JFK Airport to Manhattan Transport Review is part of TPOL in NYC Trip Report.
Good afternoon tourist. Welcome to New York City. Oh wait, you’re actually in Jamaica, Queens. And if you haven’t been to NY before, chances are you have no idea where that is. Worse, if you are an international traveler, you are wandering around the airport trying to: 1) Find the information desk. 2) Get Wi-Fi service and call an Uber. If you found Wi-Fi, I will suggest doing one of two things: 1) Taking the AirtTrain and then the subway. 2) Taking the AirTrain and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR for short) to Penn Station.
I usually do the former, but this time I thought I would pay the extra $7.50 and take the faster, more efficient LIRR to get to Penn Station. It beats taking the subway and making a dozen stops to get to your destination while enduring little or no cell service. If you’re staying in Brooklyn, downtown, or the Renaissance 57th in midtown, enduring the inefficiency of the subway is a better bet. However, if you’re a tourist who thought that staying in Times Square was a good idea, this is the way to go. Here is a play-by-play in pictures:
I hate the NY subway system, but for my time and money, I find it more efficient to do the AirTrain + subway than AirTrain + LIRR. Having said that, both of those options are better than JFK + Uber Pool Scam.