Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), located about 12 miles (19 km) from Manhattan. It`s an international airport, with a small hub for American Airlines (which I flew). American Airlines is located at Terminal 8, it`s a new terminal (officially opened in 2007) and has everything to offer for your convenience: food, magazines and some shops.
I flew with American Airlines this time, usually I fly into Newark because of the airport and I like to fly with Continental. But I have to say, the new terminal changed my way of thinking about JFK. The last time I flew into JFK, the terminal wasn`t new and wasn`t welcoming. But the new building has everything you need at the airport. The previous experiences with American Airlines have been good, except this time I had an old aircraft which lowered my excitement. The seating at the plane was 3-3 instead of 2-3-2, which I`m used to for longer flights. There was no personal entertainment, only a few bigger screens.
Ways to get from JFK to New York City
I made use of a car service pick-up. The time to get to New York City depends on the traffic, because we had a delay with our flight, we got stuck in rush hour and it took about an hour and a half to get to Midtown Manhattan. Normally it takes you between 45 – 60 minutes. Other JFK Airport Transportation:
Supershuttle – shared ride van; the cost per person is $18 and you can board the van outside the airport terminal. The 18$ was the price to a hotel in MidTown NY. The time to get to the city center depends on the amount of passengers you`re sharing the ride with and the amount of stops the driver has to make.
Taxi – cost is around $45 (plus tax and tip) and are accessible right outside the airport terminal as well.
Subway – take the JFK Airport Airtran to Sutphin Boulevard and transfer to the E train and get off at the stop called “Penn Station.” At Penn Station you can take a taxi to your hotel.
Private Car Service – Starting from 40 dollars (tolls and gratuities not included) I choose this option because it`s a convenient way to travel. You don`t need to wait in line for a taxi. I didn`t see myself carrying all my luggage ~ I was on a two week trip ~ up and down stairs and the transfers. Supershuttle is a great way, if you`re not in a hurry and want something budget friendly. I`ve used it before and was satisfied with the service. With a car service, you`re the only stop and you know your price in advance, as you agree on the fare when making the reservation.
More info on ground transportation.
If you`re flying into Newark, check out my New York Travel Guide for ways to get into New York City.
Another interesting post from a fellow blogger on NYC transfers.
Prices were accurated at time of publishing.