JFK International Airport AirTrain

AirTrain JFK is the train service that operates between JFK
International Airport, Long Island Rail Road trains and New York City Subway.
It also serves as an on-airport service connecting the airline terminals, rental
car facilities, hotel shuttles, and airport parking lots.

Air Train JFK has
3 routes:

  • Howard Beach route

The Howard Beach route ends at the Howard Beach-JFK subway station. It stops
at Lefferts Boulevard (connecting transit services - B15 bus) for shuttle buses
to long term parking lots A and B and to airport employee parking.

Connecting transit services: A subway train, Q11 bus

  • Jamaica Station route

The Jamaica route ends at Jamaica Station on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
next to the Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue-JFK subway station (to Brooklyn
and Manhattan or Queens).

Connecting transit services: E, J and Z subway
trains, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20A, Q20B, Q25/Q34, Q30, Q31, Q40, Q43, Q44, Q60  and
Q65 buses

Both routes make a counterclockwise loop through the airport and stop at each

  • Airline Terminal route

The Airline Terminal route connects 6 terminal stations (Terminal 1, 2-3,
4, 5-6, 7 and 8-9). Route operates in the opposite direction, making a clockwise
All JFK AirTrain stations are wheelchair accessible. Howard Beach subway and
Jamaica Long Island Railroad stations are wheelchair accessible too.

AirTrain Fare Information

  • Fare of 5$ at Howard Beach or Jamaica Station
  • Rides between all other JFK AirTrain stations are free



I am coming from JFK airport, how do I get to The Empire Hotel? I know that if I take a taxi it will be very expensive, I would like to take a train, or bus.

Hi can you help with the best route to get to our hotel on West 35th Street? We arrive from London Heathrow.
Appreciate your help.

We are arriving at JFK Terminal 7 may 1st at 12.35 pm. Pls advise how to get to Madison Ave with air train and subway. Can we buy one ticket for this journey at the airport?

Take Airtrain from terminal on track 1 to Jamaica Station, transfer to E subway to Lexington/53rd St. Transfer to the downtown #6 subway which runs along Lexington Ave which is two blocks east of Madison. Get off depending on what cross street on Madison Ave your destination is, i.e. 42nd St, 34th St., etc. Purchase your Airtrain and subway fare on the same Metrocard before you exit Airtrain at Jamaica.

I arrive into JFK at Terminal 7 and have a Delta Flight (JFK to BOS) to connect with.

Please advise if 2 hours is sufficient to collect luggage and check in to the Delta flight.

And what are the options for transferring between the terminals.


2 hours should be enough. Air train is a free option and taxi is a pay option for you.

We have an appointment with global entry office in Terminal 4 closest to passenger pick-up side A&B before a flight that evening leaving from Terminal 5. How can we get from the office location to Terminal 5 with our bags?

i will depart at3pm on 2nd Aprill.
is it possible that i take the airtrain from jamaica station?
i heard that the air train only operate night time.
thank you for reading

Yes take an air train on track 1 to all terminals. The air train runs 24/7 not just at night.


april 24th we'll arrive at 1 pm in terminal 4 of JFK.
To get to Bowery :
Should we take the air train Jamaica station route to jamaica station first and then take the subway J or Z?
Or did I get it wrong?
Thank you for your advice,

You got it right. Take any train on track 1 to Jamaica Station.

We are arriving at JFK Terminal 7 April 1st at 7 pm. Pls advise how to get to Adams Street, Brooklyn (Marriott Hotel) with air train and MTA. Can we buy one ticket for this journey at the airport?

You will need to buy tickets for Subway only. Rides from the airport to Jamaica Station are free. Take any train on track 1 to Jamaica Station then transfer over to Subway to Brooklyn and once you get off Brooklyn Station take local communication to your hotel.


I am mabye confused, how and where can I buy the ticket from JFK to Jamaica for 5 USD when I arrive to JKF or is that for free and I only buy the ticket for LIRR from Jamaica to Mineola? thanks Petra

we'll be arriving this Sunday at 16:50 at JFK with a party of six, would you recommend we should take a taxi to Manhattan (One United Nations Plaza) or go for the JFK AirTrain, which would be the fastest regarding rush hour?
Thanks a lot


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