Best Affordable Airport Transfers

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Courtesy of The Port Authority of NY & NJ

Skip the sky-high cab fares from the airport by using these smart—and less expensive—alternatives.

New York (JFK)

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Best Taxi Alternative: New York Airport Service bus to Grand Central, Penn Station, or Port Authority.

Fare: $15 (one child free with each paid adult).

Time to Midtown: 60 minutes to Grand Central Terminal.

Drawback: Departures only every 30 minutes.

Taxi Facts: $45 flat rate, plus tolls, for the 17-mile, 35-minute ride to midtown Manhattan.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling with two other adults, the cab fare is competitive. Otherwise, the bus is the way to go. Another alternative that some New Yorkers swear by: the AirTrain JFK. You must take the luggage-unfriendly subway to the AirTrain station, where you make a connection to the airport train. The price is $7.25, including the subway fare, for the 50–65 minute ride.

Best Affordable Airport Transfers

New York (JFK)

Best Taxi Alternative: New York Airport Service bus to Grand Central, Penn Station, or Port Authority.

Fare: $15 (one child free with each paid adult).

Time to Midtown: 60 minutes to Grand Central Terminal.

Drawback: Departures only every 30 minutes.

Taxi Facts: $45 flat rate, plus tolls, for the 17-mile, 35-minute ride to midtown Manhattan.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling with two other adults, the cab fare is competitive. Otherwise, the bus is the way to go. Another alternative that some New Yorkers swear by: the AirTrain JFK. You must take the luggage-unfriendly subway to the AirTrain station, where you make a connection to the airport train. The price is $7.25, including the subway fare, for the 50–65 minute ride.

Courtesy of The Port Authority of NY & NJ
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