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JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

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JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Hello can anyone tell me if I have this right please.

We want to get the train to 41st from JFK. I have read about getting a card/ticket from a Newsagents for $5. Does that get me all the way without changing? I also read about the E train? Is that over ground? There will be 2 of us with a case each.

Thanks for any help/advice 🙂

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1. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

The AirTrain is $5, paid on exit.

Transfer to the subway, which is $2.75, or included with the 7 day unlimited ride metro card.

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2. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Thr E train is underground. But where exactly is your hotel?

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3. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Good evening, our hotel is on 41st.

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4. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Yes, 41st goes from the East River to the Hudson, so it's quite long. Can you provide a cross street? Once you do that, a subway whiz will give you exact directions...there's many subway lines that go across 41st.

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5. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Between 7th & 8th avenues. It’s been 10 years since we visited and used the taxi from the airport last time.

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First you need to get good (paper) map of NYC and Manhattan and also a good map of the subway system.Then you need to read the first of the top questions in the box on the upper right - about getting from the airports into Manhattan. For details on subway routes look at the MTA trip planner web site. If you are going to use the subway more than 13 times you are better off getting the 7 day Unlimited MetroCard, which is $33 per person. If fewer trips you can load as much as you want on a pay as you go card and use for up to 4 people - at $2.75 per fare.

And note to find your way anywher you need to know the cross streets - and also preferably if you are on the east or west side.

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7. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Yes, take the E train. You can exit at 41st Street and 8th Avenue.

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To recap the process:

After you exit customs, follow the signs to the AirTrain. Take the Airtrain to Jamaica. Make sure the destination of the train you're getting on is marked Jamaica, as there are trains that do not go there. When you arrive at Jamaica Station, you will be buying a MetroCard with value stored on it to pay your AirTrain fare. The exit fee is $5 per person. You can either get separate MetroCards or share one between the both of you, as long as there is sufficient value to pay the fares. You can buy the MetroCards either from the automatic vending machines or from the newsstand. There is an extra $1 fee per MetroCard charged on top of your fare just to get the MetroCard if you use the vending machine, so many people like to buy their MetroCards at the newsstand to avoid this. You can either buy MetroCards with just enough value to pay for the AirTrain, or you could put extra value on in addition to the AirTrain fare, to cover later subway rides and/or your return AirTrain trip.

After you pay your AirTrain fare, follow the signs for the E/J/Z subway. You will take an elevator down to the subway station. Now it's time to pay your subway fare. You have two options for this; use $2.75 from the stored value on your MetroCard(s), or buy Unlimited Metrocards to cover subway trips for your entire stay. nytraveler2016 covered how to make this decision above.

If you opt to use stored value, you can re-use the same MetroCard(s) you used to pay for the AirTrain. Again, you can either share a single MetroCard or each use your own. If you loaded extra value onto your MetroCard(s) at the AirTrain, you're all set; you can just swipe to enter the subway turnstile and the fare will be deducted. If you don't have sufficient value on your card(s), you can use the vending machines before the turnstiles to top up your MetroCard(s).

If you opt to buy 7-day Unlimited MetroCards, you cannot reuse the ones you used for AirTrain, you need to get new ones. You cannot share an unlimited MetroCard, you each need your own. To buy them, use the vending machines before the subway turnstiles.

Once you're through the subway turnstiles, follow the signs for the E train and catch one towards World Trade Center. Get off at 42nd Street for your hotel.

Edited: 10:03 pm, November 24, 2017
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9. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

There is no train from JFK to 41st Street. You take the AirTrain;either the Jamaica bound one or the Howard Beach one is fine and will get you to 41st Street. You buy a Metrocard at the machines ,put $5 on it and exit through the gates to the subway. You can add the pay per ride or unlimited 7 day option to your Metrocard. From Jamaica you take the E train to 42nd Street, from Howard Beach, you take the A train to the same.. Its not complicated.Keep your suitcase on the floor of the train in front of you;don't put it on a seat or block the door between train cars with it.There's elevators and escalators at all the stations you'll be using

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10. Re: JFK to Times Sq on a Sunday

Thanks everyone who replied, you’ve been a great help. My bloke has asked me to ask about the overland train if possible? Sorry to be a pain but thank you all again 🙂

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