This is our guide on how to transfer from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Manhattan. You will find instructions in regards to the following topics below:

  • Taxi between JFK – Manhattan
  • Private Transfer between JFK – Manhattan
  • Shuttle Bus between JFK – Manhattan
  • Bus between JFK – Manhattan
  • Subway between JFK – Manhattan

…and back from Manhattan to JFK

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Transfer Options from JFK to Manhattan

Arriving at or departing from JFK? No worries, you have many transfers to Manhattan to choose from. Below you can find all of the transfer options to and from JFK Airport to help you plan ahead of time. You can also find a purchase links to shuttle busses and private transfers running from JFK Airport to Manhattan. Click here for a map of JFK Airport terminals to check where you will be arriving.

JFK to Manhattan

1. Taxi from JFK to Manhattan

  • Cost: $70
  • Transfer duration: 60 – 90 minutes

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. on’t forget that you will need to wait in line for a taxi at the licensed taxi stand (this can take up to 20 minutes). Taxis are queued up in front of every terminal. Every taxi stand has an attendant who will steer you to the next taxi in line.

⚠ PLEASE NOTE: 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.


2. Private Transfer from JFK to Manhattan

  • Cost: $60-100 (up to 5 people)
  • Transfer duration: 45 – 60 minutes

At a cost of as little as $20 per person (if you are traveling with 3-5 people) you can also book a private JFK Airport transfer. These private transfer services are available 24/7 making them a very convenient option. Once you arrive at JFK Airport all you have to do is call the number given on your booking confirmation (which you will receive immediately) and your car will arrive promptly. This is the family-friendliest transfer from JFK to Manhattan.

You can choose between either an minivan which fits 5 people and a Sedan for a maximum of 3 passengers:

Book Private Transfer

If you wish to book your return trip back to JFK airport in advance as well, you can do so here.


3. Shuttle Bus from JFK to Manhattan

  • Cost: $20
  • Transfer duration: 60 – 90 minutes

The Manhattan Shuttle bus is a group taxi that takes 1-8 passengers to Manhattan for around $20 each. This is a great way to get from JFK to Manhattan if you are looking to save some money or are traveling in a large group. The shuttle transfer will take you straight to your hotel or private address. If there is only two of you, keep in mind that other people may be dropped off first, meaning the transfer could take a little longer.

Purchase your JFK airport transfers in advance to avoid queues upon arrival.

That way you don’t have to worry about anything else after your long flight! You have the following shuttle options:

JFK to hotel or jfk to private residence

Alternatively, you can already book a roundtrip from JFK to Manhattan and back.


4. Bus from JFK to Manhattan

  • Cost: $19
  • Transfer duration: 90 minutes

The New York City Airporter Shuttle Bus leaves every half an hour between 11am and 7pm. The shuttle bus is a great way to save money due to the competitive price point per person, and is an easy and non complicated way to organize a New York airport transfer. This transfer is particularly useful if you wish to travel from JFK to Times Square, JFK to Port Authority Bus Terminal or the Grand Central Terminal.

You can pre-book your tickets, so you won’t have to search for NYC Airporter sales agents or counters at JFK Airport. With a mobile ticket ready, you can head straight to the bus, departing from Terminals 1, 4 & 8.

You can get off at the following stops:

    • Grand Central Terminal
    • Port Authority Bus Terminal
    • Times Square

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5. Subway from JFK to Manhattan

  • Cost: $7.50
  • Transfer duration: 60 minutes

You can also get to Manhattan without spending a lot of money by using the subway. In order to use the subway you will need to purchase a MetroCard. Using the New York City Subway is straight forward, we have detailed your way into Manhattan from JFK Airport below to help you plan your arrival or departure in NYC.

Step 1: Take the AirTrain at JFK to “Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer” station if you are headed Midtown or Uptown. Alternatively, take the AirTrain to “Howard Beach JFK Airport” station, if you are headed Downtown. Tickets for the AirTrain are $5 per person and paid upon exiting.

Step 2: From Jamaica Station, line E will take you as far as 53rd Street in Manhattan. If you wish to travel to Lower Manhattan (e.g. Financial District) lines J and Z will take you there, too. From Howard Beach Station you can take the lines A and C to get to Lower Manhattan. Check out the New York City Subway map below to figure out your transfer from JFK Airport to Manhattan.

JFK Airport Transfers MTA Subway Map


Transfer Options from Manhattan to JFK

In order to transfer from Manhattan to JFK, you can just take one of the airport transportation options listed above and do it in reverse! That means, you can take a taxi, private transfer, shuttle or public transportation to JFK from Manhattan. See more details below.

1. Taxi from Manhattan to JFK

Ordering or hailing a taxi to JFK is easy, however it will cost quite a bit. A slightly cheaper alternative to get from Manhattan to JFK is UBER. We recommend to check the estimated fare of your journey, before you order your UBER.


2. Private Transfer from Manhattan to JFK

Taking a private transfer from Manhattan to JFK is inexpensive and easy at the same time. You can choose from three different vehicles, depending on your group size. If you share your airport with 3 or more, the price per person is very reasonable and actually better than a taxi or shuttle. It’s a win-win! See your options here:

Book Private Transfer


3. Shuttle from Manhattan to JFK

The easiest transfer option from Manhattan to JFK is pre-booking an airport shuttle. You decide where and what time you would like to be picked up and you will be brought straight to the airport. There are two different shuttles from Manhattan to JFK:

Hotel to JFK or Private Residence to JFK


4. Bus from Manhattan to JFK

Another transfer option for getting to JFK from Manhattan is the New York Airporter Bus. It departs at the following locations: Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square. These stops are very easy to reach by subway. As these buses are very popular, they get tend to be very crowded, which is why we recommend booking your JFK bus tickets in advance.

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5. Subway from Manhattan to JFK

Manhattan is well connected to the John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens. Simply take the subway to Howard Beach or Jamaica Station that connect to the AirTrain. Taking the subway is by far the cheapest transfer from Manhattan to JFK.

For other NYC Airport Transfers Check Here:

Transfer Between Newark Airport & ManhattanTransfer Between Newark Airport & BrooklynTransfer Between LaGuardia & Manhattan

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