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How to take public transportation from JFK to NYC

by Captain G on Feb.18, 2009, under Business Travel, Vacation



A follow up to my post highlighting issues with public transportation from JFK to NYC, here are step by step instructions to get you to the City from JFK for $7 instead of paying the $45 flat fee + tips on a dirty taxi with a rude taxi driver.

Just follow these instructions and you won’t be lost or intimidated with the process.

If you’re going to Uptown Manhattan:

  1. From any JFK airline terminal, get on the Airtrain that takes you to Sutphin Boulevard. The train will not make any announcements so you’ll need to pay attention. Get off the Airtrain at Sutphin Blvd which is after the Federal Circle stop. Sutphin is also the last stop before the train goes back to JFK.
  2. After you get off the train, walk towards the exit. Right before the turnstiles, you will see a row of Metrocard vending machines. Go to the Metrocard machines and buy a Airtrain + Subway card which costs you $7. There are options to deposit more money in the Metrocard which can be used on NYC buses as well. The $7 card will pay for the $5 Airtrain and leave you $2 for the E train which you will take to get to Uptown/Midtown Manhattan.
  3. Insert your $7 Metrocard into the gate which will open - remember to take your card with you. Walk straight towards the end of the hall and make a left. You’ll see a sign that reads LIRR and Subway (E, J, Z trains).
  4. Walk pass the LIRR boarding area/tracks until you see an elevator at the end of the hall. Take that elevator to level B - the basement.
  5. Get out of the elevator and the NYC subway entrance is to your left. Insert your Metrocard which should still have $2 in value and take the E train towards Manhattan.
  6. Lexington Avenue/53rd Street is the first stop in Manhattan for the E train. You can find your way around the City from there. Here’s a link to the MTA map.
  7. Keep in mind that you can transfer to any train within the MTA system as long as you do not exit the subway station.

If you’re going to Downtown Manhattan:

  1. From any JFK airline terminal, get on the Airtrain that takes you to Howard Beach. The train will not make any announcements so you’ll need to pay attention. Get off the Airtrain at Howard Beach which is two stops after the Federal Circle.
  2. After you get off the train, walk towards the exit where you will see a row of Metrocard vending machines. Go to the Metrocard machines and buy a Airtrain + Subway card which costs you $7 — $5 pays for the Airtrain and the remaining $2 will pay for the A train.
  3. Insert your $7 Metrocard into the gate which will open - remember to take your card with you. Walk straight towards the end of the hall take the elevator or escalator down to the Subway station. You’ll see signs that reads “To A Train.”
  4. After you have reached the ground floor, you will see NYC subway entrance. Insert your Metrocard which should still have $2 in value and take the A train towards Brooklyn/Manhattan.
  5. Broadway-Nassau Street is the first stop in Lower Manhattan for the A train. It is near Wall Street and NYC City Hall. You can find your way around the City from there. Here’s a link to the MTA map.
  6. Keep in mind that you can transfer to any train within the MTA system as long as you do not exit the subway station.

Hope you find these instructions helpful. Have a great time in NYC!

 
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