Which New York airport to choose between JFK, LaGuardia, Newark and how to reach Manhattan?

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy International: the huge New York airport

I advise you to book directly online. This way, your driver will be waiting for you as soon as you get off your plane and you won't have to wait. To learn more, you can check out my full article here.



The AirTrain JFK, the most economical option

In operation since 2003, the AirTrain is a train connecting the airport to the city's metro and bus network, and only costing $ 5. In addition, it ensures a free connection between different terminals.

It is therefore an option economical and practical, since it will prevent you from potential traffic jams if you travel during peak hours.

Also, for having already taken it, I can assure you that it is clean and nice.

Once you have joined the bus or metro network, you will buy your ticket for the normal price of $ 2,75, unless you have the MetroCard, of course. Also, you can reach Midtown by taking the E line at Jamaica Station. If you want to travel to southern Manhattan or Brooklyn instead, take Line A at Howard Beach Station.

Taxi, for a comfortable journey

If your suitcases are heavy due to New York shopping, or you just prefer a comfortable commute, then opt for a taxi.



If you get to JFK, you can find many taxis at the exit of the airport. And then, if you're in Manhattan and want to get to the airport, raise your hand to flag one down!

Finally, note that the ride will cost you around $ 50, to which you will owe add 15 to 20% tip as well as the price of tolls. So avoid if your budget is limited!

La Guardia Airport: New York's small airport

Smaller, New York's La Guardia Airport (LGA) is located in the Queens district as well, and has only 4 terminals.

It primarily serves domestic flights as well as a few to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Bahamas. In particular, you will find the airlines US Airways and American Airlines.

As with JFK Airport, you can also choose between taking a taxi or the NYC Airporter bus to get to La Guardia.

Connect to La Guardia airport by shuttle

The Go Airlink NYC shuttle will provide a connection to Grand Central station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station and Bryant Park. Guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle from Grand Central and Bryant Park stops. The latter can take you between 23rd and 63rd Street.

City buses and the NYC Airporter

However, be aware that'' there is no metro connecting the city to LaGuardia Airport. You can choose to take a bus (the M60 or Q70) which connects the airport to certain metro lines. That said, I advise you to opt for the Go Airlink NYC or a taxi if there are more of you. It will be easier, especially if you are not used to New York.



Taxi: an affordable option

Add to that the tip and the tolls which will be at your expense. Taking a taxi is also possible to get to or from LaGuardia Airport. Note that the race will beabout $ 30 only, to get to downtown Manhattan.

That said, it's still an affordable option, and will ensure you a pleasant journey. And then, who knows, your driver might have some fun New York anecdotes to tell you!

Finally, keep in mind that these options offer random travel times, depending on traffic. So plan accordingly and go ahead!

Newark International Airport

Finally, west of New York City and the Hudson River is its Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). It is the oldest New York airport still in use.

There you will find many international companies like Air France, China Airlines, Aer Lingus and many others.

AirTrain and Amtrack trains

Newark Airport also has theAirTrain, thus making it possible to reach the urban bus and metro networks for $ 5. It also offers connections between terminals, car parks and car rental agencies. Rather practical and economical!

Then the train Amtrak is also an option, as it connects the airport to Manhattan's Penn Station.

Buses: NJ Transit and Newark Airport Express

If you prefer to take the bus, you have two main options for getting between the airport and Manhattan: the NJ Transit and the Newark Airport Express Bus.



Le NJ Transit, just like the Amtrak, will bring you to Manhattan, at Penn Station, located on 34th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. The good plan: the trip is free for children under 11.

As for him, the Newark Airport Express Bus will cost you $ 28 for a round trip, or $ 16 for a one-way trip. The bus will take you to Bryant Park, Port Authority as well as Grand Central Station. Be careful though: the Newark Airport Express Bus only stops terminals A, B and C.

Finally, for the options mentioned above, count Approximatly one hour between Manhattan and Newark Airport.

Taxi: high prices

Regarding Newark airport, the taxi is the option that I not recommended. Indeed, you will not find any yellow taxi there since it is located in another state, New Jersey. The price will therefore be much higher!

The local company, Newark Liberty Taxi, will charge you around $ 50 to get to lower Manhattan, and up to $ 70 if you go to the Bronx. In addition, you can add to these amounts the tip, tolls, a tax of 5 dollars to get to the east of New York, another of the same amount if it is a peak period, and even $ 5,5 per credit card payment. It is therefore not uncommon to exceed the all-inclusive $ 100 (fare + tolls + tax + tip) to reach Manhattan. What to complete your wallet.

You will have understood, the taxi from or to Newark airport is to forbid !

And UBER: is it an interesting solution to reach the city from the airport?

Created in 2009, UBER is a private driver service. In New York, there are a lot of UBER cars, which is very practical. The price of the race depends on the kilometers traveled et the type of vehicle ordered. To get an idea of ​​the price of the race, do not hesitate to do a simulation directly on the site.

Use UBER to reach your eastern destination very practical and advantageous :

  • The service is easy to use : after downloading the application on your mobile, all you have to do is enter the information relating to your race.
  • Waiting times are reasonable and if the driver is late, he will let you know.
  • Vehicles are clean and bottled water are often offered to passengers.

To learn more about this option, click on the following link to find out more about how UBER works in New York.

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