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Airport, Rail & Public Transit

Getting Here

Airport Information

For those traveling by air, the City is served by seven area airports. Of these, three are major hubs: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are both in Queens, while Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located in neighboring New Jersey.

These three airports provide access to the City via taxis, buses, vans, subways, trains and private limo car services.

  • Jamaica, Queens | kennedyairport.com | 718-244-4444
    JFK is 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It handles the most international traffic of any airport in the United States—more than 406,000 flights and 50.4 million–plus passengers annually. About 7,600 weekly domestic arrivals/departures connect to JFK, and 80 airlines serve its six passenger terminals.

    Getting to Manhattan from JFK:

    • Taxi: the flat-rate fare is $52.80 (excluding tolls and gratuity); 50–60 minutes to/from Midtown. 212-NYC-TAXI.
    • Subway: $7.75 ($5 for AirTrain JFK and $2.75 for subway); 60–75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan on the A subway line at the Howard Beach–JFK Airport station, or the E, J, Z subway lines and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave. station.
    • Train: $5 AirTrain JFK connects to LIRR Jamaica Station, $10 peak/$7.25 off-peak train to Penn Station (NOTE: $6 surcharge for tickets purchased on board train).
    • Public bus: $2.75 (with free transfer to subway line into Manhattan); 60–75 minutes to Midtown. The Q3 bus at JFK connects to the F subway line, the B5 connects to the 3 and 4 lines,and the Q10 bus connects to the E and F lines.
    • Airport Shuttle Service: 5% off for each airport shuttle vans, private vans, sedans and other ground transportation reservations. Use coupon code SFFS16 at check out to receive discount. Click here for Reservations. Reservations must be booked prior to your trip.
    • Private bus & van companies: from $16–$20.
    • Higher prices for private limo car services.
  • Jackson Heights, Queens | laguardiaairport.com | 718-533-3400
    LaGuardia is on the northern shore of Queens and is the closest airport to Midtown Manhattan at about 8 miles away. It handles domestic US flights and shuttles, and Canadian and Caribbean air traffic, with 338,500-plus flights and 26.7 million passengers annually. Its four passenger terminals serve more than 6,955 weekly arrivals/departures.

    Getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia:

    • Taxi: Metered fare is approximately $30–$50 (excluding tolls and gratuity); 30 minutes to/from Midtown. There is a $1 surcharge for trips taken 4–8pm on weekdays and a 50-cent surcharge charged for trips taken 8pm–6am daily. 212-NYC-TAXI.
    • Public bus: fare is $2.75 for the M60 bus between LaGuardia and Manhattan’s Upper West Side (106th Street and Broadway); 45–60 minutes. For subway connections from the airport into town, board the express Queens Q70 bus and disembark at the 82nd St./Jackson Heights subway station (for the 7 subway line) or the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station (for 7, E, F, M or R subway lines); add 15–20 minutes for the subway ride.
    • Airport Shuttle Service: 5% off for each airport shuttle vans, private vans, sedans and other ground transportation reservations. Use coupon code SFFS16 at check out to receive discount. Click here for Reservations. Reservations must be booked prior to your trip.
    • Private bus & van companies: from $13–$20.
    • Higher prices for private limo car services.
  • Newark | newarkairport.com | 888-EWR-INFO
    Newark Liberty welcomes more than 414,700 flights and almost 35 million passengers annually.There are more than 29 international and domestic carriers, with more than 7,700 weekly domestic arrivals/departures. The airport is across the Hudson River from New York City, 16 miles and 45–60 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.

