Many people wonder how you can get from the area airports to apartment rentals in New York. Getting to and from two of New York’s airports has gotten significantly easier in the past few years with the advent of the airtrain, plus in New York there is always a cab waiting. Here are the easiest ways to get from each of the big three airports in the New York area.

Howard Beach airtrain at JFK airport
Howard Beach airtrain at JFK airport
JFK Airport:

JFK airport is located in Queens a bit more than 10 miles from the center of Manhattan. There are many ways to get to Manhattan including:

Airtrain JFK: This is a small train system that takes passengers around the airport plus to the nearest subway and commuter rail stations. The system opened in 2003 and now provided rides to nearly 15,000 people per day. It costs $5 to ride to the train if you are leaving the airport.

• For trips to midtown and uptown Manhattan take the airtrain to Jamaica station. You can switch to either Long Island Railroad (LIRR) which takes you to Penn Station in Midtown West or the E subway line which makes stops in Queens and Manhattan. The LIRR costs between $5.75 and $8.00 depending on the time of the day and takes 20 minutes to Manhattan. The subway costs $2.25 and takes about 1 hour to Manhattan.
• For trips to Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan take the airtrain to Howard Beach station. There you can switch to the A train. The subway costs $2.25 and takes about 1 hour to Manhattan.

There are also cabs available at every terminal at JFK airport. Trips to Manhattan are a flat rate of $45 plus toll and tip.

Newark Airport:

Newark Airport
Newark Airport
Newark Airport is located in Newark, New Jersey but is equally close to Manhattan as JFK and offers a similar airtrain setup. Top ways to get from Newark airport include:

Airtrain Newark: A monorail train which connects all of the airport terminals to the Newark Liberty Airport train station on the Northeast Corridor rail line of Amtrak and New Jersey Transit rail lines.  The system has been available since 1996 and provides over 5,000 rides per day.

• To use the train ride a monorail towards the Newark Liberty International Airport train station. When you get to the station buy a ticket to New York Penn Station on New Jersey Transit which cost about $15. This includes the ride on the Airtrain plus New Jersey Transit to New York Penn Station. The trip is about 35 minutes.
• Note it is much more expensive to ride Amtrak (about $50) and only saves 5 minutes.

Of course in the New York area it is always easy to get a cab at any terminal. The cost of a cab to Manhattan ranges from $50 to $75 plus tolls.

La Guardia Airport:

La Guardia is the airport located closest to Manhattan and only accepts short distance flights. Getting to and from La Guardia is more difficult by public transit.

Buses: There are a few buses that travel to La Guardia Airport.

M60: The M60 travels from La Guardia airport across the Triboro Bridge into Manhattan and crosses 125th Street connecting to the N, W subways in Queens plus the 4, 5, 6, 2, 3, A, B, C, D and 1 trains in Manhattan.

Q33 and Q47: These Q buses connect to the subways in Queens including the E, F, G, R and 7 trains.

The bus costs $2.25 and can get you to Manhattan in 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on your destination.

Cabs from La Guardia cost between $15 and $30 to places in Manhattan.

Hope you find this helpful in your journey to New York. If you have any questions just make a comment below and we will post an answer.