JFK to New York City Travel Information

Cheapest Way Public Transit — $5
Fastest Way Rideshare — 25min
Eco-Friendly Way Public Transit — 3 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — rideshare, shuttle, public transit and by car
Distance 13 miles
Travel Companies Metropolitan Transportation Authority, AirTrain JFK, Lyft, Uber
Rideshare
$15 · 25min · 5 lb of CO2
JFK to New York City
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JFK airport rideshare

Rideshare is available at JFK John F Kennedy Intl. Lyft and Uber will pick you up at JFK and take you all the way to New York City. There are multiple options available. Unlike a shuttle at JFK, these rideshares generally have a lower price per traveler and some airports have additional airport fees.
Shuttle
$29 · 25min · 5 lb of CO2
JFK to New York City
Public Transit
$5 · 43min · 4 lb of CO2
Terminal 4 to City Hall (R)
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Public Transit from JFK airport

It's very common to take public transportation from JFK to New York City. 4 public transportation providers, including AirTrain JFK, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, can help take you to your destination.

Starting at JFK, you can hop on at Terminal 4 and ride all the way to City Hall (R), Chambers Street (JZ).

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Drive
$2 · 19min · 4 lb of CO2
JFK to New York City

Drive from JFK airport

It's 13 miles between JFK to New York City. On a typical day, it might take between 19min and 20min from JFK to New York City under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 21min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to New York City by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $2.

What is the best way to travel from JFK to New York City?

The are 5 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from JFK to New York City. Rideshares are always on demand but are subject to surge pricing. Book when you need them!

When to book trip from JFK to New York City?

Heading to New York City? There is usually no need to book these sort of trips from JFK to New York City in advance. Rideshares should be available on demand all hours of the day. Public transportation prices do not fluctuate like flights. Instead, they're either flat rate or priced by distance traveled. If possible, you can book your tickets via an app or alternatively at the station upon arrival. You're in luck because Lyft or Uber are available at JFK. They are usually available on demand and should be available within 15 minutes of ordering. Since public transportation is available, you might be able to take this mode instead. This should help remediate any issues related to traffic and will be cheaper. Shuttle service may be available as well. If you're traveling with a large group, you should probably take a shuttle as it will reduce the price per person. With this option, you'll want to book as soon as possible to allow the shuttle service enough time to coordinate your pickup and dropoff. Our advice is once you pickup your bags, order your rideshare then. While you walk to the pickup point at JFK, John F Kennedy Intl, New York, United States, your rideshare will be meeting you there, bumping you up in the queue. If you're arriving at peak rideshare hours (during commute hours or weekend evenings), you may experience surge pricing.

What's the cheapest way from JFK to New York City?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from JFK to New York City is by public transit. The public transit costs $5 roughly and will take 48 minutes.

Does the Metropolitan Transportation Authority pick up at the airport?

Yes or Metropolitan Transportation Authority picks up at the airport. Metropolitan Transportation Authority will take you to the City Hall (R) stop in New York City. The train takes 48 minutes and costs roughly $5. You can take the train from the JFK New York airport to the City Hall (R).

How much is Lyft or Uber from JFK New York to New York City?

Lyft or Uber operate out of JFK New York. The airport is working directly with Lyft or Uber to manage the pickup process at JFK. Once picked up or the trip should take 25min and will cost roughly $15.

How long does it take from JFK to New York City by car?

The total distance between JFK and New York City is 13 miles and will take you about 19 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $2.

Travel companies on this route

Public Transit
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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Public Transit
AirTrain JFK
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Rideshare
Lyft
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Uber