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



6 of us are arriving around 7am into JFK. We need to get to Melville Long Island. Should we take a shuttle or is there a way using public transit?

Arriving JFK in Oct from London,need to get to Boston,then Maine.
Which railroad station do i need, to get to Boston.

Thanks Guys

You could use amtrak.

Hi! If I buy a MetroCard with $14 at airport or Howard station can I use travel by AirTrain and A line to 42nd street and back from Manhattan to the airport? Or if I buy a 7 days unlimited MetroCard is it valid for AirTrain? Thanks!

Arriving on terminal four and need to take flight from terminal three(Delta). How can I go with luggage cart as I have two big bags to carry. Can cart go in Airtrain? or is there any other way to go from 4 to 3 terminal with luggage

What is the best, easiest, and least expensive way to get from JFK to Norfolk, CT? My flight arrives around 1pm. I'm not in a hurry but am on a budget! Any help would be appreciated!

What train or subway do I take to go to W 59th street (Columbus Circle) next to Central Park from JFK airport?

You need to take the A (blue) route


I am arriving during the day into JFK and need to get on Subway 2 or 3 and get off at 96th Street as my hotel is close to there. However my return to JFK will be at 9pm at night...so is this trip possible on public transport(from 96th Street to JFK)

Any help would be apprecaited..
Perhaps I should just book a shuttle service...what do you think?

First also the A subway can take you over 96th st. For the return use the A subway to howard beach. the true is that is much more cheap doing this way instead of shuttle

You can take the 4-5 and then transfer into the A to go to Howard Beach. In all stations you are able to see a big map with the deatil of transfer between routes

help!!! I'll arrive into JFK airport and need to get into Alexandria, which options do I have? thanks

If you are leavin from JFK you will need to get a plane to IAH (HUSTON, TX) or ATL (Atlanta) they have direct flights to AEX

Hi! I am wondering if someone could tell me

1.How to get to Port Authority Bus station from JFK. My hotel is very close to there but the thing is my flight arrives at JFK at late night around 11pm. So:
2.Is it safe to travel around with two big luggages or I'd better stay at the airport overnight and wait till the morning.
3.Does the Airtrain run all the time 24hrs?

Thanks alot!!!

1.- Subway A will take you to the 42th st port authority bus station. The advantaje is that you take the A from the Airtrain howard beach station

2.- Yes, as a visitor I can say it

3.- yes


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