NYC Airporter vs. NYAS vs. Go AirlinkNYC: NYC Airport Shuttle Services Compared
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NYC Airporter vs. NYAS vs. Go AirlinkNYC: NYC Airport Shuttle Services Compared

There are many airport transfer services operating in New York City and each offers different benefits for the user. If you are trying to pick the best service for your needs this comparison report may help. As it looks at what three popular airport transfer services offers its customers. The companies compared are New York Airport service, NYC Airporter and Go Airlink NYC.
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NYC Airporter — Best Features
They offer free Wi-Fi and their buses are ADA accessible accommodating up to 2 wheelchair passengers per bus.
You can earn points through several of their reward partners; AAdvantage miles, MileagePlus shopping miles, and Upromise rewards by booking with NYC Airporter.
Best for: Those looking to travel on an airport shuttle bus that offer extras like Wi-Fi, or wheelchair accessibility and the ability to earn reward points on your booking.
They put you in contact with a wide range of transfer services from shared shuttle transport through to private transfers and coach bus charters.
They allow generous luggage limits and try to accommodate larger pieces like skis and musical instruments where possible.
Best for: Customers looking to book any sort of airport transfer through a reputable booking agency. Especially those looking to take a reasonable amount of luggage on a shared service transfer.
Go Airlink NYC — Best Features
Unlike the other two services they allow pets on their service. You can take pets less than 10lbs on shuttles and in sedans, or if you have a larger pet you can take them in an SUV.
If your travel plans change, they offer a refund as long as you provide at least 4 hours’ notice. In contrast NYAS only offers refunds with 24 hour notice and NYC Airporter only allows you to use your voucher on another date, rather than be refunded.
Best for: Those looking for a flexible transfer service that permits them to travel with their pet, and have the option to cancel on the same day of service.

NYC Airporter

NYC Airporter is a multi-passenger form of transport. Their shuttle buses operate 365 days a year, providing return transport from LaGuardia (LGA) and John. F. Kennedy ( JFK) airports to New York City. Buses depart each airport every 30 minutes from 5:00am-11:30pm.

You can also transfer between the two airports using this service. In addition they offer a transfer between JFK or LGA and Newark Airport (EWR).  

The airport service stops at Penn Station, Grand Central station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT).

If you are staying at a Hotel between 23rd-63rd streets in Midtown Manhattan they also offer a complimentary shuttle bus connection that will take you door to door to hotels in this region. This services runs from 9am through to 9pm.

Benefits of their service

  • NYC Airporter offers free WiFi on their buses.
  • Ride sharing is a cost effective option. See the prices in the price section below.
  • It is a more environmentally friendly option than a private transfer as up to 31 passengers can travel on their buses. In addition their buses are hybrids.
  • You can earn points through several of their reward partners; AAdvantage miles, MileagePlus shopping miles, and Upromise rewards.
  • Their vehicles are new and comfortable to travel on. They feature reclining leather seats, reading lights and individual temperature controls. See the image below, showing a typical NYC Airporter bus.

  • Their buses are ADA Accessible and each bus can accommodate up to 2 wheelchair passengers.
  • They are an Official Operator for the NYC DOT and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. This means you do not have to walk a long way to access them as they can load curbside.

Drawbacks of their service

  • NYC Airporter transport is not on demand like a taxi or car service, you have to wait for a bus.
  • Not all locations offer a door to door service, this only applies if you are traveling to a hotel between 23rd-63rd streets in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Pets are prohibited unless you require a service animal.


  • LGA to Manhattan $13
  • JFK to Manhattan $16
  • LGA to JFK $13
  • LGA/JFK to EWR $24

When it comes to gratuities for the driver they suggest 18-20%.

Luggage Limits

They allow two suitcases and one carry on per person. If you have any additional pieces like bicycles, or large musical instruments you will need to purchase an additional regular fare to accommodate these. 

Cancellation policy

Tickets are valid for 90 days so if you have a change of plans notify them prior to 24 hours notice of a reservation and you will still be able to use your ticket on another date. They do not offer refunds and if you do not show up, or cancel your reservation less than 24 hours in advance you will lose your money.

New York Airport service

The New York Airport service (NYAS) is a company that puts you in touch with several airport transfer services. They are as follows:

GO Airlink NYC

GO Airlink NYC is also separately reviewed in this report. This is a multi-passenger shuttle bus service that services JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports and manhattan. It operates 24/7. They provide door to door service between Battery Park and 125th Street. Or stop at the following bus stops; Grand Central Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station and Bryant Park.

