How To Get From JFK Airport To New Jersey

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Transportation Options From JFK Airport To New Jersey

Relax, the trip from JFK Airport to New Jersey is not as difficult as it sounds. If you have any questions, please use the comments section below for the benefit of future readers.

The key to a smooth trip is knowing:

  1. Which travel hub should I go to after leaving JFK Airport?
  2. How do I get to that travel hub from the airport?

Travel hubs include:

  • Port Authority Terminal: 42nd Street & 8th Ave. in Manhattan.
  • Penn Station: 32nd Street & 7th Ave. in Manhattan.
  • 33rd Street PATH train station: Entrance is at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway in Manhattan.
  • Newark Penn Station: Downtown Newark, New Jersey.

How do I know which travel hub is best for me?

Let NJ Transit’s experts tell you. We either use their online Trip Planner tool or we call (973) 275-5555 (press 0 for representative, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. EST, GMT -5).

See Sections 5, 6 & 7 on our New York City Public Transport Resources page for more New Jersey transportation resources.

We prefer calling. Live representatives have insider knowledge about the most efficient routes and the scoop on any service problems. When using Options 1-4, just ask, “How do I get to (my New Jersey destination) from midtown Manhattan?”

If using Option 5, ask, “How do I get to (my NJ destination) from Newark Airport?”

Remember, don’t ask for directions from JFK Airport because NJ Transit does not provide service to JFK.

Option 1: Shuttle To Manhattan, Then Bus/Train To New Jersey

Go Airlink NYC’s 24/7 JFK Airport Transportation and NYC Airporter’s JFK Airport Shuttle both provide great value and eliminate the stress of dragging heavy luggage through unknown territory after a long flight. Once you arrive at your Manhattan travel hub, simply take the appropriate public transportation to your New Jersey destination.

With this option I:

  1. Simply wait for the next Manhattan shuttle by my terminal’s doors after claiming my luggage.
  2. Enjoy door-to-door service from JFK Airport to Manhattan travel hubs.

1a.  With Go Airlink NYC, I will enjoy:

  • Lower prices when I book online (10% discount).
  • 24/7 service. Shuttles every ½ hour.
  • Convenience of waiting inside my terminal during bad/uncomfortable weather.
  • Boarding right outside my terminal’s doors.
  • Service to Penn Station, Port Authority Terminal & 33rd St. PATH station* (see note).
  • Shared shuttle van, private van, private car or Luxury SUV Service.
  • Vehicles seating from 4 to 56 passengers.
  • Service to Bayonne, New Jersey cruise ship terminal.

Cost: Depends on service. See their current JFK Airport Transportation rates.

*If going to 33rd St. PATH station, select Popular Locations (Manhattan) as your drop-off location, then enter the address: 888 6th Ave., New York, NY. This address is directly is across the street from the 33rd St. PATH station.

Total Time To Manhattan: /- 40 minutes to Manhattan (traffic-depending)


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1b.  With NYC Airporter, I will enjoy:

  • Daily service from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., every half hour.
  • Shuttles to Port Authority Terminal or Penn Station. (No service to 33rd St. PATH station, but PATH train is 1 block from Penn Station.)
  • Outlets to charge electronics and free Wi-Fi.
  • Reclining seats.
  • Seasonal discounts.
  • Transfer to Bayonne, New Jersey cruise terminal.
  • Official operator for NYC’s Dept. of Transportation & the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Featured in the newspapers USA Today & Huffington Post.

Cost: See their current JFK Airport Shuttle rates.

Total Time To Manhattan: /- 40 minutes to Manhattan (depends on traffic)

 Option 2: Yellow Taxi To Manhattan, Then Bus/Train To New Jersey

Hop in a yellow taxi from JFK Airport to your Manhattan travel hub. From Manhattan, take a bus/train to New Jersey.

Use our New York City Taxi Fare Calculator for cost estimates.

  • Under “From,” enter JFK Airport.
  • Under “To,” enter either Penn Station or Port Authority Terminal.
  • For the 33rd St. PATH train station, enter: 888 6th Ave., New York, NY (this address is next to PATH station).

