If you’re landing at JFK airport in New York, a number of transportation options are available to get to your hotel or apartment in Manhattan: take a cab, a shuttle bus, the subway, the bus and the limousine.
The cab remains the easiest way to commute
Book a private transportation to Manhattan
While you get our of the airport, several private taxi companies will approach you to offer you their services. You’ve got to be careful since not all of them are reliable
If you want to have a private transportation to your hotel or apartment, I recommend that you book this service with CarmelLimo. It’s a reliable company providing an excellent service and at a good price.
You may book your taxi before going to New York City. You’ll be sure the taxi will be waiting for you, and this is the best solution to control your budget!
It will be better for you to pay on Internet so you won’t have to pay anything upon your arrival./p>
They have 9 vehicles for 1 to 14 people: sedan, mini-van, SUV, limo.
A private taxi for 1 to 4 people costs from $44, plus $12 for tolls and $7-8 for tips. Around $63 total price.
To take your taxi, you have to get out the airport and go towards the Pick Up Area.
Once outside the airport premises, you have to call the company at the phone number they gave you when you booked.
In less than 5 minutes, your taxi will arrive with your name printed on a sign.
– It takes you from the airport to your hotel very quickly without having to walk..
– CarmelLimo provides a private service for 1 to 14 people.
– It picks you up on time.
– It’s a great option if your hotel or apartment is in Brooklyn or Queens (Astoria and Long Island City)
The Taxi Shuttle allows you to transfer from JFK airport and Manhattan:
The second most practical option is the Taxi Shuttle.
What you need to know: It’s free for kids under 3
Just like many things, if you want to prepare your trip the best way, book your shuttle right away. Because it’s one thing you won’t have to think twice and this will allow you to save cash for other expenses. Besides, you won’t have to pay money exchange fees since this reservation is paid in Euros from their website for those who are travelling from Europe.
AirTrain and subway transfers between JFK airport and Manhattan:
Your 3rd commute option are the Airtrain and the subway.
If 3 or more are travelling, here’s a great tip:
An AirTrain card is available at $25 for 10 trips and can be used up to 4 people at the same time. So, if 3, 4 or 5 persons are traveling, it’s a great deal. After calculating, this will cost you only $25.
The AirTrain fare changed on November 1st, 2019, and I don’t know yet if the 10-trip card will be replaced but the Unlimited AirTrain Metrocard for unlimited AirTrain rides ($40).
Bus transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan:
Your 4th solution is the bus from the company NYC Airporter.
A little less expensive than the Taxi Shuttle since it costs $16 and $30 for a round-trip. Buses run around every 30 minutes.
The company operates between JFK airport and Manhattan will leave you at Grand Central Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal or Penn Station. If your hotel or apartment is located far from these stops then you’ll have to continue the rest of your commute by bus or subway to get there.
What about a limo?
We have negotiated special rates for you to transfer with style from the airport to your hotel/apartment in New York City!
Flying from LHR to JFK july 2023 , 2 adults and 2 children, arriving 8pm. A yellow cab to small or? Carmel will be 85$ plus tolls and tips?
Hotel will be 136 W 55th
Any better suggestions?
A yellow cab should be enough, however, you need to wait in line before you can get on one. Carmel will pick you up whenever you’re ready. I checked the fare online and for four people, and four pieces of luggage, they offer a minivan at $67.25. It is an excellent option, even if you add tips.
Even with a shared shuttle, the rate would be higher. You can also opt for public transportation, but it will take you a while to ride the different trains.
Please let me know if you have questions.
The Airtrain goes to the different terminals and to Jamaica Station. From there you can take the subway. You only need to pay the AirTrain for a trip from any terminal to Jamaica Station, and vice versa.
I don’t understand exactly where you want to pick up your friend and where you want to go. Could you ask for more info about where the hotel shuttle will take your friend?
We are a family of 5 ( eldest 51, youngest 15) flying into JFK from Ireland on July 23, we are looking for reasonably priced accomodation within 45 minutes commuting distance of Manhattan and a transport strategy to get to the hotel from JFK and around NY for the few days, we will stay in NYC for 3 days before flying on to Las vegas for 2 days, Then hire a car to drive to the west coast….all tips greatly appreciated.
I would say that your best bet is to stay on Long Island City, less than 15 minutes away from Times Square. It is very convenient and less expensive than staying in Manhattan. ¨
Take a look at these options here: https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en
Please tell me if the links works for you, and do not hesitate if you have questions. I can help you plan your itinerary. What places will you visit on the West Coast?
Long Island city looks the business, cheers.
On the west coast, it looks like we will take a trip to the Grand Canyon after leaving Las Vegas, then drive south west to San Diego, from there its a trip up the coast to fly back from San Franciscon on Auig 9. The only absolute is a 1 day trip to Disney in Annaheim, the rest we are fluid on.
