JFK Airport Bus

If you’re looking to save some money on your next trip to New York City, taking the JFK Airport bus may be a good option for you. There are several buses that run from the JFK airport terminals to different parts of NYC boroughs such as Manhattan and Grand Central Station and New Jersey, so finding one that fits your needs shouldn’t be too difficult.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the different JFK Airport bus options available, as well as their pros and cons, to help you make the best decision for your next trip.

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Can you take a bus from JFK Airport instead of taxi?

Yes, there are several bus companies that offer service from JFK Airport to Manhattan and other NYC boroughs. Bus service is typically cheaper than taking a taxi or ride-sharing service, but it may take longer to get to your destination depending on traffic conditions.

I once found myself on a bus for about 40 minutes longer than it would have taken me using an uber from JFK Terminal 5. If you’re in a rush, taking a bus may not be the best option.

A typical JFK Airport bus will take you from the airport to Grand Central Station, Port Authority, or another major transit hub in Manhattan. From there, you can either take public transportation or a taxi/ride-sharing service to your final destination.

The biggest benefit to taking a bus is that you reduce your own carbon footprint -if that’s of interest to you or conscious about the environment- by not taking a car or taxi.

Which bus goes from JFK to Manhattan?

There are several buses that go from JFK Airport to Manhattan, including the following:

-Express Bus

-AirTrain JFK

-JFK Airport Shuttle Bus

-NYC Airporter


JFK Express Bus

The Express Bus is the fastest option, but it’s also the most expensive. If you’re looking to get to Manhattan as quickly as possible, this is the bus for you. The Express Bus takes about 45 minutes to get from JFK to Grand Central Station, and it runs every 20-30 minutes.

Express Bus is the official shuttle bus for all New York airports that including LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark, although Newark is technically in New Jersey. The shuttle bus links John F. Kennedy Airport with Manhattan, La Guardia Airport, and Newark Airport. They operate every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A one-way ticket from JFK to Manhattan costs around $35 USD.

JFK AirTrain

The AirTrain JFK is a good option if you’re looking for a cheaper ride. This is a train service that runs from JFK Airport to Jamaica Station, where you can transfer to the NYC subway system. The AirTrain is faster than a bus, but it costs $7.75 per ride (plus any subway fare), so it may not be the best option if you’re looking to save money.

The AirTrain JFK is a people mover and airport rail link that connects John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City with Forest Hills, Queens. The driverless system comprises of three lines and ten stations in Queens’ New York City borough. It connects to the NYC Express bus service, which runs between the airport and various locations in Manhattan. Below is an image of the Airtrain JFK from Wikipedia.

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JFK Airport Shuttle Bus

ogo Charters offers an airport shuttle bus service that goes from JFK to Manhattan for a flat rate of $37 per person. The shuttle bus makes several stops in Manhattan, so you can get off at the closest stop to your final destination. The Shuttle Bus takes about 60 minutes to get from JFK to Manhattan, depending on traffic conditions.

JFK to LaGuardia Bus

ServiceContactTravel Time
ETS Air Shuttle(718) 221-534145-60 minutes
All County Express(800) 914-422345-60 minutes
NYC Airporter(718) 777-511145-60 minutes
Taxi (metered)Go to Uniformed Taxi Dispatcher30 minutes
Private Limousine/Van ServiceGo to Welcome Center in Airport Baggage Claim Area30 minutes