GETTING TO NYC
Below, you'll find a list of nearby airports, along with the best ways to get from those airports to Manhattan. There are nearly 90 air carriers traveling to the New York City area from all over the country and the world.
Air travelers to New York City may arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA), both in Queens, or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey. LaGuardia primarily serves domestic destinations, and also offers flights to select Canadian destinations. Kennedy and Newark both serve domestic and international destinations. Visitors can reach Manhattan from all three airports by using taxis, buses and subways and/or commuter trains.
- JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JFK)
- LAGUARDIA AIRPORT (LGA)
- NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (EWR)
Jamaica, Queens, NY 11430
New York's largest airport serves more than 70 airlines, most of which are international. It is approximately 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Here's how to get to Midtown Manhattan from JFK:
- Taxi: $52 flat fare (non-metered), plus a 50-cent MTA state surcharge, a 30-cent improvement surcharge, a $4.50 rush-hour surcharge (4 to 8pm weekdays except legal holidays), bridge and tunnel tolls, and gratuity. It's 30 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, depending on traffic and road conditions; destinations other than Manhattan are metered. For more information, dial 311 in NYC or visit the Taxi & Limousine Commission website.
- AirTrain JFK: $5 (children under 5 are free); AirTrain links the airport to the subway and Long Island Rail Road. AirTrain also offers free service between points in the airport.
- Subway: One ride is $2.75 (in addition to AirTrain fare) from the A subway stop at the Howard Beach/JFK station or the E, J or Z subway stop at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK station; 40 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan.
- Long Island Rail Road (LIRR): $7.50-$10.25 (children under 5 are free; family fare is $1 apiece for up to four children ages 5-11 per adult for off-peak and pm peak trains; child fare is 50 percent off full fare for am peak trains), depending on the time of day (in addition to AirTrain fare), for the trip between LIRR's Jamaica Station and Penn Station; on Saturday and Sunday, the CityTicket fare is $4.25. The trip is 20 minutes to Midtown Manhattan (not including the AirTrain ride).
- City bus: For details, visit tripplanner.mta.info.
- Shuttle bus: NYC Airporter and Go Airlink NYC
- Private car service: Find a handful on this list of providers.
- Car rental: Companies at JFK include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
East Elmhurst, Queens, NY 11371
This is New York's second-largest airport, with nine airlines serving mostly domestic destinations, as well as Canada, from four passenger terminals. LaGuardia is on the northern shore of Queens, across the East River (about 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan). Here's how to get to Midtown Manhattan from LaGuardia:
- Taxi: Approximately $29-$37 metered fare, plus a 50-cent MTA state surcharge, plus a 30-cent improvement surcharge, plus a $1 surcharge (4 to 8pm weekdays except legal holidays) or a daily 50-cent surcharge (8pm to 6am), plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 20 to 40 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. For more information, dial 311 in NYC or visit the Taxi & Limousine Commission website.
- City bus: Two express buses serve LaGuardia: the M60 and Q70. The Q70 goes nonstop to Roosevelt Avenue/Jackson Heights and 74th St./Broadway, a major subway hub in Queens with five lines. The M60 runs to Harlem and connects to all the major subway lines in Manhattan. For details, visit tripplanner.mta.info.
- Shuttle bus: NYC Airporter and Go Airlink NYC.
- Private car service: Find a handful on this list of providers
- Car rental: Companies at LGA include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Newark Airport, with more than 30 airlines (many of which are international), is across the Hudson River (and then some) from New York City—about 16 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Here's how to get to Midtown Manhattan from Newark Liberty:
- Taxi: Approximately $50 to $75 metered fare, plus round-trip bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity (group ride rates, depending on number of passengers and drop-off location in Manhattan, are approximately $18-$26 per person); 45 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. During weekday rush hours (6-9am and 4-7pm) and on weekends (Saturday-Sunday, noon-8pm), there is a $5 surcharge for travel to anywhere in New York State except Staten Island. There's a $5.50 surcharge for all credit card transactions as well as a charge for each piece of luggage that's more than 24 inches, but there's a 10 percent senior citizen discount (for those 62 and older). When traveling to the airport from Midtown Manhattan, service is via New York City's regulated yellow taxis. Approximately $69 to $75 metered fare, plus a $17.50 Newark surcharge, plus a 30-cent improvement surcharge, plus round-trip bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity.
- AirTrain Newark: Costs vary by destination, but it's $5.50 for the AirTrain and $13 for NJ Transit fare to or from Penn Station in Manhattan; the fare for military, senior citizens, disabled passengers and children ages 5-11 is $9 (all other travel via NJ Transit is otherwise half off the regular fare); up to three children 4 and younger ride NJ Transit for free with a fare-paying passenger. On weekends (beginning at 7pm on Friday and ending at 6am on Monday) and holidays (typically beginning at 7pm the day before a holiday and ending at 6am the day after), up to two children ages 5-11 ride NJ Transit for free with a fare-paying passenger. AirTrain links to the airport via NJ Transit and Amtrak's Newark Liberty International Airport train station; about 45 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, requiring a transfer from the AirTrain line to the NJ Transit line (be sure to keep your ticket after using it to exit the AirTrain station, as it is also used for the NJ Transit fare) or Amtrak. AirTrain also offers free service between points within the airport complex, including transfers to other airline terminals and locations for hotel shuttles, car rental and parking.
- Shuttle bus: Go Airlink NYC and Newark Airport Express.
- Private car and limousine service: Find a handful on this list of providers.
- Car rental: Companies at LGA include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National.