To JFK and LGA using NYC Transit

To JFK International Airport

AirTrain JFK takes you directly to JFK International Airport.

The subway lines that take you to AirTrain JFK are the A, E, J and Z.
The A connects to AirTrain at the Howard Beach station.
The E, J and Z connects to AirTrain at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Ave/JFK Airport station.

The MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) also connects to AirTrain at the E,J, or Z Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue/JFK Airport station.

Paying your fare.
The subway fare is $2.75 *; AirTrain fare is $5 *. You pay both fares with Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard which is available at MetroCard Vending Machines in subway stations, and at the entrance to AirTrain. If you intend to use AirTrain to and from the airport, it makes sense to put enough money on a pay-per-ride card to cover all of your fares – coming and going.

If you are visiting the city for more than 3 consecutive days, the 7-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard is more economical than the pay-per-ride MetroCard. See MetroCard Choices for more information. You can not use an Unlimited Ride MetroCard to pay for AirTrain.

AirTrain and Subway Frequencies
AirTrain runs every 4 to 10 minutes and takes 12 minutes to reach the airport from either the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations.

The A train runs every 5 to 10 minutes during rush hours and every 15 to 20 minutes evenings and weekends.

  E,J, Z trains run every 5 to 10 minutes during rush hours and every 8 to 12 minutes evenings and weekends.

Examples of travel time to the airport from various subway stations:

Starting from    To JFK Airport
(Subway + AirTrain)
53 St/Lex Ave station via E     50 minutes
Fulton St station via A     65 minutes
West 4 St station via E     65 minutes
Jay St station via A     55 minutes
Penn Station via A    75 minutes
Penn Station via E    70 minutes
Penn Station via LIRR    35 minutes

Take Special Note
When you go to AirTrain via the A, be sure you board an A labeled “Far Rockaway,” or “Rockaway Park,” NOT “Lefferts Boulevard.”

If you are using a subway map, bear in mind there are two “Sutphin Boulevard” stations. Be sure you are looking at the “Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Ave-JFK Airport station” on the E subway line.

You do a bit of walking from the subway to AirTrain, so it’s helpful if your suitcase has wheels or you have your own folding cart.

MTA New York City Transit Tips

  • Read the red and white posters on station walls and platforms. The posters describe subway service changes that are in effect. This is particularly important on weekends when most repair work is done. An alternate route is always provided.
  • You can hear a recording of planned service changes FREE at any subway station pay phone by dialing #3333. Or, you can see service changes on the web at when you click on Service Advisories.
  • Subway booth agents can answer your subway travel questions and give you a subway map.
  • It’s always a good idea to build in some extra travel time.

To LaGuardia Airport via the M60 bus

The M60 takes you into the airport.

  • The M60 fare is $2.25 * and it operates every 10 minutes between 106 Street & Broadway in Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport in Queens.
  • The M60 travels on 125 Street in Manhattan and over the Triboro Bridge to LaGuardia, where it makes stops at all of the airport’s terminals.
  • The ride takes 40 minutes from the Upper West Side. From the East Side of Manhattan, take the 4,5, or 6 train to the 125 Street station for an easy connection to the M60.

The M60 connects with other NYC Transit buses, including almost all uptown/downtown routes, and with 12 subway lines. MetroCard gives you a free transfer between subway and bus. The M60 also makes a convenient conection with the MTA Metro-North Railroad at the 125th St station.

(The Q33, Q48, and Q47 are additional bus routes that service LaGuardia Airport from points in Queens.)

When leaving LaGuardia, follow the signs that say “Ground Transportation.” Once outside, lok for the M60 bus-stop sign at the curb.

Note: All NYC Transit buses are accessible for people with disabilities.

For bus and subway travel information, call 1+(718) 330-1234 or visit:

For MetroCard information, call 1+(212)-METROCARD (1+(212) 638-7622) within New York City or 1+(800)-METROCARD (1+(800) 638-7622) outside New York City.

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