Temporary Closures of JFK’s AirTrain Stations 

by SharonKurheg

If you want to travel between the terminals of JFK Airport, the fastest and easiest way is to use the AirTrain. The system connects the passenger terminals to each other, as well all of them to airport parking lots, the hotel shuttle pick-up area, the rental car center, and NYC’s public transportation network (at Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations – that’s where you can find the NYC subway, the Long Island Rail Road, and public buses). JFK’s AirTrain operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

AirTrain service is free, unless you start or end your journey at the Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations. Oh, and JFK is sorry they’re still not on the OMNY system yet (but here’s when they hope to be).

Typically, the Jamaica and Howard Beach lines of the AirTrain operate in a counterclockwise pattern, in the following order: Terminal 1 & Terminal 2, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7, Terminal 8 and then proceeds to its origin station. The Central Terminal Train operates in the reverse order and only circles, clockwise, between terminals.


JFK’s in the middle of a multi-billion dollar renovation that started several years ago. At the moment, they’re in the middle of doing some work on Terminals 1 and 2, which means the AirTrain will temporarily not service them.

AirTrain Station 1 & 2 is scheduled to be closed until mid-November, 2022 (fingers crossed), as part of the construction of the New Terminal One. During this time frame, shuttle bus service is running between Terminals 1, 2 and 8.

Shuttle buses will make curbside stops at the following locations:

  • Terminal 1 Arrivals and Departures
  • Terminal 2 Arrivals
  • Terminal 8 Arrivals

Here are 2 maps, both provided by JFK, that explain where the shuttle buses can be found:

Airport Customer Service Representatives will be stationed along the route to provide information and assist passengers with their baggage at each stop.

JFK recommends that you give yourself extra travel time while this process is in effect.

Feature Photo: JFK Airport

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