New York's Fiorello La Guardia International Airport (Airport Code: LGA), despite its name, is actually the domestic airport for New York City. While the airport hosts 15 airlines, the only international carrier is Air Canada, and the only international destination is in Canada. A hub for budget carriers Frontier Airlines and Spirit Air, LaGuardia also hosts the shuttle services of US Airways and Delta between LaGuardia and both Boston and Washington Reagan National Airport. There are no direct flights between LaGuardia and destinations outside North America, though connections are possible to international flights through airports such as Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington-Dulles.
Public Transportation. Getting to and from LaGuardia Airport by public transportation can be a bit tricky, as there is no Subway connection to the airport. There are, however, several buses that connect LaGuardia and the Subway. If you want to go to Manhattan, the cheapest way is to take Bus M60. Your best way downtown is to take the bus to "Hoyt Avenue" and transfer to the N or Q train (at the Astoria Boulevard Station) to Times Square (Note: you will be required to climb stairs, so only take this option if you're packing light). Bus drivers are supposed to announce the stops, but they don't always. If they don't, never fear: stay on the bus until "Lexington Avenue" and change to the 4 or 5 trains downtown. At Park Avenue, transfers are also possible to Upstate New York and Connecticut via the Metro North Railroad station at Harlem-125th Street. Another possibility, especially in times of heavy traffic, is to take the Q33 bus to 82nd St/Jackson Heights. From there, you can transfer to the 7 train to Grand Central Station and Times Square. Also consider staying on the Q33 until the end of the line (transfer to the E, F, M, and R trains). Fare is $2.50 in coins, or a prepaid Metrocard (cost $1 for the card itself). A single-ride ticket can be purchased from vending machines for $2.75. Change machines are located inside the terminal near the bus stops. Metrocards can be purchased at Hudson News outlets within the airport terminals. There are also a few touch-screen Metrocard machines just inside the terminal entrances nearest the bus stops. NOTE: Be sure to ask the driver for a transfer ticket to the Subway if you are paying with coins or single-ride ticket.
Another option to get to Midtown is to take the NYC Airporter bus. Buses depart approximately every 20-30 minutes to Grand Central Station, Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, operating daily between 5 AM and 11:30 PM. Fare is $13 one way, $23 round trip.
Taxis are available for door-to-door service, and are a better value relatively speaking than in most other cities. Expect a fare of $30-$40 (including tip), depending on your destination. WARNING: Do not accept unsolicited "limousine" or "shuttle van" service offered to you at the airport. These are almost always a rip-off.
If you arrange it in advance, certain reputable shuttle van services can be a good value if you're traveling on your own and are in a hurry. Among the best is the "Dial-7" service (telephone 212-777-7777 or toll free 800-777-8888). Fare for this service starts at $34 per person, plus tolls and tip.
Cheapest way to go to Manhattan from LGA airport is by using MTA buses.Take bus M60 from Airport.If you going Eastside Manhattan then get off at 125th st and Lexington ave(uptown Manhattan) and take the subway line 6 towards Downtown. If going to westside Manhattan then stay on the bus and get off at 106th st and Broadway and take subway(E,F,G,V,R,7)lines depending on ur destination in midtown or downtown. I can plan ur trip exactly if I know ur Hotel.Trip will cost you $2.25 bus and subway togather if you will use same card within 90 minutes of first use.Keep in mind you travel time could be 50 minutes to 90 minutes depending on traffic and time of the day..
Cheapest shuttle is NY airporter depart every 30 minutes $12.75. They have three stops in Manhattan Penn station,Port Authority Bus terminal,Grand Central,all in Midtown Manhattan.feel free to contact.....
Beware of this company. They offer bus transport to Penn Station from La Guardia but they do not go directly to Penn Station as their brochure and anyone that you might talk to at the airport might suggest. I live in the NYC area and yet I still found myself being ousted from the bus at Port Authority. I was not taken to Penn Station. Evidently if one is going to Penn Station one is meant to get off the bus at Grand Central station and take another shuttle to Penn Station.
