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What are the options for travelling from JFK Airport to Yonkers? Would I be able to get a taxi at the airport, if so what would be a ball park figure for the cost? Someone warned me that drivers only want fares into NYC and it might be difficult to find a taxi. Is it possible to pre-book a taxi? Speed and convenience is more of an issue than cost.

Google is suggesting public transport is a complicated trip taking nearly 3 hours. Is public transport really this bad?

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    Google (to me) suggests slightly less than 2 hours via Jamaica station, which does not sound all that unreasonable for ~42km. At rush hour Google say 1hr-2hrs to drive, and 40 min- 1hour at 9:30pm. – Spehro Pefhany Nov 12 '16 at 19:34
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    The main source of trouble with public transport is probably that LIRR trains from JFK terminate at Penn Station, while Metro North trains to Yonkers originate at Grand Central, and there is no direct subway line between the two stations. Additionally, LIRR and Metro North are mainly oriented toward commuter travel, and have less frequent service outside rush hour, meaning potentially longer wait for a train. – Nate Eldredge Nov 12 '16 at 19:46
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    If you want to pre-book a ride in NYC, you don't want a taxi but rather a "black car" or "livery cab". Or Uber / Lyft / etc. – Nate Eldredge Nov 12 '16 at 19:48
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    NYC yellow taxis are required to accept passengers who want to go to Westchester county. Taxis at the airports are dispatched through a formal system at the taxi stands, so the dispatcher will enforce this. Note that the portion of the trip beyond the city limit will be metered at a higher rate (twice, if I recall correctly). You will also have to pay any tolls. Other destinations that cannot be refused are NYC itself, Nassau county, and Newark airport. – phoog Nov 12 '16 at 20:26
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My to-go solution in the public transit challenged places like most of the United States is a shared shuttle.

In this case, some Googling found (ie. I never tried them) http://shuttleme.net/

Shuttleme schedule

There's also http://www.allcountyexpress.com/westchester_schedule.html but I can't find a way to book it online.

This seems to be only marginally cheaper than the 67-80 USD taxi fare @pnuts found and for less than 90 USD you could even hire a private sedan to take you there.

Probably the best balance between price and convenience is the Airporter bus to Grand Central for $18 and then the Hudson Line (Metro-North) to Yonkers for $10.50 peak / $7.75 off peak.

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Have you considered a different airport? If you are flying internationally, EWR (Newark) is considerably more convenient and the flights are typically cheaper. If you are flying domestically, there is Westchester County Airport (HPN).

Another alternative is eschewing public transportation. Uber Pool would be $80. You can also rent a car for as little as $20 a day, if that is appropriate to your needs.

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    Is getting from EWR to Yonkers particularly easier than from JFK? I wouldn't guess so, myself - the obvious rail connections still need a transfer between Penn Station and Grand Central. HPN is closer but I would guess there are fewer public transit options. – Nate Eldredge Nov 14 '16 at 2:01

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