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New York City JFK Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our New York City JFK Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The TSA agent told me about the 24-hour Dunkin Donuts in the baggage claim area, as well as making some suggestions of where I can grab a snooze. – TheInfamousJ

JFK Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (code: JFK).

What to Expect

JFK Airport has six terminals, which are connected by the free AirTrain landside (pre-Security). Each terminal is big, so expect a lot of walking to reach your gate and other facilities. Your experience will vary depending on your terminal. For instance, Terminal 4 is the newest and shiniest, with plenty of amenities, but Terminal 8 is cold and sparse (no seats and a single cafe) until you’re inside the Secure area. Note: Terminals are numbered 1-8 but skip Terminals 3 and 6 which have been demolished.

Airside in most terminals, you’ll have a decent selection of shopping, dining, and services. For 24 hour eats, however, you’re limited to Terminals 1 and 4. The airport has free and unlimited WiFi, a significant upgrade from their previous 30-minute limit. The biggest complaint from travellers is the lack of seating. Other complaints are the cold temps, noise, long security lines, and seemingly never-ending construction, so an extra layer and noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs are essential for a decent experience. If you’re willing to pay for more comfort, several lounges are open to Economy class travellers, and a few even offer shower facilities! See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

New York City JFK Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of  a SleepingInAirports contributor)

Sleeping in JFK Airport

Long layovers are common at this major transit hub, and so are weather-related delays. While you won’t be the only one seeking privacy, the airport’s open layout and the sheer number of travellers means you’ll likely have to make-do with a spot on the floor. Metal benches and seats with armrests comprise what little seating there is. Explore our guide to sleeping in New York JFK Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips. For uninterrupted sleep, the TWA Hotel is now open (Terminal 5) and area hotels run free shuttles to and from the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below for more info.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our JFK Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

JFK Airport Hotels, Day Rooms & Sleep Pods

 Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at JFK Airport in comfort.   For a quick cat nap, there are sleep pod/cabin options in Terminals 5 and 4 (coming soon), while an onsite hotel at Terminal 5 offers day rooms and overnight rates.  Most nearby hotels offer free airport shuttles.

Sleep pods and hotels at JFK airport

JFK Airport sleep pods
Sleep pods in Terminal 5, Airside (Photo courtesy of MegR /December 2019)

Inside Airport Sleep Pods – Travellers in Terminal 5 will find some GoSleep pods in the Airside area.  Exact location and rates are unknown.  If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

At Airport TWA Hotel – Take the AirTrain to Terminal 5.  There are no guided tours of the iconic hotel, but visitors are welcome to tour the property on their own.  You can also grab a drink at the infinity pool or get a day pass for the gym and showers (US$ 25).  Day rooms are available from 7:00AM – 11:00AM; 8:00AM – 8:00PM and 10:00AM – 4:00PM; 12:00PM – 6:00PM. Day room rates are $149 +taxes (4-6 hours) or $209 + taxes (12 hours). » Check Rates

Inside Airport Minute Suitesopening in the future – Location: Terminal 4, airside.  This micro-hotel will provide small rooms that can be rented for a few hours or overnight. Shower packages (with or without room rentals) will also be offered. Details will be added closer to completion date.

Hotels near JFK Airport with shuttle service

  • Hampton Inn – (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle is available. For arriving flights, call the hotel (718-322-7500) and they will meet you at their shuttle stop at the Federal Circle, a short Air Tran ride from the airport. From the hotel, a shuttle runs every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, direct to the airport.  » Check Rates 
  • Days Inn Jamaica / JFK Airport – (3 minutes from the airport)   » Check Rates
  • Crowne Plaza JFK Airport Hotel New York City – (4 minutes from the airport)   » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express New York JFK Airport Area – (5 minutes from the airport)   » Check Rates
  • Fairfield Inn New York JFK Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) For airport pick-up, take the AirTrain to Station C Federal Circle and follow the signs for the hotel shuttle. Shuttle service also provided to the subway and Green Acres Mall.   » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near JFK Airport on TripAdvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 1

Air France Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near Gate 1. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

KAL Business Class Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Gate 3. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Passes Primeclass Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, next to Gate 8 & 9. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Terminal 4

Passes Air India Maharajah Lounge – Location: Terminal 4, Airside, next to Gate 5. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Swiss Business Class Lounge – Location: Terminal 4, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Wingtips Lounge – Location: Terminal 4, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Terminal 7

Alaska Lounge – Location: Terminal 7, Airside, past Security Check, Mezzanine Level. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Terminal 8

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location – Terminal 8, Airside, near Gate 42.

