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12 hours in city - transport to/from JFK

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12 hours in city - transport to/from JFK

Hi everyone, I've got a 12 hour overnight layover in JFK and I want to go into the city. I know I can get the sky train from JFK to Jamaica Street but how can I get to Manhattan from there? Can anyone please help?

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1. Re: 12 hours in city - transport to/from JFK

What time does your flight arrive? Will you need to go through Customs and Immigration at JFK or will you be pre-cleared?

You want the AirTrain (not the Sky Train, that's in Vancouver) from your terminal to the Jamaica Station (not Jamaica Street.) There you can either get the Long Island Rail Road commuter train into Penn Station, or the E train subway into Manhattan.

Where in Manhattan do you want to go? For Lower Manhattan you would be better off taking the AirTrain to Howard Beach and the A train subway into Manhattan.

Will you be able to check your luggage through to your destination? You certainly won't want to have to take it with you for your 12 hour excursion.

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