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



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

The fastest would be taxi around 50$ to Manhattan.

I am scheduled to arrive terminal 1 at 11:25 am on 4/25 and depart via terminal 7 at 1:10 pm. Is there enough time taking the airtrain to make this connection?

You should have enough time with almost 2 hour time window.

I arrive on terminal 8 by AA at 9.30pm(domestic flt) and depart at 12/30am on terminal 7 (cathy pacific international flt)
can i walk across with baggage from terminal 8 to 7 or to I have to take the air train?
thank you

You will need to take an air train on track 2 to ride it from T8 to T7.

Take any train on track 2 from T8 to T7.

Can I take the airtrain from Long Term Parking?

Yes on track 1 only.

I'll be arriving on an international Delta flight at terminal 3 JFK and need to get to the AirTrain. I hear that this is tricky. How exactly do I find the AirTrain after I get my luggage?

From terminal 3 arrivals hall go outside to the next building take an elevator to the 3rd floor and follow the signs for the air train. It is very simple and not tricky.

What do you mean exactly by the "next building"?

Building in front of Delta Terminal 3. In that building there are elevators as well as free air train.


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