New York John F Kennedy International Airport
The most important airport in New York is also the largest in the United States. More than 40 million passengers use John F. Kennedy Airport each year, mostly called JFK for short. Two other airports around New York (La Guardia and Newark) process another 60 million passengers together, which brings the total number of air travelers in the region of New York to 100 million per year.
JFK has nine terminals, but Terminal 5 is closed for renovations at the moment. JFK invested more than 10 billion dollars in renovating the airport. Terminals 1, 4 and 7 are already renovated.
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Airport transfers & parking
The AirTrain JFK concludes in the station Howard Beach on metro line A. There is also a connection with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in Jamaica Station. Moreover, you can change over to local buses there.
Car and bus
The airport is 24 kilometers southeast of Manhattan, the heart of New York. The airport is along the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678). To reach Manhattan you follow this road to the north to the intersection with I-495 (Long Island Expressway), there you follow in the direction Eastern Long Island/Manhattan, exit 17W takes you to I-278 that leads through the Williamsburg Bridge to the center of Manhattan.
The New York Airport Express Bus Service maintains a direct connection with the central bus station in New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal), the Grand Central Station (train station) and Penn Station (metro station). Regular city buses also connect the airport to several destinations in New York, and there are also long distance buses to several places in Long Island, Westchester, Upstate, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
You can also choose the Super Shuttle Manhattan, a bus that goes to every destination in Manhattan and you take off from the door.
Car rental - New York JFK Airport
In all Arrival Halls there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Many ‘yellow cabs’ are in front of the Arrival Halls (tel: +1(0)212 692 8294). There is a fixed rated of $45.00 (2007) charged for a ride to and from Manhattan.
Limousines with a driver can be reserved through Classic Limousine (tel: +1(0)631 567 5100) and Tel Aviv Car and Limousine Service (tel: +1(0)212 777 7777).
There are parking areas and/or garages in front of each terminal, for the first hour you pay $3.00 per hour and a maximum of $30.00 per day. The area for long-term parking is 6.5 kilometers from the terminals, along Lefferts Boulevard, there you pay $15.00 for the first day then $5.00 for each eight hours of parking. Take into account that it takes you 30 minutes to get from the long-term parking to the terminals. For further information about parking at JFK (tel: +1(0)718 244 4168).
Facilities & services
There is one hotel established at the airport, Ramada Plaza Hotel (tel: +1(0)718 995 9000). There are many other hotels in the vicinity of the airport, including Best Western JFK Airport (tel: +1(0)718 977 2100), Comfort Inn JFK (tel: +1(0)718 977 0001), Holiday Inn JFK (tel: +1(0)718 659 0200), Hilton Garden Inn (tel: +1(0)718 322 4448) and JFK Courtyard by Marriott (tel: +1(0)718 848 2121). These and other hotels have a free shuttle bus connection with the airport. In all Arrival Halls there are counters for hotel reservations. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
There is an enormous range of shops, restaurants and bars at JFK Airport. If you cannot find what you are looking for you can always take the AirTran to another terminal. Keep in mind that the total travel time along the terminals amounts to eight minutes.
For lost and found items (tel: +1(0)718 244 4225).
There are two places where you can store baggage: in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1 (tel:+1(0)718 751 2947) and in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 4 (tel: +1(0)718 751 4020). Depending on the size of your baggage it costs $4.00-$16.00 per day.
In all terminals there are kiosks from Traveler’s Aid where you can get information about the airport and assistance with, for example, your airline ticket or a lost passport. The main office of Traveler’s Aid (tel: +1(0)718 646 4870) can be found in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 6. There are also general information counters from the airport. The personnel are recognizable by their red jackets.
In the baggage halls you can find information counters about public transportation.
In all terminals there are facilities such as fax, computers with internet and courier services. The Ramada Plaza Hotel (see Hotels) offers extensive business services, this hotel has flexible dividable meeting and conference rooms for 50-600 people.
The airport is accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and restrooms. In all terminals there are text telephones available. In the parking garages there are places reserved for disabled travelers where they can park their car at a reduced rate, you can reserve one of these places through Five Star Parking (tel: +1(0)718 244 4168).
In all terminals there are banks, money exchange offices and ATM's. There is a fully equipped post office (tel: +1(0)718 995 3368) in Building 250 on North Boundary Road. In the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 3 you can rent a mobile telephone. The medical center is in Building 198, and you can call for First Aid at one of the service counters or (tel: +1(0)718 656 5344).
Airport Contact Information
John F Kennedy International Airport
New York 11430
United States of America
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +1(0)718 244 4444
Email: through the contact form
IATA airport codes: JFK
ICAO airport code: KJFK