What are the best airports near Manhattan

How to Get to Manhattan from New York Airports

Airport transfer New York - fast to the center

The city of New York has three airports, it doesn't really matter which one you land at. The connection to the public transport network is good at all airports. You have several options to get to from the airport New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn) get.

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There are three airports in New York:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • La Guardia Airport (LGA)
  • Newark International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey

General information about airport transfers in New York City

Taxis are called in the US cabs. Make sure to use legal yellow taxis. They are lined up in front of every airport terminal. If you can't find them, look for signs saying “Ground Transportation” and follow them.

Be careful not to go into so-called gypsy taxis to rise. The drivers will catch you at the exit and want to recruit you for a ride. They are known to cheat tourists and are accordingly more expensive.

The driver who wanted to convince us asked us a price from JFK Airport to Manhattan of $ 55 + fees. When I told him it was way too expensive, he continued to insist on being the cheapest. There seem to be many tourists who believe these gypsys.

JFK Airport: Airport transfer to Manhattan

John F. Kennedy Airport (or JFK Airport for short) is located in southeast Queens 15 miles from Midtown.

Taking a taxi from JKF to Manhattan (about $ 55)

The ride in a yellow taxi (cab) costs a flat rate of $ 52 to Manhattan. There are also fees for bridges (bridge tariff approx. $ 7.50). Cab driver tips are recommended here for $ 7-10. If you want to go to Brooklyn, a ride costs around $ 45 (Coney Island) to $ 65 (downtown Brooklyn).

The journey takes about 45 - 60 minutes - depending on the traffic.

When you exit JFK Airport, you will walk straight to the yellow taxis. Don't let the private drivers (see "gypsys" above) talk to you who want to sell you a supposedly cheaper taxi ride. Make sure to take a yellow cab into town.

Tip: Get the taxi price calculated here: New York City Taxi Fare Finder

Super Shuttle JFK Airport to Manhattan - Relaxed with a private transfer (€ 18.50)

If you're looking for a cheaper way to get to Manhattan, I recommend a private transfer by shared taxi. For only 18.50 € you will be driven directly to your accommodation (whether hotel or private accommodation) in the city.

In the worst case, this transfer can take longer, as a shared taxi always takes 6-8 people and drives to their accommodation one after the other. If your destination is the last on the route, this can take up to 1.5 hours.

You can book the shuttle here. The organizer will take care of the rest for you.

By bus from JFK Airport to Manhattan

With AirTrain and subway or train ($ 7-15)

The AirTrain ($ 5) connects the terminals with the Howard Beach A and Jamaica EJZ metro stations. You only have to pay the price ($ 5) for the ride when you get out.

From here you can take the metro to Manhattan with a regular metro ticket. A one-way ticket costs $ 2.75. The journey takes about an hour.

You can also buy a metro card in the subway stations, which you can top up over and over again.

Alternatively, from Jamaica you can use the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) take to Penn Station. A ticket costs between 7-9.50 dollars, depending on the time of day. On Saturdays and Sundays there are reduced-price CityTickets for this route for only 4 dollars. In contrast to the metro, you are twice as fast by train.

NYC Airporter Bus ($ 16-30)

The NYC Airporter Airport Buses will take you to Grand Central Terminal / Bryant Park, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan between 5 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

If you've booked a round trip (there and back for $ 30, just for $ 16), you'll get a free shuttle from Grand Central Terminal to your hotel around Times Square (23rd and 63rd Street). My advice: In advance reserve online here, as specials with discounts are often offered on the website.

By the way, there is free WIFI on board the buses.

Newark: Airport transfer to Manhattan

Taxi from Newark Airport to Manhattan

In Newark, the taxi stand is looked after by a so-called "Cab Dispachter": he or she will organize your transfer at a fixed price. You give him the address of your accommodation and he will assign you a taxi.

Since the airport is in New Jersey - another state - the trip to New York City is a little more expensive. There is no fixed price.

For the trip you have to add $ 50- $ 75 + $ 4-6 tolls for the bridges and tips. You can view or display approximate prices to Manhattan on the official Newark Airport website or at New York City Taxi Fare Finder.

Private Shuttle from Newark Airport to Manhattan ($ 20)

The most convenient and cheapest option is a private shuttle with the shared taxi. The journey time may or may not be very short. Since at least 6-8 people are driven in the minibus to different accommodations, your hotel can be at the beginning or, unfortunately, at the end.

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Super Shuttle Newark - Manhattan (from $ 16)

The most convenient way to travel is with the Super Shuttle, an almost private service. For around € 17 per person, the Super Shuttle driver will take you from Newark Airport to your accommodation between 33rd and 59th Street.

You can either buy your ticket at the airport or, much better, buy it before the trip: With Viator you can book your ticket on the Internet, I did the same. The driver was great and immediately gave away insider tips: Newark airport transfer withBook a great shuttle.

By rail from Newark Airport to Manhattan ($ 15)

Newark Airport has its own train station, which you can get to by AirTrain. The station is connected to the American Amtrak network, with a railway line along the New Jersey coast. The fast connection to New Jersey and Manhattan is sure to be of interest to you. With the NJ Transit you can go directly to New York City Penn Station in Manhattan (2-3 connections per hour during the day).

  • One-way fare: $ 15
  • Travel time: 30 minutes
  • Buy tickets: From machines in the airport or at the train station

Danger: If you take the train there are two stations called Penn Station. But one is in Newark. Only get off the train at the 2nd Penn Station - this is the correct terminus in Manhattan.

Take the Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus to Manhattan

The Airport Express Bus takes you from Newark Liberty Airport to Manhattan. It drives every 15-30 minutes and makes several stops.

  • Ticket cost: one way $ 16 / round trip $ 28 (round trip)
  • Travel time approx. 1 - 1.5 hours depending on traffic.

At the airport you can get on the Airport Express Bus at the following stops:

  • Terminal A: Arrivals Level - Courtyard A
  • Terminal B: Arrivals level - Lane 2
  • Terminal C Arrivals Level - Bus Stop 5 + 6

In Manhattan, the bus stops at the following stations:

  • Grand Central Station
  • Bryant Park
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal

La Guardia (LGA): Airport transfer to Manhattan

By taxi (cost around $ 30- $ 40)

The most convenient and most expensive way to get from the airport to Manhattan. The taxi stand at La Guardia Airport is also looked after by a so-called “Cab Dispachter”: he or she will organize your transfer by taxi for a fixed price.

He ensures that everything runs smoothly: You give him the address of your accommodation and he will assign you a taxi.

Tip: On the New York City Taxi Fare Finder website, you can get an approximate taxi price beforehand.

Super Shuttle La Guardia - Relaxed with a Private Transfer ($ 16)

You can travel very comfortably with a private pick-up service: the Super Shuttle. For around € 16 per person, he will bring you to your accommodation between 33rd and 59th Street. You can either buy your ticket at the Ground Transportation Center or buy it even more conveniently before your trip: You can book online with Rent-a-guide (with whom I book all tours and shuttles).

NYC Airporter Bus ($ 14- $ 26)

The NYC Airporter Airport Buses also take you from La Guardia Airport between 5 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. to Grand Central Terminal / Bryant Park, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

If you've booked a round trip (there and back for $ 26, just for $ 14), you'll get a free shuttle from Grand Central Terminal to your hotel around Times Square (23rd and 63rd Street). My advice: Tickets in advance book online here, as specials with discounts are almost always offered on the website.

By the way, there is free WIFI on board the buses.

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