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Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

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Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Will be arriving at JFK on a Saturday at lunchtime mid December with 2 large suitcases. Staying at Hotel Mela on 120 West 44th Street. From research understand we would have 2 options for subway:-

1. Air Train from JFK to Jamaica Stn then E train to Grand Central?

2. Air Train from JFK to Jamaica Stn then LIRR to Penn Station?

If I'm wrong about subway options feel free to correct me.

Also considering more expensive taxi option, about $60 including tips? Just wondering what traffic would like on a Saturday at lunch time to get into Manhattan?

Brooklyn, NY
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1. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

The E train does not go to Grand Central Station, and Hotel Mela is not near Grand Central. You would take the E train to 42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal and walk to the hotel from there.

Northern Ireland
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2. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Thanks for that advice.

When we board the E train how many stops will there be until Port Authority terminal at 42nd Street and how long approx. would the walk be from Port Authority terminal to the Mela?

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3. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Rather than counting stops, you should look at the subway map.

http://mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm

It's an eight minute walk (.4 miles) to the hotel from the station.

Northern Ireland
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4. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Public transport would cost less than $20 for 2 adults vs taxi at $60?

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5. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

The AirTrain plus subway would cost $14.50 total for two of you. (If you're planning to buy unlimited Metrocards to cover your subway travel during your trip, then it's only $10.) LIRR would be slightly more expensive, but since the E train goes closer to your hotel, that's the best option.

Saint Louis...
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6. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

If you want to reduce your walking distance after you get off of the subway you can do so by making an easy switch of trains.

As indicated above, take the AirTrain to Jamaica and get the E train subway there. At any one of a number of stops you can do a same-platform change to the F train. The F train goes down 6th Avenue in Manhattan while the E train goes down 8th Avenue. You can tell from your hotel's address that it's just west of 6th Avenue (aka Avenue of the Americas.)

So if you want to do this you'd just switch to the F (Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens would be one place to do this) and get off at 42nd Street (and 6th Avenue.) You'd walk up 6th Avenue two short blocks to 44th Street, turn left, and your hotel will be a few doors down, on the left hand side of the street.

Northern Ireland
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7. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Thanks everyone for the subway info.

Northern Ireland
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8. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Thanks everyone for the subway info.

Anaheim, California
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9. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Looking for directions from JFK to Westin Grand Central. How much would it cost for two people?

Scotland, UK
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10. Re: Subway or Taxi to Manhattan from JFK - Options

Hop stop will give you options. You can do air train and subway to Grand Central and walk from there or take a taxi or pre-arrange a car service.