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John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

JFK International Airport New York City

The John F. Kennedy International Airport, more commonly known as JFK, is New York's main and busiest airport. Located in Queens, at the south end of the Van Wyck Expressway, JFK International Airport is approximately fifteen minutes from Manhattan.

JFK Airport primarily handles international flights, and offers flights with more than 100 different airlines and to more than fifty countries. JFK International Airport is considered one of the busiest airports in the world.

JFK International Airport offers a wide range of ground transportation options. Taxis, buses, shuttle vans, and limousines are available at all nine terminals. Ground transportation information counters are situated on the lower baggage claim level of each terminal to provide you with information and help with reservations for buses, shuttle vans, and limousines.

General Information

Airport Information

New York JFK International Airport (JFK)
Jamaica, NY 11430

General Info: 718-244-4444
Parking Info: 718-244-4168
Distance from JFK Airport to midtown Manhattan: 15 miles
Drive time from JFK Airport to midtown Manhattan: 50 to 60 minutes

Airlines - JFK Terminals - Contact Numbers
JFK Airport Paking Information & Maps

Parking Locations at JFK

Green Parking: Terminal 1, Terminal 2/3
Blue Parking: Terminal 4
Yellow Parking: Terminal 5/6
Orange Parking: Terminal 7
Red Parking: Terminal 8

Note: AirTrain JFK stops at all terminals and can take you to the various parking locations:

John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport

Terminal 1
Terminal 1 has eleven gates. The terminal serves Aeroflot, Aero Mexico, Air China, Air France, AirPlus, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, MAXjet, Olympic, and Royal Air Maroc.

Terminal 2
Gates 19 to 30 are housed in Terminal 2. The smaller terminal is home to all Continental flights and Delta. Terminal 2 is located in the southern end of the airport in the seven o'clock position.

Terminal 3
Located in the southern most part of the airport (six o'clock position) Terminal 3 serves Comair and Delta Connection. There are seventeen gates in this terminal. As one of the smaller terminals, this is generally an easier terminal to navigate.

Terminal 4
Terminal 4 is on the southeastern side of the airport grounds in the four o'clock position. Terminal 4 serves Aer Lingus, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aerosvit, Air India, Air Jamaica, Air Tahiti Nui, American Trans Air, Asiana, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, Continental, Copa, Czech Airlines, Egypt Air, El Al, Emirates, Eos, Etihad, Eurofly, Israir, Jet Blue, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lacsa, LAN, Lloyd Aero Bolivia, LOT, LTU, Miami Air, Mexicana, North American, Northwest Airlines, Pakistan International, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines, South African, Sun Country, Taca Airlines, TAM, TravelSpan, Thai Airways, Universal Airlines, USA 3000, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Xtra Airways.

Terminal 5
At the present time, Terminal 5 is closed until further notice. Terminal 5 served all Trans World Airlines (TWA) flights. In the 1990s, TWA filed for bankruptcy. Because TWA was bought out in 2001 by American Airlines, there was no longer the need for this terminal. American Airlines already had plenty of space in their terminal.

For now Terminal 5 is undergoing renovations. When it does reopen, it will become the main hub for all JetBlue flights.

Terminal 6
Terminal 6 is in the one o'clock position in the northern area of the airport. The seventeen gates serve Air Canada and JetBlue flights.

Terminal 7
Serving Air Canada, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Icelandair, Qantas, United Airlines, and U.S. Airways/America West, Terminal 4 is shaped much like a rectangle making it relatively easy to navigate.

Terminal 8
Terminal 8 is scheduled to be taken down. After Terminal 9 opened for air traffic, the older Terminal 8 no longer is needed. Presently, Terminal 8 still serves American Airlines international and Caribbean flights, Finnair, Malev Hungarian, and SN Brussels Airlines. Shaped much like a backwards letter E, the three fingers house 49 gates. A holds gates 1 through 10, B holds gates 20 to 24, and C holds gates 40 through 49.

Terminal 9
Terminal 9 is the newer of the terminals and will eventually be replacing all of Terminal 8. Currently, the terminal serves American Airlines' domestic flights, flights to Puerto Rico, and some international flights.

Taxi Fare from JFK International Airport to Manhattan

Taxi Flat Fare from John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport:

For trips between (to and from) Manhattan and JFK International Airport, the flat fare is $45.00 plus any tolls. A New York State Tax Surcharge of $.50 will be added to each trip.

If passengers request multiple stops, the flat rate of $45.00 will be collected at the first stop in either Manhattan or JFK International Airport, and the meter will be activated for the remainder of the trip, at standard city rate(see below). The metered fare should be collected at the last stop, from the last passenger.

All trips between JFK International Airport and New York City destinations other than Manhattan will use that standard metered rate (see below).

New York City Taxi Metered Rate of Fare
$2.50 upon entry
$.40 for each additional unit
$.40 per 60 seconds of waiting time
$.50 night surcharge after 8:00PM and prior to 6:00AM
$1.00 Peak Hour Surcharge in effect 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday

New York City Taxi unit of fare is:
One-fifth of a mile, when the taxicab is traveling at 6 miles per hour or more or 120 seconds (at a rate of twenty cents per minute), when the taxicab is not in motion or is traveling at less than 6 miles per hour.

