Flying To New York
For those traveling by air, the City is served by seven area airports. Of these, three are major hubs: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are both in Queens, while Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located in neighboring New Jersey. These three airports provide access to the City via taxis, buses, subways, trains and private limo car services.
Jamaica, Queens, NY 11430
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JFK handles the most international traffic of any airport in the US—around 410,000 flights and 48 million passengers annually. About 400 daily nonstop domestic arrivals/departures connect to JFK, and 70 airlines serve its eight passenger terminals.
Getting to Midtown Manhattan from JFK:
• Taxi: $52 flat fare (flat rate), plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 45–60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. 212-NYC-TAXI
• Subway: $7.50 ($5 for the AirTrain from JFK, plus $2.50 for the subway); 60–75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan from the A subway line at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport station or the E, J, Z subway lines and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK Airport station.
• Public Bus: $2.50 (with free transfer to subway line into Manhattan); 60–75 minutes to Midtown on Q10 bus to the Ozone Park/Lefferts Blvd. A train subway station.
• Private bus & van companies: from $15.
• Higher for private limo car services.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Jackson Heights, Queens, NY 11371
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This is the closest airport to Midtown Manhattan and handles domestic US, Canadian and Caribbean air traffic, with over 365,000 flights and 24 million passengers annually. Its four passenger terminals serve more than 476 daily nonstop arrivals/departures. It is on the northern shore of Queens, directly across the East River, about 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan.
Getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia:
• Taxi: Metered fare is approximately $29–$37, plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 20–30 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. There is also a $1 surcharge for trips taken from 4–8pm on weekdays and a 50-cent surcharge charged for trips taken from 8pm–6am daily. 212-NYC-TAXI
• Public Bus: $2.50; 45–60 minutes to the Upper West Side via direct service on the M60 bus; for subway connections, board the Queens Q33 bus and disembark at either the 82nd St./Jackson Heights subway station (for 7 subway line) or the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station (for 7, E, F, M or R subway lines); add an additional 15–20 minutes for subway into Midtown Manhattan.
• Private bus & van companies: from $12.
• Higher for private limo car service.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark, NJ 07114
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Newark Liberty welcomes more than 411,000 flights and almost 34 million passengers annually. There are more than 40 international and domestic carriers, with more than 423 daily nonstop domestic arrivals/departures. The airport is across the Hudson River from New York City, 16 miles and 45–60 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.
Getting to Midtown Manhattan from Newark Liberty:
• Taxi: Service to Midtown Manhattan is via New Jersey–regulated taxis. Metered fares range $60–$75 (plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity). During weekday rush hours (6–9am and 4–7pm) and on weekends (Saturday–Sunday, noon–8pm), there is a $5 surcharge to anywhere in New York State, except Staten Island. When traveling to the airport from Midtown Manhattan, service is via New York City’s regulated yellow taxis. Metered fares range $69–$75, plus a $5 surcharge in addition to tolls and gratuity.
• Private bus & van companies: from $16.
• Higher for private limo car services.
Other Modes of Entry
In addition to nearby airports, New York City is easily accessible via an extensive network of bridges, tunnels, ferries, trains, bus lines, heliports and even cruise ports. Driving to the City is an option, but you certainly won’t need a car to get around—the fastest, easiest way to reach virtually every NYC attraction is by foot and the City’s inexpensive 24-hour public transit system.
Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around NYC is through a combination of walking and mass transit. NYC’s subways and buses are inexpensive, operate 24/7, provide a fun way to extend sightseeing and get you where you need to go, fast. Other interborough connections include ferries and even an aerial tramway.
Getting an MTA MetroCard is your first step to navigating the City by subway or bus. You can purchase a MetroCard at any subway station from multilingual machines (which accept cash, ATM cards and credit cards) or booth attendants.
Riders can choose a pay-per-ride or an unlimited-ride MetroCard. A single subway or bus ride is $2.50. (The minimum purchase for a pay-per-ride MetroCard is $4.50.) The unlimited MetroCard enables users to ride as often as they like within a fixed time period: seven days ($29) or 30 days ($104). Varying discounts are given when purchasing multiple rides, and for seniors (age 65 and older) and disabled riders. For a map of New York City’s subway and bus system, click here.
Taxicabs are available outside of the entrance of our hotel.
The City’s yellow fleet of taxicabs is regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). Taxicabs operate 24 hours, provide door-to-door service and accept cash or credit cards. To hail a taxi, stand at the curb and look for a yellow cab with an illuminated white number on top. Off-duty cabs display the illuminated words “Off Duty” on the same sign. Board and exit the cab curbside.
There is a minimum meter fare of $2.50, and prices increase based on the distance and duration of the trip (assume prices are higher during peak rush-hour traffic). Surcharges apply to the meter price Monday–Friday, 4–8pm, and nightly, 8pm–6am. Drivers appreciate a 15–20 percent gratuity at the end of a trip. Bridge and tunnel tolls are extra (and not included in the taxi’s metered fare). For further details, visit nyc.gov/taxi or call the City’s information hotline, 311.
Arrangements can be made to have a group VIP transported by the Hilton New York limousine or town car, or through an outside service. Capricorn Limo is our preferred service and can be reached at 718-729-3000.
Following are the three Hilton New York preferred companies, their locations, and contact numbers.
Midtown W. 55th (between 6thand 7th)
126 W. 55th Street
Midtown E. 54th (between 2ndand 3rd)
240 E 54 thStreet
Midtown W. 49th (between 8thand 9th)
304 W. 49th Street
Valet parking is availble for $42 per night ($52 for vans and SUVs). The valet entrance is loacted in back of the hotel on W.53rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.
*Prices subject to change.