Air travelers to New York City may arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA), both in Queens, or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey. LaGuardia primarily serves domestic destinations, and also offers flights to select Canadian destinations. Kennedy and Newark both serve domestic and international destinations. Visitors can reach Manhattan from all three airports by using shared shuttles, taxis, buses and subways and/or commuter trains.
From the Airports
Newark Liberty International Airport / JFK International Airport / Laguardia Airport
Newark Airport - 15 miles (24 km)
Train/Subway: But a Metrocard, take the Airtrain to Newark Airport Train station, then train to Penn Station. From Penn Station, take E line to Lexington Ave. Train is $5.50 (includes the AirTrain), plus metrocard purchase ($1), plus regular subway fee ($2.75).
Shared Shuttle: There are several door to door Shared Shuttle services. Please click here for more information. As an example: GO Airlink NYC – from Newark Airport – Share Ride Shuttle, Up To 2 bags per Adult
TAXI: Estimated taxi fare: $95 (one way)
LaGuardia Airport – 8 miles (13 km)
Shared Shuttle: There are several door to door Shared Shuttle Services. Please click here for more information. As an example: GO Airlink NYC – from the LaGuardia Airport – Share Ride Shuttle – Up To 2 bags per Adult
- One fare pays for all passengers to one destination
- Four passengers (five in minivans) is the limit for New York City cabs
- Meter must read $3.00 at the start of the trip
JFK Airport - 16 miles (26 km)
If you can’t walk to your destination, mass transit is the next-best way to get around. The City’s rail and bus system is run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and known as MTA New York City Transit. It’s inexpensive, environmentally friendly and a great way to see sights throughout the five boroughs—and it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Purchasing a MetroCard is your first step to getting around on subways and buses; you must put a minimum value of $5.50 on the card, not including the card fee ($1), when initially buying it. You can do so at subway stations, from either automated machines (large machines accept cash, ATM bank cards and regular credit cards; the small machines do not accept cash) or booth attendants (cash only). If you already have a card, keep it and refill it to avoid paying a new card fee.
When you use a pay-per-ride MetroCard, a single subway or local bus ride costs $2.75.
Citi Bike is New York City’s bike-sharing system, and it has gained a quick adoption since its inception in May 2013. There are about 10,000 bikes at around 600 stations, available 24/7 every day of the year. Unlock a bike at any station, ride wherever you want and check in the bike at any other station. Daily, three-day and annual passes are available.