John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Located in Queens, this is the largest international airport within the NYC area and handles flights to nearly every country. The airport includes eight terminals, which are connected by the AirTrain, a people mover system that’s free to use between terminals. Visitors can also board the AirTrain to reach the subway and Long Island Rail Road for a fee.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Also located in Queens, LaGuardia is closer to Manhattan than JFK and services mostly domestic destinations, as well as Canada. There is no rail service to LaGuardia, which means visitors will need to take a city bus, taxi, or an airport shuttle to get there, or arrange for car service.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Since this airport is across the Hudson River in neighboring New Jersey, it’s trickier getting to and from NYC from here. But it does offer service from more than 30 airlines (many of them international). In addition to grabbing a taxi or booking car service, visitors can hop on the AirTrain Newark and transfer to a NJ Transit train to reach Midtown Manhattan.
Walking: When traveling short distances in NYC, it’s best to venture out on foot, if you can. It’s the easiest and quickest way to get around, learn the neighborhoods, and become acquainted with your surroundings. Keep in mind that the streets in Manhattan run east and west and the avenues run north and south. Also, remember to wait for the walk signal when crossing the street, especially if you’re unfamiliar with NYC.
Bus: For areas that aren’t easily accessible via subway, board one of the city’s public buses. They accept MetroCards and exact coin change, except for SBS (Select Bus Service) routes, where you need to pay your fare at the kiosks by the bus stop before boarding. You can also transfer for free from the subway to a bus (and vice versa) within two hours of using your MetroCard.
Rail: New York City’s two main rail stations—Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station—are accessible by the city’s vast network of subway and bus lines and are both conveniently located on opposite sides of Midtown Manhattan. Metro-North Railroad at Grand Central Terminal serves the suburbs of New York state and Connecticut, while Penn Station houses Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak, and NJ Transit, which serves New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.