To get from John F. Kennedy Airport to Times Square, you could hop into an expensive taxi and spend at least US$45.00 from JFK to Times Square. Rides in a taxi from JFK to Manhattan is a flat fee of US$45.00 plus tolls and (10% to 20%) tip for the taxi cab driver’s expenses and salary. Do this if you are a family of four or five as the fare covers all the riders. For a solo explorer, an airport shuttle will work out cheaper than the taxi.
To save some money for your hotel and teen shopping spree in New York, your best option is to take the Airtrain (this is Jamaica Train) to Jamaica Station, and purchase a US$7.50 Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard which goes towards entering or exiting the system (US$5.00) and for the entry for subway (US$2.50) at Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station. As a benefit to adult riders, children under the age of five (5) gets to ride for free.
If you are staying for seven days, fourteen days or thirty days in New York City, just purchase a US$5.00 Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard for the fare to exit train system from JFK then buy an Unlimited MetroCard (Pay-Per-Ride if you will need to visit New Jersey using the PATH train) from the subway station downstairs to use around the bus and subway in Manhattan.
7-Day US$27.00* $25.00
14-Day US51.50* $$47.00
30-Day US$89.00* $81.00
* Price are subject to change and cards are subject to being discontinued.
** Effective December 30, 2010 the 1-Day and 14-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards are
discontinued and will no longer be sold.
To make things simple, the MetroCards are already activated when you purchase them at the ticket machine, booth, MetroCard mobile/merchants.
Take the Manhattan-bound (E) train to 42nd St-Port Authority Bus Terminal and follow the directions to Times Square’s 1/2/3/7/N/Q/R/W via underground passage.
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