If you want to start your visit to New York City off on the right foot, you'll want to make your arrival to the Big Apple as easy possible. So, how do you plan on getting from JFK Airport to your hotel in Manhattan?
Well, here are five ways you can travel from JFK to anywhere in Manhattan. What's best for you depends on your budget and any time constraints you may have. Happy Traveling!
According to rules set out by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, for trips between (to and from) Manhattan and JFK International Airport, the flat fare is $52.00 plus any tolls and a NYS Tax of $.50.
Where do you find a Taxi? There are signs that will direct you to the taxi stands outside ever terminal in the airport. There will be queues/lines of taxis waiting to take you where you want to go. An attendant should be there to answer any questions. Only take official Yellow Cabs! If someone offers to give you a ride. Run. Its probably a scam.
How Long Should it Take? That depends on the traffic. If you fly into JFK at 5:00 PM (rush hour), you'll be luck if it only takes you two hours to get to your destination. Typically it should take an hour or so.
For more information about taking taxis in New York City, go to NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission's Website.
We natives like to use Carmel Car & Limo Service or Dial 7 Car & Limo Service. They've both been around a long and have excellent service and reasonable rates. Of course there are many others to choose from. Search the web.
You will find out how much the fee will be when you hire the car. Be sure to ask about any wait time fees in the event your plane is late.
Once you reach the airport, you can proceed to the Ground Transportation desk to get information on where you catch your shuttle, or you can use one of the courtesy phones in the baggage claim area. Keep in mind that you may not be the only passenger in the van, and you may have to go along for the ride while other passengers are dropped off at their destination first.
You can board the Airtrain in the airport and travel to either the Howard Beach Station, where you can catch the A Train, or Sutphan Boulevard Station, where you can catch the E, J or Z Train. The Airtrain costs $5.00 and entrance to the subway system costs $2.75 totally $7.75.