JFK AirTrain - Jamaica Station

Airport Tram and Train Station
Jamaica, Jamaica
  • Terance T.
    "The absolute best (and fastest) way to get from JFK to Manhattan."(6 Tips)
    Michelle Y.
    "Frequent fliers, get the 10 trip Airtrain Metrocard and save 50%!"(3 Tips)
    Untapped Cities
    "Fastest way to JFK? LIRR from Penn Station to Jamaica."(4 Tips)
    Julien G.
    "other track at terminal"(3 Tips)
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  • Angela Isabel
    Angela Isabel3 weeks ago
    Been here 10+ times
    One track has trains coming in T1→T8 direction, ending at either Howard Beach/Jamaica as final stop. The other track has a train circling airport terminals only in T8→T1 direction.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ahmed E.
    Ahmed EsaSeptember 5
    MmmmHmmmm. Errbody pushing each other SMH. Welcome to NYC lol.
  • Cheen T.
    Getting to Manhattan. When u take the Airtrain to this station, u need to pay $5 to get out. At the kiosk, u can get an MTA train ticket to do that, AND top up $2.75 to take the E line into Manhattan
  • Benche T.
    Benche TanNovember 12, 2016
    Fastest way indeed to JFK
  • Lupin C.
    Lupin CamposJuly 3, 2016
    Better than what you'd expect
  • Macarena G.
    Macarena GrecoJune 3, 2016
    Good and fast service
  • Diego F.
    Diego FJune 1, 2016
    Be prepared to pay five dollars to get to the subway
  • Armando Bravo M.
    Samosas and coffee!
  • Koji K.
    Koji KnoMay 26, 2015
    a kinnda crowded spot
  • Ralph Z.
    Ralph ZApril 6, 2015
    Most economical way to get to jfk in nyc
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Add money to your MTA card and use it. It works fine.
  • Jean
    JeanJanuary 29, 2015
    Any time I find myself here, I'm rather proud because I just saved cab fare and I'm not running scary late.
  • Elis F.
    Elis ForgeriniJanuary 15, 2015
    Huge AirPort but everything is easy to find your way!
  • Amol K.
    Amol KDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The train goes to Terminal 1 first; if you're going to Terminal 8 or 7, hop off at T1 and cross to the other line in the other direction.
  • Jon
    JonDecember 13, 2014
    Surprisingly easy to use and super cheap.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserDecember 3, 2014
    Better and safer than a cab.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorNovember 15, 2014
    Great way to get to JFK. saves you about $50 but it does take about 30 mins longer than a taxi.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhOctober 12, 2014
    You pay the $5 fee when you exit
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UOctober 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheapest way to get to JFK and as long as there is no track work, you can estimate door to door commute time most accurately with this
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LSeptember 30, 2014
    No more cabbing it to/from JFK!!!! Yeah!! ;)
  • Naty P.
    Naty ParrySeptember 15, 2014
    1st for everything... 🚊
  • Karl W.
    Karl WardenSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Way cheaper than a taxi, no car sickness, faster than a taxi actually
  • Brian B.
    Brian BulkowskiJune 17, 2014
    change at terminal 1 one to get to terminals 7 and 8 fastest
  • Jeffrey U.
    Jeffrey UyanikMay 21, 2014
    Dirty ass bathrooms
  • CurtisTheGeek W.
    CurtisTheGeek WeakleyApril 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The BEST way to get to JFK. Take the LIRR from Penn to Jamaica and take the AirTran right to your terminal for $13.25 in about an hour. Free between terminals.
  • Clmedi
    ClmediApril 10, 2014
    Entering or leaving the system at the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations costs $5
  • Karl W.
    Karl WardenMarch 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I take a $6 taxi from my house to 7th Ave/53rd st E train stop, use my metro card for the subway $2.50 take the E uptown and queens to Sutphin Blvd. and take the airtrain $5 and it only takes an hour!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew R.October 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Faster than LGA by car during medium to heavy traffic
  • Julien G.
    Julien G.October 9, 2013
    The train goes to terminal 1 and then 2. Terminal 8 will be the last stop. Switch to the other track at terminal 1 for faster access to terminal 8. Time is money :D
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LaudatoSeptember 19, 2013
    AirTrain is supposed to run every 7 minutes. But it actually runs every 15 minutes... Budget extra time!
  • Gordon Z.
    Gordon ZhengSeptember 16, 2013
    The ride is super smooth. Fare is $5.00 and uses the MTA MetroCard
  • Tanika M.
    Tanika McKelvyAugust 24, 2013
    LIRR from Brooklyn to JFK is 22 minutes and $4 (weekend City ticket). Fastest, cheapest option. (Subway is 60 min + and cab is $50+)
  • Keith G.
    Keith GiddingsJuly 19, 2013
    Get your ticket before you get on train, it's way cheaper
  • Michael M.
    Michael MosesJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Plan at least 23 minutes under the new, painfully less frequent schedule to get from Jamaica to Terminal 1.
  • Robert O.
    Robert OsanoJune 23, 2013
    Before your flight you need to visit Air Bar.
