December 15, 2010

Take the N or R Train to All NYC Airports!

I've passed through the Jay Street Metrotech ( formerly Lawrence Street ) connection a few times. Its easy as pie.

It now makes it easy for Bay Ridge / Sunset Park / other Brooklyn residents to take the subway to JFK Airport. But there are surprisingly easy mass transit options to each of the three area airports. Here's how you do it.

To JFK Airport
  • Take Manhattan bound R train to Jay Street / Metrotech. Take the escalator by the second car.
  • Transfer to the Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park bound A train to Howard Beach / JFK station. ( second or third car )
  • Take the JFK Airtrain ( $5 fare, paid with MetroCard ) right to your terminal.
To LaGuardia Airport
  • Take N train through Manhattan and into Astoria. Get off at Astoria Boulevard and take the stairs by the second or third car
  • Follow the sign to LaGuardia bound M60 bus and take the bus to your terminal. Free transfer with MetroCard.
N/M60 to LaGuardia not recommended if you have heavy luggage as the bus gets crowded.

To Newark Airport
  • Take R train to Cortlandt Street. Exit by the front of the train
  • Walk 2-3 blocks to the PATH train. Use your MetroCard to pay $1.75 fare. Take PATH to last stop at Newark Penn Station.
  • Walk down " Westbound trains " ramp. Using the NJ Transit ticket machine on the platform, use debit / credit card or cash to buy NJ Transit ticket to Newark Airport Station ( $8.25 each way ) . Take the next westbound NJ Transit train that will stop at " EWR ". ( Some, not all Northeast Corridor or North Jersey Coast Line trains stop at EWR - ask the conductor to make sure you are on the right train ) Hold on to your ticket
  • Exit at Newark Airport station. Take the escalator up to the gate where you use your ticket to pass to the Newark Airtrain.
  • Take Airtrain to your terminal
I travel, and have taken the train to the airports many times.

I personally find the N/M60 route to LaGuardia the easiest, since the trains and buses run frequently at all hours. The R /A/ Airtrain to JFK may now be just as easy. The connection to Newark is slower and more involved, and is not recommended at past the night rush hour when there can be long gaps between NJT trains. But when the stars are right it works fine- especially during rush hour, when cars run slow.

Save a few bucks, and give 'em a try. Your next trip to Honolulu or London begins with the N or R train!


Anonymous said...

this new connection is perfect for shopping at WholeFoods at the 2 AV/Houston St in Manhattan.. just a few stops with the F and all the way with N/R.

Anonymous said...

also a great transfer connection to the new Highland Park in Chelsea with the A and C trains.

Anonymous said...

also a much more direct connection to Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street or Amtrak at 34th Street.

The Phantom said...

What is Highland Park?

I work right by the South St Seaport.

Normally, I don't mind the walk from Cortlandt St R train. But now when it is rainy or very cold, I can take this connection and get out four blocks closer, at Fulton & William Sts. ( Much preferable to the painful connection to the 2/3 at Atlantic which takes you to the same place )

Anonymous said...

sorry, it should be Highline Park in Chelsea 14th St..

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