When my wife and I did the west coast 22 years ago we stayed at motels and travelled the smaller roads instead of the interstates.
We probably have little choice here if we want to drive the coast between san Diego and San Francisco but any tips on places to visit/ discounted admissions and especially reasonable accomodation are very welcome.
It’s a good idea to avoid the intersates and find local motels along the way. Near Vegas, I like Valley of Fire. I usually stay in motels too, I stayed at one near Disney in Anaheim, it was cheap and convenient. I will have to find the name. You can also try Airbnb, I stayed at many in LA.
San Francisco is the worse, everything is so expensive… There are some motels, but you want to avoid Tenderloin at all costs.
Yes, I hope you’ll make it this time 😉
Please let me know if you have questions.
I just tried, and it doesn’t work yet (error 524). The company name is Go Airlink. They offer a private service, but it is more expensive than CarmelLimo.
How many people are traveling with you?
Yes, CarmelLimo will take you to the hotel. Where do you plan to stay in NYC?
thank you for your advise. Alam
Yes, I read many bad comments too. But you know what, I never had an issue! Now I think that the problem is a lot of people believe that once they’re at the airport, the car waits for them. That’s not the case. The process is as follows:
– You book now online
– You travel, go through customs, take your luggage
– Once you pick up your luggage, you call Carmellimo to confirm the service
– There are phone booths with free phone calls to many companies at the airport
– The operator will ask for your reservation number and give you a spot where you can wait for the car
– The driver gets there in 10-15 minutes unless there’s an accident.
It’s pretty simple, I never waited more than 15 minutes 🙂
we are a family of 5, can we still use the 10-trip AirTrain card for all of us? You mention in your article that up to 4 can use it at the same time, where can I find more information about it? Why not 5 for example? I can not find any information on MTA about how many people can use 1 card. Can you help?
I asked them and I am waiting for an answer. I can’t find any reliable information either. I’ll get back to you as soon as I receive official news. And I’ll take advantage to update my post too 😉
This neighborhood is safe, there are a lot of restaurants and bar nearby.
Mi esposo y yo vamos el 22/feb, llegamos al JFK, nos hospedaremos en el Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square, crees que sea buena idea irnos en AirTrain? Hasta donde llega? Mil gracias!
Sí, puedes ir con transporte público. En este caso, saliendo del aeropuerto, sube al Airtrain que va dirección Jamaica. Desde ahí, tienes que subir a la línea E del metro hasta 42St Port Authority Bus Terminal. Hay un túnel que te permite caminar hasta Times Square.
Me and my daughter are visiting beginning of March and wondered the best option to get from jfk to midtown Manhattan, by MoMA please … early afternoon, I have RA so can’t cope with long walks….
Well, one of your best options would be the private taxi with CarmelLimo (https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/how-transfer-between-jfk-airport-manhattan/#id2).
You can also get there with public transportation, but you may have to walk.
Yes, we have booked taxi now
The cheapest way will be public transportation. There are several MIllennium Hotels in NYC, which one is yours?
Otra pregunta es, para el día de regreso con cuanto tiempo antes deberiamos salir del hotel, para no llegar tarde al vuelo, la salida del vuelo es domingo a las 8:55 PM
Muchisimas gracias, Luis
Si te subes con CarmelLimo, puedes decir quieres pasar por el recorridos libres de peaje. En cuanto a la propina, puedes pagarla el día del servicio. Digamos que entre el 15 y 20% es un monto razonable para una propina.
En los Shuttles compartidos, puedes dar menos porque hay más clientes, no es un servicio privado.
Si tienes un vuelo internacional, te recomiendo llegar con 3h de antelación al aeropuerto. Si es para un vuelo interno, 2h serían suficientes.
Dime si tienes más preguntas.
Thanks for this great article and information. I’m traveling tu JFK with my family on January. We are a total of 8. Our hotel is 226W 52nd St. What would be the best way to get there? Appreciate your suggestions.
For the moment, you’re only option is private transportation (yellow cab or private taxi) or the subway. The subway is the least expensive. However, it could be stressful when traveling with a group of people.
How much money were you planning to spend? I can quote the best option and find coupons.
It is the regular price with GoAirlink, so it’s a fare for private transportation.
You’re right, shuttles are still not running because of the pandemic. To get a fair rate, you should book a private taxi on CarmelLimo.
The least expensive is to take the Airtrain to Howard Beach, and from there, take the A train towards Far Rockaway / Mott Avenue 😉
For a cab ride, the flat rate is $52 per cab, not per person, tips non included.
It depends on your final destination in Manhattan and your budget.
Public transportation is an option if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. However, make sure that you don’t have a lot of transfers to make and that your hotel is near a subway station.
