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

JFK Subway

From JFK Airport you can go to Manhattan or other surroundings areas through the NYC Subway. 

To reach the subway, passengers should use the AirTrain system. Opening times: 24 hours.

Get to Manhattan through the metro between 60 to 90 minutes from JFK.

It takes a lot of time to get to Manhattan with that option and you might have to do several transfers and change of lines, so it is not the best option if you carry a lot of luggage with you. 

NYC Subway

The closest Subway stations are:

- Howard Beach: Subway line A

- Sutphin Boulevard - Archer Avenue: Subway lines E, J and Z.

Here, you can find more information about NYC Subway.

Recommended METRO route

Taking the AirTrain and the Subway from John F. Kennedy Airport to Manhattan, it is without a doubt the cheapest and easiest form to transfer from JFK Airport to Manhattan.

Once at the AirTrain Station, you will need to choose either the Jamaica Station line (connects with the E, J and Z subway lines and also to the Long Island Railroad) or the Howard Beach Station line (connects with the A subway line), according to your final destination.

In order to connect with the subway, you must pay your ride in the AirTrain. To do so, you will need a MetroCard, which can be purchased at the vending machines available at both Jamaica Station and Howard Beach Station.

Total travel time is around 60-90 minutes.

Total cost: USD $ 8.25 


A contactless payment method: OMNY card is available to use around all NYC. It gives the option to use just one card for all types of transportation options (metro, train, bus...) 
You may use contactless fare payment with any credit, debit or mobile device with contactless payments enabled or the OMNY card.
For all OMNY related issues, please call 877-789-6669.
Our contactless fare payments are powered by MTA’s OMNY system. OMNY is available on all NYC subways and buses and the Roosevelt Island Tram.


Metrocard is the integrated system to travel through the public transportation in NYC. One single way is $2.75 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: purchase it in the Vending Machines or in the information point at the 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.