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



Hello, I am travelling on June 1st arriving on terminal 7 and need to go to terminal 1 for my international flight. Can I get there by airline terminal route train?

Yes on track 1.

From T7 to T1 - only on track 2.

Transfer between terminal 3 and 4. If I take airtrain, it will go through all other terminals(as it goes clockwise, till it arrives at Terminal 4, correct? How much time will be enough for such transfer. I also must clear customs and immigration. Thx.

Yes it will still arrive at T4. It should be 2 minutes between the flights.Immigration and Customs may take you up to one hour.


My wife and kid would arrive at Terminal 5 via Jet blue and they have 2 hour transit to catch the emirates international flight from Terminal 4.

Please let us know how do they travel from Terminal 5 to Terminal 4 on AirTrain. Is there a particular track or direction they need to use to catch the train.

Generally how long would it take to travel from Terminal 5 to 4

Yes it is track 2 on the air train to stay within the airport.

I arrive into JFK at Terminal 8 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.


Yes 2 hours is plenty of time to connect. Use air train for free between the terminals.

Hi arriving at JFK at 4.30pm terminal 8
Want to catch the train to our hotel in time square
Which is the best way. Thanks


How do I take the AirTrain from NY Penn Station to JFK airport? I will dropping friends off at the train station and then heading over to the airport but I'm not quite sure how to get there by way of Airtrain. Thanks!

Take any train on track 1 to all terminals at Penn Station.

My fiance is arriving from Moscow at Terminal 1 and must catch her flight to Orlando in Terminal 8. Does the AirTrain go directly from Term 1 to 8 or she must remain on the train through all the other Terminals before arriving finally at 8? Thank you for any help.. Richard H.

Hi. I'm going to USA this summer and are leaving home again august the 7th, from Syracuse. A girl I know said I could take a train from Syracuse to JFK Airport, but what is the nearest train station to JFK airport? And how can I get to the airport from Syracuse, to what station, and does the train go all the way to the airport?

Very thankful for help :)

I'm looking at the Terminal 7 map and don't see the connection to the AirTrain. I watched a video on you tube and it looks like you have to exit the terminal, pass where the taxis are, then there is an escalator to the AirTrain. Is that correct? Do you have to re-clear security when you leave Terminal 7 and go to another terminal (I am going to Terminal 4 for an international flight).


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