  • Erik L.
    Erik LievanoMay 31, 2013
    Busy as hell
  • Wilfred T.
    Wilfred TRMay 26, 2013
    Power outlets and USB power outlets can be found in the Upper Concourse at 2 of the 3 trianglar shaped info kiosks.
  • Celina C.
    Celina CrumpMay 21, 2013
    Watch your surroundings...this is South Jamaica Queens ...They don't play fair!!!
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CarsonMay 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Be prepared to pay $5 extra bucks to either leave or get on the AirTrain. So stupid.
  • Elvia N.
    give yourself enough time and mass transit is really the way to go...saved me a lot of money
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CarlisleMay 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Be careful of all the homless people that hang around there who scream and curse you out that security seems to refuse to get rid of.
  • Alexander C.
    Beware you can't smoke even if it's 10° and your train is two hours late. Smdh
  • Josean R.
    Josean RosadoMarch 24, 2013
    Check the airbar
  • Ernest L.
    Ernest LehmannMarch 11, 2013
    Great smoothies at the NY Deli coming off or on to the air train
  • Eric W.
    Eric WFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Federal circle to terminal 1 takes about 5 minutes
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJanuary 31, 2013
    High five everyone you pass that's heading down the escalator as you go up.
  • Jane J.
    Jane JaggerJanuary 15, 2013
    Of course here you can buy a joint Airtrain/LIRR Ticket #makessense
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ChungJanuary 13, 2013
    Just paid 2 bucks for bad coffee so I can sit on the nice side while waiting for the LIRR.
  • Bobby J.
    Bobby JenkinsNovember 23, 2012
    Super quick. Way better than a taxi or town car. Save yourself and your company the money and time.
  • April
    AprilOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best way to get to JFK. 30 mins off peak is less than $12
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    DO NOT give your unlimited/weekly passes away to the people who ask for them. They turn & sell them to make quick booze/drug bucks. It's a real problem in the elevators & now, even on subway level.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJune 26, 2012
    Frequent fliers, get the 10-trip Airtrain Metrocard for $25 and save 50%! Just use within one year. Fastest way to JFK? LIRR from Penn Station to Jamaica.
  • Louis L.
    Louis LafataJune 20, 2012
    The bathrooms are absolutely DISGUSTING and there's always a line
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChinJune 9, 2012
    save $ sat/sun by buying $4.25 o/w City Ticket to go into Penn Stn or anywhere w/in 5-boros of NYC.
  • Petra M.
    Absolutely THE Fastest/Cheapest way to/from JFK-Manhattan ($12) *From Penn Station take the LIRR to Jamaica then AirTain*OR*From JFK take AirTrain to Jamaica then the LIRR to Penn Station
  • Sofia R.
    Sofia RodriguezMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Carry some cash with you. Sometimes the AirTrain metro card machines only accept cash after midnight!!
  • Joshua K.
    Joshua KashMay 3, 2012
    No doubt, subway to airtrain, safest, quickest, cheapest way to JFK
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FjeldMarch 6, 2012
    Taking the E here is a super easy way to get to JFK--and wayyy faster than a cab at busy times.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MacciolaMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Tim hortons is expensive....
  • Billy K.
    Billy KolberMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're going to terminals 8 or 9, get off at terminal 1 and switch to the train across the track that circles the terminals in the opposite direction. You'll save 3-8 minutes.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AFebruary 13, 2012
    Needs more LIRR Ticket machinery!!! Lines are too damn long for my liking...in sub below weather.
  • Paul M.
    Paul Martin KovicFebruary 4, 2012
    Less than an hour from 145th
  • Abiola A.
    Abiola AbramsJanuary 29, 2012
    Don't wander away with the gypsy cab drivers on foot to find their cabs. If no cars out front, there's a taxi stand around the corner!
  • Justin W.
    Justin WatersJanuary 26, 2012
    don't forget to take the air train travel time into account - it's about 15 minutes
  • Michelle Y.
    Michelle YoungJanuary 13, 2012
    Frequent fliers, get the 10 trip Airtrain Metrocard and save 50%!
  • Zach A.
    Zach AustinNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    May be the best way to to JFK from Midtown. LIRR from Penn or the E train for about 10 bucks, under an hour total.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BOctober 27, 2011
    If you live in Park Slope / Cobble Holl / F Greene the LIRR to the AirTrain is the only way to go to JFK. No good way by car.
  • Elyse A.
    Elyse AntoniaOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Take the e train then catch the airtrain. Fastest and easiest way to JFK
  • stowe b.
    stowe boydOctober 25, 2011
    You can't get off at station 1 to cross over and get the other line to 8 anymore. A guard told me to get back on.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HOctober 16, 2011
    $5 fare is dumb
  • Kendra L.
    Kendra LoseeOctober 9, 2011
    So easy! Subway to Jamaica Station, air train to JFK.
  • Marvin M.
    Marvin MayfieldOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Stop asking dumb questions!!! Think before you speak
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorOctober 2, 2011
    If you're coming from / going to Long Island, there's no question that the AirTrain is the best way to/from JFK. Even better and more convenient than flying from Islip!