Coach bus charters

Transport for between 9-57 people. You can arrange transport for all your travel in New York not just airport transfers. Wedding transport, transport for a conference, to the casino, theme parks and more.

Private sedan town car transfers

These are available 24/7, servicing Newark, LaGuardia and JFK airports to NYC, Connecticut and Westchester.

Private SUV transfers

These are for or up to 6 passengers, available 24/7, servicing Newark, LaGuardia and JFK airports to NYC, Connecticut and Westchester.

Private Van transfers

For 4-11 passengers, available 24/7.  

Benefits of their service

  • As shown above NYAS offer a wide variety of services to cater to different people’s needs and desires.
  • Coach bus charters are on deluxe motor coaches with toilet facilities, video and audio capabilities, a PA system, climate control and reclining seats.
  • The private SUV transfers offer spacious travel with a separate luggage cargo area. See the picture below.

  • NYAS private van transfers offer door to door service like the other private transfers, curbside pick-up and extra luggage space. You can also set up a corporate account with this service.
  • GO Airlink NYC is an official permit holder by the Port Authority. This means they can pick up/drop off close to the entry to the airports.
  • GO Airlink NYC vehicles are new, offer a separate luggage compartment and air conditioning/heating. See the picture below.

Drawbacks of their service

  • On the Go Airlink NYC service you cannot bring a bicycle or pet, except a seeing-eye dog.
  • They don’t provide a clear price listing of all their services up front. You have to request a quote.


Prices for the Go Airlink Service through the NYAS site:

  • JFK to Grand Central Station, Port authority or Penn Station $15 one way per passnger.
  • LaGuardia to Grand Central Station, Port authority or Penn Station $12 per person per way.

For all other transfer services you need to fill in the enquiry on their website for a quote. Sometimes larger groups attract a discount on some transfer services.

Luggage Limits

For the shared passenger service you are allowed 2 large suitcases and 1 carry-on bag. If you have additional or oversized items you may only transport these if there is space on the day you travel. When it comes to private transfers and coach based transportation it is based on the boot or storage area of the vehicle.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel a booking at least 24 hours before your reservation you are entitled to a refund. 

GO Airlink NYC

GO Airlink NYC offers both Shared van and private vehicle transfers. Their shared van transfers take up to 11 people at once. Either service type provides transport to and from the airports (Newark, LaGuardia and JFK).  The shared van service drops off door to door from Battery Park to 129th street. They also offer drop off and pick up services to three cruise terminals in New York. These are; Manhattan cruise Terminal, Brooklyn cruise terminal and Bayonne cruise terminal.

Private transfers can be organized to take you door to door, to and from NYC, Westchester and Connecticut.

They also have a service called Go MYSEDAN and this provides private transportation all around NYC, just like the celebrities utilize. You can choose between private van for up to 11 people, sedans for up to 3 people, or SUVs for up to 6 people.

Or if you have a larger group they offer transport around NYC by bus. There are two bus types; mini buses for up to 20 people and motor coaches for 30-56 passengers. Check out the two bus types below.

Benefits of their service

  • They are an official Port Authority of New York and New Jersey permit holder. This means they can load just outside baggage claim, so you don’t have to walk a long way to reach them.
  • They use new vehicles that offer separate luggage compartments, climate control, GPS and tracking. Check out the SUV picture below.
  • Their system checks flight status so when it comes to private transfers they know exactly when to turn up.
  • They operate many shuttles at all times to ensure stops on each route are kept to a minimum.
  • Go Airlink NYC offers the largest fleet of vehicles in the NYC airports.
  • They allow pets less than 10lbs to ride on their shuttles and in luxury sedans. Pets larger than 10lbs are allowed to ride in private SUV transport.

Drawbacks of their service

  • They don’t provide a clear price listing of all their services up front. You have to request a quote in some instances.


Prices vary from trip to trip, but they give you an idea of where their prices start from and this is outlined below:

  • Shared van transfers-from $12 per person per way.
  • Luxury sedan transfers-from $57 for up to 3 passengers.
  • Luxury SUV transfers-from $113 for up to 6 passengers.
  • For other services, you need to call or email them for a quote.

Some fares includes taxes, tolls and gratuities, others do not so always read the supplied quote carefully. In cases where a gratuity is not included they recommend is 15-20%.

Luggage Limits

They allow one regular suitcase and one carry on per passenger on the shuttle bus service.

Cancellation policy

Go Airlink NYC allows you to cancel a reservation up to 4 hours prior and receive a full refund. 

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