How Early Should You Arrive At JFK?

Flying out of JFK? Do you know when you should get to the airport? If you get there too early you risk pacing back and forth out of boredom. Get there too late? You risk missing your flight. So when should you head to JFK? Factors such as the weather, parking and your destination should be taking into consideration when planning for your airport arrival time. Be sure to check with your airline for specific instruction as well as delay and cancellation alerts. You can check in real time what the wait time for security lines will be like hereStill not sure? Getting to the airport a little earlier than usual never hurts.Don't be late for a flight!

How early to arrive at JFK for domestic flights

Are you flying to another U.S. city? If so, the frequently-recommended time to arrive at the airport is two hours in advance. It will typically give you enough time to go through check-in, drop off your bags and go through security. To get a sense of how long wait lines have been, you can download the MyTSA app here from the Google Play store or here from the Apple Store.

How early to arrive at JFK for international flights

If you’re flying out of JFK to catch an international flight, typically the recommended time to arrive at the airport is at least three hours prior to your flight time. You can use the same MyTSA app when checking for wait times as well. Be sure to add in extra time in case of bad traffic or missed public transportation. You don’t want to miss a flight because of a small mistake!

How early to check your bags

Are you checking your bags at John F. Kennedy airport? The check-in time to operate by is not one determined by the airport but by the airline. Typically, international airlines allow check-in up to 4 hours and no less than an hour before the flight. Domestic flight check-ins typically open 3 hours before and close 45 minutes before a flight. As mentioned before, it’s best to check with your airline for the specifics before planning your itinerary.

What time is security/TSA open

The only terminal open 24/7 is JFK Terminal 4. To find when your airline check-in desk opens, refer to your airline’s guidelines.

Travel time within JFK terminals

When it comes to getting from your security checkpoint to your departure gate, you can really add some extra miles. Check for the estimated walking time to get to your JFK airport departure gate below.

Terminal 1: It’ll take you between 1-4 minutes to get to your gate in Terminal 1.

Terminal 2: It’ll take you between 1-2 minutes to get to your gate in Terminal 2.

Terminal 4: It’ll take you between 3-20 minutes to get to your gate in Terminal 4. If you’re going to Gates B43-B55, expect at least a 15-minute walk to your terminal gate.

Terminal 5: It’ll take you between 1-2 minutes to get to your gate in Terminal 5.

Terminal 7: It’ll take you between 1-2 minutes to get to your gate in Terminal 7.

Terminal 8: It’ll take you between 2-11 minutes to get to your gate in Terminal 8.

Iona Brannon

Based out of Los Angeles, Iona Brannon is a content producer for AirportParkingReservations.com. Her hobbies include looking at airplane tickets, sitting in LA traffic, and occasionally yelling at other drivers.