  • J M.
    J MSeptember 9, 2011
    I miss the days when Airtrain was barely used by people. Now it smells like a dirty, subway cart. Ugh...
  • Liciia G.
    Liciia GSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Step to the side to allow everyone to come off the airtrain before you start entering the train.
  • Best Delegate
    Best DelegateSeptember 6, 2011
    Pay your fare when you're leaving the station or when you enter. MTA attendants may also sell tickets if the machine line is too long.
  • Gene S.
    Gene SuperSeptember 2, 2011
    One of the cables broke - delays....
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph ShipleyJuly 15, 2011
    Depending on the time and day, the bus to Grand Central can be MUCH faster.
  • Randy B.
    Randy BakerJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are going to Terminal 8, get off at Terminal 1 and crossover to the other track. Terminal 8 will be the next stop.
  • Union Coast
    Union CoastJune 13, 2011
    Check-in for your international or domestic flight using the Airline Checkin Android app. Read more
  • Union Coast
    Union CoastJune 13, 2011
    Check-in for your international or domestic flight using the Airline Checkin iPhone App. Read more
  • Sam S.
    Sam SaundersJune 10, 2011
    Terminal 8 is about 25 minutes on the airtrain from the subway. Terminal 1 is about 7.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 7, 2011
    The BEST way to get to JFK. Take the LIRR from Penn to Jamaica and take the AirTran right to your terminal for $13.25 in about an hour. Free between terminals.
  • Jesse J.
    Jesse JackMay 31, 2011
    Awesomely non-sketchy.
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BishopMay 16, 2011
    Try the the new air train station food court. The sandwiches at NY Deli are pretty good.
  • Katrina W.
    Katrina WoodMay 10, 2011
    Jamaica station has a map of where the terminals and airlines are located at JFK (for exiting the AirTrain). It's a simpler station than Penn by far!
  • J S.
    J ScottMay 8, 2011
    if you need a pitstop, there are Bank ATMs a chain Drug Store and other necessities at street level, come out of the LlRR station and turn left.
  • D-log
    D-logMay 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Theres a 30 day $40 unlimited air train pass you can buy from the machines. If you work at JFK or travel frequently, it's a huge money saver!
  • Jaunted
    JauntedApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A true jet setter takes the AirTrain and knows this line is way better than the Howard Beach one. Have an awesome trip!
  • Justin M.
    Justin MashiaApril 5, 2011
    If you're coming from the city, take the subway to Penn Station, then take the LIRR to Jamaica and hop on the Air Train and you're at JFK in half the time any cab or A train could get you there!
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HarrisMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The $5 bucks to take the train into the airport is a total crock! The cost should be less than half of this....
  • Kinichiro F.
    Kinichiro FujikawaMarch 23, 2011
    10-ride AirTrain ticket is good for 1 year. Regardless of date shown on the card. Seems some groups share a card.
  • jonathan s.
    jonathan sFebruary 2, 2011
    Be careful of all the luggage people bring on the airtrain!
  • Ken. B.
    Ken. B.January 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    JCC is located in this building.
  • John F.
    John FiorentineDecember 28, 2010
    AirTrain shut down due to Holiday Blizzard. No public transit alternative. Taxi is only other option. Beware of price gouging!
  • 👉Big Mike 👈
    👉Big Mike 👈December 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best way to get to JFK Period!
  • Jason F.
    Jason FinesseDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Lots of bums camp here during winter season...
  • Suman G.
    Suman GanguliNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a 10-ride AirTrain metrocard for $25 & keep it in your wallet..cheaper & faster than buying a $5 card each time
  • Benny B.
    Benny Bang BangOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not as bad as you'd think, especially not during the day. They are building up the area. Airtrain to LIRR takes 40 min, Airtrain to E takes 50 min, and same if you take the J to lower Manhattan
  • Vladimir G.
    Vladimir GSeptember 27, 2010
    Becareful when transfering to the subway or buses here. This area is NOT SAFE. People get robbed here all the time. Stay in groups and take the LIRR if you can.
  • Terance T.
    Terance ThatchSeptember 17, 2010
    The absolute best (and fastest) way to get from JFK to Manhattan.
  • Theodore L.
    Theodore LaBarberaAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm never cabbing it to/from JFK again; AirTrain is cheap, comfortable, and runs constantly.
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DervinJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Signage has been greatly improved. If you're going to Terminal 5, get on the first car as it pulls into the station.
  • Ronald F.
    Ronald FosterJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't take any taxi rides from these guys!!
  • Phil H.
    Phil HolmMay 20, 2010
    Crown fried chicken on the corner if you have time to kill and want to take your rage out on your own body!
  • Julyane L.
    Julyane LimaOctober 19, 2016
    Melhor opção pra chegar a Manhattan! Barato e prático 😊
  • Nika B.
    Nika BlankSeptember 5, 2016
    В жару в метро душно, а в вагонах кондиционер работает +22, контраст безумный
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