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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member, 248 posts) 13 Jan '08 13:05

So what would be the 'cheapest' way to get from JFK airport to Time Square (my hostel is just 2 mins away from Time Square) ... i was told a shuttle bus ... but was also told it would cost around $20 - $25 .... which correct me if im wrong seems quite pricey for a comunal bus...

anyone know numbers of these buses or similar transport - asmuch info as possible would be great as i arrive in NY on wednesday @ about 11am

2. Posted by makka (Respected Member, 248 posts) 14 Jan '08 17:13

one last attempt at a heads up ;)

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1863 posts) 14 Jan '08 22:52

The cheapest way is to take the Air Train from JFK Airport to Jamaica Station (cost $5). Trains leave every 10 minutes or so.

At Jamaica station, connect to the Long Island Railroad which goes directly to Penn Station (downtown at 34th street and Broadway). Cost is about $7.

From here, you can either walk the short 8 blocks (these are the short blocks, the avenues are the long blocks) up Broadway to 42nd street, which is where Times Square is, or you can take a subway up there for $1.50

P.S. I just took this route at Christmas, so I can suggest it. It was easier than I thought it would be (except for having to carry the luggage up and down the steps at the subway once I got to 34th street)--better to walk if you have luggage with rolling wheels. (unless, of course, it is freezing outside)

Enjoy

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 11:06 PM by Calcruzer ]

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1863 posts) 14 Jan '08 22:56

Here's the link:

http://www.mta.info/mta/airtrain.htm

Just reverse the order (this website gives directions from Penn Station to the JFK Airport)--you are going the opposite direction.

And yes, the total cost to Penn station is $12 total. ($5 AirTrain and $7 for the Long Island Railroad).

Enjoy

Forgot to mention--it takes 12 minutes on the Air Train to get from the airport to Jamaica Station, and then it takes 35 minutes to get to Penn Station. It will take you about another 15-20 minutes or so to walk the 8 blocks--or only 7-10 minutes or so if you take the subway instead.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 10:59 PM by Calcruzer ]

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1863 posts) 14 Jan '08 23:03

Oh, and if you really are on a budget--you can take the subway from Jamaica station instead of the Long Island Railroad--but it's not as comfortable, it takes at least twice as long, and I think you only save $2 or so.

6. Posted by villavic (Budding Member, 19 posts) 2 Dec '08 09:38

Quoting Calcruzer

The cheapest way is to take the Air Train from JFK Airport to Jamaica Station (cost $5). Trains leave every 10 minutes or so.

At Jamaica station, connect to the Long Island Railroad which goes directly to Penn Station (downtown at 34th street and Broadway). Cost is about $7.

From here, you can either walk the short 8 blocks (these are the short blocks, the avenues are the long blocks) up Broadway to 42nd street, which is where Times Square is, or you can take a subway up there for $1.50

P.S. I just took this route at Christmas, so I can suggest it. It was easier than I thought it would be (except for having to carry the luggage up and down the steps at the subway once I got to 34th street)--better to walk if you have luggage with rolling wheels. (unless, of course, it is freezing outside)

Enjoy

I'm going in april to NYC, arriving at JFK..
I read about Air Train too, but.. is it enough safe?
Besides, which one is faster. Airtrain-subways,, or the shuttle ? I stay at Times Sq, too.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1863 posts) 4 Dec '08 16:45

Yes, the Air Train is super-safe. Surprisingly enough, New York City is probably the safest large city in the US. Especially so if you are going to Manhattan (as you are).

All those cop shows on TV like to "blow" things way out of proportion in terms of exaggerating the violence in the city. Just stay out of the Bowery area on the east side of the island of Manhattan--and out of areas like Harlem or a dark park at night.

Enjoy

8. Posted by gocebe (Inactive, 48 posts) 5 Dec '08 21:13

For some reason I thought the shuttle wasn't that expensive. I remember paying $15 in March 2008. I might be wrong but this website suggests the same price.
It may be outdated I am not sure but I think it is better to take $15 shuttle rather than taking the Air Train for $13.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 5, 2008, at 9:16 PM by gocebe ]