Taxi Notes:

  • NYC taxis use an automated system called E-Z to pay tolls. E-Z Pass rates are lower than regular cash rates. It is your right to be charged this lower toll rate.
  • Never use so-called “gypsy cabs.” These outlaw drivers scout for passengers in baggage claim areas, even though it is illegal. They are sometimes uninsured, unlicensed and often overcharge unsuspecting newcomers. Always use a yellow taxi.

Cost: /-$ 65 (flat rate toll your tip [15% tip is standard]) Reminder: this is the cost of the taxi only; add transportation cost from Manhattan to New Jersey.

Time: /- 45 minutes to Manhattan

Option 3: Subway To Manhattan, Then Bus/Train To New Jersey

There are 4 subway lines between JFK Airport and Manhattan. We will discuss just 1; it is the route we would recommend to friends and family.

To access the subway from the airport, however, you must first take an AirTrain. AirTrains run 24-hours and have 2 functions: moving passengers between airport terminals and connecting JFK Airport with NYC’s public transportation.

This NYC subway map is useful. Use the ( ) sign to magnify map. To see JFK Airport and AirTrain routes, click and drag map all the way to the right.

JFK Airport to New Jersey Via Subway in 3 Steps:

Step 1.  Take JFK AirTrain To NYC Subway:

  • Claim luggage on lower level and follow signs to AirTrain, 2 levels above (use elevators).
  • Board AirTrain going to Howard Beach station. AirTrain fee is paid after arriving at Howard Beach.
  • DO NOT BOARD AirTrain going to Jamaica Station.

Step 2.  Take NYC Subway To Manhattan Travel Hub

  • From Howard Beach, take a Manhattan-bound A train.
  • For Port Authority Terminal: Exit the A Train at 42nd St./Port Authority station.
  • For Penn Station: Exit the A Train at 34th St./Penn Station.
  • For 33rd St. PATH train station:

Exit the A Train at 34th St./Penn Station. Exit Penn Station onto 7th Ave. Walk 1 block east along 32nd Street to 6th Ave. PATH station is at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway. It’s an easy walk with light luggage. In bad weather, or if your luggage is heavy, take a cab.

If exiting Penn Station onto 8th Ave., walk to 33rd and make a right. Walk east along 33rd St. for 2 blocks until you reach 6th Ave. Make a right onto 6th Ave. and walk 1 block south to 32nd St.

Step 3.  Take Public Transportation From Manhattan To New Jersey

  • From your Manhattan travel hub, take public transportation to New Jersey.
  • Cost, time, mode of transportation, etc. all depend on your destination. Contact NJ Transit for specifics.

Cost: $7.50 for AirTrain/subway cost of transportation to NJ ($7.50= $5 AirTrain $2.50 subway– add $1 if you do not already have a Metro Card).

Time: /- 45 minutes to Manhattan (traffic-depending)

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Immigration & Customs let you into the country. Now how do you get to New Jersey? Review the 5 options below and select the best one for you.

Option 4: LIRR  To Manhattan, Then Train/Bus To New Jersey

The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) links NYC with Long Island. LIRR trains are commuter trains, not subways. Compared to subways, LIRR trains are cleaner, quicker, more comfortable and safer.

JFK Airport To New Jersey Via Long Island Railroad in 3 Steps:

Step 1: Take JFK AirTrain To LIRR Station

  • Claim your luggage on JFK’s ground level, then follow signs to AirTrain 2 levels up.
  • Board AirTrain going to Jamaica Station. AirTrain fee is paid upon arrival at Jamaica Station.
  • DO NOT BOARD AirTrain going to Howard Beach.
  • You will pay for AirTrain upon arrival at Jamaica Station.

Step 2: Take LIRR Train To Penn Station

  • Arrive at Jamaica Station & pay AirTrain. Go through turnstile.
  • On the left you will see a short walkway, on the right you’ll see escalators/stairs.
  • Walk toward the walkway on left. Follow signs to LIRR.
  • At end of short walkway, turn left into the LIRR station.
  • Read monitors and look for next train with “Penn Station” as its destination.
  • Ticket machines are found to the left of these monitors.

Notes on LIRR Tickets

  • On Monday through Friday, between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., you must buy a “peak” ticket.
  • Buy an “off-peak” ticket at all other times.
  • Weekends and holidays are off-peak all day.
  • Purchase “Senior” ticket if over 65.
  • Do not purchase tickets on train. It’s more expensive and they only accept cash.
  • Trains leave for Manhattan every few minutes. No need to plan for a specific train.
  • Follow signs to the LIRR office downstairs if you have any difficulties. Speak to agent.

