John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

International Airport
Jamaica, Queens
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    Michele S.
    "Salad bar in JetBlue terminal 5 is awesome!!!"(78 Tips)
    Abdullah S.
    "AirTrain is the best and fastest to get around terminal and the city"(79 Tips)
    Vasily S.
    "The best place at JFK - the Sky Deck at new Delta Terminal 4"(48 Tips)
    "... downtown , fast and comfortable . No train , no way !"(22 Tips)
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  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaOctober 25, 2012
    Need some rest from New York’s skyscrapers? Go visit “The High Line” in Chelsea! This public park built on a defunct railway that runs 30 feet above Manhattan really is extraordinary and relaxing.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Varun S.heart icon on user image
    Varun ShettyJune 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Whoa! A Shake Shack + Blue Smoke by Gate 34 in Terminal 4. Eat everything and risk missing your flight because of a food coma. Note to self: schedule all flights to depart from this 5 gate radius.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • naveen
    naveenMarch 30, 2019
    Been here 100+ times
    Terminal 4 pro tip: if your little one soils himself and you run out of backup clothes — deep breaths, remain calm. know both Hudson ($10) and Shake Shack ($18) have onesies.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Mat B.heart icon on user image
    Mat BrownDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    It can be confusing, but it’s well worth figuring out how to get into the city via the AirTrain and subway—costs 10% as much as a taxi, and locals will eagerly help you find your way if you ask.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonDecember 21, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes, there are two Shake shacks in the Delta terminal. Skip the first one you see. The one further in has seating and sometimes a shorter line. Go there.
    Upvoted 2 days ago
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    NYC: The Official GuideFebruary 19, 2014
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  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsJune 16, 2016
    If you fly in with JetBlue the AirTrain is a pretty long walk away, so factor that into your commute time. Virgin America is much easier when it comes to jumping in the train.
  • Hedonist T.heart icon on user image
    Hedonist TravellerApril 1, 2018
    Each terminal is a different world here. 1 is straightforward and tend to be very quick both inbound & outbound. Terminal 4 has tons of shops and restaurants but be prepared to walk a lot to your gate
  • Angela Isabelheart icon on user image
    Angela IsabelAugust 23, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    AIRTRAIN EXPLAINED. One track has trains coming in T1→T8 direction, ending at either Howard Beach/Jamaica as final stop. The other track has a train circling airport terminals only in T8→T1 direction.
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • David H.
    David HuOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're in Terminal 1, look out the big windows next to Gate 7. You'll be able to say goodbye to the New York skyline in the distance and if you squint, you'll make out the Freedom Tower and ESB.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuieApril 11, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Free Wi-Fi, MUJI to GO, and an outdoor patio/lounge/dog walk are just a few things to love about JetBlue's Terminal 5.
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesNovember 28, 2014
    Welcome to New York! A day during this festive season wouldn’t be complete without a skate around the Rockefeller Center ice rink, so make sure you go for a spin!
  • Morgan J.
    Morgan JohnstonSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    A brand new USO just opened at JetBlue's Terminal 5. It's available to all military personal and their families and located in the arrivals hall near baggage carousels 2 and 3.
  • Kushal S.heart icon on user image
    Kushal SanghviFebruary 20, 2019
    One of the busiest airports in the world and it’s amazing how much you have to walk, pretty much like grid waking in NY city!! Lots of food and drinks to get!!
  • TheMobileBroker
    TheMobileBrokerAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Opt for the Even More Space! It includes expedited security! You won't go back once you've experienced the difference!
  • Morgan J.
    Morgan JohnstonJuly 1, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    JetBlue's T5 Rooftop (across from Gate 28 at Terminal 5) is a post security outdoor space and pet relief area open for all customers.
  • Athonia C.
    Athonia CappelliMay 9, 2014
    Grab a meal from Balducci's market in the food court to bring on board your flight. They have quite a few vegan & vegetarian meals to go. Vegan pad thai, dumplings & bento box are amount the choices
  • Nora A.heart icon on user image
    Nora AbousteitJune 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask someone in front of Lufthansa lounge to take you along and eat and drink for free. Bonus: Only go with Senator status to get extra nice food.
  • Debheart icon on user image
    DebSeptember 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Overall it is a good airport and easy to get around
  • James H.heart icon on user image
    James H.October 18, 2016
    British Airways has comfortable lounge for Club Class. You can have dinner here before boarding so sleep is easier. Ask for champagne. They have Laurent Perrier but you need to ask for it.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysAugust 31, 2015
    If you need a quick view of New York, visit the Rockerfeller Center and Top of the Rock observation deck. They are less crowded than the Empire State Building yet have great views.
  • Balazs G.
    Balazs GyemantMarch 11, 2020
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to the airport early so you can enjoy the amazing TWA HOTEL’s futuristic design and have a drink in style inside an airplane.
  • Peter M.heart icon on user image
    Peter MarreckDecember 10, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Prepare to do a lot of walking, and add time for it. I am pretty sure I walked 3 miles between plane and car. Also, long-term parking costs half as much as terminal parking, but add in shuttle time
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍July 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I've always had positive experiences at JFK. Always clean and well-organized. Employees are generally friendly and helpful. I highly recommend applying for TSA Precheck to avoid long security lines
  • Trevorheart icon on user image
    TrevorApril 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Sprawling, crumbling, and poorly connected, JFK is a disgrace to a great city and makes for a depressing start or end to any journey. Probably the best of the region's major airports.
