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New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport is in Queens, 16 miles south-east of Manhattan. There’s curbside unloading for baggage and passengers at terminals, while fresh arrivals just call the person picking them up, who must wait at the nearby cellphone lot. Hotels vary from Beaux-Arts icon The St Regis to boutique boltholes like The Whitby, Brooklyn’s stylish William Vale and the Art-Deco Sofitel. The subject of endless love songs and movies, the glamorous Big Apple has limitless things to do, from Central Park to the Met museum and iconic landmarks. Experience the city that famously never sleeps with JFK transfers from AirportCars.

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Just a few of the hotels near JFK

Reserve your JFK Airport transfer to one of these hotels before flying:

  • The Hilton Garden Inn Queens/JFK Airport is a couple of miles away, or a JFK airport transfer in minutes. This three-star venue gets a ‘Very good’ TripAdvisor rating, plus there’s a gym, business centre and access to local attractions.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Rockville Centre is seven miles distant; you’re there in 15 minutes from Kennedy. This Long Island-based, family-friendly hotel has an ‘Excellent’ rating from reviewers and three stars. Expect free breakfasts, a gym and business centre.
  • The Hyatt Regency JFK Airport at Resorts World New York in Queens boasts four stars and an ‘Excellent’ TripAdvisor score. Just three miles from Kennedy, it offers upscale facilities including a casino and conferencing facilities.

Transferring elsewhere from Kennedy?

  • LaGuardia Airport is located around 15 minutes to the north-west; a 10-mile JFK Airport transfer
  • Newark Airport is 33 miles or roughly 45 minutes from JFK
  • Philadelphia International lies 114 miles south-west, so is reachable within two hours from Kennedy
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Great towns to explore near John F. Kennedy Airport

  • Woodstock is 120 miles north, but worth the 2 hr 20 minute JFK Airport transfer. The famous 1969 festival was held in Bethel, two hours away. Arty, bohemian Woodstock has quaint shops and is near Overlook Mountain. Check out some great local eateries and the weekend flea market.
  • Beacon in Dutchess County lies some 70 miles north; be there in 1 hour 45 minutes from Kennedy. It’s an old-fashioned town with excellent restaurants and art. Visit Dia Beacon art museum, enjoy a tipple at Dennings Point Distillery and catch the sunset at Long Dock Park.
  • Cold Spring is 63 miles north, meaning a JFK airport transfer time of 1 hour 45 minutes. Take in the nineteenth-century buildings by the Hudson. Enjoyed water-based activities, boutique shops and superb dining.
  • Kingston, New York is 115 miles distant, or a 2 hour 20-minute JFK airport transfer. The vibrant uptown incorporates quirky stores and historic buildings, while the waterfront downtown features museums, trolley rides and Hudson boat trips.
  • New York City is 16 miles north-west and reachable within an hour. From museums and soaring skyscrapers to shopping and buzzing nightlife, NYC has something for everyone. Catch a Broadway show and lit-up Times Square after visiting the Empire State Building and Central Park, strolling across Brooklyn Bridge and cricking your neck looking at the Rockefeller Center and the Statue of Liberty.
  • New Paltz is within 100 miles and two hours of Kennedy Airport. This popular small town includes Huguenot Street with its eighteenth-century stone houses. Hike or climb Shawangunk Ridge and ride or walk the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Excursions to enjoy from JFK International
  1. Harriman State Park is a 75-minute, 52-mile JFK International transfer north. Escape the city for the park’s hiking trails, lakes, campgrounds and wildlife. Visit Lake Sebago – the famous Appalachian Trail also runs through here.
  2. Cape May is nearly 170 miles south or a 2 hr 50-minute JFK Airport transfer. A Jersey Shore gem of a resort, it features Victorian architecture and cosy B&Bs and boasts a pristine coastline. If it’s raining, visit the zoo, firemen’s museum or Cape May Lighthouse.
  3. Coney Island, 13.5 miles south-west or a 40-minute JFK run, is NYC’s quintessential summer destination. The beach and boardwalk open year-round, as does the New York Aquarium; Luna and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Parks just in the summer.
  4. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is located 67 miles north-west; be there in 1 hour 40 minutes from JFK. It has the world’s biggest range of designer outlet shops, with new brands added yearly.
  5. Storm King Art Center is located 70-odd miles away or a 1 hour 40-minute JFK airport transfer. This Hudson Valley sculpture garden occupies 500 acres set against a rural background. Expect large-scale sculptures and commissioned pieces made during the 1950s or later.
  6. Governor’s Island is within 14 miles or 50 minutes of Kennedy Airport. Take the ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn for stunning city views. Castle Williams is a coastal fort dating from the 1800s, while the island also has splendid scenery, hiking, cycling and some great picnic spots.
More key details for John F. Kennedy Airport

Accessibility matters at JFK are handled by the TSA Cares helpline, but arrange wheelchairs via your airline pre-departure. The AIRA mobile app helps blind travellers navigate the airport, while drinking fountains and restrooms are accessible, plus there are service animal relief areas and adapted phones for deaf passengers. Finally, wheelchair-friendly ‘planemates’ or mobile lounges transport passengers between aircraft and gates. Customer care representatives in red jackets are on hand to provide additional assistance.

John F. Kennedy International Airport
Jamaica, Queens
NY 11430
United States

Tel: (+1) (718) 244-4444