JFK Airport Directions
John F. Kennedy International Airport is the most active international airport in the United States, processing more visitors to the country than any other point of entry. It is located just over ten miles from downtown Manhattan, in the borough of Queens. Reaching JFK airport is possible via car, public transportation, commercial shuttle and taxi cab. Paid parking is available for short and long periods both on and off site.
Driving to the airport is quite simple from a number of different locations. JFK is located off the Southern State, or Belt Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway. Both highways connect to the airport via a dedicated ring road. Drivers from downtown Manhattan should connect to the Van Wyck south from the Grand Central east highway. This is accessible via the Triborough Bridge or Midtown tunnel. Those heading from Long Island should progress westbound on the Southern State parkway until exit twenty.
Connecting to John F. Kennedy airport from upstate New York and Connecticut is possible via the thruway, also known as interstate 95. Crossing the Bronx Whitestone Bridge on interstate 678 will bring commuters to the Van Wyck Expressway. From the south and New Jersey, the New Jersey turnpike connects travelers to the Belt parkway.
The distance from lower Manhattan to JFK is small in terms of mileage, but city traffic conditions can make the journey longer than anticipated. While it can be completed in around a half hour, it could take well over an hour if traffic becomes an issue. Travelers should allow plenty of time to reach the airport for their scheduled flights. Some drivers will choose to avoid the notoriously busy Van Wyck Expressway during rush hours, and instead take back roads through South Jamaica.
For those not taking a car or taxi, the AirTrain is an ideal option to reach the airport quickly. It is accessible via the New York city subway system and is a very cost effective option for travelers. An express bus service is also available for a nominal fee from Penn Station. Available from early morning to late night, these buses run at least every half hour.
Many private companies offer shuttle services to John F. Kennedy International Airport. These range from town cars to large vans, and prices vary greatly depending on location and number of passengers. Travelers should ensure that any private company is licensed and insured before booking.
For more information about travel to JFK airport, travelers can contact the New York City Port Authority.