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My international flight arrives at JFK ~ 00:00 on the 4th of September (Friday) and I need to get to my friend's place in New Jersey.

From the little research I did, most options are closed till about 06:00 the next day. I'd prefer not to stay at the airport for that long unless I'm allowed access to a priority lounge which are normally in departure gates.

What should I do?

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    Airside lounges are out, without an onward boarding pass. A shared shuttle is probably your best option, the Port Authority transport page mentions one, a quick search found this one who offer NJ services too (but I've not used them myself) – Gagravarr Aug 17 '15 at 12:51
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    NJ is a state. Can you be more specific? – Karlson Aug 17 '15 at 15:23
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    No you're not doing anything wrong. The location where you're going is centered around Philadelphia so you with Public Transportation you have to get to Phila to get to Marlton – Karlson Aug 17 '15 at 15:33
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    @kouton Baltmore Washington International. And no it won't be more convinient. Best solution is to fly to Philly. – Karlson Aug 17 '15 at 16:16
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    PHL also has a lot more international flights than BWI. If you still have the option to pick your arrival airport, you should definitely change it. – Michael Seifert Aug 17 '15 at 16:17
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If you don't want to stay in the airport until morning, you can continue traveling through the night. The linchpin of this plan is Amtrak Train 65, which departs New York Penn Station at 3 AM and arrives at Philadelphia 30th Street Station at 4:35 AM. Schedule here. The "transit" option of Google Maps shows an itinerary that goes as follows:

  • Airtrain from JFK to Jamaica Station, departing around 1:15 AM;
  • Long Island Railroad from Jamaica to Penn Station;
  • The aforementioned Amtrak train to Philadelphia;
  • A combination of SEPTA trolleys and NJ transit buses to get you to Marlton (including a 1-hour bus ride starting at 5 AM);
  • and, to cap it off, a two-mile walk to your actual destination.

If you were adventurous/insane enough to attempt this, I would just catch a cab at 30th St. Station to Marlton. It'll still run you into money, though; you're looking at $54 for the Amtrak ticket (as of this writing) and probably a $50 cab ride as well, plus whatever fares are needed for the AirTrain and the LIRR.

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    $7 to exit airtran and Cab rite will likely cost more since tolls are involved and the cab will have to go back empty from Marlton. – Karlson Aug 17 '15 at 17:18
  • Is the NJ Transit safe this late? Instead of the amtrack, take the transit to Trenton where my friends would pick me up.. – kouton Sep 2 '15 at 7:09
  • NJ Transit is pretty safe if you compare that to NYC subways, this might be a better options. The no of trains late at night however are very limited. – nikhil Feb 14 '16 at 14:51

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