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How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?

How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?

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

How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?

It takes you from the airport to your hotel very quickly without having to walk. If you travelling with 2 other people, it’s the cheapest option.
Not an economical option you’re travelling with one companion or alone. There is a $52 flat rate imposed since July 1st 2012 + tips. The cab driver can’t turn on his meter, but you’ll have to pay him $52. On the other hand, if 3 or 4 of you are travelling, they might not accept you in a cab, unless it’s taxi van.


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.

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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.

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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.

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- 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)
It's not an economical option you’re travelling with one companion or alone..

Click here to book


The Taxi Shuttle allows you to transfer from JFK airport and Manhattan:

The second most practical option is the Taxi Shuttle.

How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?

It takes you from the airport to your hotel without having to walk. The cost is $17 per person.
The only negative part is if you’re the last one to get off out of 7-8 passengers, you’ll reach your destination between 45 min to an hour. On the other hand, you’ll discover the streets of NY which is positive after all 🙂

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.

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 AirTrain and subway transfers between JFK airport and Manhattan:

Your 3rd commute option are the Airtrain and the subway.

How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?

The cheapest option, this will cost you around $7 and also the fastest in case of traffic on the road.
A little longer than other options, it all depends of your hotel location. Besides, you’ll have to carry your luggage.

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 $25 instead of 30, 40 or 50 dollars round trip.

How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?


Bus transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan:

Your 4th solution is the bus from the company NYC Airporter.

How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan?

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.

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Additional transfer solutions between JFK airport and Manhattan

You can always try hitching or have a friend or family member picking you up and that’s the ultimate plan!!!! But it’s not given to everybody… 😉

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9 responses to the post : " How to transfer between JFK airport and Manhattan? "

  1. Henry Wang says:

    Hi, I'll be at JFK by 7:30 am and the flight going to Dallas is 6:30 pm. It will be me and other 4 people. What is the best option to Manhattan and suggested time to go back to the airport. The date is 19th Dec. Thanks

    • Memo says:

      Hi Henry,
      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.

  2. Kevin says:

    Hii need to book a pick up from JFK to Ameritania hotel on 54th street and return to Airport for 3 people luggage 3 + maybe 3 hand luggage. Give us cost and if there will be someone at airport with our name sign and also pick up from hotel what is the procedure. Thank you

  3. Gwen says:

    We need airport transfer from Newark International to the Millennium Broardway Hotel, Time Square.
    145 West 44th Street, Time Square, New York, 10036 Return
    Arrival 12.20PM
    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
    Shared van

    Can you also give me some information about the train option please

    • Memo says:

      Hi Gwen,

      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.

  4. KARMEN says:

    arrival date 11.10.2016.

  5. KARMEN says:


    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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