JFK Airport to Manhattan transfer

JFK Airport to Manhattan Transfer

Transfer from JFK Airport to Manhattan is best arranged before you travel to New York. You can travel from JFK Airport to Manhattan by a taxi, bus, shuttle, subway or train. There are many options so you’ll always find one that suites your needs and budget whether you’re travelling alone or in a group.

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Legal yellow cabs (taxis) can be found in long queues at every terminal. A taxi ride from JFK Airport to Manhattan costs $52 and you will have to pay up to $8 for tolls and $0.80 for state tax. On weekdays between 16:00 and 20:00 a rush hour surcharge of $4.50 is calculated. In addition, it is customary to tip the driver $7 to $10. You will agree the total amount for the trip from the driver prior to boarding the taxi. One yellow cab fits three people with luggage. If you’re travel with four people or more, you can book your transfer here.

Beware of taking a gypsy cab. Gypsy cab drivers sometimes wait for passengers in the Arrivals Hall, don’t use them!

Large Buses

NYC Airporter provides shuttle buses between JFK Airport and Manhattan. The buses run every 20 to 30 minutes between 05:00 and 23:30. When you buy tickets online they cost $18 one way or $34 round trip from JFK Airport, saving you $2. You don’t need to print your ticket, you can also show it as an e-ticket on your phone. These buses stop at Penn Station, Grand Central and Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan (you can choose which stop and there is no price difference). Children under 3 travel for free! Most buses also have free internet so you can email home immediately.

Book your NYC Airporter Transfer here

Shared Small Buses

These shared shuttle buses will take you directly to the hotel or private residence where you are staying. It’s good to know that most buses only go to up to 125th Street in Manhattan. The ride from JFK Airport to Manhattan costs $20. These buses are cheap and very easy to use, but they take longer than a taxi as they have to drop off several people. Book your seat on the shuttle bus before you go. You will get a voucher via email that you have to print out. You will find the shuttle buses at “Ground Transportation” at every terminal in JFK. Shared small shuttle buses run all day and all night, so don’t worry if you arrive later than planned.

Book your Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer here
Book your Roundtrip Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer here

Private Car or Limousine

What better way to arrive in New York then to have someone waiting for you! It is a possibility and often the prices are affordable (slightly more expensive than a taxi). Book early, because then you will get the best rates. Prices start at +/- $17 per person.

Book your Transfer with a Private Car or Limousine here


The AirTrain runs in both directions from JFK Airport to either the Howard Beach or Jamaica subway stations for $5. From there, you can transfer to either the A or E subway line to reach Manhattan for just $2.75. This connection takes about 1.5 hours and if you are travelling with a lot of luggage after your long flight, then travelling this way is not recommended. Total cost is $7.75 + $1 for the MetroCard.


The train connects the JFK AirTrain with Penn Station. The total ride costs $10. To get to the train you will need to take the AirTrain first (cost $5). The AirTrain will take between 15 and 25 minutes to get to the train station. The train ride to Manhattan’s Penn Station takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Eric’s tip:  I have lived in Manhattan for years and I always recommend people traveling to New York for the first time to take a yellow cab (taxi) for the following reasons:

  1. Because it’s easy
  2. The total price is around $70 (a shuttle bus costs only $20 to $21, but you share it with others)
  3. You will be safely dropped off and cases of fraud are rare
  4. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the skyline from a yellow cab

If you do not want to take a taxi, take a shuttle bus or limo instead.

Get more information about your return transfer from Manhattan to JFK Airport here

Are you travelling from a different airport?

Read more about Newark Airport to Manhattan transfer here

Read more about LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan transfer here

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