Manhattan to JFK Airport Transfer

Manhattan to JFK Airport Transfer

There are plenty of Manhattan to JFK Airport transfer options, I always recommend planning ahead. Knowing you have your return journey back to the airport figured out, will allow you to enjoy your last day in New York stress-free. You can travel by taxi, bus, shuttle bus, subway or train to JFK Airport.


You can easily take a yellow cab from Manhattan to JFK Airport. It will cost approximately US$55 to $60, plus toll and $7 to $10 tip. Know that hailing a cab isn’t always easy during rush hours. In New York you can’t call for a cab, you have to hail one on the street. If you have to travel between 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. I would recommend you use one of the other options below.

Private Transfers

Do you want to travel from your hotel to the airport in a private, chauffeur-driven car? And would you prefer to arrange your transport before you depart? Then book a private transfer in advance. There are various options for private transport available.

Value private transfer

Choose the value private transfer and have everything organized before your departure to New York. After booking the transfer you will receive a voucher with a link to reference your flight details and preferred pick-up time. This transfer does not include tolls and tips.

Book your value private transfer here

All-inclusive private transfer

If you prefer to pay the total amount of your transportation upfront, then this all-inclusive transfer is the best option. All taxes, tolls and gratuity are included.

Book your private all-inclusive transfer here
Book your round trip all-inclusive transfer here


Book an airport transfer by limousine and depart for New York City in style. You can take a limo transfer from your hotel to the airport for a maximum of 7 people.

Book your transfer by limousine here

Shared Small Shuttle Buses

These shared shuttle buses will pick you up at your hotel or apartment and bring you to JFK Airport. Please note that most buses don’t pick up beyond 125th Street in Manhattan. The ticket costs US$20 to JFK Airport. These buses are very easy to take and I recommend them to everyone because they will pick you up and you don’t have the stress of not being able to find a taxi. They do take a bit longer than a taxi as they have to pick up several people before heading to the airport. After booking, read your voucher closely for instructions on how to be picked up at the location and time of your choice.

Book your Roundtrip Shared Shuttle bus Transfer here 
Book your Roundtrip Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer here

Currently no service, choose a private car

Large Buses

NYC Express Bus provides shuttle buses between Manhattan and JFK Airport. These buses run from Grand Central and Port Authority in Manhattan, approximately every hour between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Children under 5 travel for free! Most buses have free internet too. Buses can be busy, so travel with enough time to spare.

Book your NYC Express Bus Transfer here

Currently no service, choose a private car


You can take either the A or E subway to the JFK AirTrain. The subway itself costs US$2.75 (plus $1 for a new MetroCard) and you must pay an additional $7.75 for the AirTrain. This trip takes about 1.5 hours and if you are travelling with a lot of luggage before a long flight, then it is not recommended.

Long Island Railroad Train (LIRR)

You can take the Long Island Rail Road train from Penn Station in Manhattan to Jamaica station. From there you will need to take the AirTrain to JFK Airport. The train costs between US$7.25 and $10 and the AirTrain costs $7.75.

When should I leave for JFK Airport?

Always give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, especially during rush hour. You don’t want to be stuck in a traffic jam worrying that you’re going to miss your flight. These are the typical travel times from Manhattan. Don’t forget that travelling from Downtown will take a bit longer than Midtown to JFK Airport:

  • Taxi to JFK Airport: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Small shuttle bus to JFK Airport: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Large bus to JFK Airport: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Subway to JFK Airport: 1.5 to 1.75 hours
  • Train from Penn Station to JFK Airport: 1 hour (from the moment that you catch the ride)
  • Limousine/car to JFK Airport: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Eric’s tip: I personally book the shuttle bus or a town car. Shuttle buses cost US$20 and pick you up at your hotel or apartment. Limousines or town cars also pick you up. For a calm and more relaxed trip back to the airport, this is a better way to go than to struggle to find a taxi, especially between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. when it is the hardest time to hail a cab. Pre-booking your shuttle bus or limousine is necessary, and can be done here.

Other Boroughs to JFK Airport

Are you looking for a JFK airport transfer from other boroughs or other states such as New Jersey? I have created specific information for each of these options:

Are you travelling from a different airport?

Read more about Manhattan to Newark Airport transfer here

Read more about Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport transfer here

How do I get from Manhattan to JFK airport?

You have different transfer options to choose from, depending on your budget and the number of people you’re travelling with. Read all my tips on transfer from Manhattan to JFK Airport here.

How much is a taxi from Manhattan to JFK?

Taking a yellow cab from Manhattan to JFK will cost approximately $55 to $60, plus toll and $7 to $10 tip.

Can you take the subway to JFK?

You can take the subway from Manhattan and change to the JFK AirTrain at Howard Beach or Jamaica Station.

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