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JFK / New York John F. Kennedy International Airport Interterminal Connections
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JFK Airport Terminals Map


There is no reasonable way to travel between JFK terminals other than the AirTrain, which is landside (outside of security). The only airside inter-terminal service is the Delta shuttle bus between T2 (gate C60) and T4 (gates B18 and B54.)

The on-airport AirTrain is free, shows as a yellow line on maps and travels in a anti/counter-clockwise direction.

The clockwise Howard Beach and Jamaica Station trains arrive from outside the airport at Terminal 1 and depart the airport after stopping at Terminal 8. Whilst these trains are free while on-airport, they are not free if one goes past the airport.

See here for a map of the system and further information.

Link to PDF map and information about JFK AirTrain.

Link to online (moderately helpful) airport guide

There are two places to store your luggage at JFK Airport New York.
Terminal 4 at JFK (near the Arrivals area - call 718.751.2947 for information) offers a 24-hour luggage storage service in NY. Depending on the size of your bag, NYC luggage storage rates range between $4- $16 per day.
Terminal 1 at JFK also features a baggage storage service in NYC. (Call 718.751.2947 for information.) This service is also located near the Arrivals area, and is open from 7am- 11pm. NYC luggage storage rates at Terminal 1 also range between $4- $16 per day.
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Old Jun 3, 14, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by joshwex90 View Post
I've never transited IAD, so I don't know if they have a different set-up. But in general, when flying to the USA, you must claim your bags at the first port of entry (even if not leaving the airport and connecting to an international destination,) and then re-check
Thanks for confirming Joshwex90; you are most likely correct, it was a few years ago I went through IAD and I probably just remembered wrong. Maybe it was on my return journey?
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Old Jun 3, 14, 6:37 am
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Originally Posted by Clucky View Post
Thanks for confirming Joshwex90; you are most likely correct, it was a few years ago I went through IAD and I probably just remembered wrong. Maybe it was on my return journey?
Much more likely. Domestic to international, you wouldn't need to claim your bags
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Old Jun 3, 14, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by joshwex90 View Post
I've never transited IAD, so I don't know if they have a different set-up. But in general, when flying to the USA, you must claim your bags at the first port of entry (even if not leaving the airport and connecting to an international destination,) and then re-check
It is the same at every US airport: you must claim your luggage at the first port of entry into the US in order to clear customs (except in those airports in Ireland, Canada, Abu Dhabi, and the Caribbean where US immigration and customs is pre-cleared before you board your international flight).
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Old Aug 14, 14, 7:19 am
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I am going from the rental cars to terminal 8 around 9-10am on a weekday. Realistically, how much time would I save by getting off at terminal 1 and switching to the all terminal train? Even though I will be by myself with little luggage I am not sure it is worth it.
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Old Aug 14, 14, 8:32 am
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Originally Posted by mileshound View Post
I am going from the rental cars to terminal 8 around 9-10am on a weekday. Realistically, how much time would I save by getting off at terminal 1 and switching to the all terminal train? Even though I will be by myself with little luggage I am not sure it is worth it.
About 6-8 minutes. I do it every time (unless the inner loop is not running, which happens sometimes due to maintenance, usually in the morning or very late at night).

When you arrive at T1 you should be able to look across the platform and see on the digital screens "Airtrain arriving in 1 minute", etc. Those signs are accurate.
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Originally Posted by SJC AA View Post
About 6-8 minutes. I do it every time (unless the inner loop is not running, which happens sometimes due to maintenance, usually in the morning or very late at night).

When you arrive at T1 you should be able to look across the platform and see on the digital screens "Airtrain arriving in 1 minute", etc. Those signs are accurate.
Agree completely. And also agree that it's important to read the sign across the platform before you switch. If the inner track is not running, the sign will so indicate (or, as was the case last Friday, the sign on the inner track made it clear that it was not running to T8; they must have been running out-and-backs rather than loops due to track maintenance).
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Thanks. I will do the switch. Do you just exit the train and walk 20 feet to the other side of the platform?
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Old Aug 14, 14, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by mileshound View Post
Thanks. I will do the switch. Do you just exit the train and walk 20 feet to the other side of the platform?
Exactly. And if the AirTrain gods are feeling nice the trains will arrive at the same time


I do this every time I go to JFK, I think it's worth it. Unless I'm early and just stay on the Longer train to pass the TWA Flight Center for kicks...
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Old Nov 15, 14, 4:17 am
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Can anyone share thoughts on what to expect today (Nov 15 2014) with inter-terminal connections in JFK in the absence of AirTrain (out for maintenance the whole weekend).

I am arriving at 9pm in AA terminal 8 and connecting to Cathay in Terminal 7. Looks like it is impossible to walk from the map. Buses are provided but I expect the loop to take a long time.

Will taxis be available and willing to take me to terminal 7?
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Old Nov 15, 14, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by sunnikrish2 View Post
Can anyone share thoughts on what to expect today (Nov 15 2014) with inter-terminal connections in JFK in the absence of AirTrain (out for maintenance the whole weekend).

I am arriving at 9pm in AA terminal 8 and connecting to Cathay in Terminal 7. Looks like it is impossible to walk from the map. Buses are provided but I expect the loop to take a long time.

Will taxis be available and willing to take me to terminal 7?
You can't walk.

Last time they had this, you would have to take the bus to Federal Circle and back. I recommend a cab. They won't be happy to take you, but they will take you.
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Old Apr 22, 15, 11:33 am
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I've added a starter wiki for JFK interterminal services (including baggage storage).

It's a wiki, friends, so feel free to add useful information or correct misinformation.
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Looking at the map, what do the green, red, and yellow lines represent?
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Old Apr 23, 15, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by joshwex90 View Post
Looking at the map, what do the green, red, and yellow lines represent?
They represent the different AirTrain lines.

Yellow is the "inner loop" AirTrain that runs clockwise and only visits the terminals.

Red and Green are the "outer loop" AirTrains that run counter-clockwise around the terminals and then leave the airport to take you to Jamaica (red) or Howard Beach (green).

I'm pretty sure the colors only exist on the map, though. When you get to the train they are referred to by their destinations and NOT by colors.
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If looking to connect within terminals, does it matter which line I get on?

Also, is $5 fee charged for Federal Circle or Lefferts Blvd?
What about Howard Beach if going to the long-term parking?
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Originally Posted by joshwex90
If looking to connect within terminals, does it matter which line I get on?

Also, is $5 fee charged for Federal Circle or Lefferts Blvd?
What about Howard Beach if going to the long-term parking?
Yes, it matters. Depending on which terminal you're starting from and which you're going to, one route could take a lot longer than another.

The $5 fare is only collected when passing through the fare gates at the Jamaica and Howard Beach AirTrain terminals. Otherwise, there is no charge for riding AirTrain.
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