Passengers can travel from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Manhattan by taking AirTrain JFK from locations within the airport and then connecting to New York subway service or Long Island Railroad trains. At AirTrain's Jamaica Station, which is adjacent to the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK subway station, travelers can catch the E train to midtown Manhattan. Airtrain's Howard Beach Station offers Manhattan transit connections via either the lower Manhattan-bound A train or Long Island Rail Road service to Penn Station.
Passengers who wish to travel from JFK Airport to upper Manhattan can take AirTrain to Jamaica Station, transfer to the E subway to midtown Manhattan, and then transfer within Manhattan to another northbound subway or bus. That trip takes approximately 75 minutes, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Passengers who intend to take the subway can expect a 60-minute total transit time to lower Manhattan and a 50-minute total transit time to midtown Manhattan. Alternatively, travel from JFK Airport to Penn Station via the Long Island Railroad takes about 35 minutes.
Other ground transportation options between JFK Airport and Manhattan include shuttle services, taxis and city buses. The NYC Airporter and Go Airlink NYC are among the companies that provide regular shuttle service. Taxis charge a flat fee of $52, as of October 2015, for travel between the airport and destinations in Manhattan.