We had taken a shuttle from the airport to our hotel when we landed, which wasn't the fastest way as we landed at about the same time the evening rush began. The cost after tip was about $40.00 for both of us and we figured it wasn't too bad. We did hear however that once you take the subway and airport train, you'll never use anything else.
Well our story begins with us believing this is true. Now don't get me wrong, I love the ease of the Subway in New York, but when your not as familiar as you need to be and it is crowded and you have your luggage, I'm just not sure if the savings are worth the cost. Here is the cost... The station was right across the street from our hotel, big bonus. However we soon learned there are two blue trains that go towards the airport. One has a stop for the Airtrain and one forks off and heads in a different direction. We, of course, were on the fork train. We realized this and decided to get off at a mutual stop and catch the correct one to the Airtrain. The trained stopped, We got up and headed out the door, Michelle had a little delay from her luggage and when I got outside, turned around and I saw the doors shutting with Michelle still on the train. She thought she could stop the doors and stuck he foot between them and as the train proceeded to take off I watched Michelle lose her balance and fall back into the train. So I grabbed my cell phone... no service. I then proceeded to the person at the ticket booth, no help at all. I proceeded up out of the subway to get cell reception with the hope that she would get off at the next stop and do the same. After only a few minutes we connected on the phone. She stayed at that stop next to a very helpful policeman and I got on the next train heading in her direction. It so happened to be the one we also needed for the Airtain.
We met back up, got off at the Airtrain and made it to the car rental place no worse for the adventure. Total cost for both of us to take the train, $4.00 for the subway and $10.00 for the Airtrain, a $25.00 savings but we're not sure it was worth the gray hairs. When we returned for our last night in the city we took a taxi and then a hired car to head home. The shuttle, taxi and hired car are all about the same cost and I haven't decided which I thought was better.