Updated on November 7th, 2018
New York has three main airports, all are in full renovation and should be completed in 2022:
JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT
The busiest airport in New York. It’s located in southern Queens, 29 km away from Manhattan’s midtown.
- The cheapest is the AirTrain ($ 5). Inside the Airport is free of charge, stopping at every operative terminal (numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8); using it can be a little confusing. You have to change to subway ($ 2.75 using your MetroCard) at the end of the track, Sutphin Blvd, E line (blue). If you go from the city to the airport, in this station there will be people asking for your MetroCard, assuring that it can not be used for the AirTrain, which is false, it works. From Grand Central Station, it takes about 70 minutes.
- Taxi: We recommend using the official taxi service of the airport; in each terminal there is a stand, they will give you a paper with the number of the assigned taxi. Fixed rate from the airport to the city 52 $, although it varies depending on tolls, approximately $ 60 one way (plus tips). Sadly, from the city to the airport is not flat rate, but metered; still it should cost more or less the same. It takes about 50 minutes, although it varies depending on the traffic.
- Uber and Lyft. The two most used companies in Manhattan, but in this case with little benefit with respect to taxis. The cost varies according to the exact place where we go; to Times Square, a basic Uber will cost around $ 46 (without tips) and an XL near $ 65.
- Supershuttle. This company drives up to 10 passengers by booking in advance, transfer door to door. Costs from $ 22 per passenger on shared minivan, although there are private cars. Another similar but more expensive company is Airlink NYC.
- There is an express bus: NYC Airporter, it costs $ 19 one way (35 $ round trip). Stops at Grand Central, Port Authority and Penn Station. Every half hour, but only from 11 am to 7 pm.
- Rent a car. Unless you intend to use the car frequently, this option is very unwise given the complexity of the traffic in New York and the price of the vehicle and tolls.
NEWARK AIRPORT, NEW JERSEY
Although located in another state, it’s the same distance from here to Manhattan’s midtown than form JFK Airport. It’s the second one in number of passengers.
- The AirTrain (5.5 $) connects to NJ Transit and Path station, from which there are trains to Penn Station and 33th Street and World Trade Center stops, respectively. It costs $ 13 and takes approximately 45 minutes. Every 20-30 minutes from 4:20 am to 1:40 am.
- Taxi, Uber, minivan and rental car: same rates and recommendations apply as for JFK.
- There are also express buses: Newark Liberty Airport Express. Costs 18$ per trip, takes 45 minutes; every 30-45 minutes from 4:45 am to 1:15 am.
LA GUARDIA AIRPORT
Located just 14 km away from Manhattan, but despite it’s an international airport, the truth is that almost all flights arriving here are domestic, so it won’t be very useful to international travelers.
- There is no train.
- Although it is the cheapest, it is not recommended to go by metro, since you have to change to bus. The most common is to change at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave station to Bus Q70.
- Taxi: Before there was a fixed rate, but not anymore; It should cost about $ 45 including tolls and tips.
- Uber and Lyft: $ 35 up to Times Square the most basic, $ 60 an XL.
- Minivan: SuperShuttle costs $ 19.60 per passenger and journey, so it’s unprofitable compared to a taxi or Uber.
- Bus: NYC Airporter, it costs $ 16 one way (there is no discount for round trip ticket). One every hour from 11 am to 7 pm.