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Taxi vs Public Transportation from JFK

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Hello,

I'll be arriving in to JFK early in the morning, around 5:30 AM and heading to Midtown Manhattan. I'm schlepping a large suitcase and carry-on, was wondering if I should get a cab or take the AirTran and LIRR to Penn.

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Can you wrangle all that luggage by yourself?

Is your hotel near Penn Station?

I suspect a Yellow cab is likely a more appropriate choice https://www.jfkairport.com/to-from-airport/taxi-car-and-van-service

Edited: 23 August 2021, 17:58
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Agree it depends on how well you can manage the luggage and where your hotel is located.

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Cab.

Your question provides your answer: schlepping a large bag plus a carry on? Why break yourself before you even arrive? Start your trip comfortably instead of waking up sore the next day.

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I agree with Risa, a cab is the way to go with a lot of luggage and it's a flat rate from JFK to New York City.

I've taken the AirTrain and LIRR in the past but only had a backpack.

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Like the others, I would, and do, take a taxi. However, whichever method you take, you might see a fair amount of traffic. I was once coming in from the airport around 6-7 and encountered traffic so heavy it came to a halt in the midtown tunnel, whereupon guy behind us started honking madly, as if we had any control over it. I came very close to getting out of the taxi and asking him what I could do for him. Also note if you take LIRR you might have trouble finding a place for a large suitcase.

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Taxi is easier, plus it's a fixed rate from anywhere in Manhattan. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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I always do Lyft from JFK. Usually a bit less expensive than taxi.

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I just checked Lyft - it’s $127 from jfk to my address right now, with tip, that’s double the price of a cab.

Please note that Lyft and Uber prices have increased significantly in the last year.

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for $127 take Public transportation.It will cost you about $20

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It depends entirely on just how big your luggage is vs. how much you're willing to spend.

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