Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.
Getting From the Airport
From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
The least expensive way to get into the city from JFK, located in Queens, is taking the AirTrain (US$7.75) and then the subway (US$2.75). The AirTrain connects to all six terminals, and then links with NYC’s subway system at Jamaica and Howard Beach stations. You can also access the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) from Jamaica Station.
Taxis at JFK charge a flat fare of US$52 (plus a US$4.50 surcharge during peak hours, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays) for trips between the airport and Manhattan.
The other option is to use a rideshare app. But if there’s rush-hour traffic, the trip can be long and easily cost you US$75. The subway is often quicker, especially if you’re heading into Manhattan (about 50 minutes to reach Penn Station, in Midtown).
From LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Getting to and from LaGuardia by public transportation is trickier than JFK Airport, although buses provide service between the airport, Manhattan, Queens and beyond with connection to the subway. If you’re staying nearby in Queens, the LaGuardia Link Q70 SBS or M60 SBS connects directly to the airport terminals.
Taking a cab or rideshare like Uber or Lyft is a more straightforward option. If you’re requesting a pickup at the airport, follow the rideshare signs on your way outside, and you will be guided to a designated parking lot. There, you will find Uber and Lyft representatives, who can help you find your driver.
New York’s network of subways and buses is extensive, getting you virtually anywhere you need to go, for US$2.75 per fare. Unlimited MetroCard passes are also available, costing US$33 for seven days.
Outside rush hour, you won’t have to wait long to get a bright-yellow cab – an “on" roof light signals it’s available. To avoid excess charges, hail a taxi going the direction you wish to travel. During peak traffic and taxi shift changeovers (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.), however, you will find it easier to use a rideshare app. Uber and Lyft are widely available in the city, and often less expensive than taxis. Via is another rideshare app, known for only offering shared rides.
Many hotels offer complimentary bike rentals for guests, and the Citi Bike program is simple to use and available citywide. However, drivers can be aggressive, so biking is only recommended if you’re a confident cycler.