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



I need to know how to get from JFK to a train that will take me up to Rhinebeck/Rhinecliff. If you know aprox how long this travel would take that would be helpful also.

Amtrak's Empire train from Penn Station stops at Rhinecliff. Take Airtrain from terminal to Jamaica Station and either E subway or LIRR to Penn Station. See Amtrak for schedules and fares; travel from airport to Penn Station is 45 mintues/1 hour and travel time to Rhinecliff is about 90 minutes.

My daughter (17) is flying alone for the first time, will arrive from Stockholm with Delta to terminal 3. Is it difficult to find the airtrain when changing terminal? Is the way well-signed?

Just follow the signs to Airtrain. Track 2 is the terminal-only loop, track 1 trains go to the Howard Beach or Jamaica terminals.

I am planning on buying a weekly MTA card.

How do I pay for Airlink($5)and MTA A train at Howard St.

Do I buy separate MTA Card for Airlink?
Do I scan both cards?

You cannot use the weekly Metrocard for Airtrain so you would have to purchase a separate pay-per-ride Metrocard to pay the Airtrain fare and use the weekly card for subway fare.

Hello is the MTA subway and Airtrain operating regular hours / times at the Howard Beach station? I will be traveling on 4/26/2012 - Thank you, K

Subways and Airtrain run 24/7.

How do I get from Newark Aiport or Newark Penn Station to JFK Aiport EASILY?


State Shuttle at Ground Transportation to Newark Airport.

Hello, I will be arriving @ Terminal 8, and need to get to the Lower East Side (101 Bowery). What AirTrain do I take, and what do I transfer to? Also, on my return to the airport, what do I take to connect to AirTrain. Thank you! Greg.

my fiance is arriving from thailand next week, she is bringing her dog, I know she goes through immigration first, but at what step and where does she pick up her dog?? is it after baggage claim? same area ? etc..?
please help, i have called about this with no luck. we are both very stressed about where to get her pet from.
she has all the rabies certificates etc for the dog, so the health is not an issue.

Is the Lefferts Boulevard station within short walking distance of where my car would be parked in "long-term parking"? You replied earlier that it takes 2 mins to the airport from Lefferts Boulevard. This seems very quick, is this the time to go all the way to Terminal 8?

Approximately how long does it take to travel on the airtrain to terminal 8 (American Airlines)? Also how frequently does the train run at about 6 am on Sunday morning?

Every 5 minutes or so. It takes about 2 minutes on an air train.


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