Getting to Brooklyn From JFK Airport

From Cabs to Public Transportation

JFK International Airport
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Obviously if you have a smartphone, you can use a variety of apps to get to JFK, including Uber and Lyft. If you can head to Manhattan, you can take advantage of the $35 rate to NYC on Uber. If you're not a fan of using app-based transportation, here's how to navigate getting from Brooklyn to JFK International Airport and from JFK International Airport to Brooklyn, NY.

1. Cabs and Car Services

You can either call a car service or use the green "Boro taxis" to prearrange a pick up in Brooklyn.

Allow about an hour for travel time; ask the dispatchers. There are also many areas in Brooklyn where you can hail a cab including Smith Street and Clinton Street in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, and 5th Avenue in Park Slope. In fact, you can find a cab on most of the main drags in Brooklyn. However, if you're leaving early, you might consider calling a car service. 

  • Fares between JFK International Airport and Downtown Brooklyn and Coney Island cost about $60-65. 
  • Fares between JFK Airport and Coney Island are a flat rate of $52 plus tolls.

Tips, waiting time, parking, and any other fees are not included. 

As a rule of thumb, if you take a taxi, go outside to the taxi stand. Don't listen to the slick hawkers who try to nab you as you leave the luggage carousel area. Most are unlicensed and uninsured, which means you're at risk.

2. Public Transit: Taking Public Transportation to and from JFK Airport

  •  MTA's Trip Planner offers real-time travel options for taking the Air Train and subways with estimated times depending on the day and hour you'll be en route.

3. Private Express Bus & Subway Combo

NYC Airporter: You can take this bus, which leaves JFK Airport about every half hour and takes passengers to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station, and Penn Station in Manhattan.

You can transfer at any one of these hubs for subways into Brooklyn. It costs $16. You can purchase tickets online.

4. Shared Ride Vans

Shared ride vans can be organized in advance, are larger than cabs, and also are more expensive. Services recommended on the airport website:

Vans

Private Car Services

5. Drive and Park

Of course, you can drive and park your car, at an overnight rate of about $18. Check the airport parking website for rates and information, and to see how full various parking lots are, and to get current pricing.

Edited By Alison Lowenstein