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there early. TSA Lines can rapidly fluctuate. Be nice to the desk teams and they might make your life easier.
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    Michael MarranziniDecember 22, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    By far my favorites of the NYC airports. Specially Terminal 5 take a stroll around the center. Theres Shopping and live Music!
  • Nas B.heart icon on user image
    Nas BenaliNovember 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They just recently introduced Global Entry where you can beat the lines by using these kiosks when you arrive. It's $125 for 5 years. Worth it if you travel a lot and need to save time.
  • Muriel V.
    Muriel VegaAugust 28, 2014
    Need to go to Manhattan for a long layover? Leave your bag downstairs at Terminal 1 at the baggage storage. Quick and easy and only a few bucks. Take Airtrain to the NYC Subway for cheap trip
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PelsingerJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Really smooth tarmacs. Try tarmac #7! It always goes down smooth!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BunchJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Brooklyn Deli by gate 38 is very unassuming from the outside, but pretty damn good. I quietly scoffed at the $12 charge for my Philly Cheesesteak with Avocado and Jalapeños...until my first bite.
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Allow plenty of xtra time if you have a flt leaving out of terminal 4, esp delta flts. The new terminal is really nice with great food options (shake shack! blue smoke!) but its a damn long terminal.
  • Phillipe C.heart icon on user image
    Phillipe Casorla SagotJuly 24, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Probably one of the busiest airports in the planet, fear not if you are late for your flight they will make sure you have your own security line, I have been from entrance to gate in 35mins.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NicholsAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice job on the Delta Sky Club outdoor lounge area. Make sure you check it out as it is a bit over to the side. Quite fashionable.
  • James U.heart icon on user image
    James UnderbergMay 16, 2015
    Like the song "Getting Better All all the Time" Usually fly out of T4 on Delta - love the Sky Club with the open roof deck great when it gets warm ! - recently flew from T1 on AeroMexico - needs work!
  • Avneesh K.heart icon on user image
    Avneesh KohliSeptember 19, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    Pop in some headphones, put on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and take it all in as you majestically glide down an escalator. Welcome to New York City.
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneAugust 23, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    T4 has new security system at Pre Check: bins slide to the side if they need extra attention so you don't get caught behind Edna & her 13 bottles of liquid. Consider going to T2 & taking shuttle.
  • Laura
    LauraNovember 30, 2015
    Official New York Taxi rank was clearly marked, easy to get to, fully staffed with helpful people and a fixed rate from JFK into the city. Perfect!
  • May A.
    May A.June 22, 2018
    You have to input your personal passport details & picture taken on a computer kiosk before lining up to immigration. Make sure you scan your passport well by sliding it fully inside the scanner.
  • David S.heart icon on user image
    David SalvétJune 2, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice airport, if you are coming on ESTA and its not your first time, you will be in line with US-citizens, so no 1-hour waiting, it takes like 10 mins. max. Also there is no free WIFI.
  • Danielle
    DanielleOctober 6, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Arrive early and visit the new TWA Hotel. You can even rent a room for a half day if you have a long layover. Head to the pool deck to see planes arriving and taking off while enjoying a cocktail.
  • Edward H.heart icon on user image
    Edward HutchinsonMarch 1, 2017
    Good airport. Lots of food selection and efficiently run. I way prefer flying out of here than LAX!
  • John D.heart icon on user image
    John D'AgostinoOctober 15, 2019
    JFK is a nice airport. Well run and organized each terminal has a collection of places to eat especially on long lay overs as we experienced.
  • Fish F.
    Fish FishDecember 12, 2018
    The consistent dedication of each employee we encountered to confirm what an unfriendly place New York is was remarkable.
  • Muratheart icon on user image
    MuratJuly 17, 2017
    9 terminals, and where US welcomes you. Chech in could be busy, security always has long lines, but staff is very helpful to make it as passenger friendly as possible. Metro (line A) is available.
  • Chad M.
    Chad MurrayJune 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Any #airplane flight is awesome if you listen to these 7 bands during flight: #ELO, Allman Brothers, #Squeeze, Guess Who, Steely Dan, #Bangles, and ZZ Top. That's the combo for #happiness.
  • Clara W.
    Clara WuJuly 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Terminal B (Delta's Terminal) Gates 20-25 area has great seating, lighting and even personal iPads for each seat's passenger to enjoy. A great place to get work done if you have time.
  • Laura I.
    Laura Immonen-BeattyMarch 8, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    If your gate number is 1-8, your walk is quite quick (5min), but if it’s more, be prepared for 15min walk. Lounge in both areas.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RossAugust 6, 2014
    Whilst you wait for your departure make sure to visit Auntie Anne's. Get the blue lemonade, a pretzel dog and a cinnamon soft pretzel.
  • Yanique
    YaniqueAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The JetBlue terminal is my favorite! Grab a large coffee from Starbucks to make the wait for your flight that much more pleasant.Check out the gift shops & bookstores & do some shopping.
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