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Where to Store Luggage at JFK Airport

Updated: April 25, 2024

This post provides several options for luggage storage at or around JFK Airport in NYC, including a service that will pick up and deliver your suitcases to you.

Our New York City tour guides fly in and out of JFK all the time and when writing this post we tapped into their knowledge about storing bags at the airport.

Below is all the information you'll need to unload those bags and free up your hands!

You can also check out our post on other luggage storage facilities throughout NYC.


DOES JFK AIRPORT HAVE LUGGAGE STORAGE?

Due to security reasons, JFK Airport has limited the luggage storage options they have available on site.

However, they do provide limited service for some passengers if they have a long layover arriving at and departing from JFK Airport. 

Luggage Storage JFK Airport

You’ll find this baggage storage in the below areas.

Note that the information is as of January 2024.

Luggage storage locations are subject to change so always check in advance.


Terminal 1 

Smarte Carte Storage at Terminal 1

  • ​Phone: 718-751-1770 
  • Hours: 7 am to 10 pm
  • ​Can store luggage for up to 4 weeks​
  • Photo ID and Boarding Pass Required
  • All Bags Must Be Locked
  • Prices per 24-hour cycle (no hourly rates)
    • Up to 32 inches $25
    • Above 32 inches $35
  • Pre-book here.
Terminal 1 Baggage Storage Location

Terminal 4 

​​​​Smarte C​a​r​te Storage at Terminal 4 ​(next to Lost and Found)

  • Phone: 718-916-8963​
  • ​​Open 7 days a week/24 hours a day
  • Maximum storage time is 48 hours  
  • Photo ID and Boarding Pass Required
  • All Bags Must Be Locked
  • ​​Prices per 24-hour cycle (no hourly rates):
    • Up to 32 inches $25
    • Above 32 inches $35
  • Pre-book here.

If this is your first time in New York City, make sure to read our post on how to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan.

Visitors using an airport transfer should keep in mind that many shuttles stop near popular storage facilities.


LUGGAGE STORAGE (THE SHARING ECONOMY)

After the success of companies like Airbnb and Uber, many businesses have begun to offer similar services in the storage market.

Two such companies are Bounce and Vertoe. They work with a variety of local businesses, hotels, and other locations to provide storage space for their customers.

Both have hundreds of locations in NYC, including at JFK Airport.

If you think you may need to store your luggage during your trip, see our post on luggage storage options in New York City to compare prices and services from every major competitor!


Bounce

This is one of the more popular luggage storage services in the New York area, and it offers one of the most affordable options at JFK. Prices start at just $6.90/piece per day.

You'll find more than 380 Bounce storage locations in New York City, which means you won't need to travel very far to find a place where you can drop off your baggage.

Get 5% off at checkout by entering FREETOURSBYFOOT.

Find out more about Bounce.


Vertoe

Vertoe's prices are competitive, at $5.95 per piece of luggage for 24 hours of storage.

Plus, you get 5% off at checkout by entering vertoeshare!

This company also provides insurance of up to $5,000, so you don’t have to worry about losing any of your belongings. And you can book via its website or its Smartphone app.

You can get 5% off at checkout by entering vertoeshare.

Learn more at Vertoe.

TIP: Vertoe has a shop located at the end of the AirTrain line where you can connect with the Sutphin Blvd. - Archer Ave subway station. This is very convenient for those heading into Manhattan.

If you are new to NYC, check out our post on how to use the subway and which subway pass is best for you.


MOBILE LUGGAGE STORAGE

This is perhaps the most convenient way to store your luggage, as every aspect of the process is taken care of for you.

My Bag Check has more in common with services like Uber than it does with Airbnb because they pick up your luggage/bags and deliver them to wherever you want.

Although prices are higher than some of the other kinds of luggage storage options out there, this is a much easier service to use.

Rather than needing to go back for your belongings later, you can have them drop off everything to you wherever it is needed. 

  • Manhattan Orders - $35
  • Manhattan to Borough OR Borough to Borough - $50
  • Borough (excluding Manhattan) to Airport - $80
  • Manhattan to Airport or from Airports (Order Origination) - $100  

Go to their website to book. TO receive 5% off, enter FreeToursNYC.


THINGS TO DO 

If you’re in need of luggage storage due to late arrival or early checkout, you might have a bit of time on your hands.

Thankfully, there are a lot of great things to do in New York City that you might want to consider while you’re in the area.

We offer many pay-what-you-want guided walking tours in New York City including no less than 12 tours that run every single day.

JFK Airport isn’t too far from Brooklyn, so you might want to think about visiting some of the more notable sites and landmarks in that area.

Here are a few guides to help you find your way around the borough:

If this is your first time in Brooklyn, you might want to think about getting a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket.

This bus tour will take you to many of the significant landmarks, ensuring that you won’t get lost as you explore the city.

Several hop-on-hop-off bus tours have reduced prices or are included for free with New York City tourist passes.

If you have plans to see 2 or more different attractions in the Big Apple, buying a pass can help you to save a lot of money on various different activities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond.

About The Author

Courtney Shapiro

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker in love with the city’s history, culture and food. She's a world travel as well and enjoys sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined Free Tours by Foot in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She still leads tours on a part-time basis. READ MORE...
Updated: April 25th, 2024
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