Getting to JFK Airport From Anywhere Around NYC

Summary:

Complete guide to getting to JFK, John F Kennedy International Airport in NYC, from anywhere in and around the New York City metropolitan area.

Updated: 2017-03-01.

Getting to JFK From Brooklyn

Brooklyn is becoming as convenient as Manhattan quickly, and your options for getting to JFK from this borough is no different. The fastest route to JFK from Brooklyn, just like from Manhattan’s Penn Station, is to take the Long Island Railroad from Atlantic Terminal (at the intersections of Atlantic Ave, Flatbush Ave, and 4th Ave). Also similar to riding from Penn, currently the one-way off-peak fare is $6.25 and peak fare is $8.50Get off at the Jamaica Station in Queens. Then, hop on the JFK AirTrain for $5.00 which will zip you around to any terminal you need. Once the train departs, it is usually about 25 minutes to the terminal with this combination.

Subway travel to JFK is relatively simple if you are in northern or eastern Brooklyn. You can take the A train to the Howard Beach stop, or the E, J, or Z trains to Sutphin Blvd. If you take a subway, wherever you get off, you will take the AirTrain (still $5.00) to continue on to the terminals.

Taking ground transportation is much quicker in Brooklyn, since your driver won’t have to fight with every other driver trying to leave Manhattan; it’s a downhill battle from Brooklyn and Queens. An official NYC Yellow Cab does not have a flat fare from Brooklyn, but rather is metered, and should generally be significantly cheaper than the $52 flat fare from Manhattan. Private car services in Brooklyn, also opposite of their Manhattan counterparts, should have a flat fare. Typically, it is $35 each way from most of Brooklyn, with northern and eastern Brooklyn origins sometimes having a flat fare of $25. It is especially recommended to take a car service if leaving from far-southern Brooklyn, since the ease of the Belt Parkway is readily accessible.

Getting to JFK From Queens

Queens, as the home borough of JFK International Airport (as well as LaGuardia Airport), makes it similarly very easy getting to JFK if it is your starting point. If you are near the subway, then this could be your fastest option. Just like with Brooklyn, you can take the A train to the Howard Beach stop, or the E, J, or Z trains to Sutphin Blvd. If you take a subway, wherever you get off, you will take the AirTrain (still $5.00) to continue on to the terminals.

Yellow cabs will be metered in Queens, but pretty inexpensive since it is relatively nearby. Car services from southern and western Queens will usually have a flat fare of around $25; closer origins may be negotiable. There are many more MTA bus options available in Queens, which could be your cheapest bet, as some of them forego the necessity of switching to the AirTrain. Check the MTA Trip Planner for info.

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  • Thank younso much for this info. We will be in
    NY. And staying in Brooklyn. So this will be very helpfull to get us to the things we want too see.

    • Ana, I’m glad if this information was helpful to you! If you need anything, send me a private message by email or through the website’s contact form, and I’ll do my best to help you. Have a great time in New York City!

  • That isn’t a picture of terminal 5 in JFK. It is the old TWA building. Terminal 5 currently houses JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines. Soon they’ll be adding Aer Lingus.

    • Anj, yes, I used that photo because I thought this one was easily-recognizable as JFK. Though JetBlue took over T5, I think they will convert this landmarked building soon to a hotel or something, no? Anyway, after you said that, I realized it was not as relevant, so I’ve changed it 🙂

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