guaranteed. Reserving a car ahead of time is easy.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
La Guardia (LGA) is the second major airport located within the borough of Queens and borders Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay with over 24 million passengers annually. Operated by the Port Authority of New York, LGA offers daily domestic and international flights. Travel time from midtown Manhattan to LGA takes approximately 20-45 minutes.
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Getting from LAGUARDIA to Manhattan (and back):
M60 bus to 125th Street in Manhattan.Transfer is available to 1/2/3, 4/5/6, A/C and D.
Metered fare to any Manhattan location. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi.
Pre-arrange for a car service to meet you at the airport, or call one when your flight touches down. This is a great option if you want to avoid waiting in line for a taxi or if you have a group larger than four people and want to arrange for a van or limousine.
Several companies offer shuttles to Manhattan, including:
- Go Airlink NYC shared transfers from JFK (starting at $18/person)
- NYC Airporter: Available from 5 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., these buses leave every 30 minutes. One-way fare is $13 ($23 round-trip). You can choose to disembark at Grand Central, Port Authority or Penn Station Access to Penn Station requires taking a shuttle from the Grand Central stop.
- Super Shuttle: Available 24 hours a day, this shuttle provides door to door service for your party. Fares are $15 - $19, depending on destination.
Newark International Airport (EWR)
Newark Liberty International airport (EWR), located on the eastern side of New Jersey, is the third principal component of the New York metropolitan airline system, offering both domestic and international flights for more than 33 million passengers. EWR is located 15 miles from midtown Manhattan and is the principal hub of both United Airlines and Federal Express (Fed Ex).
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Getting from EWR to Manhattan (and back):
The Air Train offers connecting service to NJ Transit and Amtrak trains which will bring you into Manhattan. Surprisingly, this can actually be much quicker than taking a cab or bus, and it is much more affordable. $11.55 one way will bring you from Newark Airport to Penn Station. AirTrain connects the NJ Transit "Newark Airport Station" to the airport terminals.
from Newark Airport: Metered fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location, approximately $50-75. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. There is an additional charge for luggage over 24 inches if the driver handles the bags, and rates are based per car, not per passenger.
To Newark Airport: Metered fare (approximately $69-75) plus return tolls and a $15 surcharge for a NYC Taxi to Newark Airport.
Prearrange for a car service to meet you at the airport, or call one when your flight touches down. This is a great option if you want to avoid waiting in line for a taxi or if you have a group larger than four people and want to arrange for a van or limousine.