Click here for more information on taking a taxi in New York City

Driving directions from John F Kennedy International Airport to Manhattan

• Head southeast on Terminal 1 toward JFK International Airport
• Take the ramp onto JFK EXPY
• Merge onto I-678 N / Van Wyck EXPY toward Airport Exit / Return to Terminals / Long Term Parking / Rental Car Returns
• Merge onto Grand Central PKWY via Exit 10 on the left toward La Guardia Airport / Triboro Bridge
• Take the I-495 / Long Island EXPY exit 10E-W, toward Eastern Long Island / Manhattan
• Merge onto I-495 W / Long Island EXPY via Exit 10W on the left
• Merge onto I-278 W / Brooklyn Queens EXPY via Exit 17W toward Brooklyn
• Take Exit 32A on the Left toward Williamsburg Bridge
• Turn slight right onto Williamsburg Bridge
• Cross the bridge into Manhattan

AirTrain JFK International Airport

If you're an arriving passenger to Kennedy International Airport, AirTrain is the quick. low cost and eco-firendly way to travel to and from JFK Airport. AirTrain at JFK Airport runs 24 hours a day and provides easy connection to New York city transit subways, buses and the Long Island Rail Road.

AirTrain Fares:

AirTrain is FREE for on-airport travel
$5 with Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard, for connection to the A Train at Howard Beach Station
$5 with Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard, for connection to the E, J, Z, Trains and the Long Island Rail Road at Jamaica Station
Children under 5 yrs of age ride free

Within JFK, AirTrain makes frequent stops at all airline terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttle areas and rental car faclities. AirTrain arrives approximately every 10 minutes, and takes about 2 minutes between stops.

Download AirTrain JFK Map
AirTrain JFK FAQ
Download AirTrain JFK Brochure

Howard Beach Route

This route begins and ends at Howard Beach Station with stops at Lefferts Boulevard, Federal Circle and all passenger terminals.

The following connections are available at the Howard Beach Station:
NYC Subway: A Train
NYCT Bus: Q11
Long-Term Parking
JFK Airport

Jamaica Station Route

This route begins and ends at Jamaica Station with stops at Federal Circle and all passenger terminals.

The following connections are available at Jamaica Station
NYC Subway: E, J and Z trains at Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station
LIRR: Jamaica Station
NYC Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20A/B, Q24, Q25, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q43, Q44, Q54, Q56, Q60, Q65

Driving directions to JFK International Airport

By Road
The Van Wyck and JFK Expressways lead right into the Central Terminal Area of JFK International Airport. Color-coded signs on both expressways provide information for the appropriate parking areas for each terminal.

From Manhattan
Take the Belt Parkway East to exit 19. Travel on the Van Wyck Expressway (678) to the airport exit.

From Eastern Long Island
Take the Belt Parkway West to exit 20. Take the JFK Expressway into the airport.

From New Jersey
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to exit 14C (Holland Tunnel). Travel south on West Street. Take West Street to the Belt Parkway.

From Upstate New York
Take 87 South. Exit at 278 East. Take 278 East to 495 East. Exit from 495 East onto Van Wyck Expressway.

Take 95 South. Exit at 678 South. 678 South becomes the Van Wyck Expressway.

Connecting within JFK
When connecting within JFK or Newark, use AirTrain.
AirTrain makes frequent stops around the airport — including the airline terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttle areas and rental car facilities. What's more, every AirTrain ride around the airport is free.

Connecting from one New York Airport to another

JFK to LaGuardia

Service Contact Travel Time
ETS Air Shuttle (718) 221-5341 45-60 minutes
All County Express (800) 914-4223 45-60 minutes
NYC Airporter (718) 777-5111
45-60 minutes
Taxi (metered) Go to Uniformed Taxi Dispatcher 30 minutes
Private Limousine/Van Service Go to Welcome Center in Baggage Claim Area 30 minutes


JFK to Newark Liberty

Service Contact Travel Time
State Shuttle (800) 427-3207 or (973) 729-0030 90 minutes
AirTrain JFK and mass transit (877) JFK-AIRTrain (535-2478) Travel times vary
ETS Air Shuttle (718) 221-5341
60 minutes
Taxi (metered) Go to Uniformed Taxi Dispatcher 75 - 90 minutes
Private Limousine/Van Service **Ground Transportation Information Counter 75-90 minutes

** Ground Transportation Information Counter is in the Baggage Claim Area

Places to store your baggage at JFK airport
There are two places at JFK where baggage can be stored:
Terminal 1, Arrivals, 1st Floor near Alitalia & Olympic Airlines, open 7am to 11pm, (718) 751-2947
Terminal 4, Arrivals, 1st Floor, open 24 hours, (718) 751-4020

The cost for both locations is $4 to $16 per day, depending on size of luggage.

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