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



If you are arriving via domestic flight and do not have to clear customs you are in good shape. If you need to clear customs you probably will not have enough time. Take AirTrain on track 2 (terminal loop) from T7 to T1.

Have two seniors arriving at the Delta Terminal and meeting rest of group coming in on a Jet Blue flight. What is best way for them to get from Delta to Jet Blue?

Two of us need to get to the roosevelt hotel (manhatten), what is the best way?, a taxi is expensive (about 50$)
thanks Roger

Not sure what you mean by "best." There is express bus service from JFK to Grand Central Terminal -- a short walk from the Roosevelt -- that costs about $15/person, I believe. Or if you spend $13.60 on a Metrocard, you will end up with a card worth $14.50 (after the 7% bonus for purchases of $10 or more); that will cover the cost of the AirTtain to Jamaica Station, and the subway for two people. You can take a Manhattan-bound "E" subway from Jamaica Station to Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. If you exit to the rear of the train, you will be at Madison Avenue and 53rd Street -- about a ten-minute walk down Madison to the Roosevelt.

I will travel for the 1st tim to NY on dec. 2011. My flight will land on 6:30 pm. After i need to take the train to Washington DC. Pls. help me the best way i can connect to train station. I really appretiate the support!

Taxi to Penn Station is direct, especially if you have lots of luggage, but most expensive $45+tolls+tip. By public transportation take AirTrain on track 1 from terminal to Jamaica Station, transfer to LIRR to Penn Station.

I will be arriving at JFK on monday 28th Nov 11 at 12.45pm it will take about an hour to go through customs and then im looking for a train to take me to canal street station - manhattan soho...your help on which trains to take will be much appreciated.


Take AirTrain on track 1 from terminal to Howard Beach Station, transfer to inbound A subway to Canal St.

Where is the best place to meet, If I get off at terminal 7 (qantas) and a friend gets off at terminal 3 (delta)? we both arrive at the exact same time.

Please could you tell me how to get to 37th St Lexington Ave. I will be arriving at JFK about 13.30.

I'm traveling to NY on delta and meeting someone on jet blue. How do I make the connection? I get in in 22 mintues after them.

If your friends arrive before you they can take AirTrain on track 2 from T5 to T3 (Delta) and you can arrange to meet on the arrivals level near baggage claim. If you arrange to meet at T5 you will take AirTrain on track 1 from T3 to T5.

Hi, Im traveling from a jetblue flight from JFK to brooklyn heights, ny, I would be getting off at jay st. Can you please tell me what I would need to do?
Thank you!

Take AirTrain on track 1 from terminal to Howard Beach Station, take inbound A subway to Jay St/Metrotech, cost for both is $7.25.

I will arrive from Helsinki with FINNAIR to Terminal 8 and departure to Dallas Ft Worth from Terminal 3 with DELTA AIR LINES. Which airtrain track should i take to get from and to theese Terminals (are theese trains marked with any info about route where do they go?). Where and when do I have to check in my luggage? Four hours will be enough to carry out?


Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.