All these years, I’ve been taking Uber to and from JFK. Either Pool was very cheap or I had a half-off ride promo that made it worthwhile for me to avoid public transport. And since I’ve been staying in Long Island City, it was also the most convenient option.
This time, I landed and checked Uber to Manhattan. It was $47 for Pool, assuming that the driver would show up (see Uber Pool JFK: Scam!) or $70 for X. I mustered the courage to take AirTrain to the most dreaded place on earth, the NY subway system. I hopped on the AirTrain with no ticket and wondered how and when I was supposed to pay for the ticket (see Scammed or Stupid? A Big Fine in Palermo). The train made stops at each terminal until I arrived at Jamaica station. That journey took 15 minutes. From there, riders have to buy an MTA card for $6 ($5 for the ride, $1 for the card) in order to exit the station. I forgot my card in Scottsdale, TPOL’s other home, which cost me that extra dollar.
After that, I took the E train down to 42nd Street. That cost the standard $2.75. That ride took about 45 minutes. All things considered, the AirTrain + subway is a convenient way to get to Manhattan. Depending on traffic, it may be faster than driving.