With so many ways, bus, train, car service and taxis, you wonder, which is the best option for you?
Subway – $2.75. The cheapest way from JFK to Manhattan is the Subway. But depending on where in Manhattan, the chances of not having to transfer to another train are slim. You already have to transfer once from the JFK airtrain to the actual Subway train. Plus, taking luggage on the subway during rush hour can be a nightmare. If you are not familiar with the NYC subway system, seeing how to reach your destination via google maps is a wise decision. You should learn the difference between uptown and downtown trains, which are express and which are local trains. You don’t want the train skipping your station. Perhaps not doing the subway on your first visit is the best choice until you arrive and familiarize yourself with it first. Estimated time can be 1hr to 90min depending on time of day.
NYC Express Bus – $35 ROUNDTRIP- Buy your ticket online and simply show it to the agents at the Ground transportation welcome center. They will tell you where to get the bus. There are no booking times when you book online and you can take any bus on the day of travel. Bus stops include Grand Central and Times Square (Bryant Park). The bus allows 2 luggage and 1 carry on per passenger for free. Not bad! Estimated time 90 min depending on time of day.
NOT SO ECONOMICAL
Taxi/Car Service/Uber $52 + tip (total of $65 avg) – While the taxi is fast, it’s also costly. If you’re on a budget and who isn’t, then this is probably not the best option. And during rush hour, you can bet it won’t move that much faster than a bus. But if you’re in a rush this is the best option. Estimated time, 45min -1hr depending on time of day.