From Manhattan, taking public transportation to the New York City area airports is already not the most straightforward process. And to add insult to injury, starting on November 1, AirTrain fares that connect public transit to the JFK and Newark go up in price — from $5.00 to $7.75.
There are a handful of ways to get from Manhattan to JFK, and all the mass transit options require you to take an AirTrain.
The same goes for Newark Airport. The most likely scenario from Manhattan is to take an NJTransit train from New York Penn Station to the airport, and then transfer to the AirTrain.
I frequently experience delays with the AirTrain, especially at JFK where nightly construction often forces a limited schedule of one AirTrain every 15-20 minutes. That’s simply unacceptable for an airport transportation option.
Now, with increased fares, will that mean better service? Knowing the Port Authority (the organization that runs the area airports), most likely not.
AirTrain Fares All-In
These fares only include access to the transit stations — and does not include the subway fare, Long Island Railroad, NJTransit, etc.
When you add in the mass transit fare, here’s what the total cost in each direction would be:
- JFK to Manhattan via subway = $10.50
- JFK to Manhattan via LIRR = $15.75 (peak train times, cheaper during off-peak)
- Newark to Manhattan via NJTransit = $14.75
The Uber Copter option to JFK is starting to look a little more affordable now…
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