JFK Airport Informational Guide to John F. Kennedy International - New York (JFK) - NON OFFICIAL

AirTrain JFK

AirTrain is an easy way of transportation to travel to and from JFK Airport and between terminals.
Passengers can use AirTrain to connect with parking lots, hotel shuttles area, rental car center and NYC public transportation network, located at Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations.

AirTrain at JFK is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

AirTrain at JFK airport

It does various stops in John F. Kennedy Airport: parking lots, terminals, rental car area and hotel shuttle areas. The AirTrain doesn’t have a stop at Terminal 4. 

AirTrain Stations are designed to be as much as possible accessible for passengers with special needs or reduced mobility.

Disclaimer: AirTrain Stations 1 and 2 will be closed until November 2022 due to renovation works. 


AirTrain is free between JFK Terminals, parkings and car rental center. If you go to Jamaica and Howard stations, to take the metro or rail, then there is a rate of $8.25. 

AirTrain to Go to Manhattan

The Cheaper option: AirTrain JFK and MTA Subways

Route: Midtown Manhattan New York Penn Station W. 34 Street
Connection: MTA E Subway at Jamaica Station.
Rate: $7.75.
Travel Time: 50 minutes.

Route: Lower Manhattan, below W. 14 Street
Connection: MTA A Subway at Howard Beach Station.
Rate: $7.75
Travel Time: 60 minutes

Route: Upper Manhattan W. 125 Street
Connection: MTA E Subway at Jamaica Station. In Manhattan passengers can transfer to a bus or subway.
Rate: $7.75
Travel Time: 75 minutes

Route: Southern Queens, Northern Brooklyn
Connection: MTA J / Z Subway at Jamaica Station
Rate: $7.75
Travel Time: 50 minutes

The fastest way to reach Manhattan: AirTrain JFK & LIRR

Route: Manhattan West side -Penn Station- and Queens
Connection: Long Island Rail Road at Jamaica Station
Rate: $15 Travel
Time: 35-40 minutes


Metrocard is the integrated system to travel through public transportation. One single way is $2.90 and passengers can travel by MTA subways and buses. Metrocard is rechargeable and travelers can do transfers for free between subways and buses.

To buy a MetroCard, just go to the nearest Vending Machine or at the information point in the main stations.

Children: 44 inches tall & under travel for free.

*All buses accept MetroCard or exact change (coins only) with the exception of Select Bus Service (SBS).

*Metro North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road fares require separate ticket purchase at Machines or Ticket Offices. Passengers must buy the ticket before board these destinations.