Planes, trains, automobiles and ultra-cheap buses all play a part in a trip to the Big Apple.
PLANE: Many carriers fly from D.C. area airports to Newark, LaGuardia and JFK, starting at about $136 round trip, with restrictions.
* FromJFK (718-244-4444, www.panynj.gov/aviation/jfkframe.HTM). Taxi fare to Manhattan is $45, plus tolls ($4.50) and tip; a $1 surcharge applies 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays. (From Manhattan to the airport, the cost is metered fare plus tolls/tip.)
For $5, the 24-hour AirTrain JFK takes you to the Long Island Rail Road and the E, J/Z subways at Jamaica Station and the A subway at the Howard Beach station. If using a MetroCard, the electronic fare card used for subways and buses, the cost is $2. Buy MetroCards at the airport and subway stations. Info: 718-330-1234, www.mta.nyc.ny.us.
New York Airport Service Express Bus (718-875-8200, www.nyairportservice.com) runs between JFK and Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority and Penn Station; it starts at $15 one way, $27 round trip. The Trans-Bridge Bus Lines (800-962-9135, www.transbridgebus.com) runs buses from JFK to Port Authority for $12 each way, $23 round trip. SuperShuttle (800-258-3826, www.supershuttle.com) is $17 to $19 one way.
* From LaGuardia (718-533-3400, www.panynj.gov/aviation/lgaframe.HTM). Taxi fare costs $19 to $22, plus tolls ($4.50) and tip; there also is a $1 surcharge from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays and a 50-cent surcharge between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. The M60 public bus ($2), which stops at the terminal, goes to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan and other stops.
SuperShuttle charges $15 to $22 one way. New York Airport Service Express Bus is $12 one way to Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority.
* From Newark (973-961-6000, www.panynj.gov/aviation/ewrframe.HTM). Taxi fare costs $40 to $60, tolls (about $10) and tip; a $5 surcharge is added between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. weekdays.
The Olympia Newark Airport Express (877-863-9275, www.olympiabus.com) goes to Grand Central Station and Port Authority; it's $12 one way, $20 round trip. SuperShuttle charges $15 to $19 one way.
Newark's AirTrain connects to the Rail Link Station, where you can access trains to New York's Penn Station (one way on Jersey Transit is $11.55; one way on Amtrak is $32 ). Info: 800-626-7433, www.njtransit.com; 800-872-7245, www.amtrak.com.