New York NY JFK International

New York (NY), USA

About The Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport - usually simply called JFK - is New York City's main international airport, and the fifth busiest in the USA. It has 6 terminals (numbered 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8).

The airport was renamed to honor US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Before that, it was known as Idlewild after the golf course it replaced, though its official name was New York International Airport Anderson-Field.


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport for an unlimited number of 45-minute sessions. Premium high-speed internet access is available for a fee.

Getting to and from the airport

JFK International Airport is 26km from New York Times Square.

Taxi - you'll find taxi stands outside each terminal. There's a flat fare to your first destination, plus tolls and tips.

Bus - NYC Airporter is an express bus service between JFK Airport, Grand Central Station, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Tickets can be bought online, at the Ground Transportation Welcome Center or from outside Baggage Claim. The bus serves all JFK terminals.

Train - the AirTrain elevated railway serves all JFK's terminals and parking lots, linking them with both the Long Island Rail Road and the subway lines in Queens. It runs 24/7 and is wheelchair-accessible. Travel is free of charge within the airport grounds and to Federal Circle Station. If you're going further, you'll need to get a Metro Card from a vending machine or information point. Children under 5 ride free.

Hotel shuttle - free shuttles are available for guests of many nearby hotels including the Hampton Inn, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express. To catch a shuttle, you need to take the AirTrain to Federal Circle station, where you can order one from a courtesy phone.

Car rental - car rental desks or phones are near Baggage Claim in all terminals. To pick up your vehicle, take the AirTrain to Federal Circle Station. No charge is made for this journey. If you need to get gas, an Airport Plaza can be found on the corner of 147th Street and 150th Avenue; it offers different types of fuel including electric charging and also has a food court.

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There are parking lots at each terminal, plus a separate long-term parking lot. All of them are easily accessed by AirTrain, so you can park at one terminal and then ride to any of the others.

If you're collecting or dropping off travelers, you can't wait outside the terminals. There's a greeting and farewell point at the AirTrain JFK Lefferts Boulevard Station called 'Kiss and Fly'.

Transit and in-airport hotels

The AirTrain runs clockwise between all of JFK's terminals, and is free for journeys within the airport. The service runs every 5 minutes during peak airport travel periods, and takes around 8 minutes to complete a full circuit of the terminals.

There are no hotels at JFK, although an AirTrain-linked hotel will be opening in 2019 that is being built at the old TWA terminal.

Healthy Travel Tip

When it comes to jet lag, the direction of travel makes a difference. To acclimatize yourself before you go, try waking up and going to bed later than usual if you're travelling west. If you're travelling east, wake up earlier and go to bed earlier.

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