New York airport shuttle: Go Airlink, the best option
What is the Go Airlink shuttle?
The shuttle connecting New York airports to midtown Manhattan is the Go Airlink Shuttle. This is a sort of mini-bus, or van, as shown in the photo below.
It is very practical whether you are traveling alone or in a group of several people. It is available from all New York airports. However, it is imperative to book it in advance on the internet. To do this, go to the official Go Air Link Shuttle website, by clicking here. The site is in English but I have prepared a detailed tutorial with screenshots just below. You just have to follow the instructions to book.
The Go Airlink shuttle is actually a shared shuttle, which can accommodate up to 9 guests ! Just like a taxi, the shuttle will drop you off in front of your hotel. The only differences that exist with the taxi is that you share the shuttle with other people and, therefore, the price is much cheaper.
It is therefore an option to consider if there are several of you. Indeed, it is always a little more complicated to take the metro when you are in a group, especially when you have several pieces of luggage. So, to avoid losing your friends or your children in the middle of the New York subway (or having to struggle with your luggage during rush hour), I advise you to opt for the Go Airlink shuttle!
How much does a ticket for the Go Airlink shuttle cost?
A ticket for the Go Airlink Shuttle will cost you approximately 21 dollars per adult. Whether the shuttle is full or not, the price remains the same. It is therefore much more advantageous than the $ 80 that a taxi costs. And as I said above, it is much more practical than the metro.
In addition, note that the price of your shuttle ticket includes two bags, then no need to restrict yourself!
Like I said above, I recommend that you do this in advance by booking your Go Airlink Shuttle tickets now. Either way, to reserve one or more seats in the shuttle, you have to go through the official Go Airlink website, available by clicking here.
Now let's see how to book your ticket, through this little tutorial.
How to book your shuttle from the airport on the Go Airlink website?
Here is an essential question! To help you, here is a little tutorial that will be of great help when booking your Go Airlink shuttle. As you will see, booking online is very easy.
For this tutorial, here is the information provided (as an example):
- A reservation for 2 people.
- 2 suitcases in total.
- Arrival at JFK on April 10, 2017 at 20:30 p.m. and departure on April 17, 2017 at 19:30 p.m.
- Hotel address: Warwick New York located at 65 West 54th street New York, NY 10019.
- Round trip shuttle.
The steps to follow to book a shuttle
Step 1 : Go to the home page of the Go Airlink NYC website.
Step 2 : To reserve, you will have to look at the small insert below then click first, in the “Pick Me Up From” box.
Step 3 : The window below opens and asks you to fill in the information required for your transfer.
In my example, I arrive at JFK airport. So I click first, on "Airports and Terminals" and choose "JFK Airport".
Please note: if you want to travel from Manhattan -> airport, you will have to choose the “Hotels” section so that the shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation address.
Step 4 : Then click on "Drop Me Off At" (which means "drop me at").
The window below opens. In our example, we want to be dropped off at our hotel. We therefore click on the “Hotels” field.
Step 5 : Enter the name of your hotel. In our example, the Warwick Hotel is offered. We select it.
Note: if you are staying in an apartment, click on "your address". You will be able to specify precisely the address to which you deposit.
Step 6 : Once these two pieces of information are indicated, click on "Check availibility" (which means Check availability).
Step 7 : Fill in the details of your flight.
The "Round Trip On" button activated (set by default), means that you choose the "round trip" option. If you only want a one-way trip, you will need to select the “Round Trip Off” button.
Once the option has been chosen, fill in the information concerning your flight:
- Flight Arrival Date: the day your flight arrives in New York
- Hour / Minutes: hour and minutes of your flight arrival (note: am = morning and pm = afternoon).
- Flight Departure Date: the day of departure of your flight.
- Hour / minutes: hour and minutes of your flight departure.
- Adults: number of adults to transport.
- Infants under 3: number of children under 3 to be transported.
- Please select one: "Domestic" (flights within the United States), "International" (flights outside the USA). For our example, we have selected this second option and it is the one you must choose if you are arriving from France.
Once this information has been entered, click on "Continue Booking".
Step 8 : You arrive on the page dedicated to the reservation of the vehicle:
- Shared Ride Shuttle is a shared shuttle between 9 people. This is the most classic and cheapest option where you share the vehicle with other people (the shuttle will drop you off in front of your hotel or apartment)
- Sedan can hold 3 people.
- SUV can carry a maximum of 3 people.
- Private Exclusive Van is a private van that can transport 11 people.
As soon as the vehicle is selected, click on "Select".
Note: you will have to choose your vehicle for the outward and return journey.
Step 9 : You arrive on a summary page. If all the information is correct, click on "Continue".
Step 10 : On this page, you have the time at which the driver will pick you up at the airport (“Pick Up”) and the approximate time he will drop you off at your destination (“Estimated Drop-Off”). Once you have selected the time, click on the “Select” button.
Step 11 : A summary page then appears on your screen. Check the information and if it is correct, click on "Continue".
Step 12 : Finalize your reservation by filling in all the requested fields. Your details will have to be indicated for payment and invoicing.
It's over for this tutorial, now let's see how to get to the shuttle once you have collected your luggage at the airport.
How to take the shuttle from the airport?
Upon arrival at the airport, and after clearing customs and collecting your luggage, try to look for the “Ground Transportation” signs. Then follow them, which will take you to the place where you can board the shuttle.
There is a counter on site which you will need to go to. If you have already purchased your tickets online (which I strongly recommend), all you have to do is present your confirmation email, which you have printed out, or which you will have on your mobile. You will then be printed with your real ticket, which will allow you to board the shuttle.
Once your ticket is in your pocket, simply wait for your shuttle, which will be announced to you by one of the Go Airlink Shuttle staff.
The good thing is that the staff usually try to group passengers into quarters. So this means that there is a good chance that you will not make countless stops around the city!
Once properly installed, enjoy the path and open your eyes wide! Because in the end, it is indeed a little tour of the city that you are going to do, and it is rather pleasant! You will be able to see several monuments or sites of attractions, and get your bearings a little better.
Buying tickets for the Go Airlink shuttle: in summary
As you can see, the Go Airlink shuttle is an optimal solution for traveling between downtown Manhattan and one of the city's three airports. Also, to book your tickets online, go to this link.
Enter your information
Once on the company's website, you must enter your arrival airport (pick up) as well as the hotel or address at which you will reside during your stay in New York (drop off). You will then be asked if you want a one-way or a round-trip. In case you choose a round trip, you will be asked for your return flight information, so that you can arrange a shuttle in advance.
Choose your vehicle
Then, you can choose the type of vehicle you want to have. Thus, you can travel in a 4 × 4, a van shared with other people, a private van, a mini-limousine and many more options. Finally, you will have to choose the time at which you want the shuttle to pick you up, and you will only have to validate everything!
You will then arrive on a page summarizing all your journeys, which you will have to confirm. You will then access the payment page, where you will need to enter your bank details and other personal information.
Print your coupons
And here it is, it is that simple! Once you have completed these few steps, two coupons will be sent to you by e-mail. These will be exchanged for return flights. Don't forget to print them, it will be more practical!
So, are you ready to discover New York and the wonders this city has to offer? Do not hesitate to consult my other articles concerning the various airports of New York and the other means of transport offered.
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