JFK International Airport AirTrain

AirTrain JFK is the train service that operates between JFK
International Airport, Long Island Rail Road trains and New York City Subway.
It also serves as an on-airport service connecting the airline terminals, rental
car facilities, hotel shuttles, and airport parking lots.

Air Train JFK has
3 routes:

  • Howard Beach route

The Howard Beach route ends at the Howard Beach-JFK subway station. It stops
at Lefferts Boulevard (connecting transit services - B15 bus) for shuttle buses
to long term parking lots A and B and to airport employee parking.

Connecting transit services: A subway train, Q11 bus

  • Jamaica Station route

The Jamaica route ends at Jamaica Station on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
next to the Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue-JFK subway station (to Brooklyn
and Manhattan or Queens).

Connecting transit services: E, J and Z subway
trains, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20A, Q20B, Q25/Q34, Q30, Q31, Q40, Q43, Q44, Q60  and
Q65 buses

Both routes make a counterclockwise loop through the airport and stop at each

  • Airline Terminal route

The Airline Terminal route connects 6 terminal stations (Terminal 1, 2-3,
4, 5-6, 7 and 8-9). Route operates in the opposite direction, making a clockwise
All JFK AirTrain stations are wheelchair accessible. Howard Beach subway and
Jamaica Long Island Railroad stations are wheelchair accessible too.

AirTrain Fare Information

  • Fare of 5$ at Howard Beach or Jamaica Station
  • Rides between all other JFK AirTrain stations are free



At HEL, ask Finnair if it can check your baggage through to DFW. If it can, you would still have to claim your baggage at Terminal 8 for Customs inspection, but you could then re-check it at the baggage re-check desk right after Customs in Terminal 8.

From Terminal 8 to Terminal 2/3, you would take the "All Terminals" AirTrain which usually operates on Track 2. But there are electronic signs by the AirTrain boarding doors which identify each train's route. There may also be uniformed personnel in the Terminal 8 AirTrain station who can assist you. The ride from Terminal 8 to the Terminal 2/3 AirTrain station should take no longer than ten minutes.

I'll be arriving in JFK on Nov 27th at 11pm. I need to catch Metro North to Peekskill,NY. Will AirTrain get me to either Station. I can transfer once I'm at Penn. But would like to know how long from airport to city. Any info would be appreciated.

Metro North trains depart from Grand Central; take AirTrain on track 1 from terminal to Jamaica Station, transfer to inbound E subway to Lexington/53rd St, transfer to downtown #6 subway one stop to 42nd St/Grand Central. Cost for AirTrain/subway is $7.25 and allow at least 1 hour travel time. NYAirports bus also has a shuttle that stops at Grand Central, cost is $15.

I am arriving at JFK on dec 29 at 6:05 PM.
I need to get a train to Philly from Penn st. What is the easiest and fastest route. Could i make it to the 9:05 train or should I wait for the 10:59?

If you can leave the airport by 7:30 you should be able to make the 9:05. Easiest and most direct is by taxi, travel time around 45 min to 1 hr depending on traffic, cost is $45+tolls+tip. By public transit; take AirTrain on track 1 from terminal to Jamaica Station and transfer to LIRR to Penn Station, travel time around 45 minutes depending on connections, cost around $12.

Is the AirTrain in the secure area?

No; it is land-side.

Where can I Buy a Metrocard to take the airtrain to any subway?

At Metrocard vending machines located at either of the AirTrain terminals (Howard Beach and Jamaica). Riding the AirTrain itself is free; you only have to pay when passing through the fare gates at Howard Beach or Jamaica.

Metrocards may also be available from some of the Hudson News newsstands located in the various airline terminals at JFK.

I am flying in from santiago to JFK airport on 4 november. I will reach JFK by 08 35 . My connecting flight to Chennai is only at 19 00 hrs. I would like to go for a short city tour during this transit time of about 12 hours. can you advice wether this time is enough .

JFK is not that close to Manhattan, but you have some free time. (remember you have to be back 2 hrs prior to departure). You can take the Air Train to the NYC Subway and then take the A train toward Manhattan (Uptown) this will take you about 1 hour and 1/2. You can get off at Fulton street station OR Wall street subway station and see the location where the Twin Towers used to be at, and a little shopping at Centry 21 outlet. You can also continue on the Subway and get off the Times Square or 34th treet etc...it all depends on what you want to see while you are here. The subway, you have to buy a metro card, each trip is $2.25 and the Air train costs $5.00 one way. You can use Hop Stop website or the MTA website to plan your trip. They have daily planners allowing you to input your departure area (JFK) to any location in manhattan. This is the website. http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/tripplanner.aspx

How can i get from JFK to Manhattan and from where on Manhattan can I go to JFK? How ong will take a one-way trip? Thanks.

Taxi each way is $45+tolls+tip. At JFK go to the ground transportation level of the terminal and take a NYC yellow taxi, travel time can take up to one hour or more depending on traffic. In Manhattan simply flag down a taxi on the street or from your hotel. Public transportation; A, J or E subway, or LIRR from Penn Station will take you to AirTrain at Jamaica (E, J subway and LIRR) or Howard Beach (A subway) and then take AirTrain to all terminals.

We are arriving at JFK and need to get to Princeton Station - can you suggest a route? Thanks so much...

There is also a one-seat-ride option, but it costs more and takes longer. Details here: http://olympic-limo.com/schedule-from-princeton.html

If you do decide to go by train, do not confuse "Princeton" station with "Princeton Junction" station. Fares to Princeton are a little higher than fares to Princeton Junction, and the trip requires a connection to the shuttle train that runs between Princeton Junction and Princeton.


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