Manhattan to JFK?

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  1. garyst16
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    I have a 10:45am flight on Friday June 3 out of JFK. What time do you suggest I leave my hotel in Times Square for a cab ride to the airport?
     
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    As I work in Times Square and commute to JFK via transit, I leave 1:50 minutes prior to my flights departure. You're taking a taxi, I would leave 2 hours prior to departure in the event there is inclement weather or traffic issues.
     
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    Thanks, Kennected...exactly what I needed to know!
     
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    I would say depends on checking bags, etc. 2 hours is fine for domestic with no checked bags unless traffic is REALLY bad, which it can be. Subway + airtran is usually more reliable.
     
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    It's a damn shame too... JFK is 15-17 miles from midtown and we all know that you should budget at least 90 minutes to get there. Damn NYC traffic. :)

    And I agree.. when everything lines up perfectly, leaving 2 hours early is cutting it close. The Midtown Tunnel is a bad idea, but considering how they flip lanes on the 59th Street Bridge, it would be a nightmare either way. And even after you cross into Queens, that's just the beginning of what could be a terrible journey... only to get there and actually have to deal with security. :)
     
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    I've had issues with the subway/airtrain route as well, but find them to be at least a bit more reliable.
     
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    I also agree. Subway+Airtrain is very reliable, and not that difficult if you've only got a backpack+rollerbag.
    Although, make sure to check the mta website a day or two before you plan on going that route. I saved myself a missed flight when I found out that the train I was planning on taking wasn't stopping at my stop due to construction.

    I've never taken a cab before, so can't offer advice there.
     
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    I think subway + airtrain is more predictable, although it can easily be just as unreliable. At least with a car you have options, and a decent cab driver -- or a local giving you a ride -- can work around the problems. If you're on the train and someone gets stabbed, or somebody decides it's their day to jump in front of your train, then it's a mess.
     
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    Thats why I take the LIRR.
    • 10 minutes to get from my office to Penn Station
    • 20-25 minutes from Penn to Jamaica
    • 5/10 to transfer and wait for the next AirTrain
    • 5 min to go from the AirTrain station to the terminal.
    I don't need to worry about traffic nor do I need to rush as I have plenty of time in the event security is backed up.

    I suggest using Google transit (Google maps), it's reliable and on point
     
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    Ah... forgot about the LIRR. Unless it's raining or Amtrak decides to strand everyone by derailing a train. :)
     
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    Quite Literally!
    Thankfully that has never happened while I have been on the NY Subway.

    I forgot about LIRR too.. I'm usually coming from GCT and the 6 to E has always been a little easier.
     
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    My boss takes the LIRR and I think last month he was stranded 3 times in the train on the way out. But I suppose those are "LIRR IROPS" rather than the norm, and on a regular Friday morning (when the OP is traveling) things should be relatively quiet. :)
     
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    Thanks for all of the insight, seems I will be in for quite an adventure! Any idea on the cost of a cab?
     
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    "Stranded" on an LIRR?? That is truly unique. I've never had a delay or problem on one of their trains. The Subway from Manhattan to far Queens is just do damn long, when then have to connect to a long flight. I know the subway is cheaper but the LIRR is much quicker and my sanity is in check! And my sanity is very important for air travel.
     
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    There's a flat fee of $45 for trips to/from JFK and Manhattan, plus tolls using rate code 2 on the meter, plus a 50 cent surcharge.

    The tolls can be as high as $6.50 if the cab driver pays cash through the Midtown Tunnel. Going over the 59th Street Bridge is free.
     
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    I say take the LIRR and dont deal with any of the car service/taxi BS!
     
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    Driver is required to use EZ-Pass and charge you the EZ-Pass discounted toll charge. ($4.80 vs. $6.50)
    http://mta.info/bandt/traffic/btmain.html
     
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    Well they are required to have it. If they don't, call 311 and report them (with medallion number and hack license number) if you're so inclined (they can get fined $50).
    If for whatever reason they don't have it, you are only required to pay the discounted toll.
     
  21. KENNECTED
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    I don't see anything saying cab drivers are required to have it. Can you post a source?
     
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    In the link you posted. First bullet:

    As a taxi rider, you have the right to:
    A driver who has and uses E-ZPass at all toll crossings that accept it, and who charges passengers the discounted E-Z Pass rate;
    (emphasis mine)

    Elsewhere: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/faq_pass.shtml#6

    What are the rules regarding the use of E-Z Pass when passing through tolls?
    From Driver Rule 54-15(f)(2), Driver Rule 55-15(f), 60A-23 (in PDF):
    The taxicab driver must use the E-Z Pass when passing through tolls. The passenger will reimburse the driver for any toll cost during the trip. The passenger will be paying the discounted E Z Pass toll rate.



     
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    Yeah but you know how it works. More than once I've talked to friends that come into town and the taxi's credit card machine it's mysteriously broken. Not to mention that out of towners generally don't know what the discounted rate is, and it's not posted anywhere at the actual tolls.
     
  24. KENNECTED
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    thank you. :) I couldn't find the link you posted, I'll admit, I scanned the site, didn't read it in detail.

    What I post says nothing about the requirement. Only that a driver that "has and uses", which to me does not mean it is required, but optional.

    Anywho.......TAKE THE LIRR!
     
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    Traffic shouldn't be an issue at that time of day. If you want to save some cash - try the hertz drive-ur-self to the airport 1-way special. $30 incl gas.
     

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