5 of us need to get to our hotel in Times Square, can we get in 1 Taxi? or what are our other options? Cheers Evs.
Taxis come in all shapes and sizes if you wander outside when you get to jfk the taxi co-ordinator person will fit the cab to your party size
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Thanks very much for the advice, cheers, Evs.
Taxis do not come in all shapes and sizes. They come in two sizes: the typical four person cab, and the much rarer five person cab. The dispatcher can generally get you a five person cab at the airport, but you should not expect to be able to hail a five person cab anywhere else. It will be a tight squeeze.
Your other options are to get a car service, like Dial7, Allstate or Carmel to send you a minivan, which will be a little more expensive but more roomy and comfortable, or to take public transportation. Those details are laid out in the FAQ on the right hand side of your screen. Let us know if you have more questions after reading it.
odd on the few occasions I have visited NY i have witnessed
ford crown victorias
etc etc etc, im sure even the most pedantic of people would be able to see that those vehicles cover "all shapes and sizes" ok there arent any 2 seater supercars and no buses either but the point I was making is, in this instance, that their party would, more than likely, be catered for at the taxi rank outside JFK.
Brooklyn's point was the vast majority of cabs, whether Escapes, crown vics, priuses are 4 person max cabs. You need a minivan cab to hold 5 and those can be much harder to hail off the street. It may work at the taxi stand at the airport, but I wouldnt depend on hailing one from a street in NY. Once in the city, either split the group or take the subway, I would say.
But the OP didn't ask about hailing cabs on the street they only asked about transportation from the airport hence the title of the post "JFK into times square" not "JFK into times square then randomly hailing cabs when required".
Point noted Phatbear. I was more responding to your comment to Brooklyn, and got off the original topic. But it may be useful for the OP to know that a cab for 5 is not easy outside of the airport. And I agree with MoreFF, its not particularly comfortable. I recommend taking the LIRR to Penn Station if you can as well. I always take the subway, but visitors might be nervous. If you can handle it, the E train out of JFK (via the Airtrain) will take you right to times square in about 40min.
Nervous? I take the E train a fair amount - it just takes longer. The LIRR is faster and more comfortable. The LIRR is above ground and has some nice views. The E train is entirely underground and is just a little slower. It is all very well-marked, user-friendly, and incredibly safe.
CBS News or NBC New York (or somebody) had an article about all the people getting killed by falling trees on the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. They're protected by some historic provision and they can't just cut them back so there are some problems. This has little to do with JFK Airport and the route to Times Square except that if safety is your concern, there are plenty of dangers out there and one of the least of your dangers is the New York City subway (super safe). I think you're in more danger with some crazy NYC taxi driver in some rust bucket barely held together with duct tape spray painted yellow than on public transport.