For those traveling by air, the City is served by seven area airports. Of these, three are major hubs: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are both in Queens, while Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located in neighboring New Jersey. These three airports provide access to the City via taxis, buses, vans, subways, trains and private limo car services.
John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
JFK is 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It handles the most international traffic of any airport in the United States—more than 406,000 flights and 50.4 million–plus passengers annually. About 7,600 weekly domestic arrivals/departures connect to JFK, and 80 airlines serve its six passenger terminals.
Getting to Manhattan from JFK:
- Taxi: the flat-rate fare is $52.50 (excluding tolls and gratuity); 50–60 minutes to/from Midtown. 212-NYC-TAXI.
- Subway: $7.50 ($5 for AirTrain JFK and $2.50 for subway); 60–75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan on the A subway line at the Howard Beach–JFK Airport station, or the E, J, Z subway lines and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave. station.
- Train: $5 AirTrain JFK connects to $15.50 LIRR into Penn Station.
- Public bus: $2.50 (with free transfer to subway line into Manhattan); 60–75 minutes to Midtown. The Q3 bus at JFK connects to the F subway line, the B5 connects to the 3 and 4 lines, and the Q10 bus connects to the E and F lines.
- Private bus & van companies: from $16–$20.
- Higher prices for private limo car services.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
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LaGuardia is on the northern shore of Queens and is the closest airport to Midtown Manhattan at about 8 miles away. It handles domestic US flights and shuttles, and Canadian and Caribbean air traffic, with 338,500-plus flights and 26.7 million passengers annually. Its four passenger terminals serve more than 6,955 weekly arrivals/departures.
Getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia:
- Taxi: Metered fare is approximately $30–$50 (excluding tolls and gratuity); 30 minutes to/from Midtown. There is a $1 surcharge for trips taken 4–8pm on weekdays and a 50-cent surcharge charged for trips taken 8pm–6am daily. 212-NYC-TAXI.
- Public bus: fare is $2.50 for the M60 bus between LaGuardia and Manhattan's Upper West Side (106th Street and Broadway); 45–60 minutes. For subway connections from the airport into town, board the express Queens Q70 bus and disembark at the 82nd St./Jackson Heights subway station (for the 7 subway line) or the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station (for 7, E, F, M or R subway lines); add 15–20 minutes for the subway ride.
- Private bus and van companies: $13–$20.
- Higher prices for private limo car services.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark Liberty welcomes more than 414,700 flights and almost 35 million passengers annually. There are more than 29 international and domestic carriers, with more than 7,700 weekly domestic arrivals/departures. The airport is across the Hudson River from New York City, 16 miles and 45–60 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.
Getting to Manhattan from Newark Liberty:
- Taxi: Service to Midtown is permitted only via New Jersey–regulated taxis. Metered fares range $60–$75 (excluding tolls and gratuity). During weekday rush hours (6–9am and 4–7pm) and on weekends noon–8pm, there is a $5 surcharge to anywhere in New York State, except Staten Island. Seniors (ages 62 and older) receive a 10% discount. New Jersey taxis add a $5.50 surcharge to all credit card transactions. Newark Taxi Commission, 973-733-8912; Elizabeth Taxi Commission, 908-820-4000, ext. 4178.
- When traveling to Newark Liberty from Midtown, taxi service is via NYC's regulated taxis. Metered fares range $69–$75, plus a $5 surcharge (excluding tolls and gratuity). 212-NYC-TAXI.
- Train: AirTrain Newark is free between EWR terminals. Purchase a flat-rate $12.50 ticket for a connection on an NJ Transit or Amtrak train into New York's Penn Station. Note: Retain your
- $12.50 receipt to show to conductors on each train connection.
- Private bus and van companies: $16–$20.
- Higher prices for private limo car services.
Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around NYC is through a combination of walking and mass transit. NYC's extensive system of subways and buses are operated by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). The system is inexpensive, operates 24/7 and provides a fun way to extend sightseeing, and it gets you where you need to go—fast. Other interborough connections include ferries and even an aerial tramway.
Getting an MTA MetroCard is your first step to navigating the City by subway or bus. A MetroCard is required to enter the subway system, while exact change or a MetroCard can be used on buses. You can purchase a MetroCard at any subway station from multilingual machines (which accept cash, and credit and debit cards) or booth attendants.
