Transportation from Manhattan to the Airport
You can travel by taxi, bus, shuttle bus, subway, and train to the airport (JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Airport). If your departure point is not in Manhattan, but in Queens, New Jersey or Brooklyn, click here.
Yellow cabs can bring you to JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Airport.
From Manhattan to JFK Airport, it will approximately cost $45 to $50 + $6 toll + tip ($5 to $8).
From Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport, the fare depends on where in Manhattan you are traveling from. The price varies from $15 to $30.
From Manhattan to Newark Airport, the trip costs between $75 to $90. I advise you not to take a taxi to the airport and instead choose a shuttle bus or limousine (see below on how to book it).
NYC Airporter provides shuttle buses between Manhattan and JFK / La Guardia. The buses run every 20 to 30 minutes between 5:00 and 23:30. Tickets cost $ 16 for a one way to JFK and $ 13 one way to La Guardia. These buses run from Penn Station, Grand Central and Port Autority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Children under 3 travel for free! Most buses have free internet too. Tickets can be booked here.
These shuttles will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the airport of where you want to go. It costs approximately $21 to JFK Airport and $20 to Newark Airport. These buses are very easy to take and I recommend them to everyone. You can book your shuttle ride here
In addition to the small shuttle buses, you can be picked up at the location of where you are staying by a town car or limousine. A town car is a small limousine for one to four people (really just a luxury car). If you travel with a small group of people, maybe renting a car like this is cheaper than the bus or taxi. Prices are often affordable (it is a bit more expensive than a taxi). Book it early, because then you will have the best prices. Prices start at +/- $24 to JFK Airport or Newark Airport. Click here for more information.
Subway (JFK Airport only)
You can take either the A or E subway to the AirTrain. The subway itself costs $2.50 (plus an extra $1 for a new MetroCard) and you must pay an additional $5 for the AirTrain. This trips takes about 1.5 hours long and if you are traveling with a lot of luggage after a long flight, then it is not recommended. Total cost is $7.50.
This train connects JFK Airport and Newark Airport with all the major stations in Manhattan. The ride costs $8 to JFK Airport and $12.50 to Newark Airport. To get to JFK Airport, you must also take the AirTrain, which costs an additional $5.
Travel times: Always give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, especially during rush hour. These are the typical travel times from Manhattan:
Taxi to JFK Airport and Newark Airport: 1 to 1.5 hours
Small bus: 1 to 1.5 hours
Large bus: 1.25 to 2 hours
Subway: 1.25 to 1.75 hours
Train: 45 minutes to 1 hour (from the moment that you catch the ride)
Limousine/car: 45 minutes to 1.25 hours
Eric’s tip: I personally book the shuttle bus or town car. Shuttle vans cost $18 to $20 and pick you at your hotel or apartment. Limousines or town cars also pick you up at your door. For a calm and more relaxed trip back to the airport, this is a better way to go than to struggle finding a taxi, especially between 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. when it can be the hardest times to hail a cab. Advance booking of your shuttle bus or limousine is recommended, which you can do here.
This page was last updated in April 2012. Prices are subject to change.