Trains from JFK Airport to Manhattan

Sign for the Air Train in JFK Airport
Air Train

Trains from JFK Airport to Manhattan are a convenient and inexpensive way to get from your flight’s arrival gate to New York City. The process is a simple one that you can complete in two steps.

The first step is to follow signs in JFK Airport to the AirTrain once your flight has landed. When you arrive at the AirTrain platform, board a train to Jamaica station. You do not need to buy a ticket before you get on the train, as ticket machines are located at Jamaica station.

After you alight at Jamaica, you will start with the second step of taking the train from JFK Airport to Manhattan. Pay $5 for the AirTrain when you arrive at the station, and purchase a ticket for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). This will be your next mode of transportation to Manhattan.

The cost of a ticket for the the LIRR is $8 for adults at peak times, and $6.75 at off-peak times. Discounts are available for children and seniors. Cash and credit cards are both accepted at the ticket machines.

The Long Island Rail Road train to Manhattan will take you from Jamaica station all the way to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. From there you can connect to subway lines A, C, and E, as well as buses, taxis, and other modes of transport to get to your final destination in New York City.

The total journey time on trains from JFK Airport to Manhattan is around 50 minutes, with the AirTrain taking 15 minutes and the LIRR taking 35 minutes. The travel time can be longer depending on how long you have to wait for the trains to arrive and at which terminal you board the AirTrain.

Top 10 Things to Do in Seattle

Seattle skyline with the Space Needle
Seattle Skyline

With as many great sights as Seattle has, it is hard to narrow all of the highlights down to a manageable list. But here is my best effort to distill the city’s attractions into a Top 10 Seattle list:

1. Visit the Space Needle. Sure, it’s cliche, but no visit to Seattle is complete without a trip to the city’s most iconic landmark. Make sure to go all the way up to the top for great views over the city.

2. The famous Pike Place Market is a favorite of foodie travelers, and is not to be missed on a visit to Seattle. While you’re there, make sure to visit the original Starbucks coffee shop in Pike Place!

3. Speaking of coffee, drinking a good cup of joe should be on any traveler’s list of things to do in Seattle. The city is teeming with cafes, and Seattle locals take their coffee very seriously.

4. Visit Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The area is brimming with great shops and restaurants, including the famous Melrose Market with its sandwich bar, butcher, cheese shop, gift stores, and Sitka and Spruce restaurant. Also worth a visit are design shop Nube Green and ice cream store Molly Moor’s.

5. Another great Seattle neighborhood is Ballard. While it’s a bit off the beaten path, Ballard deserves its place on any top 10 Seattle list. The area is full of great boutiques like Venue, Jax Joon, Ketch, Dolce Vita, Re-Soul. When you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, sit down for award winning cuisine at Seattle restaurant the Walrus and the Carpenter.

6. Catch some live music. Seattle is the birthplace of Grunge, but the city celebrates all kinds of music. The architecturally stunning Experience Music Project in Seattle is a great place to start. After hours, head to Jazz Alley for a night of dinner, live music, and dancing.

7. Go kayaking in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty, and visitors don’t have to leave Seattle to experience it. Kayaking outfitters operate throughout the city, offering excursions for all skill levels.

8. Visit the library. Most people don’t make a bee line for the library when visiting a new city. But renowned architect Rem Koolhaus’ Seattle Central Library is not your everyday home for books. The stunning space is worthy of a walk, and the cafe is a great place to get a cup of the famous Seattle coffee.

9. Take a day trip from Seattle. While Seattle has no shortage of things to do, there are many areas around the city that are worth visiting as well. Try Mount Rainier, San Juan Island, or Victoria, BC.

10. See the sculptures. Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is open all year and is free to visit. The outdoor space is home to a stunning collection of sculptures, and free tours are offered for those that want a more in-depth look. The unique museum definitely deserves a place on any top 10 Seattle list.