    Getting to Manhattan from Newark Liberty:

    • Taxi: Service to Midtown is permitted only via New Jersey–regulated taxis. Metered fares range $60–$75 (excluding tolls and gratuity). During weekday rush hours (6–9am and 4–7pm)and on weekends noon–8pm, there is a $5 surcharge to anywhere in New York State, except Staten Island. Seniors (ages 62 and older) receive a 10% discount. New Jersey taxis add a $5.50 surcharge to all credit card transactions. Newark Taxi Commission, 973-733-8912; Elizabeth Taxi Commission, 908-820-4000, ext. 4178. When traveling to Newark Liberty from Midtown, taxi service is via NYC’s regulated taxis. Metered fares range $69–$75, plus a $5 surcharge (excluding tolls and gratuity). 212-NYC-TAXI.
    • Train: AirTrain Newark is free between EWR terminals. Purchase a flat-rate $12.50 ticket for a connection on an NJ Transit or Amtrak train into New York’s Penn Station. Note: Retain your $12.50 receipt to show to conductors on each train connection.
    • Airport Shuttle Service: 5% off for each airport shuttle vans, private vans, sedans and other ground transportation reservations. Use coupon code SFFS16 at check out to receive discount. Click here for Reservations. Reservations must be booked prior to your trip.
    • Private bus & van companies: from $16–$20.
    • Higher prices for private limo car services.

Other Ways to Get Here

In addition to nearby airports, New York City is easily accessible via an extensive network of bridges, tunnels, ferries, trains, light rail, buses, heliports and even cruise ports. Driving to the City is an option, but you certainly won’t need a car to get around—the fastest, easiest way to reach virtually every NYC attraction is by foot and the City’s energy-efficient 24-hour public transit system.


Getting Around

NYC’s extensive system of subways and buses are operated by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). The system is inexpensive, operates 24 hours a day, provides a fun way to extend sightseeing, and gets you where you need to go—fast.

MTA

Getting an MTA MetroCard is your first step to navigating the City by subway or bus. A MetroCard is required to enter the subway system, while exact change or a MetroCard can be used on buses. You can purchase a MetroCard at any subway station from multilingual machines (which accept cash, credit and debit cards) or booth attendants.

Riders have three options for fare payment: a single ride ticket, a pay-per-ride MetroCard or an unlimited ride MetroCard. A single-ride ticket costs $3, is sold only at vending machines and must be used within two hours of purchase. For MetroCards, there is a $1 fee to purchase so be sure to retain it (and check the expiration date on the back of the card—the MTA will issue a new MetroCard for no charge if your card has expired or is damaged). With a pay-per-ride MetroCard, the base fare for a subway or bus ride is $2.75. If a value over $5.50 is added to the card, an additional 11 percent bonus is added as well. Below are some samples with the bonus:

Buy a $ 9.91 MetroCard ($11 value) 4 rides
Buy a $19.82 MetroCard ($22 value) 8 rides
Buy a $39.64 MetroCard ($44 value) 16 rides

An unlimited MetroCard enables users to ride all subways and buses as often as they like and costs $31 for seven days or $116.50 for 30 days. Additional discounts are available for seniors age 65 and older, and disabled riders. For a map of New York City’s subway and bus system, click here.

NYC Taxis

The City’s fleet of taxicabs is regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). Taxicabs operate 24 hours, provide door-to-door service and accept cash or credit cards. The City’s famous yellow fleet is primarily seen throughout Midtown but can be hailed for trips to other boroughs and even to other states. NYC’s new apple-green Boro Taxis can pick up hails in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (excluding the airports) and Staten Island, plus northern Manhattan (north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street); they are not authorized to pick up any trips elsewhere in Manhattan.

To hail a taxi, stand at the curb and look for a yellow cab with an illuminated white number on top. Off-duty cabs display the illuminated words “Off Duty” on the same sign. Board and exit the cab curbside. For yellow or green taxis, there is a minimum meter fare of $3, and prices increase based on the distance and duration of the trip (assume prices are higher during peak rush-hour traffic). Surcharges apply to the meter price nightly, 8pm–6am, and Monday–Friday, 4–8pm. Drivers appreciate a 15–20 percent gratuity at the end of a trip. Bridge and tunnel tolls are not included in the taxi’s metered fare. For further details, visit nyc.gov/taxi or call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 when in town.

UBER

Use Promo Code SFF25 for $25 off for all new users and if you already have an account use SFF10 for 10% off your next ride.


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