JFK Airport Train and Subway

Getting to any location within New York by either train or subway at John F. Kennedy Airport may seem a great idea given the existing connections with both means of transport.

To reach the subway and train stations detailed below, the passenger should use the AirTrain system. Opening hours: 24 hours.

Train / Commuter Rail

The closest Train station to JFK Airport is Jamaica Station, serving the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road). The following lines stops at this station:

- Babylon

- Belmont Park

- Far Rockaway

- Hempstead

- Long Beach

- Montauk

- Oyster Bay

- Port Jefferson

- Ronkonkoma

- West Hempstead

Passengers are required to use the AirTrain JFK system to connect to Jamaica Station.

MTA Website or use the MTA TripPlanner



NYC Subway

The closest Subway stations are:

- Howard Beach: Subway line A

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

Passengers are required to use the AirTrain JFK system to connect to these stations.

MTA Website or use the MTA TripPlanner


Recommended route

By 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 trip time is around 60-90 minutes.

Total cost: USD $ 7.75 (AirTrain one-way ticket: USD $ 5.00, single subway ride: USD $ 2.75).


MetroCard: is the integrated system to travel through the public transportation. 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 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.