Airline Lounges (members only)

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • Terminal 1 – Lufthansa Senator Lounge • Casa Alitalia New York • Korean Air KAL First Class Lounge.
  • Terminal 2Delta Sky Club
  • Terminal 4Delta Sky Club • Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse • Swiss First Class HON Lounge • Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge • El Al King Lounge • The Emirates Lounge • The Residence by Etihad Suite.
  • Terminal 5 – JetBlue Rooftop Terrace • Aer Lingus Lounge.
  • Terminal 7 – British Airways The Concorde Room • British Airways Galleries Lounge • British Airways First Lounge.

Military Lounge

USO Center – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal 5, across from baggage carousel 3.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free and unlimited WiFi is available at New York JFK Airport. Connect to the “_Free JFK WiFi” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport


Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with small children, these services are available.
    Nursing Stations can be found (Airside only) as follows: T1 (near Gate 1) • T2 (Gate C70) • T4 (near Gate A3, Gate B31 and West Retail Hall) • T5 (near Gate1, Gate 12 and Gate 27) • T7 (adjacent to Gate 10 • T8, near Gate 14, Gate 42 and 3rd Floor Hallway). Hours: unknown. Family washrooms can be found both Landside and Airside in T4, T5, T7 and T8.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – There are many dining options landside and airside, but only a few 24-hour options.
    •  Terminal 1 – Dunkin Donuts (airside)
    • Terminal 4 – McDonalds (airside) •  Central Diner (landside, Arrivals Hall)
    • Vending Machines – Vending machines can be found in Terminal 4, Arrivals Hall East • Retail Hall East • Airside, Gate B23.


  • Information Desk – If you have any questions, Information Centers and Welcome Centers are available to provide assistance. Locations: T1 (outside Arrivals Area) • T2 (outside Arrivals Area) • T4 (Arrivals Hall) • T5 (outside Arrivals Area) • T7 (outside Arrivals Area) • T8 (outside Arrivals Area). Hours: unknown.
  • Traveler’s Aid – Travelers Aid is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Landside locations: Terminal 1 – Arrivals • Terminal 4 – East Arrivals Hall • Terminal 5 – Arrivals, Welcome Center • Terminal 7 – Arrivals • Terminal 8 – Arrivals & Departures. Hours: unknown.


  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Short-term luggage storage is available at the locations listed below. Rates from: $4.00 (up to 20″) – $11.00 (27″-32″). Hours: No access to bags overnight. The office is open 7:00AM – 11:00PM.
    • Terminal 1 – Arrivals (Landside)
    • Terminal 4 – Arrivals (Landside)
    • Terminal 8 – Arrivals (Landside)
  • Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic by Secure Wrap. Locations: Terminal 5.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, a medical center is located in Building 22A. Take the free shuttle from the Terminals. Hours: 24 hours.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile devices at charging stations located landside and airside.


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: throughout all terminals (Landside and Airside).
  • Currency Exchange – Exchange foreign currency at these locations:
    • Terminal 1 – Landside, Arrivals West • Airside, Concourse W, Gates 1-3
    • Terminal 2 – Airside, near Gate 61
    • Terminal 4 – Landside, Arrivals Hall • Airside, Gate A4, B22, B32, the Retail Hall East and Retail Hall West
    • Terminal 5 – Airside, Marketplace
    • Terminal 8 – Landside, Arrivals • Airside, Gate 4, 8 and the corridor to Concourse C.
    • Travelex also offers many currency ATM’s throughout the airport.


  • Pet Relief Areas – Take your pet for a potty break in these areas:
    • Terminal 1 – Outside, on the Arrivals level
    • Terminal 2 – Outside on the Arrivals level (west end) • Indoors, near Gate C60 (airside)
    • Terminal 4 – Outside, on the Arrivals level (east end) • Indoors, near Gate 31 (airside)
    • Terminal 5 – Arrivals, Welcome Center • Outside, on the Arrivals level (north end) • Indoors, near Gate 28 (airside)
    • Terminal 7 – Outside, on the Arrivals level (west end) • Indoors, behind Hudson News at Gates 9 – 10 (airside)
      Terminal 8 – Outside, on the Departures level • Indoors, near Gate 38 (airside)


  • Interfaith Chapel –  Terminal 4 – Landside, Departures Level.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Cots – In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a limited supply of cots for stranded travellers.
  • Availability may have been affected by Covid.  If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located.
  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside in Terminals 4, 5, 7 and 8. In addition, a wide variety of retail stores, boutiques, and newsstands are located throughout the airport.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Showers are available in the following Pay at the Door Lounges: Delta Club Lounges (T2 and T4) • American Airlines Admiral Club (T8 x 2 locations) and the Wingtips Lounge (T4). [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at XpresSpa and BeRelax. BeRelax – Locations: T5, airside, across from Gates 6 & 7. XpresSpa – Locations: T1, airside, near Gates 3 and 6.


