NYC Subway System

The AirTrain links all passenger terminals with NYC’s Subway system at Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations. At Jamaica, you can take the E, J or Z lines.

If you’re taking the subway to the airport, you will disembark at Sutphin Boulevard Station on the E, J and Z lines or at Howard Beach Station on the A line to access the AirTrain network.

Besides the subway, the Long Island Railroad commuter rail links Jamaica with Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn

Subway Metro JFK airport


At Howard Beach, you can take the A line. All NYC Subway fares are separate from AirTrain, but they can be paid using any MetroCard. The fare is $2.75 USD. Together with the Airtran ticket, the total fare will be $10.50 USD (if you don’t have the metrocard add an extra USD1.00)


  • Midtown Manhattan Penn Station W. 34 St. to/from MTA NYC Transit E Subway at Jamaica Station
    fare $10.50 - Jorney time 50 minutes
  • Lower Manhattan below W. 14 St. to/from MTA NYC Transit A Subway at Howard Beach Station fare $10.50 - Jorney time 60 minutes
  • Upper Manhattan W. 125 St. to/from MTA NYC Transit E Subway at Jamaica Station. In Manhattan transfer to a subway or bus for final destination.
    fare $10.50 - Jorney time 75 minutes
  • Southern Queens, Northern Brooklyn MTA NYC Transit J or Z Subway at Jamaica Station
    fare $10.50 - 50 minutes

Long Island Railroad

This commuter rail links Jamaica station with Penn Station, located in Midtown Manhattan, and Atlantic Terminal, located in Downtown Brooklyn, as well as all Long Island destinations. Fares and schedules vary by time and day. Travel time can be significantly shorter than using the subway. Learn more