You can also book a private taxi. It doesn’t cost much more than a typical yellow cab. That is my favorite option as you book online, and once in NY, you call them to confirm the pick-up spot, and voilà.
Or, you can book a private taxi through CarmelLimo. They have competitive rates, a bit above any yellow cab. The advantage is that you won’t have to wait once at the airport, you call CarmelLimo to confirm the picking-up and voilà 😉
I think that your best option will be CarmelLimo. The last time I checked rates, Goairlink was more expensive than Carmel. I like Carmel because every time I had to use their services, they were on time and very professional.
I know that using Uber/Lyft is tempting. But as a regular yellow cab, there could be a lot of people waiting for a ride. Carmel picks you up whenever you call them.
It will be easier for you to take the Airtrain to Jamaica Station and from there, the E train and stop at 7 Ave Station. You will be be two blocks away from your hotel 😉
It won’t be an easy task since you may have to take different trains to go from JFK to Grand Central.
First, you need to take the Airtrain from JFK to Jamaica Station.
Then you can take the E train to Court Square Station, and get on the 7 train to Grand Central.
Once in Grand Central Terminal, you can take the MNR Harlem train to Brewster. Here you can check the schedules on Saturdays.
It’s about the same:
– E train to Penn Station
– NJ Transit to Newark Liberty Airport Station,
Here you will find more options and a map to see the route with public transportation: https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/how-transfer-newark-airport-manhattan/
The cheapest way is to take the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, from there, take the E Train to Port Authority Bus Terminal. There’s a long tunnel underground that takes you to Times Square, it’s about 5 minutes walk.
You can also book a private taxi, it will cost about $55 dollars for your trip.
i will arrive to jfk on 23 may at 15:00 , i will leave new York on 24 may at 09:00 so i make a reservation in Radisson hotel JFK airport .
i ask about the best route to leave the airport to the hotel then go to Manhattan and return to the hotel then airport during this time ( need economic and fast ways)
It depends on what you want to see in NYC. The fastest way to go to Manhattan is to take the Airtrain to Sutphin Blvd, then the E Train.
You can stop at Port Authority Bus Terminal and start a small tour around Midtown.
If you’d like to visit the South of Manhattan, you can take the Airtrain to Howard Beach and the A train.
I’ll arrive on 20th at 9:30 at JFK INTERNATIONAL terminal 1. Please advice in which part of airport I should take shuttle bus from airport to Penn station?
You must follow the signs “ground transportation”. There you’ll see an agent, give him/her your reservation confirmation. After a quick check, they call the shuttle buses. You just have to wait until your name or number is called.
If i have a 8 hours layover time at JFk airport, i am travelling to south america. During that 8 hours can i visit 90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014, just that street? and be back form my next flight, i have transit visa
If you have a transit visa, you can’t go out of the airport. Double check with the Embassy of the US in your country 😉
There will be 3 adults and 3 teenagers (I assume there classed as adults) with 6 suitcases. We also need to return on the 5th January for flight departure of 11 pm. What would be the best option for a private transfer as I think the public transport that late at night may be out of the question.
Yes indeed, the 3 teens will be considered as adults. A private taxi will be your best option to get a car adapted to the number of people travelling, without waiting for too long.
Count about 2 hours in between the landing and the moment you’ll be out of the airport. You can call the company to confirm the pick up whenever you’re ready for it (it doesn’t matter if you get out earlier).
For the return trip, leave your hotel not later than 7pm.
You can still get a quote on Carmel, just type any number on the “flight number” section. The most important is to enter the airport, your address in NYC and the number of people and large suitcases.
Once at the airport, there are several phone booths you can use. Call CarmelLimo for free from one of them 😉
coming to NYC with my family mid Oct. 2 adults and 3 boys of 3/5/7. We will have only 3-4 small cabin-baggages on us and need a transfer from JFK to the east village.
Would like to book a van/SUV or alike, but I am getting confused on all the offerings with a very wide range of prices. Couldn´t we use Uber for this kind of ride? What service would you recommend for our “setting”?
Uber can be an option, however I know that it can be more expensive for a SUV. You can compare the rates with CarmelLimo, they can be very competitive 😉
It all depends on your final destination in NYC and the budget you plan to spend on transportation 😉
depending on your budget, you can get to your hotel with public transportation (Airtrain + E train), or you can book a private taxi with CarmelLimo. The second option is my favorite, a bit more pricey than public transportation but more convenient.
You can book a shuttle too, but you’ll spend more money than the private taxi as you’re 7 adults 😉
You always have to balance the comments on the Internet. In general, people tend to leave bad comments rather than nice comments. I mean, they expect a perfect service, so they don’t take time to say that it was perfect… I don’t say that there’s no problem and shuttles are the best, no, everything can happen.
You may compare the shuttle rates with a private taxi. It can be very competitive depending on your final destination. Plus, you’ll be the only customer.