  • Smoking – Smoking is permitted only in designated areas outside the terminal. There are no smoking facilities inside the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few New York JFK Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, click here to update this airport guide and we will add it to the list.


New York JFK airport is served by the following airlines: Aer LingusAeroflotAerolíneas Argentinas • Aeroméxico Connect • Air China • Air Europa • Air France • Air Italy • Air India • Air Serbia • Alaska AirlinesAlitaliaAmerican AirlinesAll Nippon AirwaysAsiana Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Azerbaijan Airlines • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Cape Air • Caribbean Airlines • Cathay Pacific • Cayman Airways • China AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines • China Southern • Copa AirlinesDelta Air LinesEgyptair • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Eurowings • EVA Airways • FinnairHawaiian AirlinesIberiaIcelandair • Interjet • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • Kenya Airways • KLM • Korean Air • Kuwait Airways • LATAM • LOT • Lufthansa • Norwegian Air • Philippines Airlines • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Singapore Airlines • South African Airways • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • Uzbekistan Airlines • Virgin Atlantic • Viva Aerobus • Volaris • WestJet • Xiamen Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttles

Go Airlink provides an ride-share airport shuttle between the airport and New York City. Service is available 24-hours per day. Head to the ground transportation desk and present the desk agent with your shuttle voucher. The agent will direct you to your scheduled shuttle. Your shuttle driver will know when your flight is scheduled to arrive.  For more information, visit the Go AirlinkGo Airlink NYC web site.

Additionally, there are a number of shared van services that will get you directly to your destination. Go to the Port Authority Welcome Center, located on the Arrivals level of each terminal, to make arrangements.


AirTrain is an elevated railway system that serves JFK Airport, and connects all airport terminals and parking lots with the Long Island Rail Road and New York City subway lines in Queens. AirTrain service runs 24 hours a day, and is affordable, easy to use and wheelchair-accessible. Three overlapping routes are available: the Howard Beach route, Jamaica Station route and All Terminals loop. Passengers can ride the AirTrain for free around the airport, but must pay if entering or exiting at off-airport AirTrain stations. For more information, visit the Airtrain web site.

Amtrak Connections

Amtrak is located at Penn Station. Total travel time via public transportation is approximately 47 minutes. The NYC Airport Shuttle service provides connections, and of course, you can hire a taxi but plan for at least 1 hour of travel time.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at the airport: Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty. Location: Car rental counters or courtesy phones can be found on the arrivals level near the baggage claim in all terminals. To pick-up the car you will take the AirTrain to Federal Circle Station.


A total of 6 bus routes (Q3, Q6, Q7, Q10, Q10 LTD and B15) connect the airport with surrounding metropolitan areas. These buses stop adjacent to Terminal 5, and can be accessed via a free on-airport AirTrain trip to the Terminal 5/6 station. Hours: most of these routes operate 24 hours a day. For more information regarding the bus routes, schedules and fares visit the MTA website.

Hotel Shuttles

Some area hotels provide courtesy airport shuttle service for their guests. Ask your hotel about shuttle service details and availability. Passengers can take the AirTrain to the hotel shuttles waiting area at Federal Circle station. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Best Western JFK Airport Hotel   •   Courtyard JFK International Airport   •   Crowne Plaza JFK Airport   •   Days Inn JFK Airport   •   Fairfield Inn New York JFK Airport   •   Hampton Inn NY – JFK   •   Hilton Garden Inn Queens/JFK Airport   •   Hilton New York JFK   •   Holiday Inn Express At JFK   •   Holiday Inn New York JFK Airport Area   •   Radisson Hotel JFK Airport   •      Sleep Inn JFK Airport Rockaway Blvd   •   The Five Towns Inn.

Inter-Airport Transfers

The New York City metropolitan area is served by three major airports: JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty. The NYC Airporter provides service between JFK and LaGuardia or JFK and Newark Airport (via Port Authority Bus Terminal transfer to a partner service). All County Express and ETS Air Shuttles also provide service between JFK and LaGuardia or Newark Liberty Airport.


Taxi stands are located outside each terminal. Ignore non-uniformed people offering to assist with baggage. Sample Taxi Fares from JFK Airport: Flat Fare is $52 (or $56.50 during peak time of 4:00PM – 8:00PM) to the first destination (plus tolls and tip). The taximeter and receipt should reflect this is a flat fare.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.