If you’re flying internationally to New York City you’ll probably find yourself at John F Kennedy International Airport in Queens. Allow at least an hour for your jouney into Manhattan. An AirTrain will take you to Rockaway subway station and from there you can take the A train into Manhattan. A bus from outside the terminal will be slightly more expensive then the train and will drop you at Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal or Grand Central Terminal. A cab will cost upwards of $45 and won’t be much quicker.
Domestic flights usually land at LaGuardia Airport, which is closer to Manhattan than JFK. Buses leave every 20 minutes from outside the terminal and take an hour. A taxi will cost between $15-$30 depending on where you are in NYC. It will take up to 40 minutes.
Long-distance trains terminate at Penn Station.
If you have the time, walking the streets of Manhattan is a great way to take in the city. Set out like a grid, you can’t go wrong in finding street numbers if you have a map in hand and a pair of comfy shoes to go the distance.
The subway is a popular, fast means of travel for New Yorkers, however there can be delays. Make sure you are going the right way; some only go Uptown or Downtown, not both. Take the subway especially in peak hour, or if the President is in town.
The most reliable transport straight off the side of the road, just about anywhere, anytime. However, peak morning and evening traffic is ‘gridlock’ as they say, so plan ahead, get the subway or take a book to read while you sit in traffic.
With the world largest fleet of buses, the New York City Bus System is a good pick to get you around. Check out the Metropolitan Transport Authority for all your public transport planning and information.