Transportation from the airport to Manhattan

Transportation New York

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 up to $8 for tolls and $0.80 for state tax. On weekdays between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. a rush hour surcharge of $4.50 is calculated. In addition, it is customary to tip the driver between $7 to $10. From LaGuardia Airport, the ride costs between $20 to $40 (no fixed price) plus tolls and tip. A taxi from Newark Airport to Manhattan can easily cost $95 to $110. You will get the amount for the trip from the driver prior to boarding the taxi.

Large Buses

NYC Airporter provides shuttle buses between JFK / La Guardia and Manhattan. The buses run every 20 to 30 minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.. Tickets cost $18 one way or $34 round trip from JFK and $15 one way or $28 round trip from La Guardia, saving you $2. You don’t need to print your ticket, you can also show it as an e-ticket on your phone. These buses stop at Penn Station, Grand Central or Port Authority 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.

Book your NYC Airport Transfer here

Small Buses

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 cheap and very easy to use, but they take longer than a taxi as they have to drop off several people. Book your seat on the shuttle bus before you go. You will get a voucher via email that you have to print out. Shared small shuttle buses run all day and all night, so don’t worry if you arrive later than planned.

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

Limousine / Chauffeur

If you don’t want to share your transfer, book a private car instead. These are luxurious cars, the bigger private limousines fit up to 6 people and the vans even fit up to 9 people. Often they are surprisingly affordable. Prices start $21 per person.

Book your Limousine or Town Car with Chauffeur 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 total ride from JFK airport costs $10. To get to the train you will need to take the AirTrain first (cost $5). Taking the train to and from Newark costs $13 and $2.75 for the subway to the hotel.

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:

  1. Because it’s easy.
  2. The total price is around $70 (a shuttle bus costs only $20 to $21, but you share it with others).
  3. You will be safely dropped off and cases of fraud are rare.
  4. 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:

The best way to get from JFK to Newark or Newark to JFK

The best way to get from JFK to LaGuardia or from LaGuardia to JFK

The best way to get from Newark to LaGuardia or from LaGuardia to Newark

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