Since there is no need to rent a car in New York, have to figure out how will youget fromNYC airport to your hotel (and back.)
For complete transportation information for all three NYC airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark), call Air-Ride (tel. 800-247-7433.)
It gives details on bus and shuttle companies and private car services registered with the New York and New Jersey Port Authority.
Online information is available at www.panynj.gov.
Just click on the airport at which youll be arriving.
On the arrivals level at each airport, the Port Authority also has Ground Transportation Information counters where you can get information and book on all manner of transport once you land.
Most transportation companies also have courtesy phones near the baggage-claim area.
Generally, travel time between the airports and Midtown Manhattan by taxi or car is 1 hour for JFK, 45 minutes for LaGuardia, and 50 minutes for Newark.
Always allow extra time, especially during rush hour, peak holiday travel times, and if you will take a bus.
Subways & Public Buses
For the most part, your best choise is to stay away from the MTA when traveling to the airport. You might save a few dollars, but subways that currently serve the airports involve multiple transfers, and youll have to drag your luggage up staircases. On some subways youd be traveling through undesirable neighborhoods. Spare yourself the drama.
The only exception to this rule is the subway service to and from JFK, but you should only consider it if money is extremely tight or youre already well versed in the ways of New York.
Its a huge hassle, and you should expect it to take 90 minutes or more, but you can take the A train, which connects to one of two free shuttle buses that serve all the JFK terminals. Upon exiting the terminal, pick up the shuttle bus (marked long-term parking lot) out front; it takes you to the Howard Beach station, where you pick up the A train to the west side of Manhattan. Service is every 10 to 15 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes at midday, and the subway fare is $1.50. If youre traveling to JFK from Manhattan, be sure to take the A train that says far rockaway or rockaway park - not lefferts boulevard.
Get off at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport station and connect to the shuttle bus, A or B, that goes to your terminal (theyre clearly marked, and theres usually a guide to point you to the right one). The subway can actually be more reliable than taking a car or taxi at the height of rush hour, but a few words of warning: This isnt the right way for you if youre bringing more than a single piece of luggage, since theres a good amount of walking and some stairs involved in the trip, and youll have nowhere to put it on the subway train. And do not use this method if youre traveling to or from the airport after dark, or too early in the morning as its just not safe.