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.
NYC Airporter provides shuttle buses between JFK / La Guardia and Manhattan. The buses run every 20 to 30 minutes between 5:00 and 23:30. Tickets cost $ 16 one way or $ 29 round trip from JFK and $ 13 one way or $ 23 round trip from La Guardia. These buses stop at Penn Station, Grand Central or Port Autority Bus Terminal in Manhattan (you can choose which stop and there is no price difference). Children under 3 travel for free! Most buses also have free internet so you can email home immediately. Tickets can be booked here.
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: