John F. Kennedy International Airport, aka JFK, is one of the busiest airports in the United States and the single busiest airport for international travelers entering the country. Located in Queens, New York City, it’s so large it has its own zip code: Jamaica, New York, 11430. Navigating the sprawling 4,930-acre complex can be a bit overwhelming, so here’s a comprehensive guide to JFK’s terminals that will help you make the most of your time at the airport.

* Note: Terminals 3 & 6 have been demolished, hence they are not covered in these tips. *

General Tips
Complimentary Wi-Fi, provided by Boingo, is available throughout the New York airport.

Terminal 1
JFK’s Terminal 1 is a four-story building with 11 gates. Its levels include Arrivals, a Mezzanine, Departures, and the Concourse Level, where travelers pass through the security checkpoint and ultimately board.

> Fast Food
New York Hotdog & Coffee, which is probably best known for serving a hotdog topped with sesame seeds and bulgogi (a Korean-style marinated beef).

> Coffee Shops
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and a Euro Café. All three are located pre-security, meaning you’ll want to get your fix before you head to the gate.

> Bars
Idlewild Wine Bar, travelers can order local Hudson Valley wines, while Martini Bar (post-security at the S-Concourse) serves arguably the best cocktails in the terminal.

> Shopping
A handful of Hudson News outposts, a New York Gifts for kitschy Big Apple souvenirs, and a handful of high-end post-security boutiques, the Clinique and Estee Lauder Counter, Cartier storefront, Coach shop, and L’Occitane kiosk are all worthwhile diversions.

> Things to Do
XpresSpa. There’s a location at Gate 6, as well as an XpresSpa kiosk at Gate 3. Come here for a pre-flight facial or post-vacation hand and arm massage to improve circulation.

> Charging Stations
A charging station in the Welcome Center, as well as outlets post-security at Gates 5, 7, and 8.

> Airport Lounges
Terminal 1 is home to an Air France lounge, a Korean Air KAL Business Class Lounge, and a Lufthansa Lounge. Travelers must be flying with a First or Business Class ticket to access these lounges, though there are more than a few ways to get in without splurging on a top-tier ticket. The Air France lounge, for example, permits Premium Economy travelers who are willing to pay between $35 and $50 for a day rate, depending on the destination. Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card holders can also get access to the Air France and KAL Business Class Lounge. Travelers with status in the airlines’ respective membership programs (Star Gold Cardholders for Lufthansa; Flying Blue Gold, Platinum, Silver, and Ivory for Air France) may also be able to get free access to the airlines’ respective lounges, though the regulations vary wildly depending on the flight.

> Parking Options
Terminal 1 shares the Green Lot with Terminal 2, which is a daily parking lot. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $33. Travelers looking for long-term JFK airport parking may want to opt instead for Lot 9, on Lefferts Boulevard. This option is accessible by AirTrain and charges $18 for the first 24 hours, with a $6 fee for every 8 hours (That’s less than $150 for a week-long vacation).

> Airlines
Terminal 1 was opened at 1998 under the direction of four key international airlines: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. Because of this, it can accommodate giant Airbus A380s and remains a major hub for these carriers. Today, travelers flying 24 international airlines will use Terminal 1, including Aero Mexico, Air China, Alitalia, Brussels Airlines, China Eastern, EVA Airways, Interjet, Norwegian Air, Royal Air Maroc, and Turkish Airlines, among others.

Terminal 2
Seeking the Delta Terminal? JFK’s Terminal 2 is exclusively operated by Delta Air Lines and has two levels: arrivals and departures. There are 11 boarding gates (C60 to C70), which are exclusively used for domestic destinations, not including flights to and from San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (also known as Sea-Tac).

> Fast Casual
After security, travelers can grab open-faced sandwiches from New York’s own chef Andrew Carmellini, or Shiso, by Morimoto chef Robby Cook.

> Sit-Down Dinner
BKLYN Beer Garden, which has an impressive selection of more than 20 beers on tap and a menu of standard American fare by chef Laurent Tourondel. You can also grab a seriously filling Italian dish from Due Amici, near Gate 62.

> Shopping
Only sells a few post-security gadgets and has an outpost of Taste NY. Opened in 2013, this store sells hundreds of food and beverage souvenirs from local New York brands (think: Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Oenology wines) and is open 24 hours a day.

> Charging Stations
Only one charging station at Terminal 2, which is located before security near the Welcome Center.

> Airport Lounges
At Terminal 2, the Delta Sky Club serves complimentary snacks all day long, and has a complimentary bar for wine, beer, or a pre-flight cocktail. There’s even a business center equipped with printers and copiers, and bathrooms with showers, so you can be totally ready for the day ahead. American Express Platinum cardholders are among those that can access the lounge for free when flying with Delta, though others can experience the lounge for a $59 one-time day rate.

> Parking Options
Terminal 2 shares the Green Lot with Terminal 1, which is a daily parking lot. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $33.

> Airlines
Only Delta utilizes Terminal 2, meaning travelers flying with other airlines won’t have post-security access to this part of JFK.

Terminal 4
Considered by some to be the single-greatest terminal at JFK, it’s used by a wide number of both international as well as domestic airlines and has an impressive line-up of dining options.

> Fast Casual
Chef Danny Meyer has not one but three restaurants at JFK Terminal 4, including two post-security opportunities to sample his famed Shake Shack burger or a Shake Shack breakfast sandwich. A pared-down version of Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbecue joint is another prime option.

> Coffee Shops
Three Dunkin’ Donuts, three Peets Coffee & Tea locations, two Panopolis outposts, and a Flatiron Coffeehouse are just a few examples of the sheer volume of coffee shops in this New York airport.

> Shopping
Beauty brands are particularly prominent at Terminal 4, along with Jo Malone, Hugo Boss, Kiehl’s, and the travel brand Tumi.

> Things to Do
Three XpresSpa locations (Gate A2, B24, and the west end of the Retail Hall). On the Departures level, this terminal notably has a pre-security interfaith chapel.

> Charging Stations
Charging stations in the Welcome Center as well as at all gates.

> Airport Lounges
With an Air India Lounge at Gate A5; another Delta Sky Club Lounge at Gate B32; an El Al King David Lounge, Etihad Lounge, and a Swiss Lounge on the fourth floor; and an Emirates Lounge and Virgin Clubhouse at Gate A5, JFK’s Terminal 4 is well-equipped to accommodate top-tier travelers before flights. Travelers not flying with one of the aforementioned airlines can still enjoy the comfort of an airport lounge at Terminal 4’s Wingtips Lounge. For $50, travelers can receive access to the common-use lounge for up to four hours, with complimentary access to premium passengers on partner airlines (Singapore Airlines, China Southern, and Air Europa, for example) and network members who participate in programs such as Lounge Club and Priority Pass.

> Parking Options
Travelers utilizing Terminal 4 are encouraged to park in either the Blue or Yellow parking garages. Prices start at $5 per half hour and 24-hour maximum of $39.

> Airlines
Some 30 airlines use Terminal 4 as their home base, including many regional international carriers like Air Serbia, Egyptair, and WestJet. Domestic airlines with a presence at Terminal 4 include Virgin American, JetBlue, Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines, and the charter airline Miami Air. Even Delta Air Lines operates from this terminal, in addition to their primary location in Terminal 2.

Terminal 5
JetBlue’s newly expanded Terminal 5 at JFK now has 38 food and beverage options, 35 shops, and 29 gates. Since it opened in 2008, it’s rapidly become one of JFK’s most contemporary and enjoyable terminals.

> Sit-down Restaurants
Hailed by Eater as the “best sushi you will probably ever eat in an airport,” Deep Blue Sushi is one of the best options. Other food staples include Spanish-style tapas at Piquillo Tapas Bar or truffle fries at 5iveSteak.

> Sweets
Dylan’s Candy Bar, Baked by Melissa, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, no less than four Dunkin’ Donuts, and a Horizon Bakery Café that sells masterful breads and baked goods.

> Shopping
MUJI To Go, which offers design-driven home goods and accessories with a minimalist, Japanese aesthetic, and the Benefit Cosmetics shop.

> Things to Do
BeRelax Spa, where you can be pampered with pedicures and manicures, an anti-jet-lag facial, table or chair massages, and oxygen and aromatherapy treatments to help you look refreshed after a full day of flying.

> Charging Stations
Charging ports are scattered all around the Grandstands.

