I wanted to share how I get to the JFK airport from Manhattan. I think that living here in NYC has been an amazing way for me to go through the mistakes and accidents of traveling in and out of the city. Let’s get started!
Now, for me, this is the best way to get to the airport without having to transfer a million times (especially with carry-ons or checked bags). This is also the best way to save money if you don’t want to pay for a Lyft. From my apartment to JFK, a Lyft costs approximately $60. Before moving here, I definitely took a cab wherever I was internationally. Now, I will definitely be looking for the cheapest option. So, from Manhattan to JFK, take the A train (blue) to Far Rockaway. It is extremely important that Far Rockaway is the last stop. You can easily ask an MTA attendant who pops their head out the windows when the train stops. I also recommend getting on Google Maps and looking at the directions and set the time that you are planning on departing to find out when that A train is arriving, they are pretty accurate on the minute.
Stay on the A train until you get to Howard Street Station where you will get off the train and go upstairs to the AirTrain. The AirTrain is $5 each way. So, in total $10. I think that is a pretty great deal, if you ask me. You can use a pay-as-you-go metro card or a refillable one. If you are like me and have an unlimited metro pass, this will not work and you will have to buy a refillable metro card.
Once you pay for the AirTrain, go on your way to get on the AirTrain and go to your terminal. I am basing the following on Terminal 2. Upon arriving to my terminal, I went downstairs and exited the building. There were signs that directed me easily to the terminal. I definitely do not recommend paying for someone to take you from the AirTrain to the terminal, it is not far away (at least terminal 2).
I hope that this was helpful. JFK was definitely the easy to get to. I will say that the only problem is that the station I went to did have a mix of stairs and escalators so it was a little difficult to lift upstairs.
Let me know if you have any questions. Talk soon!