Posted September 30th, 2007, 06:08 PM
Last edited by GTJ; September 30th, 2007 at 06:15 PM
The cheapest way from JFK to the port costs $2.00 with a MetroCard purchased in advance, or $4.00 otherwise.
From wherever you land at JFK, ride the AirTrain free from that terminal to the International Arrivals Terminal (Terminal 4) station. From there go outside and go to the far right-hand side of the terminal building (assuming that you're looking at the terminal building from the roadway in front). You should see a bus stop there, and you'll want to board route Q10. If you don't have a MetroCard already, you'll need to deposit two dollars in coins only into the farebox. Ride all the way to the other end of the route, and alight on Kew Gardens Road in Kew Gardens, Queens. Walk forward and around the corner, and enter the subway station there. If you used a MetroCard to board the Q10, you will be get a free transfer into the subway by swiping your card at the turnstile. Otherwise, pay another two dollars at the vending machine (coins, bills, credit cards) for a subway ticket. Once past the turnstiles, board the "E" train towards Manhattan. Alight at the 50th Street station, and emerge onto Eighth Avenue. You'll then need to walk four avenues to the west to arrive at the port.
Mind you, the above is the cheapest way to get to the port, but it can be quite cumbersome if traveling with heavy luggage. With light luggage it is very doable, and I would view it as a mistake to take a taxi or airport bus unless time is at a premium.
Hope this is helpful, or in the alternative, at least interesting enough to read.
N.B. Actually, a cheaper way if you do not already have a MetroCard is board the Q10 and ask for a bus transfer when paying the two dollars. When alighting at Kew Gardens, the bus transfer will let you board the Q60 bus on the opposite side of the large intersection, and that bus will take you all the way into Manhattan. The problem is that the bus route ends at 60th Street & Second Avenue, and you need to get all the way across to 12th Avenue.
Also, be careful about asking directions to the "Port." This word is sometimes used as shorthand for "Port Authority," meaning the main bus terminal for New York City!