AirTrain Fares at JFK and Newark Airports Jump by 55%

By Paul Riegler on 1 November 2019
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John F. Kennedy International Airport from the air

John F. Kennedy International Airport from the air

The cost of taking a train to the plane just got more expensive.

Travelers who take the AirTrain to and from John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports will see a 55% increase in the cost of a ride, which jumped from $5 to $7.75 starting Friday.  This was the first fare increase ever for the JFK AirTrain and the first in over a decade for the Newark train.

The AirTrain JFK is the airport’s second train service, the first having been the “Take the train to the plane” JFK Express service, which took travelers from midtown Manhattan to the airport in one hour for $3.50 (albeit with a transfer to a bus at the end) between 1978 and 1990. It was as well known for its jingle as for the service offered, although the service was unpopular with riders because the buses often get stuck in traffic.  The JFK AirTrain is an 8.1-mile (13 kilometer) light-rail system that went into service in 2003.

Meanwhile, the AirTrain Newark is a 3-mile (4.8 kilometer) monorail system that opened in 1996 and is nearing the end of its projected lifespan. A $2 billion replacement project was announced in January of this year.

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