Taxi rides from JFK to Manhattan cost a flat fee of $52 + tip. So you’re looking at approx. $65 for a one way trip. That can be quite a lot if you’re on a budget when visiting NYC.
If you’re looking for an economical way to Manhattan from JFK, then try NYC Airporter, the official JFK Airport bus authorized by the Port Authority of NY & NJ. For only $19 one way or $35 round trip from JFK airport to midtown and Times Square in Manhattan. The bus stops at the Port Authority and Grand Central and you can transfer to the hotel vans for Penn Station (included in price).
NYC Airporter can drop you off at any hotel between 23rd and 63rd streets with a complimentary transfer to the hotel vans at Grand Central, from 11am -9pm, 7 days a week. Not bad for $35 roundtrip!