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All About The JFK Jitney: The Post-Security Link Between Terminals 2 & 4

by joeheg

For our most recent trip to London, I booked us on Virgin Atlantic Premium from New York JFK with 55,000 Delta SkyMiles. As we were getting closer to the trip, the missing link of our transportation plans was getting to JFK airport for our flight. Living in Orlando, there’s no shortage of airlines non-stop to JFK, since I can choose from American, Delta and JetBlue to get us there.

In the end, I decided to book us on a Delta flight, even though it was slightly more expensive, since I would be able to check our bags all the way to London when we checked in because of Delta and Virgin Atlantic’s interline agreement. Since we’d be able to check our bags all the way to London from Orlando, there was a chance we’d not have to re-clear security at JFK. That is, if we could get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 past security.

JFK Terminal 2 is the home for most of Delta Airlines domestic traffic, while Terminal 4 is where several airlines, including Delta’s international (and trans-con) flights, depart from. So we’d have to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4. For most locations at JFK airport, that would mean we’d have to leave the terminal, board the Airtrain and then re-clear security at the terminal we were departing from. However, since Delta has flights leaving from two adjacent terminals, they’ve arranged for a way for passengers (and employees) to get between terminals, The Jitney Bus!


Since we landed at the C gates of Terminal 2, we had to get to the Jitney loading station, last gate C60. There isn’t much signage about the Jitney in the terminal until you get to the loading area.


The sign is pretty confusing since there isn’t a separate bus that goes to the A gates. There’s one stop for the A gates or the first half of the B terminal and another stop at B54 for the far end of the gates, and trust me the B gates are LONG!!!!!!!!!!

As we left the terminal, there was an airport agent there to scan boarding cards, as only passengers who were leaving from the A or B gates are allowed to ride the Jitney. We took an escalator down one level to board our bus.

It was a quick ride across the tarmac but we did get some great views of the planes parked at JFK. Since we were taking Virgin Atlantic and departing from the A gates, we got off the bus at the first stop.

It was only a short walk to the Wingtips lounge were we spent an hour or so of our layover. After that, we had about a 15 min walk across to the A gates of Terminal 4.


This is where we waited for the rest of the time until our flight on Virgin Atlantic.

I spent more time than I should have to look into whether we could transfer between terminals so if there’s a better reference than some five-year-old TripAdvisor threads, please let me know and I’ll update the article. 🙂

In the comments section, someone asked the operating hours of the Jitney. After some back and forth, I did receive an answer from JFK Airport’s Twitter account.

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Steve May 29, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Do you know what time the Jitney from T2 to T4 stops running? I have a DL flight to LHR to catch. My flight to JFK is scheduled to arrive at 9:37 P.M.

I have not been able to find any specific information on the web. Any assistance would be appreciated.

joeheg May 29, 2019 - 10:13 pm

I reached out to both the Delta and JFK Twitter accounts to try and find an answer. Delta doesn’t know. JFK’s Twitter says “We believe that the Jitney bus is in operation as long as Delta is expecting connecting flight operating between T2 and T4”. Now I did receive another response saying “It starts around 5am and ends around midnight”. Now, this wasn’t an official source but why would you reply if you didn’t at least think you knew the right answer.

Robbie August 23, 2019 - 5:35 am

So useful! This is why I love the internet! We have a 50min transfer from Delta Orlando flight to Virgin Heathrow flight, so was a tad nervous about the time…..especially dragging an 8 year old 😅. But this has eased my nerves…..thanks again for such great info!

Angela Eckersley January 16, 2020 - 7:21 pm

Would it not be in both Delta and Virgins interests to provide their passengers with a detailed itinerary and map for connecting flights, to enable peace of mind. Travelling is stressful enough without having to worry about how to get from one connecting flight to another. This isn’t rocket science surely to God they know how to get from one plane to another after all THEY are selling the flights!

Angela Eckersley January 16, 2020 - 7:40 pm

Just read your article which is really helpful BUT why did you go back to the A gates in Terminal 2 – or do you mean A gates Terminal 4 x

joeheg January 16, 2020 - 8:07 pm

Thanks for catching that. Yes, that should have read A gates of Terminal 4. I’ve fixed the post.


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