Public Transportation to and from JFK

A photo of buses outside of the terminal. There are numerous public transportation options both to and from JFK. Here are some tips on your many options.

AirTrain JFK Transit Connections

Most trips to and from JFK via ground transportation require the use of the AirTrain system. For more information on using AirTrain, visit the AirTrain JFK section of this site.

Airtrain reaches numerous connecting public transit services at two off-airport locations, Jamaica Station and Howard Beach Station.

Use Airtrain's Jamaica Station for the following transit connections:

  • Commuter Trains: Long Island Rail Road
  • NYC Subways (at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK subway stop, adjacent to Jamaica Airtrain Station): "E" Train (for western Queens, midtown Manhattan, and connections to the Bronx), and the "J" and "Z" trains (for central Queens and Northern Brooklyn)
  • NYC Buses: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20, Q24, Q25, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q43, Q44, Q54, Q56, Q60 and Q65

Use Airtrain's Howard Beach Station for the following transit connections:

  • NYC Subways: "A" train (for southern Queens, Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan)
  • NYC Buses: Q11

NYC subway service from Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn to JFK

Take MTA NYC Transit's "A" train going to Far Rockaway. MTA fare is $2.50 (cash or MetroCard), except for $2.75 when a single-ride ticket is purchased. An additional MetroCard fare of $5 is required to enter the AirTrain system. Disembark from the subway at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport Station. Follow the signs to AirTrain and swipe your AirTrain MetroCard to enter the system. Travel time via subway and AirTrain is approximately 60–75 minutes from Lower Manhattan to JFK. Travel time from Howard Beach Station to JFK is approximately 15 minutes.

NYC subway service from Midtown Manhattan to JFK

Take MTA NYC Transit's "E" train bound for Queens. MTA fare is $2.50 (cash or MetroCard), except for $2.75 when a single-ride ticket is purchased.. An additional MetroCard fare of $5 is required to enter the AirTrain system. Disembark the train at the Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av/JFK station. Follow the signs to AirTrain and swipe your AirTrain MetroCard to enter the system. Travel time via subway and AirTrain is approximately 60–75 minutes from midtown Manhattan to JFK. AirTrain travels to JFK from Jamaica Station every 15 minutes and will take you to your airline terminal.

NYC Airporter

Departure roughly every 30 minutes - Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Fare is $16. Purchase tickets online at www.NYCAirporter.com. For more information, call (718) 777-5111.

NYC Bus Service to and from JFK

Three NYC bus routes operated by the MTA provide direct service between the airport and nearby neighborhoods. These buses stop on the roadway adjacent to Terminal 5, and can be accessed via a free on-airport AirTrain trip to the Terminal 5/6 station. The bus fare is $2.50 (MetroCard or exact change required), except for $2.75 when a single-ride ticket is purchased. For information and schedules, call 511, (888) GO511NY, or visit the MTA website. The three local bus routes include:

Q10 Bus: Local service to Queens. Connect to NYC subway train A at Lefferts Blvd. and E and F at Kew Gardens.

Q3 Bus: Local service to Queens. Connect at 169th St. and Hillside Ave. for NYC subway train F.

B15 Bus: Local service to East New York. Connect at New Lots and Livonia Aves for NYC subway trains 3 and 4.

Please note:  Free transfers between bus and subway and between subway and bus are available. Valid only with MetroCard. A $1 new card fee will apply to new MetroCard purchases from the vending machines. New card fee does not apply to MetroCard refills and MetroCards bought from authorized merchants. For complete fare information, visit the MTA website.

Other Airport Transit Options

Trans-Bridge Lines: Bus stop located in front of Terminal 4 on the arrivals roadway. Use AirTrain to connect with other airline terminals. For more information, call (800) 962-9135 or (610) 868-6001.

Connecting to the airports via Metro-North? Use one of the convenient and affordable airport services.



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