An answer on the question "Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?" suggests that there is a free shuttle between the car rental parking lot at JFK and Jamaica station, which seems like the cheapest option of getting into the city.

What is the schedule of that bus and where exactly does it stop?

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The cheapest option to get to the city is to take an MTA bus directly from the airport. You can transfer for free to one other bus line or, if you use a prepaid MetroCard "gold", to the subway.

The fare is currently $2.75, but depending on which MetroCard you buy, you may spend slightly less.

JFK is served by five MTA bus lines, all of which have a free transfer to at least one subway line. Three of the five stop at terminal 5: the Q3, the Q10, and the B15. The others do not stop at any passenger terminal. You'll most likely land at the wrong terminal, so you'll have to take the AirTrain to the bus stop, but this is free of charge.

Plan on at least an extra hour for this trip, compared to taking the AirTrain to Jamaica or Howard Beach. I think most people's time is worth more that $5 an hour, but maybe you have additional factors to consider.

See http://web.mta.info/nyct/maps/busqns.pdf for the Queens bus map.


In my understanding there is no longer an available shuttle. You can take Air Train for FREE to rental car locations.

Port Authority:

AirTrain makes frequent stops everywhere around the airport: airline terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttle areas and rental car facilities. What's more, every AirTrain ride around the airport is free. The service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Once you’ve landed, finding the best New York City airport car rentals is easy—the Air Train takes you right to Avis at Terminal C/Federal Circle. Avis’s JFK car rental counter is conveniently located just 50 yards from the train’s exit.


Customers arriving by flight - Please follow the Airport signs to the Airtrain to be transported to the Hertz facility located at Station Federal Circle. The train runs approximately every 6 minutes and can be boarded from all terminals.


Your Alamo rental will be serviced by National Car Rental, our Drive Alliance partner location. Please follow signs to the Air Train and depart at Federal Circle. Proceed to the first floor make a right and go to the National Rental Counter.

And many more rental companies gives directions to their locations via Air Train. I assume that they have removed such "Free Shuttle" service, since people were taking advantage of it. So unfortunately, you will have to take the Air Train.

Even, in order to take "Free" hotel shuttles from JFK, you will have to take the Air Train.

Hotel Shuttles

There is a wide variety of hotels and motels conveniently located near JFK – many of which offer hotel courtesy shuttles. To connect with a courtesy shuttle, take AirTrain to Federal Circle Station. The following provides the most up-to-date information on nearby choices.

  • The AirTrain is also free for people getting off Federal Circle. They discontinued the van shuttles because the AirTrain made them unnecessary. How do you imagine people were "taking advantage of them"? Why is taking the AirTrain so unfortunate? It's far more convenient than a shuttle bus.
    – phoog
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 16:40
  • @phoog As they stated in the comments of other questions, people were looking to get away from $5 fee. If you know for sure that it is free for people getting off at rental car stop, I would be happy to delete my answer and upvote yours. Best Regards. Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 16:42
  • @phoog ok found a source, I will update it. Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 16:45
  • I do know it for sure but have no time to add an answer to this question. The $5 fare is collected when you enter the system or exit the system at Jamaica or Howard Beach only. Transportation between Federal Circle and the air terminals is free. The AirTrain site will explain this as well.
    – phoog
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 16:47
  • @phoog added the port authority link which mentions that around the airport AirTrain is free and it runs 24/7. Schedule is about every 6 minutes shown under Hertz paragraph. Thank you. Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 16:51

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