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JFK Airport Parking - Tips for Making the Most of It

Guide to Parking at JFK Airport

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Parking at JFK Airport does not have to be a headache, but during busy travel times, your best bet is mass transit. Here are your parking options.

Short-Term JFK Parking

There's short-term parking adjacent to terminals 1-8. The rates are most expensive here -- $3/30 minutes -- and are best for when you only need an hour less to meet folks. The parking garages have multiple floors, and can get full at busy times. Once you park, make sure to note the location. It can get confusing and frustrating to find your car. Then walk over to the terminal. Usually, there's a pedestrian bridge connecting the garage to the terminal.

You can reserve a parking spot through the airport's website. If you have an E-ZPass Plus, you can use it to pay your parking fees when exiting.

Parking for JetBlue at JFK

JetBlue's main terminal at JFK is Terminal 5 (follow the yellow signs at the airport). There's parking the short-term lot immediately adjacent. The same is true for Terminal 4, from which some of JetBlue's international flights arrive.

Long-Term JFK Parking

There are long-term parking lots farther from the terminals at Lefferts Boulevard and Howard Beach. Once you park, grab a free shuttle bus that roves the lots or walk to the nearest station for the AirTrain shuttle. AirTrain is free from Lefferts Boulevard and connects to all the terminals. (You have to pay from Howard Beach.)

Long-term parking lots A and B are at Lefferts Boulevard, and parking lot C is at Howard Beach. Rates are $18 for 24 hours.

To get to the long-term parking lots, follow these driving directions to JFK Airport and then look for signs directing you to the lots.

When Picking Up Passengers at JFK, Is It Better to Park or Just Pull to the Curb?

Are you a New Yorker? Making a passenger pick-up at JFK is no big deal if you're used to crowds and congested driving. Just make sure to time it properly because security will not let you idle your car outside the terminal. Here are some tips on the making pick-ups at JFK less of a headache.

If you're an out-of-towner or have to pick up children or someone in a wheelchair, then it would be better to park in the short-term lot that's adjacent to each terminal, walk over to the terminal, and meet your passengers at baggage claim.

There's also Kiss and Fly at the Lefferts Boulevard AirTrain station. You can avoid the hassles and traffic at the terminal by dropping off your passengers at the Lefferts Boulevard AirTrain station. They can then take the free AirTrain shuttle to their airline terminal.

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