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Transportation 101

JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports are run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as are every major bridge tunnel, port, harbor and airport in the NY/NJ area. The authority was established in 1921 to settle disputes between New York and New Jersey over boundaries. JFK and LaGuardia airports are in New York while Newark is located in New Jersey. Ground transportation to and from JFK and LaGuardia is less time consuming and much more inexpensive than Newark. Some information about trains, taxis and subway options for getting to and from the airport are below, but you can also pre-arrange for a car service if you don’t want to wait in the taxi line or are traveling with a group. Carmel Super Saver 800-924-9954 and Dial 7 Car & Limo Service 800-222-9888 are both good options.

LaGuardia
Miles to midtown Manhattan: 8

M60 bus from Manhattan: With the M60 bus, you can travel to all terminals at LaGuardia from the West Side, the East Side or Astoria (Queens). The M60 runs between 106 Street and Broadway in Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport from approximately 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines or with the N and Q trains at the Astoria Boulevard station.

If you pay your fare with MetroCard, you can transfer free between the subway and the M60 bus. The M60 also makes convenient connections with MTA Metro-North Railroad at the 125 Street station. Travel time between Broadway and 116 Street and the Delta Terminal is approximately 40 minutes.

To access the New York City subway system from the airport, take the M60 bus to 125th Street in Manhattan and transfer to the subway. Bus fare: $2.25. Transfer is free with MetroCard.

NYC Airporter is a popular bus service between Manhattan and LaGuardia. The bus picks up and drops off at all terminals, as well as four major points in Manhattan (Port Authority, Penn Station, Bryant Park and Grand Central Station). One way is $13, and round-trip is $23. If you need to get to Newark Airport, the company also offers shuttle connections from LaGuardia to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where travelers transfer to the company's Newark Airport Express' bus service partner. Fee is $24.

By Taxi: 30-60 minutes
Official taxi stands are available in front of all terminals. Metered fare applies. Expect to pay $25-35 for a ride to midtown Manhattan.

JFK
Miles to midtown Manhattan: 15

By train (light-rail): AirTrain ($5) connects to the NYC Subway system ($2.25). Travel time to midtown Manhattan is approximately 75 minutes.

By train: AirTrain ($5) connects to the Long Island Railroad ($5.75 off-peak, $8 peak), at Jamaica Station, which reaches midtown in approximately 40 minutes.

By bus: NYC Airporter is the most popular bus service between Manhattan and JFK. The bus picks up and drops off at all terminals, as well as four major points in Manhattan (Port Authority, Penn Station, Bryant Park and Grand Central Station). One way is $16 and round-trip is $29. The bus can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, based on traffic. If you need to get to Newark Airport, the company also offers shuttle connections from JFK to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where travelers transfer to the company's Newark Airport Express' bus service partner. Fee is $24.

By taxi: Official taxi stands are posted outside of baggage claim at each terminal. New York City’s yellow cabs, licensed by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, offer a flat rate service of $45 from JFK airport to Manhattan (and the reverse), plus tips and tolls (tolls can be as high as $4.50 based on route). The trip can take anywhere from 25-60 minutes, based on traffic.

Newark
Miles to midtown Manhattan: 16

Air Train: The Air Train offers connecting service to NJ Transit and Amtrak trains, which will bring you into Manhattan. $11.55 one way will take you from Newark Airport to Penn Station. AirTrain connects the NJ Transit “Newark Airport Station” to the airport terminals. The trip takes about 45 minutes.

Taxis from Newark Airport: Metered fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location, approximately $50-75. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. There is an additional charge for luggage over 24 inches if the driver handles the bags, and rates are based per car, not per passenger (up to four passengers).

Taxis to Newark Airport: The set fare from New York City to Newark International Airport is the regular metered rate of fare, plus a $15 surcharge, plus all tolls going to and returning from the airport. The metered fare is approximately $75.

If you need to get to either JFK or LaGuardia from Newark, NYC Airporter offers shuttle connections between the airports. From Newark, Newark Airport Express Bus takes passengers to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where a bus transfer is required to the NYC Airporter service. Fee is $24.

The subway is the preferred way to get around New York with 1.58 billion rides taken in 2009 alone. There are also plenty of buses available in New York City, but you might want to avoid them during rush hour. The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.25. The fare for an express bus ride is $5.50. The Manhattan Transit Authority offers MetroCards for purchase to ride the subway or bus (which only takes exact change or the MetroCard). You can pay an amount on the MetroCard upfront that will get you a certain number of rides, or buy an unlimited number of rides for a fixed price. Choose from a 1-Day Fun Pass, a 7-Day, 14-Day, 30-Day, 7-Day Express Bus Plus, 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard accepted on JFK AirTrain only, or a JFK-AirTrain 10-Trip MetroCard. Kiosks are available in most subway stations. Visit mta.info for maps and more information.

Personal GPS
A great resource to help you get around Manhattan is HopStop.com as you can access it from your pda or mobile phone to get directions to and from anywhere in the city using mass transit or walking. Simply plug in your current address and your destination and HopStop will calculate the time it will take as well as give you the exact route to walk, take the subway or bus. It is an invaluable tool for navigating the city.

Hail a Taxi
Taxis are a great way to get around the city especially if you are traveling with three or more people. Make sure to pay attention to the light on the top of the cab when trying to hail one. If it is lit in the middle, it is empty. If only the sides are lit, then the driver might be going off duty soon and will only take you if he or she is going in the same direction as you. If nothing is lit, then the taxi is unavailable. Taxi drivers tend to change shifts around 5 p.m. daily, so if you are traveling around that time, a subway or bus might be a better option. The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission establishes the regular metered rate of fare, as is displayed below.
Metered Rate of Fare
$2.50 upon entry
40 cents for each additional unit
40 cents per 60 seconds of waiting time
50 cents night surcharge after 8 p.m. and prior to 6 a.m.
$1 Peak Hour Surcharge in effect 4 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
The unit of fare is: One-fifth of a mile, when the taxicab is traveling at 6 miles per hour or more; or 120 seconds (at a rate of 20 cents per minute), when the taxicab is not in motion or is traveling at less than 6 miles per hour.

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