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Old 09-15-2019, 05:45 AM
 
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You can take the Air Train to Jamaica station and take the LIRR to Penn station. (cost would be around $25.00 and time would be around 25 to 30 mins)
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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I would take the bus and Subway because it is far more cheaper to get around. The problem is figuring it out while dealing with wait times. Also most of those people waiting around are really homeless people seeking safety. Also their are roads dedicated just for them as well. Uber v. a cab service is kind of questionable because apparently many people find it unappealing. That being said if I pack light enough I might as well bike via citi-bike.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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Air train to LIRR. Buy LIRR city pass for cheaper price .

There is unpredictable traffic even on Saturday weekends
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:51 AM
 
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Not sure if this contributes to discussion, because it is not the fastest way (takes 90 min) - but it may be the most convenient way, and pretty cheap, so may still be of interest.



I don't fly that much out of NYC (because am based in Boston), but occasionally when I do (if I found an incredibly cheap airplane ticket to somewhere from JFK, where ground transportation from Boston to JFK costs much less than the difference in airfare if flying from Boston), then I take the express bus NYCairporter.com.



I take NYCairporter.com between Grand Central (not far from Empire State Bldg) and JFK, but it has other routes too. It runs every 30 min between 11 am and 7 pm, and costs like $18-19 one way. It does take about hour and a half.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:48 PM
 
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I wouldn't take the E train unless you have 1.5 hours to waste.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:20 PM
 
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I'd call a friend or a relative, then tell them to hop over and let me drive. I can get to NYC from JFK in 30mins at 2:30am.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:48 PM
 
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I believe OP is asking about travel at 2:30 PM in the afternoon on Saturday.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:54 PM
 
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Also, Maxwell2323, it depends on whether cost savings (public transit options) or convenience ( car service) is more important to you. Also, if it is just yourself public transit is more economical, but add another one or two people to your party with limited big suitcases and car service would be much better and definitely cheaper than taking the subway and LIRR or even the NYCairporter.

I always go for car service from JFK because for $45 I get pick up outside the baggage claim exit area and direct service to my Brooklyn home. It is worth it to me whether I am traveling solo or with 1-2 family members.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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I would do Airtrain to LIRR - total cost is more like $11 total than $25. Most LIRR trains stop in Jamaica Station, so they are very frequent and then from Jamaica station to Penn is 20 minutes, Empire State Building is two blocks from Penn. Faster and more comfortable than the subway and not subject to traffic.
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:44 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure $11 is the subway.

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I would do Airtrain to LIRR - total cost is more like $11 total than $25. Most LIRR trains stop in Jamaica Station, so they are very frequent and then from Jamaica station to Penn is 20 minutes, Empire State Building is two blocks from Penn. Faster and more comfortable than the subway and not subject to traffic.
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