Parking Garage at JFK Airport

Parking Garage at JFK Airport. Photo: Mark Kobayashi Hillary on Flickr.

In 2009, over 45 million passengers flew through John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), earning for it the title as the 12th busiest airport in the planet. With more than 20 million international travelers using the airport in 2008, JFK is also the top international entry point in the U.S. With these many travelers departing or landing at the airport, locating the best JFK parking can sometimes be challenging.

The most convenient parking spots, naturally, are in the airport-owned central parking facilities. The JFK parking lots and garages are color coded – Green parking (Terminals 1,2,3), Blue parking  (Terminal 4), Yellow parking (Terminals 5 & 6), Orange parking (Terminal 7), Red (Terminals 8 & 9) – each location corresponding to certain airport terminals. Parking at these central locations could be a bit pricey: $3 for the first 30 minutes, $6 for up to one hour, $3 for each additional thirty minutes (limited to $33 maximum for every 24-hour period).

The airport long-term parking facility at S Conduit Ave may be a more budget-friendly alternative at $18 for the first 24 hours and $6 for every 8 hours after the first day. Still, for those who will be on the road for a few days or a few weeks, the parking bill could easily accumulate, it’s more prudent to look for parking alternatives at off-airport locations.

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Your next JFK parking option would be the privately-run ‘off-airport’ parking lots and garages. There are a number of these locations just a few miles away from the airport like AirPark, Avistar, and SmartPark along Conduit Ave. These are excellent facilities boasting positive reviews by previous clients. If you’re worried about parking costs (and who shouldn’t be, these days), these garages are your best alternative. They offer both long-term and short-term parking, are served by shuttles running at 7-10 minutes interval, are prepared to take care of handicapped travelers, and most importantly, it costs much less to bring your vehicle in these lots than at the airport-owned facilities.

My preferred alternative is the ’park, sleep, and fly’ JFK parking arrangement popular among the nearby airport hotels. If you think about it, hotel airport parking is hands down the most convenient and economical alternative. Imagine this, for instance: you live 2 hours drive from Kennedy and you need to come in for a 6am early morning departure – you’ll have to set the alarm for 2am to check in at the airport at least one hour before your plane leaves. On the other hand, if you stay at one of the nearby hotels the night prior to your flight, you’ll be well-rested, and not board your plane dizzy from being up so early. What’s more: you pay for the room for a restful one-night stay, you’ll also get 7-10 days complimentary parking at the hotel’s parking lot. The savings you’re getting from the free parking is basically paying for your room, plus you’ll be pampered with first class treatment service and other conveniences thanks to the cutthroat competition these hotels are up against.

Naturally, each of these JFK parking destinations has its own advantages and drawbacks. It’s up to you to select which option suits you best. Don’t forget to do your research beforehand and reserve your parking space well in advance of your scheduled flight. There are a lot of details to be stressed about when you’re traveling, JFK Airport parking shouldn’t be one of those.

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