Delta Airlines operates out of two terminals at JFK airport. 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. If you’re connecting from a domestic to an international flight, you need to get from one terminal to the other. For most locations at JFK airport, that would mean leaving the terminal, boarding the Airtrain and then re-clearing security at the terminal you’re 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!
We had to use the Jitney when we were connecting from a Delta flight to Virgin Atlantic. 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 a single 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 about the operating hours of the Jitney. There are no set hours but it appears to run as long as there are flights leaving from both terminals.
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