Here you will discover the best, fastest, and most affordable ways of getting from the New York airports to Manhattan.

There are 3 airports in New York (technically, of course, the Newark airport is in New Jersey):

  • John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
  • La Guardia Airport (LGA)
  • Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey

For transfers from Newark Airport to Brooklyn click here.


From JFK, LGA and EWR to Manhattan

All three airports have good connections to the local infrastructure, so you have several options to choose from between New York airports transfer options. No matter from which airport you start your transfer to the hotel there is always a range of low-budget to ultra-comfort options available.

New York airports transfer options

Transfer from JFK Airport to Manhattan

Click Here for a Map of JFK Airport Terminals.

By Taxi ($70)

Taxis offer a flat rate (including tolls) so there are no surprises later. You can get to Manhattan for $70 in a cab, including tolls, and can conveniently get to Manhattan.

Our tip: when you exit the airport, you will be approached by people asking if you need a taxi. Those are private individuals and should not be confused with the Yellow Cabs! Be sure to say NO — as soon as you step outside of the airport, you will see the official yellow cabs queued up in their allotted spot. That’s where you go; you will be steered to the next taxi in line, and you can be sure you won’t be ripped off.

By Shuttle ($20)

The “SuperShuttle Manhattan” is a group taxi that takes 6-8 passengers to Manhattan for about $15 per person. Simply show your reservation at the transportation desk upon arrival and you’re good to go. The shuttle will take you straight to your hotel in Manhattan, which is super convenient after a long flight. It can also be strenuous though. The worst case scenario is that you are last to be dropped off at your destination!

Our tip: purchase your tickets in advance to avoid the hassle upon arrival!

Buy airport transfer tickets

SuperShuttle offers a few more options, depending on your needs:

By Private Transfer ($60-100 for up to 5 people)

If you don’t like the idea of sharing a shuttle with other people, you have the option to reserve a private transfer for you and your party. Prices depend on the number of passengers, but vary from $60-10. You can book that transfer for up to 5 people, which means you sometimes pay even less than $20 a person! You also save yourself some time compared to the shuttle.

Buy Private Transfer

The private transfer is also offered from your hotel to the airport. Check for your return transfer here.

By Bus ($19)

The New York Airport Service Express Bus stops at Grand Central Station, Port Authority and Times Square. From these points, you can continue your journey by subway. A single ride ticket will cost you $19 and a subway ride $2.75. Considering the price and the fact that they only operate from 11am to 7pm, we would rather recommend the shuttle above that takes you straight to your accommodation.

By Subway ($7.50)

You can also get to Manhattan without spending a lot of money by using the subway and the MetroCard.

First, you can take the AirTrain at JFK to “Jamaica Station” or “Howard Beach Station”. Head to Jamaica, if your destination is in Midtown or Uptown Manhattan. Line E will take you as far as 53rd Street. Lines J and Z also depart from there, but these are only of interest if you want to go to Lower Manhattan. From Howard Beach you can take the Line A to get to Lower Manhattan as well. Tickets for the AirTrain are $5.

Please budget 50 to 60 minutes transit time!

New York airports transfer options


Transfer from La Guardia Airport to Manhattan

Click Here for a Map of LaGuardia Airport Terminals.

By Taxi ($30-36)

Be sure to take the Yellow Cabs and not the black, private ones– yellow cabs operate under a permit by the City and are therefore highly trustworthy!

Taxis are queued up in front of every terminal. Every taxi stand has some kind of booth with an attendant who will steer you to the next taxi in line. Cost per person: $ 30 – 36 (including toll and tip)

By Shuttle ($15)

These group taxis will take you directly to your accommodation in Manhattan for only $15 a person. Simply present your booking confirmation at the Transportation Desk upon arrival and you’re good to take the next shuttle into the city.

Buy airport transfer tickets

SuperShuttle offers a few more options, depending on your needs:

By Private Transfer ($60-80 for up to 5 people)

There is also a private transfer that is offered from LaGuardia to NYC. Considering that the airport is located in Queens, very close to Manhattan it is relatively expensive compared to public transport. If you travel as a family however, the private transfer is the best way of getting to your hotel or accommodation. The vehicles fit up to 5 people.

Buy Private Transfer

The private transfer is also offered from your hotel to the airport. Check for your return transfer here.

By NYC Airporter Bus ($16)

This express bus operates from 11am to 7pm and stops at the following destinations: Grand Central Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square. If you need to go further, you can continue by subway. Cost per person: $16 + subway.

By Bus Line M60 ($2.75)

Bus M60 will take you as far as 125th Street in Manhattan and costs only $2.75 per person. For the rest of your trip, you could use the subway.


Transfer from Newark Airport to Manhattan

Click Here for a Map of Newark Airport Terminals.

New York airports transfer options

By Taxi ($70)

Yellow Cabs – these operate under a permit from the City and are therefore highly trustworthy. Newark is quite a distance from Manhattan. You will see this in the cost for a cab ride from the airport to Manhattan: including tolls and tip, the trip will cost you $70-85, depending on your destination in Manhattan. This option only becomes cost effective if you are traveling with 3 or more people.

By Shuttle ($20)

The SuperShuttle also operates between Newark and Manhattan. The great thing about it is that it will take you straight to your hotel or other accommodation! There’s no need to worry about changing trains or anything else. Simply present your booking confirmation at the Transportation Desk upon arrival. Prices are pretty reasonable, too. A one-way ticket will cost you about $20 per person.

Buy airport transfer tickets

SuperShuttle offers a few more options, depending on your needs:

By Private Transfer ($80-100 for up to 5 people)

If you don’t like the idea of sharing a shuttle with other people, you have the option to reserve a private transfer for you and your party. Prices depend on the number of passengers, but vary from $60-10. You can book that transfer for up to 5 people, which means you sometimes pay even less than $20 a person! You also save yourself some time compared to the shuttle.

Buy Private Transfer

The private transfer is also offered from your hotel to the airport. Check for your return transfer here.

By Train ($15)

From Newark Airport, you can reach Manhattan very easily by train, however you do need to change trains once or twice, depending on your destination. First you take the AirTrain to Newark Liberty Airport Station. There you can use the NJ Transit to get to New York Penn Station in Midtown in one shot. If your destination is in Lower Manhattan however, you should take the NJ Transit to Newark Penn Station (not New York Penn Station!). At Newark Penn Station you can change to the PATH that will get you to World Trade Center. This map might be helpful if you are trying to navigate your way into the city from Newark. The whole trip by train will cost you about $15 per person + subway or path.

Newark Liberty Airport Express ($18)

The Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus makes several stops in Midtown Manhattan: Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park as well as Grand Central Station. From these stops you can continue by subway, if your hotel or accommodation is located in another neighborhood. Cost per person: $18 per person + subway.

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5 Comments

Fiona wright

Yes thank you

Daniel

We booked a house on Staten Island and travel to JFK. We thought about renting a car to get to Staten Island, because there is no obvious public transportation. Ist that correct?

Moritz

While there are public transportation links to Staten Island from JFK, this involves two changes and takes around an hour longer. We would recommend a private car!

Gerardo

We Booked in Midtown. From JFK took Specialshuttle.( 15 USD each one) When we left, took a private car from the hotel to JFK.(80 USD) In the middle we traveled to Miami, took a taxi to La Guardia(35 USD) and in the returne took another taxi.(35 USD). Taxi is correct and honest always. Special shuttle I do not recomend if you arrive for the first time to NYC.

Kelsey

Thank you for your feedback!

Best,
Kelsey

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