Airtrain service at New York JFK airport

Airtrain at JFK airport

The 24-hour JFK AirTrain is the easiest and fastest way to move around JFK Airport. The system connects all passenger terminals to airport parking lots, the rental car center, the hotel shuttle pick-up area, and NYC’s public transportation network at Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations, where you can connect with the subway, the Long Island Rail Road, and public buses.


AirTrain is free between terminals and airport grounds. But if you start or end your journey at Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations a fare applies, which is $8.25, payable only by Metrocard (if you don't have the metrocard add an extra $1.00). An additional $2.75 subway fare you will need to pay, to continue your journey. There are Metrocard machines located at both Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations.

* You can use unlimited ride MetroCards and OMNY on the subway but not on the AirTrain.

Between the Terminals

AirTrain connects all passenger terminals at JFK. This is the free-service route. The Jamaica and Howard Beach lines operate in the following order: Terminals 1 & 2, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7, Terminal 8 and then proceeds to its origin station. The Central Terminal Train operates in the reverse order and only circles between terminals.

Any changes in these train journeys will be reflected on AirTrain Platform information monitors.

To and From NYC Public Transportation

AirTrain connects to NYC’s public transportation network at Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations. 

JFK Airport Airtrain
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To / From Parking Lots

AirTrain stations are adjacent to the short-term parking lot at each Terminal.

Long-term parking lots are located near Lefferts Boulevard Station, which is connected to the terminals with the Howard Beach AirTrain line.

To and From Hotel Shuttles and Rental Cars

All airport hotel shuttles and rental car facilities are located at Federal Circle station on the AirTrain, which is accessible by both the Jamaica and Howard Beach lines.


All AirTrain units and stations are equipped with elevators and escalators to comply with the ADA. There are two designated wheelchair locations in each vehicle. In addition, at the Jamaica and Howard Beach stations to and from the Long Island Railroad and subway platforms, there are wheelchair accessible connectors.

For the hearing impaired, there are visual signs on the train and in the stations, as well as destination announcements on board the train. Guide dogs are welcome. In addition, there are raised letter and Braille signs as well as tactile platform warning surfaces.