How to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan

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    There are 7 ways to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan by tram, subway, bus, taxi, car, shuttle or towncar

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    Tram, subway  •  42 min

    1. Take the tram from Terminal 4 to Jamaica Station-Station D Jamaica
    2. Take the subway from Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport to Lexington Av/53 St E

    Bus  •  1h 30m

    1. Take the bus from Sutphin Bl /Archer Av to E 60 St/2 Av Q60

    Subway  •  1h 44m

    1. Take the subway from Howard Beach-JFK Airport to 86 St A

    Taxi  •  24 min

    1. Take a taxi from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan 18.4 miles

    Drive  •  24 min

    1. Drive from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan 18.4 miles

    Shuttle  •  24 min

    1. Take a shuttle bus from New York JFK Airport to Manhattan

    Towncar  •  24 min

    1. Take a town car from New York JFK Airport to Manhattan 18.4 miles

    The journey time between New York JFK Airport (JFK) and Manhattan is around 42 min and covers a distance of around 16 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 4 min. Operated by JFK Airtrain and MTA, the New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan service departs from Terminal 4 and arrives in Lexington Av/53 St. Typically 1200 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

    1200 Weekly Services

    42 min Average Duration

    $9 Cheapest Price

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Am I allowed to travel from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan?

    Yes, travel within United States is currently allowed.

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    What are the travel restrictions in Manhattan?

    Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

    • Face masks are recommended
    • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
    • Nationwide control measures in place

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    What is the national COVID-19 helpline number in Manhattan?

    The national COVID-19 helpline number in Manhattan is 800-232-4636 .

    Do I have to wear a face mask on public transport in Manhattan?

    Wearing a face mask on public transport in Manhattan is recommended.

    What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms when I arrive in Manhattan?

    Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636 .

    Last updated: 3 Aug 2022 Exceptions may apply, for full details: Centers for Disease control and prevention (CDC) .

    We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates. This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update. Visit Rome2rio travel advice for general help.

    Questions & Answers

    What is the cheapest way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan?

    The most affordable way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan is to drive, which costs $3 - $5 and takes 24 min.

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    What is the fastest way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan?

    The quickest way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan is to taxi which costs $95 - $120 and takes 24 min.

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    Is there a direct train between New York JFK Airport (JFK) and Manhattan?

    No, there is no direct train from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan. However, there are services departing from Terminal 4 and arriving at Lexington Av/53 St via Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 min.

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    How far is it from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan?

    The distance between New York JFK Airport (JFK) and Manhattan is 14 miles. The road distance is 18.4 miles.

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    How do I travel from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan without a car?

    The best way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan without a car is to tram and subway which takes 42 min and costs $8 - $11.

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    How long does it take to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan?

    It takes approximately 42 min to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan, including transfers.

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    Where do I catch the New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan train from?

    New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan train services, operated by JFK Airtrain, depart from Terminal 4 station.

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    Where does the New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan train arrive?

    New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan train services, operated by MTA, arrive at Lexington Av/53 St station.

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    Can I drive from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan?

    Yes, the driving distance between New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan is 18 miles. It takes approximately 24 min to drive from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan.

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    Where can I stay near Manhattan?

    There are 736+ hotels available in Manhattan. Prices start at $100  USD per night.

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    What companies run services between New York JFK Airport (JFK), USA and Manhattan, NY, USA?

    MTA Bus Company operates a bus from Sutphin Bl /Archer Av to E 60 St/2 Av every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $4 - $7 and the journey takes 1h 20m. Alternatively, MTA operates a vehicle from Howard Beach-JFK Airport to 86 St hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 59 min.

    JFK Airtrain

    MTA

    The New York City Subway consists of 27 underground lines that serve Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Lines are identified by a number or letter as well as a colour. Subway passes (called MetroCards) are available for purchase from ticket machines and desks in subway stations (choose from Pay-Per-Ride or 7/30-Day Unlimited), and a new contactless payment system called OMNY is currently being rolled out. The subway runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Website
    mta.info
    Ave. Duration
    26 min
    Frequency
    Every 10 minutes
    Estimated price
    $1 - $3
    Website
    mta.info
    Seniors 65+ and Concession
    $2
    Standard
    $3
    Ave. Duration
    59 min
    Frequency
    Hourly
    Estimated price
    $1 - $3
    Website
    mta.info
    Seniors 65+ and Concession
    $2
    Standard
    $3

    MTA Bus Company

    Website
    mta.info
    Ave. Duration
    1h 20m
    Frequency
    Every 15 minutes
    Estimated price
    $4 - $7
    Schedules at
    new.mta.info

    Shuttles by Jayride

    Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

    Ave. Duration
    24 min
    Frequency
    On demand
    Estimated price
    $90 - $100
    Shuttle
    $90 - $100

    Jayride Private Transfers

    Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

    Ave. Duration
    24 min
    Frequency
    On demand
    Estimated price
    $80 - $120
    Private
    $80 - $120

    Taxi from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Manhattan

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