Lehigh Valley International Airport is the closest (It is just north of Bethlehem), but I doubt you will find a direct flight from Prague.
If you fly into New York City, Newark Airport would be a better Choice than JFK.
Transbridge bus www.transbridgelines.com runs several busses a day from Newark to Bethlehem.
to get around Bethlehem you will need to rent a car, unless you are staying with friends or family.
ABE (Lehigh Valley International) is one of my favorite airports. No big city sass...friendly folks...clean & fast. If you can make a connection to get here, it's a nice way to come in & leave.
When I can't do ABE, I normally do PHL. I like it better than EWR. I think customs clearance is faster and the facilities are nicer. I won't touch the NYC airports (JFK or LGA). Driving through the city always involves ugliness.
I think JFK airport is the cheapest airport to fly in to and has the most international flights, if you are coming in from Europe. It is also the best to use if you need public transportation. You can catch a bus from the airport directly into Bethlehem. My husband and I did the opposite and took a bus from Bethlehem to JFK in order to fly to Rome and everything worked out well. I think bus tickets were about $36 from Trans-bridge Bus Company. This is probably your best bet if you need to rely on public transportation rather than renting a car to get you to Bethlehem. There may be buses from Newark, but I don't think they are as direct as the one from JFK. The bus line from Philly is confusing. If you plan on renting a car and driving to Bethlehem, then it will be easier to fly into Philly or even Newark (although both cities are pretty crime-ridden) then drive to Bethlehem because NYC traffic is atrocious sometimes, depending on the time of day. Leaving NYC during 3-8 pm is not a good idea usually.
The tickets are $36 round trip from Bethlehem to JFK, so even less if you are only going one way.
I feel I need to clarify some of the information given in this thread.
According to Trans Bridge's website transbridgelines.com the one way fee between JFk and Bethlehem is $39.65 The roundtrip fee is $75.35
According to Transbridges website there are two busses a day to Bethlehem. The trip will take between 3 and 4 hours.
There are 9 busses a day between Newark Airport and Bethlehem. The trip is around 2 hours. The fee is $21.90 one way and $41.65 round trip.
Hope this helps.Edited: 02 July 2012, 20:00
You're right about the fares, brookquarry. I was mistaken. They must have gone up or maybe I was confused. However, the schedule says a bus from JFK to Bethlehem leaves about every 1/2 hour - 1 hour, not just twice a day. The terminal that has the most buses is the 2012 Industrial drive one.
With all due respect,you need to look more closely at TransBridge's schedule.
The hourly departures you mention are from 'PABT' . This is the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhatten. There are only two Trans Bridge departures from JFK.
To get to the Port Authority Terminal a travelor would first need to take a bus from JFK to the terminal.Edited: 03 July 2012, 12:13
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