Visiting New York By Plane
Air travel is a flexible and convenient way for jetsetters from across the country and around the world to make their way to New York. To get you ready for departure, we’ve pulled together this handy list covering the three major New York City-area airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia National Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), as well as smaller nearby airports like White Plains, Teterboro and Stewart. All are accessible by bus, train or taxi, and JFK by subway.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Located in Jamaica, Queens, Kennedy Airport is home to over 90 airlines, both domestic and international. Just 15 miles from Midtown, Manhattan, you have the choice of taking the JFK AirTrain, Long Island Railroad (LIRR), subway, shuttle bus, or taxi.
AirTrain: $5.00 for adults and free for children under five, the JFK AirTrain connects to the LIRR and subway. AirTrain also offers free service between different points in the airport.
LIRR: $5.75 to $8.00 for adults and free for children under five, the LIRR brings passengers from Jamaica, Queens to Penn Station in 22 minutes.
Subway: $2.25 per ride, board the A train at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport station or the E, J or Z trains at Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK Airport station, for travel to Midtown Manhattan in just over an hour.
Shuttle Bus: Pay as low as $12.00 when riding Go Airlink NYC from JFK to Grand Central Terminal.
Taxi: $45.00 standard fare (plus tolls) to Midtown Manhattan in under an hour.
LaGuardia National Airport (LGA)
Located in Jackson Heights, Queens, LaGuardia Airport houses over 20 airlines, mostly domestic, but with service to Canada and the Caribbean. Just eight miles from Midtown Manhattan, you can get to the city by bus, shuttle bus, taxi or rental car.
Bus: $2.25 per ride, the M60 bus brings you from LGA to 106st St. and Broadway in Manhattan in just under an hour.
Shuttle Bus: Pay as low as $12.00 when riding Go Airlink NYC from LGA to Grand Central Station. Pay as low as $10.00 when riding New York Airport Services.
Taxi: $24.00 to $28.00 (plus tolls), to Midtown Manhattan in just 20 minutes.
Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National (company rates may vary).
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Located across the Hudson River from New York City, Newark Airport houses over 30 airlines, both domestic and international. The airport is just 16 miles from Midtown Manhattan, accessed by Newark AirTrain, shuttle bus, taxi, or rental car.
AirTrain: $5.50 for adults and free for children under five, the Newark AirTrain connects to NJ Transit and Amtrak. AirTrain also offers free service between different points in the airport.
Shuttle Bus: Pay as low as $12.00 when riding Go Airlink NYC from EWR to Grand Central Station. Pay $16.00 flat when riding Olympia Airport Express to Grand Central Station or Port Authority.
Taxi: $50.00 to $75.00 (plus tolls), to Midtown, Manhattan in just under an hour.
Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and National (company rates may vary).
White Plains Airport (HPN)
Located in Westchester County, White Plain Airport is the home of eight domestic airlines with non-stop service to 10 major US cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Lebanon, Martha’s Vineyard, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa, Washington, DC and West Palm Beach. HPN is 33 miles from the New York City border, and can be reached via the Westchester Bee-Line Bus System, Metro North rail or by private taxi or limousine service.
Bee-Line System: $7.50 per ride, take the express BxM4C bus to Midtown, Manhattan.
Metro North: For as low as $7.75, travel to Grand Central Terminal in about 40 minutes.
Taxi or Limousine Service: Prices will vary depending on the company, but typically will cost between $70–100 to get to Midtown, Manhattan in just under an hour.
Teterboro Airport (TEB)
Located in Bergen County, Teterboro is New Jersey’s oldest airport, and a landing point for five domestic airlines, as well as private planes. Just 12 miles from Midtown, Manhattan, you have the choice of taking NJ Transit or a taxi.
NJ Transit: $2.80, take the 144 bus to Port Authority in just over an hour.
Taxi: $36.00 to $45.00 (plus tolls) to Midtown, Manhattan in about half an hour.
Stewart International Airport (SWF)
Stewart is located in New Windsor, NY and houses three domestic airlines. It’s 60 miles north of New York City and accessible by a bus to a connecting train in upstate Dutchess County. Otherwise, rent a car.
Leprechaun Lines: $29.00 per ride, passengers can take a Leprechaun Lines bus from SWF to the Metro North in Beacon.
Metro North: For as low as $6.75, travel to Grand Central Terminal in an hour and a half.
Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz (company rates may vary).