AirTrain JFK

The subway or the MTA Long Island Rail Road plus AirTrain JFK is a fast, economical way to get to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The alternative to driving to JFK — 365 days a year, 24 hours a day

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AirTrain JFK, in Queens, takes you directly to Kennedy International Airport from Howard Beach and Jamaica stations.

From the Subway A Line:

Take the A to the Howard Beach JFK Airport station in Queens. The A train stops at Howard Beach every 5–10 minutes (rush hours) or every 15–20 minutes (evenings, weekends). AirTrain JFK stops at Howard Beach every 5–10 minutes all day. It's about a 10 minute ride from the station to the airport. Note: Most subway lines connect to the A. Be sure to take the A train headed to "Far Rockaway," NOT to "Lefferts Boulevard."

From the Subway E, J, and Z Lines:

Take the E, J, or Z train to the Sutphin Blvd Archer Av JFK Airport station in Jamaica, Queens. All trains stop at Sutphin Blvd where you connect to the JFK AirTrain. E, J, and Z trains run every 5–10 minutes (rush hours) or 8–12 (evenings, weekends). The AirTrain stops every 5-10 minutes. It's about 10 minutes from the station to the airport.

From the Long Island Rail Road:

Take the LIRR to Jamaica Station and transfer to the AirTrain JFK. The AirTrain goes to the airport from the station every 4–12 minutes. The trip takes about 10 minutes. You can get to the AirTrain JFK from this LIRR hub by escalators, elevators, people movers, and an overhead mezzanine bridge. Note: On weekends, you can save by using an LIRR CityTicket to Jamaica station for just $4.50.

Fares and Travel Times

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Fares

  • One Way fare: $7.75 for travel to and from JFK via AirTrain, as you enter or exit the system.
  • Children, under 5: Free

Pay fare with a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard ONLY, at either the Sutphin Blvd or Howard Beach station (unlimited ride cards are not accepted for AirTrain). Be sure you add additional money to your Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard to cover the cost for the subway and the AirTrain. There are Metrocard machines located at both Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations.

Sample Trips

JFK Airport to/from City by Subway
 E at 53 St/Lex Av station via Jamaica  $2.75 subway + $7.75 AirTrain fare 50 min.
 A at Fulton St station via Howard Beach  $2.75 subway + $7.75 AirTrain fare 1 hr. 5 min.
 E at West 4 St station via Jamaica  $2.75 subway + $7.75 AirTrain fare 1 hr. 5 min.
 A at Jay St station via Howard Beach  $2.75 subway + $7.75 AirTrain fare 55 min.
JFK Airport to/from City by LIRR
 Penn Station to Jamaica via LIRR express train  $10.75 peak time LIRR fare + $7.75 AirTrain fare 35 min.
 Penn Station to Jamaica via LIRR train  $7.75 off-peak time LIRR fare + $7.75 AirTrain fare 35 min.
 Penn Station to Jamaica (Weekends)  $4.50 CityTicket* LIRR fare + $7.75 AirTrain fare 35 min.

*See details and restrictions under LIRR CityTicket.

Accessible and Comfortable Travel

All AirTrain trains and stations are ADA compliant, with every station designed to ensure the convenient boarding of riders with mobility challenges. AirTrain stations are fully enclosed, heated in winter, and air conditioned in summer. They feature wide escalators and glass enclosed elevators. At the airport, moving walkways take you and your luggage to any one of nine connecting airline terminals.

For customers with hearing loss, there are visual signs on the train and in the stations. For the visually impaired, there are destination announcements on board the train.

For more AirTrain JFK information, call 877-JFK-AirTrain (877-535-2478) or visit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website.