The cost of connecting to local mass transit depends on your travel preferences.
If you use AirTrain to connect between the airline terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttles and rental car facilities, there's no fee to pay and no ticket is required.
To enter or exit AirTrain JFK at the Jamaica and Howard Beach stations there is a $5 per person fee.
A $1 fee will apply to new MetroCard purchases from the ticket vending machines. This new card fee does not apply to MetroCard refills at the ticket vending machines or MetroCards bought from authorized merchants. Authorized MetroCard merchants are located near the entrance/exit to the Jamaica and Howard Beach stations
If you use AirTrain to connect to local mass transit, there are many affordable options.
These cards can be purchased at AirTrain JFK's Howard Beach and Jamaica stations, Long Island Rail Road, and NYC subway stations and MetroCard merchants throughout the airport and New York City.
With a value-based MetroCard, you can:
Purchase a $25 10-Trip AirTrain JFK MetroCard and get each ride at a 50 percent discount. Add value to the 10-Trip MetroCard and it can then be used on NYC Transit subway and buses as long as the card has value. This card will expire 12 months (365 days only) after it's first used. After every fourth swipe, there is an 18-minute waiting period before the card be used again.
Use AirTrain to connect to the LIRR, a faster option for traveling to Manhattan.
A $1 new card fee will be charged for each new MetroCard purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine. MetroCard vending machines and LIRR ticket machines accept cash (U.S. currency only), credit cards and debit cards. MetroCard machines return up to $6 in change (coins). LIRR machines return up to $17.75 in change (coins).
These concession stand employees wear a red vest with the words "METROCARD AGENT" on the back of the vest. At Howard Beach and Jamaica stations, these are the only authorized means of buying AirTrain MetroCards other than the vending machines. Please do not use any other methods of purchasing AirTrain MetroCards at these locations.