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New York has three main airports through which millions of people pass each year.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

JFK is located in Queens at the south end of the Van Wyck Expressway. This airport primarily handles international flights; it has a one mile long “international zone”, which is run not by the U.S. Government, but by the United Nations. The airport has a Ground Transportation Desk where you can get information when you arrive.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

LaGuardia, in Queens (on the Grand Central Parkway), mainly handles domestic flights. If you’re flying in from anywhere in the U.S., chances are you’ll come through here.

Newark International Airport (EWR)

Newark, in Newark, New Jersey, handles both domestic and international flights. It’s a bit further from the city than the other two airports, but it is generally less crowded and has more modern facilities.  The airport has a Ground Transportation Desk where you can get information when you arrive.

Driving takes 30-90 minutes depending on traffic.  There are tolls depending on your route.

Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.  They cost $25 – $60  to Manhattan NOT including bridge tolls and tip.  Taxis accept cash and credit/debit cards.  Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you.  Generally, drivers will assist you with your luggage and it is always polite to tip your driver 15% to 20%.

The New York City subways and buses run for $2.25. If you have large quantities of luggage, you may find it difficult to manage this long trip.  For more information and to plan your trip, please visit the MTA website or see the public transportation below.

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