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AirTrain, LIRR and metro card queries?

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AirTrain, LIRR and metro card queries?

I've searched through recent posts, but none really answer my query.

We arrive in sept, and intend to get the AirTrain to Jamaica, then the LIRR to Penn, my questions are-

How much is, and where do I pay for the AirTrain?

Am I right in thinking that you then buy a single ticket from Jamaica to Penn? How much?

Then purchase a metro card once in Manhatten?

Cheers in anticipation x

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1. Re: AirTrain, LIRR and metro card queries?

Pay for Airtrain AFTER the ride. $5, plenty of people around to help you out. Look for ticket machines after you get through the Airtrain turnstiles. You want one way Jamaica to Penn, $7 - $10 depending on time of day. You can add metro rides to your railroad ticket on the machine. Train to Penn is outside down the stairs.

Edited: 24 March 2014, 23:21
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2. Re: AirTrain, LIRR and metro card queries?

I just asked recently about that connection and got some brilliantly detailed info from MoreFFmiles. Here is the thread:


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3. Re: AirTrain, LIRR and metro card queries?

There are uniformed people at Jamaica to assist you. They're very friendly and very helpful.

Fare control is handled at Jamaica.

There are two machines that sell combined JFK AirTrain / LIRR tickets. $9.00 on the weekend - select "CityTicket" - that's $5.00 for the JFK AirTrain and $4.00 for the LIRR. On weekdays - for trains arriving Manhattan after 10:00AM, it's $12.00 (that's $5.00 plus $7.00). No $1.00 fee or anything associated with these tickets.

Hold on to your tickets as they'll be collected by the uniformed conductor on the LIRR.

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4. Re: AirTrain, LIRR and metro card queries?

If you are going anywhere else besides 34 St and 8th Avenue, why not just take the E Subway train to your actual destination? Much cheaper, especially if you are getting a 7-day pass anyway, and no slower, and all E trains leave from the same platform every 6-8 minutes or so. And it either goes right to your destination, any of about 10 Manhattan stations, or has an easy transfer to wherever you are headed, much easier than changing from the LIRR to the subway at Penn Station.

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