The most economical way is to get to Manhattan by public transportation.
From your hotel, you can take the bus Q6 (Rockaway Blvd/N Conduit Ave), stop at Stuphin Blvd – Archer Av- JFK Station. Then take the E train. It takes about 1h15-1h30.
Here’s the schedule: http://web.mta.info/busco/schedules/q006cur.pdf
Subway trains run 24/7, just pay attention to possible changes due to planned work.
Get a Regular Metrocard, up to 4 people can use it at the same time: https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/take-a-subway-or-bus-ride-in-new-york-with-the-metrocard/.
Don’t hesitate if you need any further information 😉
I checked with CarmelLimo and I find a one-way service at $70.75 per car. It will be the same rate for the way back to JFK, or $141,50 (plus taxes).
With Go Airlink, the rate per person is $41,67 for the round trip, or $208.35 (plus taxes).
When you book on CarmelLimo, you just need to enter the number of pieces of luggage, and not the carry-on.
I just checked the rates on the Internet. If you opt for a private transportation with CarmelLimo, you’ll pay $64,75 + $91.75 = $156.50 (plus taxes) for the round trip.
Go Airlink is a share ride shuttle, and it will cost $38.13 per person (round trip) + $19,31 (your address to JFK only) = (5×38.13) + 19.31 = 209.96 (plus taxes).
Public transportation is another option, but it can take a while as you have to take the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, from there the E train to Port Authority Bus Terminal, then the A or C train to 110 St and then walk 10 minutes approximately.
It’s up to you concerning the vehicle. I checked on CarmelLimo and for 6 people/6 pieces of luggage, it will cost $91,75 plus taxes. A full size Sedan for 3 is $46,75 plus taxes. It’s almost the same.
Their SUV are really large, but it’s true that if you want to avoid “the hustle and bustle” upon arrival, it could be a good idea to get two cars…
All the procedures at the airport can take 20 minutes to 2 hours (I know I’m not helping you right now…). In general, I book the transportation with a two-hour range. If it takes you less time to get out of the airport, you can always call CarmeLlimo and they’ll give you the service anyway.
We will arrive at 3:30 pm at JFK – what way of transportation would you recommend? ( just 2 persons including luggage) Our hotel is located on 41st Street near the UN building.
Thank you – we are looking forward seeing NYC soon.
Greeting from Austria
It all depends on your budget. You can easily take the public transportation (Airtrain to Jamaica Station + subway E train to Lexington Ave. You may have to walk around 10 minutes to get to the hotel.
In between 2 people, you can book a shared shuttle. I like to book a private taxi, I’m the only client, I don’t have to wait for a taxi and I pay in advance. The private taxi fare will be a bit higher thatn the shuttle or yellow cab, but it’s more comfortable too.
Sorry for the late answer, I’ve been out on vacation for several days…
The fastest option to Manhattan (and the cheapest) is to take the Airtrain direction Jamaica and then the E train. You’ll stop at Port Authority Bus Terminal. It takes around an hour to make the transfer.
You can buy a 10-trip ticket for the Airtrain for 4 people. It will cover the round trip from and to the airport.
For a national flight, it’s recommended to arrive 3 to 2 hours before the departure to the airport. I think you’ll be on time if you leave Manhattan by 3 – 3:30pm.
If you want to have someone waiting for you with a sign, you have to book with CarmelLimo. The hand luggage doesn’t count, but you have to indicate you will have 3 luggage.
It will cost you around $44 for you three, you just have to add gratuities.
You have to book separately your way to Manhattan and from Manhattan.
Here you will find more information: https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/how-transfer-between-jfk-airport-manhattan/#2
We need airport transfer from Newark International to the Millennium Broardway Hotel, Time Square.
145 West 44th Street, Time Square, New York, 10036 Return
2 adults on 22nd Dec 2016
Return date 28th Dec 2016
Our flight is at 7 PM
What time do we have to leave, so we can check in at 5PM
Can you also give me some information about the train option please
I’ll recommend that you leave Manhattan by 3.30pm at last. There could be a lot of traffic and leaving earlier can avoid some unnecessary stress.
If you want to make the transfer by public transportation, you will have to get to Penn Station, take the Amtrak and then the Airtrain. it’s cheaper but a bit complicated if you’re not so familiar with the trains + you have to carry your bags.
Another solution is CarmelLimo, you can check the rates because it could be the best value (private car and better service). I found $51 for the two of you, one trip with CarmelLimo. With the shared van, one trip for one person costs $19,60.
Don’t hesitate if you have more questions.
How do you want to make the trasnfer with a private taxi or a shared van?
WE NEED AIRPORT TRANSFER FOR JFK INTERNATIONAL TO Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden,
232 West 29th Street, Chelsea, New York, NY 10001
ARRIVAL 9:00 PM; 17 PERSON
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