Additional Notes

  • Penn Station is located at 32nd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
  • The A, C and E subway lines are accessible at Penn Station.
  • See schedules/fares by texting the phrase “Jamaica to Penn” to this number: 266-266.
  • Texting option only works if you are within NYC region.
  • Arriving on a Saturday or Sunday? Read about how the Long Island Railroad’s CityTicket can save you money.

Step 3: Take Public Transportation From Manhattan To New Jersey

You will arrive at Penn Station (32nd St. & 7th Ave.). If your transportation to New Jersey leaves from Penn Station, just follow signs to NJ Transit.

If you need to transfer from Penn Station to Port Authority Terminal:

  • Take an Uptown A, C or E train to the 42nd St./Port Authority station (it’s only 1 stop).
  • You can also walk (10 minutes).

To walk from Penn Station to Port Authority Terminal:

  • Exit Penn Station onto 7th Ave. Walk 8 blocks north along 7th Ave. to 42nd St. Turn left onto 42nd St. and walk 1 block west to 42nd St. & 8th Ave.
  • If you exit Penn Station onto 8th Ave., walk 8 blocks north along 8th Ave. to 42nd St.

If you need to transfer from Penn Station to the 33rd St. PATH train station:

  • Exit Penn Station onto 7th Ave. Walk 1 block east along 32nd St. to corner of 32nd St. & 6th Ave. PATH train entrance is at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway.
  • If you exit Penn Station onto 8th Ave., walk to 33rd St. and make a right. Walk 2 blocks east along 33rd St. to 6th Ave. Make right onto 6th Ave. and walk south 1 block to corner of 6th Ave. & 32nd St.
  • Take a taxi if you’re loaded with luggage or if weather is bad.

Transportation Notes:

 

Photograph of a ticket for a JFK AirTrain ticket. The AirTrain system connects JFK Airport with New York's subways and buses.

The JKF AirTrain links JFK Airport with New York City’s public transportation system.

Option 5: Shuttle From JFK Airport To Newark Airport, Then Train/Bus To Final New Jersey Destination

We recommend this option if:

  • Your final New Jersey destination is either south of Newark or very close to Newark.
  • You want to avoid hectic midtown Manhattan.
  • You have friends/family who love you, but hate driving in New York City.
  • You have friends/family who love love you, but don’t have the time to travel to JFK Airport to pick you up.

Use one of NYC Airporter’s New York Airport Transfers from JFK Airport to Newark Airport. From Newark, you can transfer to public transportation, including: NJ Transit trains, PATH trains, Amtrak and Light Rail trains.

If friends and family are picking you up, they’ll kiss and hug you harder and love you even more for saving them: time, tolls, wear-and-tear and gas.

Traveling From JFK Airport To Newark Airport or Points South Of Newark, NJ

  • You will be traveling directly from JFK Airport to Newark Airport (EWR).
  • Save money by reserving your NYC Airporter shuttle ticket(s) online.
  • At JFK Airport, wait by your terminal’s doors for the next NYC Airporter shuttle to Newark Airport.
  • Enjoy the ride. (Option 1b above describes NYC Airporter’s services.)
  • Exit bus at Newark Airport’s Terminal C. This is the closest terminal to the airport’s exit.
  • If someone is picking you up, have them meet you at Terminal C.

If you need to continue to public transportation from Newark Airport:

  • At Newark Airport Terminal C, follow signs to AirTrain. Board AirTrain going to Airport Station (Newark Liberty Airport Station).
  • Newark Airport to Airport Station takes about 10 minutes.
  • At Airport Station, some people will connect to trains to their final destinations.
  • Many connections, however, require going to Newark Penn Station (10 minutes north of Airport Station).
  • Continue to Newark Penn Station if the transportation line you require cannot be accessed at Airport Station.
  • Newark Penn Station is a major hub in northern New Jersey with access to : Amtrak, NJ Rail, Light Rail, PATH trains and buses.
  • See the  Newark AirTrain Brochure (Read notes at bottom of page 2).

Additional Transportation Resources Available At:

Our New York City Region Public Transport Resources page.

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