The John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queen’s County, New York City is listed as the 12th busiest airport on the planet, serving over 45 million passengers in 2009. Kennedy Airport is also the biggest international entry point to the United States, with more than 20 million international travelers passing through in 2008. Locating a convenient JFK parking space is easy – if you know the alternatives that are open to you.
The most convenient parking spots, naturally, are in the airport-owned central parking facilities. The JFK parking garages and lots 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 facility corresponding to certain airport terminals. Parking at these central locations could be a bit expensive: $3 for the first half hour, $6 for every one hour, $3 for each additional thirty minutes (limited to $33 maximum each one whole day 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. Nonetheless, for those traveling for a number of days or a few weeks, the parking costs could easily accumulate, it’s a lot smarter to consider parking alternatives at off-airport locations.
The next JFK parking option would be the privately-run ‘off-airport’ parking garages and lots. There are a number of these facilities conveniently located a few minutes away from the airport such as AirPark, Avistar, and SmartPark along Conduit Ave. These are popular establishments with very high online ratings by previous customers. If you’re worried about parking costs (and who shouldn’t be, these days), these garages are your best alternative. They offer both short-term and long-term parking , are serviced by frequently-running shuttle vehicles, are fully equipped to assist disabled passengers, and most importantly, it costs much less to bring your vehicle in these garages than at the airport-run facilities.
My preferred choice is the ‘stay, park, and fly’ JFK parking packages popular among the nearby airport hotels. If you look at it it, hotel airport parking is by far the most comfortable and economical option. Visualize this, for example: your residence is 2 hours drive from the airport and you have to come in for a 6am early morning flight – you’ll have to wake up at 2am to check in at the airport at least 1 hour before your plane takes off. On the other hand, if you check in to one of the nearby hotels the night prior to your flight, you’ll have your full night sleep, and not board your plane drowsy from lack of sleep. What’s more: you book the room for a comfortable one-night stay, you’ll also have 7-10 days free parking at the hotel’s parking garage. The savings you’re making from the free parking is practically paying for your stay, plus you’ll be pampered with full valet service and other amenities thanks to the cutthroat competition these hotels are facing.
Obviously, each of these JFK parking options has its own pluses and minuses. Just decide on one that feels right according to your budget and the garage’s distance from the airport . Just remember to plan early and reserve your parking space conveniently in advance of your scheduled flight. There are many things that can go wrong on any trip, JFK Airport parking need not be one of those.