Taking Metro-North to Westchester airport

Maybe you’re looking to get away from the city a bit… so you look for some cheap flights online. And surprise! You see something at Westchester airport (HPN). Last year I noticed just that. I would have assumed a flight from a bigger airport would be cheaper, but heading to Florida from Westchester airport was actually about $30 cheaper. The problem was then, how do I get to the airport? Is taking public transportation difficult?

The answer is no, it is not difficult to get to the airport. Unfortunately it is a little harder than it once was. There used to be a bus that went directly from White Plains train station to the airport, but in February 2010 this bus was cancelled. You may still see information about this bus, it was called Airlink. The train station still stocked Airlink brochures, and nobody has updated the airport’s website. This bus does not run any more! But that doesn’t mean you can’t get to the airport from the train station!

What it does mean is you will have to walk across the street to get an alternate bus. Right across from the train station is the White Plains bus center, and from there you can board a bus which will take you right to the airport. You will need to have exact change in quarters ($2.25), or a MetroCard. If you’d prefer the MetroCard route you can purchase them from Waxman’s News in the lower level of the train station.

Sometimes there are express buses, and other times you may need to make a transfer. You can use the online trip planner to see what bus you need to take for your date and time. For the origin put Railroad Station: White Plains Railroad Station and for the destination Airport: Westchester County Airport.

Entering your date and time should be self explanatory. Once you’ve done that, click Get Trip Plan, and it will list the bus or buses you will need to take, how long it will take, and what the fare will be.

22 thoughts on “Taking Metro-North to Westchester airport

  1. Thank you for your posting. It is very helpful to know ahead of time that the Airlink bus is cancelled instead of finding out when I am there. Save a lot of time and anxiety. Thank you so much.

  2. What is the price range on a cab from the White Plains MetroNorth station to the Westchester County Airport? And how long is the trip?

    1. When I took the Airlink bus, back when it existed, it was direct and took about fifteen minutes. So I figure that is how long it would still take today. Unfortunately, I do not know how much a taxi would charge you for the trip. White Plains station always has many taxis waiting for passengers, so I guess you could probably ask one before committing to anything.

  3. I used the planner on the MTA website and it gave me all the corrtect times fom my line, but next to travel time it is saying transfer at White Plains. Does that mean i have to get off and find another train leaving around the same time to the same place? Im traveling on a sunday, do any MTA rules change?

        1. Not sure why you would be posting on the Westchester airport page, but yes, you would have to transfer to another train at White Plains. Except for the final train leaving Grand Central at like 2AM, there aren’t any trains that stop at both Bronxville and Goldens Bridge.

  4. Ok, so I am flying out of Westchester Airport at 10 am on a Sunday later this month. How do I get from Midtown Manhattan to Westchester using public transportation? And when should I leave Manhattan to make it there on time?

    1. Take the Harlem Line from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains station. Not sure about the times and how early you’d like to get to the airport… that is up to you.

  5. I need to get to White Planes tomorrow by 10:00 AM from Milford CT. Which train station is closest to Wht Plns. on Metro N. since there is no stop going South in Wht plns. Rye, maybe?

  6. Great information to know! It’s easy for visitors to get lost and even people who are new to using the metro fom this area. Will save this post for future reference. Thanks again for the step by step directions.

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