> Airport Lounges
At the Moroso Lounge, travelers are perfectly positioned to watch plans takeoff and land. For a breath of fresh air, head to JFK’s only post-security outdoor space, the T5 Rooftop, while you wait for your flight. For a more traditional lounge experience, the new Airspace Lounge near Gate 24 is open to all passengers, regardless of ticket class or airline, for a $25 entry fee. The day rate includes complimentary espresso and coffee drinks, access to the business center, Wi-Fi, and use of private restrooms and showers. For an additional $10, travelers can purchase premium items such as cocktails.

> Parking Options
Terminal 5 shares the Blue and Yellow parking garages with Terminal 4. Prices start at $5 per half hour and a 24-hour maximum of $39.

> Airlines
All JetBlue departures are at Terminal 5, as this is the airline’s primary hub. The airline, however, does not have exclusive control of this terminal. Travelers flying with Hawaiian Airlines, TAP Portugal, and Aer Lingus may also find themselves in Terminal 5.

Terminal 7
Currently operated by British Airways, Terminal 7 could see major changes in the coming years, as its lease with the Port Authority ended in 2015. Today, the three-level terminal has an Arrivals floor, a Departures floor, and a Concourse level with boarding gates 1 to 12.

> Fast-food
Dining at Terminal 7 is limited, the best bet will be the Wolfgang Puck Express, for a sandwich.

> Bars
Thirsty Beer & Wine Bar at Gates 6 and 7, or the Trafalgar Pub near Gate 10.

> Shopping
Duty Free shops, multiple Hudson News storefronts, and Best Buy kiosks for last-minute tech need. For more serious shopping, there’s a Juicy Couture, a Mont Blanc, and an M&Ms Store.

> Things to Do
One XpresSpa location in the Terminal 7 Retail Hall lets travelers enjoy pre and post-flight services such as facials, massages, and nail treatments.

> Charging Stations
Numerous charging stations, which can be found in the Arrivals hall, at the Welcome Center, past the Arrivals center, and at Gates 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12.

> Airport Lounges
JFK’s Terminal 7 has a single lounge, the Concorde Lounge, which is located near Gate 1. The incredibly elegant lounge, which has a champagne bar and a full-service dining room with private booths, is accessible only to British Airways travelers flying First Class. There is no walk-up rate available.

> Parking Options
Travelers using Terminal 7 are encouraged to use the Orange-parking garage. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $33.

> Airlines
In addition to British Airways, several other international airlines make use of Terminal 7. Major carriers include Qatar Airways (which also uses gates in Terminal 8), Qantas, Icelandair, Cathay Pacific, and All Nippon Airways.

Terminal 8
Twice the size of Madison Square Garden, JFK Terminal 8 has two concourses and a total of 29 gates.

> Sit-down Restaurants
Grab a table at the Vino Volo Wine Room, near Gate 39, for a wine flight and a cheese plate. Otherwise, try Bobby Van’s Steakhouse or Cascata.

> Fast Food
McDonald’s and Au Bon Pain. The best grab-and-go sandwich is at Brooklyn National Deli, which serves solid pastrami sandwiches for a final bite of New York City.

> Shopping
Vino Volo Wine Shop, post-security near the food court, and a Solstice Sunglass Boutique, a Pandora, a L’Occitane, and a Brookstone.

> Things to Do
Diversions for a layover in Terminal 8 are limited, so browse the new releases at Hudson Booksellers or peruse the Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop.

> Charging Stations
One central charging station can be found pre-security by the Welcome Center.

> Airport Lounges
Two Admirals Clubs — American Airlines’ answer to the airport lounge — are available to travelers flying First or Business class. Entrance to the Admirals Club is also to travelers with AAdvantage status or a club membership. Certain credit cards (like the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard) can also help you check out the lounges at American Airlines’ JFK terminal.

> Parking Options
Travelers using Terminal 8 are encouraged to use the Red-parking garage. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $33.

> Airlines
Despite being the largest passenger terminal, JFK Terminal 8 accommodates only a few airlines: a mix of domestic and international carriers. American Airlines and their subsidiary, American Eagle, account for much of the passenger volume. Air Berlin, Alaska Airlines, Finnair, LATAM, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jordanian also use gates at Terminal 8.

Source: T&L