Riders can choose a pay-per-ride or an unlimited-ride MetroCard. There is a $1 fee to purchase a new MetroCard, so be sure to retain it (and check the expiration date on the back of the card—the MTA will issue a new MetroCard for no charge if your card has expired or is damaged). The base fare for a subway or bus ride is $2.50. Adding value to the card works as follows: The minimum value that can be purchased on a pay-per-ride MetroCard is $5; an unlimited MetroCard enabling users to ride as often as they like costs $30 for seven days or $112 for 30 days. Varying discounts are given when purchasing multiple rides and for seniors (age 65 and older) and disabled riders. A single-ride ticket is $2.75, is sold only at vending machines and must be used within two hours of purchase. For a map of New York City's subway and bus system, click here.
New Subway Station Opens Servicing New York's Javits Center
MTA’s new 34 St-Hudson Yards subway station, situated a short stroll from the Javits Center, is ready in the nick of time for International Vision Expo. In one stroke, this beautiful new station has changed the neighborhood from one of the least to one of the most accessible areas of the city. Forget hiking to your hotel or fighting traffic, now your biggest decision will be where to go rather than how to get there. This extension of the 7 line, one of the only cross-town lines, connects to every train that runs through Manhattan. Attendees will now be able to travel from the west side of Manhattan to Times Square hotels and restaurants in little more than five minutes.
The station, located on the corner of 34th Street and 11th Avenue, is the first addition to New York’s subway system in 26 years and the system’s furthest western Manhattan outpost. This game-changer also features the system’s longest and highest escalators and its first diagonal elevators, which have glass compartments that travel along a 170-foot incline. The station is also visual delight; it is airy and modern with sculptural glass canopies by architect Toshiko Mori and a stunning glass mosaic by artist Xenobia Bailey. Fred Dixon, the president of New York’s convention and visitors bureau, has proudly noted that the changes are making the neighborhood “a must-visit destination now and in years to come.”
- The project took eight years and cost $2.42 billion.
- The project is part of the huge Hudson Yards development, a mind-boggling transformation that will include a hotel, office space, apartments, retail, dining entertainment, a 16-acre public park and an arts complex – truly a visionary plan.
- The station is expected to serve more than 32,000 entries and exits on weekdays and is designed to handle as many as 25,000 during a peak hour.
- The station is the first in the system to comply with ADA requirements; its two inclined elevators can accommodate five wheelchairs or 15 standing customers. The elevators travel 82 feet vertically and 152 feet horizontally at the speed of 100 feet per minute.
- Inside the station mezzanine, there is a curved recessed ceiling dome that contains mosaics with an interesting origin as crocheted pieces. These pieces were then transformed into digital images, enlarged and interpreted into glittering mosaic by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio.
- The station will maintain a year-round temperature between 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Whether you are a local or a visitor getting to International Vision Expo has just gotten faster, safer, smarter and more affordable than ever before. We know you will enjoy this new convenience when you join us this Spring.
The City's fleet of taxicabs is regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). Taxicabs operate 24 hours, provide door-to-door service and accept cash or credit cards. The City's famous yellow fleet is primarily seen throughout Midtown but can be hailed for trips to other boroughs and even to other states. NYC's new apple-green Boro Taxis can pick up hails in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (excluding the airports) and Staten Island, plus northern Manhattan (north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street); they are not authorized to pick up any trips elsewhere in Manhattan.
To hail a taxi, stand at the curb and look for a yellow cab with an illuminated white number on top. Off-duty cabs display the illuminated words “Off Duty” on the same sign. Board and exit the cab curbside.
For yellow or green taxis, there is a minimum meter fare of $3, and prices increase based on the distance and duration of the trip (assume prices are higher during peak rush-hour traffic). Surcharges apply to the meter price nightly, 8pm–6am, and Monday–Friday, 4–8pm. Drivers appreciate a 15–20 percent gratuity at the end of a trip. Bridge and tunnel tolls are not included in the taxi's metered fare. For further details, visit nyc.gov/taxi or call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 when in town.
Other Helpful Information
- Hotel doorman: $3 for hailing a cab
- Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag
- Maids: $1–$2 per person, per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
- Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20 percent of total bill
- Taxi drivers: 15–20 percent of total fare
Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides and coat-check staff, are always appreciated.
It's worth noting that if you're having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect a $2 tip for every drink they serve you. Later, when the bar gets crowded, you'll be glad that the bartender remembers you!
New York City is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours during daylight saving time, from March through November, and minus six hours the rest of the year). Check here for the current date and time in NYC.
New York City weather can vary from day to day, and even morning to afternoon, but a guide to the seasons can help you plan your wardrobe. Spring (March–May) in New York City brings budding flowers, light winds and rain, with the season's temperatures ranging from cool to very warm. We suggest dressing in layers and don't forget your raincoat!