Transportation from Manhattan to the Airport

JFK 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 $52 to $57, plus toll and $7 to $10 tip.

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).

Large Buses

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 $18 one way and $34 round trip to JFK and $15 one way and $28 round trip to La Guardia. You don’t need to print your ticket, you can also show it as an e-ticket on your phone. 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

Book your NYC Airporter Transfer here

Small Buses

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 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 bus Transfer here
Book your Roundtrip Shared Shuttle bus Transfer here 


In addition to the small shuttle buses, you can be collected at the location where you are staying by a luxury car or a limousine. A luxury car, like a sedan or minivan, can fit up to 9 people, depending on the car type. Prices are affordable and start at around $17 per person to JFK Airport and $22 to Newark Airport. If you travel with a group of four or more people, renting a car like this is cheaper than the bus or taxi.

Book your Limousine or Town Car with Chauffeur here

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 travelling with a lot of luggage after your long flight, then travelling this way 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 $13 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 used to take a taxi and every time I arrived at Newark Airport I thought “Why did I pay this much again?!” I never take a taxi anymore but book a shuttle bus or town car in advance. Shuttle buses cost $20 and pick you up at your hotel or apartment. It is also even cheaper than public transportation: the subway, train and AirTrain, all together, will cost you $21.25. You do need to Pre-book your shuttle bus or limousine and can do so here.


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