New York has three main airports:
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) at the end of the track, Sutphin Blvd, E line (blue). If you go from the city to the airport, in tis 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 to arrive.
- 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, although it varies depending on where is your accomodation, approximately $ 60 each way including toll (plus tips). Some drivers try to cheat tourists saying that the fixed rate does not apply to return to the airport from the city, which is also false. If that happens, it’s best to find another taxi or say you are to tell the police officer in the area of airport where taxis arrive. It takes about 50 minutes, although it varies depending on the traffic.
- Supershuttle. This company drives up to 10 passengers by booking in advance, transfer door to door. Costs from $ 23 the first passenger and $ 12 each additional 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 $ 17 one way.
- 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 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 $ 12.5 and takes approximately 45 minutes.
- Taxi, minivan and rental car: same rates and recommendations apply as for JFK.
- There are also express buses, but they are more expensive and slower than the train.
LA GUARDIA AIRPORT
Located just 14 km away form Mahattan, 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.
- Taxi: fixed rate is approximately $ 30 (without tolls and gratuity).
- Minivan: SuperShuttle costs $ 15 the first passenger and $ 12 each additional passenger.
- Bus: NYC Airporter, it costs $ 14 one way.