The closest Amtrak station to JFK Airport is Penn Station in Manhattan. All New York City Amtrak trains stop at the terminal, and there are several options for continuing your commute to JFK:
The NYC Airporter Shuttle is the Official Port Authority transportation from the Amtrak station to JFK. Shuttle vans pick up passengers every 30 minutes at the corner of 33rd Street and 7th Avenue next to the Sbarro restaurant and travel to Grand Central Station for transfer to the an express bus. Allow 90 minutes of commute time.
Hail a ride with Uber, Lyft or a taxi. The fare is more expensive than the bus shuttle, but the commute is shorter (35 minutes to one hour depending on traffic).
Long Island Railroad/AirTrain
After arriving at Penn Station via Amtrak, transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) for a 24-minute ride to the Jamaica Station. Choose either the Babylon, Port Jefferson or Ronkonkoma lines. Check fares based on your departure day and time, and be sure to purchase your fare before boarding the train in order to save money. The ticket cost is less than $15 if you buy your fare at Penn Station or via the MTA eTix app.
After arrival the Jamaica station, there is a nearby connection to the JFK Airport’s SkyTrain (an additional $5 cost and 10-minute ride).
Transfer to the E subway line in Penn Station and travel to Jamaica. The commute time is slightly longer, about 31 minutes, but the fare is cheaper at $2.75, plus the $5 AirTrain fee.
What We Say
The cheapest option is the subway if saving money is important. Otherwise, if traffic isn’t too heavy, and money isn’t an issue, get a taxi, Uber or Lyft car. If you want a similar commute time as driving but without the expense, use the LIRR.