Traveling and landing at one of New York’s airports and don’t know how to get to Manhattan and Brooklyn? In addition to being able to use these travel applications to plan everything, here are some tips that should help you choose the most economical, convenient and fast way to travel for you! Indeed, after long hours on the plane and a significant time difference, you will start to feel the first signs of fatigue. Don’t be fooled and plan your trip in advance.
New York Airport “John F. Kennedy (JFK)”
JFK is the US airport with the highest number of air passengers passing through each year (59 million in 2017). Located 24 km southeast of Manhattan, there are several options to get to downtown from JFK Airport.
Go to Manhattan from JFK Airport
By taxi: After a long journey it is normal that you consider taking this mode of transportation to get to Manhattan easily and quickly. Count about $70 ($52 of running, plus toll and tip). This solution can be particularly interesting if you share the costs between several people.
By AirTrain + metro: AirTrain is the train that connects the various terminals of JFK airport with each other and brings air passengers to the metro stations “Jamaica” and “Howard Beach”:
- Once you reach one of the stops mentioned above, board the Long Island Rail Road called “Babylon” towards “35 Penn Station”.
- Stop at Pennsylvania Station.
- Take train line C, heading to 168 St. and get off at the nearest subway stop to your destination.
By bus: NYC Airport Service serves the Grand Central Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station stops in the Manhattan area. To book your tickets and find out about fares, visit the NYC Airporter Express Bus website.
Going to Brooklyn from JFK Airport
By taxi: the price of the trip should be around $65, knowing that you will have to add a few extra dollars to pay the toll and leave a tip to the driver (about 15% of the price).
By AirTrain + metro: Take the AirTrain to Howard Beach. Get on the A-Train to Brooklyn.
By bus + metro: Take the NYC Airport Service to Manhattan.
Then board train line C in the direction of “Euclid Av”.
Domestic, small courier and Canadian flights are mainly operated from and to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Located in Queens, it is the closest airport to the Manhattan district (about 13 km).
Go to Manhattan from LaGuardia Airport
By taxi: note that you will have to spend about $45 to reach Manhattan from LaGuardia Airport ($30 run, plus toll and tip).
By bus + metro: Get on the Q70 bus. Get off at the stop “Roosevelt Av/74 St”. Take metro line E in the direction of the “World Trade Center”. Stop at the “50 St 8 Av” stop. Take line C in the direction of “168 St” and get off at the nearest stop to your hotel or destination.
Go to Brooklyn from LaGuardia Airport
By taxi: the cost of the trip is about $50, to which you will have to add the toll payment and the tip to leave to the driver.
By bus: Get on the Q70 bus.
Get off at the stop “Roosevelt Avenue/74 St. John’s
Take the Coney Island-bound F from Jackson Heights Station and stop at Lexington Avenue.
Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark Airport is the second largest airport in the New York City area after JFK: in 2017 it welcomed more than 43 million air passengers. The latter is located in the state of New Jersey, more precisely in the western suburbs of New York, 3 km from the city of Newark.
Going to Manhattan from Newark Airport
By taxi: the trip will cost you between $75 and $110 including all expenses (race, toll and tip).
By AirTrain + metro: Take the AirTrain to the International Newark Airport Liberty station. Take the NJ Transit subway to New York Penn Station. Count about $13 per person.
By bus: for $16 per person, the Newark Airport Express bus takes you to the “Port Authority Bus Terminal”, “Grand Central Terminal” and “Bryant Park” stops. Please note that you will not need to take the AirTrain to use this bus as it passes through all terminals at LaGuardia Airport:
- Terminal A: Lane 5 of the arrival level.
- Terminal B: Lane 2 of the arrival level.
- Terminal C: Bus stops 5 and 6 at the arrival level.
Going to Brooklyn from Newark Airport
By taxi: you will have to pay 75-80€ to reach the Brooklyn district from Newark airport.
By AirTrain + metro: Get on board the AirTrain Newark, and get off at the Newark Liberty International Airport station. Then take the Northeast Corridor towards “New York Penn Station” and get off at the “Pennsylvania Station” stop. Walk to the metro stop “34 St – Penn Station” and take line C in the direction of “Euclid Av”. Get off at Kingston-Throop Avs Station.
By bus + metro: You can also take the bus called “Newark Airport Express” from terminals A, B and C of the airport to “Port Authority”. Then take metro C in the direction of Euclid Av and stop at Kingston-Throop Avs Station.
Be aware that other modes of transportation are available from New York airports to Manhattan and Brooklyn, such as the shared shuttle. If you are alone or with several people, this can be a cost-effective solution: most companies charge between $15 and $20 per person. The shuttle leaves passengers one by one in front of their hotel, which can also be a good opportunity for you to discover the city as soon as you arrive without having to carry your luggage from one metro to another.
A flight delay can happen to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. You can get up to €600 compensation if your flight has been delayed, cancelled or overbooked within the last three years. So check to see if you are entitled to compensation.