Borough by Borough: Public Transportation for the NYC Jet-Setter

November 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Man with travel bags waits for the train. By using public transportation, New York travelers can get to all three regional airports for just under 20 bucks. Flickr/Kara Allyson

Bulging suitcases, endless lines, security pat downs and a final dash to the gate. Air travelers have enough worries during the holiday rush…Getting to the airport doesn’t have to be one of them.

While taxis are decidedly the most convenient way to get to any of New York City’s major regional airports,  they are also the most expensive, often costing upwards of $60 — not to mention traffic in the city is unpredictable at best.

Save your cash and prepare for less hassle with MetroFocus’ borough-by-borough guide to finding the most efficient and affordable public transportation route to Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia. (Sorry, Staten-Islanders, you should probably stick to cars.) Safe travels!

John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, NY: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens

Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens

LaGuardia Airport, Queens NY: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens

 

Departing From: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, NY

Starting Point: Brooklyn

  • North: Queens-bound L train to East New York Station.  A train to Howard Beach Station.  AirTrain to terminal. Average travel time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • East: B15 bus on New Lots Ave. to JFK Lefferts Boulevard.  AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour.
  • West/South: Manhattan-bound F train  to Jay St. Station. Queens-Bound A train to Howard Beach Station. AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 1.5 hours.

Entering the Airtrain from the Howard Beach or Jamaica Stations costs $5. Flickr/rutio

Starting Point: Bronx

  • Manhattan-bound 4,5,6 train to 51st and Lexington. Queens-bound E train to Sutphin Blvd/Jamaica Station. AirTrain to terminals.  Average travel time: 1.5 hours.

Starting Point: Manhattan

  • Uptown:Downtown A,C,E train to Penn Station. LIRR to Jamaica Station. AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Downtown: Queens-bound A train to Howard Beach Station. AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour

Starting Point: Queens

  • East:  Q3 Bus on Hilliside Ave. brings you directly to the terminals. Average travel time: 1.5 hours.
  • West: E train to Sutphin/Jamaica Station. AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 50 minutes

Departing From: LaGuardia Airport, Queens NY

Starting Point: Brooklyn

  • To avoid a trillion bus transfers or an hours-long odyssey through Manhattan, a taxi is the most practical option for Brooklynites flying out of LaGuardia. Average Travel time: 35 minutes

Starting Point: Bronx

  • East: Manhattan-bound 5,6 train to 125th St.  M60 bus to LaGuardia terminals. Average travel time 1.5 hours
  • West: Manhattan-bound 4 train to 125th St. M60 to LaGuardia terminals. Average travel time 1 hour.

Starting Point: Manhattan

  • Queens-bound 4,5,6 train to 125 St. M60 bus to LaGuardia terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour 25 minutes.

Starting Point: Queens

  • The Q48 or Q 33 and Q 72 service much of Queens and go directly to the terminals. Travel times vary.

Departing From: Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ

Starting Point: Brooklyn

  • Manhattan-bound 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. At Penn Station take NJ Transit to the Newark Liberty International Airport Station. Transfer to AirTrain for access to airport terminals. Average travel time from Penn Station: 45 minutes.

Starting Point: Bronx

  • East: Manhattan-bound 2 train to Penn Station. Follow “Manhattan-Uptown.” Average travel time: 2 hours.
  • West: Manhattan-bound B,D train to Penn Station. Follow “Manhattan-Uptown.” Average travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

It takes just 15 minute on the Newark AirTrain to get your terminal. Flickr/Steven Reese

Starting Point: Manhattan

  • Uptown: 1,2,3, A,C,E train to Penn Station. New Jersey Transit train to Newark Liberty Airport.AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • Downtown: Queens A,C,E train to World Trade Center. PATH train to Newark Penn Station. NJ Transit Bus #62 to terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Starting Point: Queens

  • Manhattan-bound E train or LIRR to Penn Station. Folllow “Manhattan-Uptown.” Average Travel Time: 1.5- 2 hours.
  • Downtown: Queens-bound A train to Howard Beach Station. AirTrain to terminals. Average travel time: 1 hour
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