JFK is located in the southeastern section of Queens County, New York City, on Jamaica Bay. It is fifteen miles by highway from midtown Manhattan. International and national flights leave from this Long Island airport, formerly called Idlewild. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) consists of nine airline passenger terminals numbered 1 to 9, surrounded by a dual ring of peripheral taxiways. Initially 655 acres, the CTA was enlarged to 880 acres by relocation of the taxiways to provide space needed for expansion of the passenger terminals. JFK facilities include an interdenominational chapel, located on the second floor of Terminal 4 and a Ramada Plaza Hotel with 520 rooms. Parking: Two kinds of public parking are available at JFK: Long-Term Parking and Central Terminal Area (CTA) Parking. The Long-Term Parking Lot is located approximately 4 miles from Terminals 1 through 9. To reach the Long-Term Parking Lot from the Belt Parkway (eastbound or westbound), exit the Belt at Exit 19 - Lefferts Blvd. and bear right, following signs to Long-Term Parking. From the JFK Expressway entrance to the airport, bear right at the intersection after entering the airport and follow the Long-Term Parking signs through the Cargo area to Federal Circle, and from there to the Long-Term Parking Lot at Lefferts Blvd. There are 10 bus stops in the Long-Term Parking Lot (numbered P1 through P10). The free yellow, white and blue bus operates every 10-15 minutes between 6AM and midnight, and every 30 minutes from midnight to 6AM, and takes you from the Long-Term Parking Lot and Howard Beach Subway Station to stops in front of Terminals 1 through 9. Please allow at least 30 minutes to reach your terminal. Parking Rates for the Long-Term Parking Lot are as follows:
First 24 hours - $2 up to first 12 hours, $2 for every 2 hours or part thereafter. $8 maximum Over First 24 hours - $2 every 2 hours or part thereafter, $8 maximum each 24 hours. The Green, Blue, Orange and Red Parking Lots are adjacent to Terminals 1 through 9. There is additional Parking on the roof of Terminal 3. Parking is also available in the parking garages in the Blue Lot and the Green Lot. Within the Blue Parking Lot, frequent shuttle bus service is available from the blue canopies near the parking garage to Terminals 4E, 4W, 5, 6 and 7. Due to ongoing construction, the Red Parking Lot is closed from time to time. When this occurs, you will be directed to the Green Parking Lot, where free, frequent shuttle bus service stops near the Terminal 3 Walkway and will take you from the Green Parking Lot to Terminals 8 and 9. Please note that parking is extremely limited for Terminals 4,5,6 and 7. Please park in the parking garage in the Blue Parking area. Parking Rates for the CTA Parking Lots (Green, Blue, Orange, Red, and Terminal 3 rooftop) are as follows:
$2 up to first half hour, $4 up to 2 hours, $2 for every hour thereafter, $24 maximum per day.