Getting to the Airports

New York City is home to three major airports: JFK, LGA (LaGuardia) and EWR (Newark, NJ) which gives you lots of options for carriers and destinations. A great benefit to living in the city if you’re a budget airfare shopper.

Getting to the airports can cause a challenge though, depending on how you want to get there. Here’s what you should know if you’re planning to travel to or from these three major hubs:

Taxi or Uber/Lyft

If you want to take an Uber or Lyft to the airport you can—but you can’t take one back. For that, you’ll need to take a taxi. Expect to pay between $45 to $60 depending on where you’re going or coming from. Remember, you’ll likely also be responsible for tolls and other road charges the driver incurs. This may be the easiest route to take when it comes to navigating your trip but it may not be the quickest depending on traffic. Be sure to consider what time of the day you need to make the trip because rush hour could mean long delays.

Public Transit

Each airport is different when it comes to public transit options. Much cheaper than taking a cab or a hired car, it can be a great way to save some money and shave hours off of your commute time.


You can take the A train from Manhattan towards Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park only. You’ll want to get off at Howard Beach where you can catch the AirTran which will take you to any of the terminals you’ll need. In Brooklyn, you’ll want to catch the E, J, or Z train and get off at Sutphin Blvd. You can also take the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to Sutphin Blvd as well. If you’re heading back from JFK to Manhattan, the LIRR is a great option. Pick it up at Sutphin Blvd from the AirTrain and it will get you into Penn Station in Manhattan in around 35 mins. The ride is better but it’s a little pricer than the subway.


Getting to and from LGA via public transit is a bit more challenging than getting to JFK or EWR. Your two options are the M60 bus which leaves from all of the terminals at LGA and takes you right to 125th Street in Manhattan. From there, you can get a transfer to the 1, 2 3, 4, 5, or 6 trains along with the A, C, and D trains completely free. You can also take the Q busses from the terminals which get you to the N, Q, R, E, and F lines.


EWR is one of the easiest airports to travel to using public transit. The NJT (New Jersey Transit) comes and goes from Penn Station in Manhattan and takes you directly to the airport. Once there, you hop on the EWR AirTran which will take you to any terminal in the airport.