Transportation from the airport to Manhattan
To reach the city (Manhattan) from the airport, you can take a taxi, bus, shuttle, subway, or train. Alternatively, if you need to travel to New Jersey, Brooklyn or Queens, click here.
Legal yellow cabs can be found in long rows outside each terminal. Beware of taking a gypsy cab. Gypsy cab drivers sometimes wait for passengers in the Arrivals Hall. A taxi ride from JFK Airport to Manhattan costs $52 and you will have to pay $5 for tolls and $0.50 for state tax. In addition, it is customary to tip the driver $6. From LaGuardia Airport, the ride costs between $20 to $40 (no fixed price) plus tolls and tip. A taxi from Newark Airport costs $55 to $70 plus $8 for toll and an additional amount for tip. You will get the amount for the trip from the driver prior to boarding the taxi.
New York Airport Service is a bus that runs between JFK/Newark/LaGuardia and Manhattan. These buses run from 5:45 A.M. until 10:15 P.M. Tickets cost $13 to $15 (from JFK and Newark) and $10 to $12 (from LaGuardia).
These shuttles will take you directly to the home or hotel of where you are staying. It costs $21 from JFK Airport to Manhattan and $20 from Newark Airport to Manhattan. These buses are very easy to take. You can book your bus ride here.
Limousine / Chauffeur
What better way to arrive in New York then to have someone waiting for you! It is a possibility and often the prices are affordable (slightly more expensive than a taxi). Book it early, because then you will get the best rates. Prices start at +/- $21 per person. For more information, click here.
The AirTrain runs in both directions from JFK Airport to either the Howard Beach or Jamaica subway stations for $5. From there, you can transfer to either the A or E subway line to reach Manhattan for just $2.75. This connection takes about 1.5 hours long and if you are traveling with a lot of luggage coming from a long flight, then traveling this way is not recommended. Total cost is $7.75.
The train connects JFK Airport and Newark Airport with all the major stations. The ride costs $8 to JFK Airport and $12.50 to and from Newark. The trip takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but then remember that you need to take either a subway or taxi to reach Manhattan.
Eric’s tips: I have lived in Manhattan for years and I always recommend people traveling to New York for the first time to take a yellow cab (taxi) for the following reasons:
- Because it’s easy.
- The total price is almost $65 (a shuttle bus costs only $20 to $21, but you share it with others).
- You will be safely dropped off and cases of fraud are rare.
- There is nothing more beautiful than starting your trip with a ride in a yellow cab!
If you do not want to take a taxi, take a shuttle bus or limo instead.
Click on the links below for the specific transportation information between the airports in New York: