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.

Your options detailed in this article are:

  • Taxi
  • Private Transfer
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Bus
  • Subway

Click here for a map of JFK Airport terminals to check where you will be arriving and what your transport options from there are.

1. Taxi

  • Cost: ≈ $70
  • Duration: 45 – 60 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.

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.

2. Private Airport Transfer

  • Cost: $60-100 (up to 5 people)
  • 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 most family friendly transfer to Manhattan.

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

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

3. Shuttle Bus between JFK & Manhattan

  • Cost: $20
  • 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, but can also take you from JFK Airport to Times Square or Penn Station. 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!


4. Buses between JFK & Manhattan 

  • Cost: $19
  • 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.

When you arrive at JFK Airport, look for the NYC Airporter ticket sales counter or Agents outside of baggage claim area. You can either show the agents at the bus stop your online ticket confirmation or buy tickets at the counter. You will then be directed towards the appropriate bus for your destination.

You can get off at the following stops:

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

5. Subway between JFK & Manhattan 

  • Cost: $7.50
  • 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

For other NYC Airport Transfers take a look here:

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

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