Evidently someone is meant to come on the bus at Grand Central Station and tell you to get off and get on another bus. This did not happen for me and I ended up being rudely left at Port Authority.
I live here. I know how to get where I want to go. As a tourist, use someone else. They are very happy to just strand you far from your intended destination.
I had the airport transportation desk arrange our shuttle to LaGuardia which worked out fine. The young woman at the desk was very helpful in advising about timing as well as arranging our pickup. The cost for 3 of us was $42 plus tip and I was reminded at the desk as well as by signs in the shuttle that the tip was not included. Hindsight is always better but I think it would have been cheaper to take a taxi. Also with a taxi you don’t have stops for other passengers which could throw your timing off.
I have had luck regarding accommodations in NYC using Priceline and bidding on a hotel downtown.
As far as transportation from LaGuardia, there are a few options. There are many shuttle services at the airport once you get your luggage that are part of ground transportation. I can't remember costs off the top of my head, but they are more than reasonable...I think around $15.
A cab will cost you about $30-40 depending on traffic, plus tip and tolls (at least this was back in August 2008 and I went to Times Square) and is the quickest/most convenient way to travel. Bear in mind that it does depend on traffic.
As far as what to do- catch a Broadway (get tickets 1/2 price the day of if you want to save money and sacrifice time), walk the Brooklyn Bridge, see Times Square, walk though Central Park, enjoy dining at a nice restaurant...the possibilities are endless! To me, most of the experience of New York is just walking around breathing it all in.
La Guardia is not that far away from Manhattan and I didnt want to try my luck at 7am with public transport so I flagged a taxi and I must say the price was very reasonable. The entire taxi ride took less than 25 minutes and it cost me about 25$ US dollars so I can say this tip will be short and sweet, pay the 25$ and get a taxi, was sooo easy.
The cheapest way into Manhattan from LaGuardia is the MTA for $2 (exact change, change machine available on the arrival level just inside the bus stop). If you have carry on bags only, it is definitely the best way into the city. There are 4 buses that can get you into Manhattan, all of them offer a transfer onto the subway (ask the bus driver for a paper transfer when boarding).There is a detail map right at the bus stop. M60 will take you to uptown Manhattan, Q33 and Q47 can take you to Jackson Heights in Queens to connect to the numerous subways. Or if you have time to spare, take the Q48 to its last stop at Flushing Main and cross the road to get on the 7 train which will take you to Grand Central Station and Time Square. This route is longer but it is worth the experience. Plus you will get a seat on the 7 Train as it will be it's starting point. The 7 Train had been called the Most Cultural Train in NYC as it passes through many diverse districts plus most of the train route runs above ground. As a added bonus, you will get a grand view of NYC on the way in.
There are many ways to transfer from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Manhattan. They are well summarized by the official airport website:
Here is the detailed subway info to go to Manhattan from LGA. For reference, here is the subway map: http://mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm
There are a few options to use public transportation if you are arriving at LGA. They are all fairly easy and very cheap ($2 - even less if you factor in the 20% bonus). They all involve taking a NY City bus which stops right outside your terminal to a connecting subway. The transfer from bus to subway is free if you have a metrocard. If you do not have a metrocard, buy one from a newstand. Travel time for the first three options is about an hour. The M60 to 125th will take longer.
* Q48 to 111th Street. Transfer to the #7 Manhattan bound train. If you are arriving in the morning, stay on the Q48 to the last stop (Flushing Main Street) and take the #7 Express train. The #7 can drop you off at Times Square, or Grand Central Terminal.
* M60 to Astoria and 31st Street. Transfer to the Manhattan bound N train. The N can drop you off midtown east, or midtown west, or downtown (see subway map).
* Q33 to 74th and Broadway (in Queens). Transfer to the Manhattan bound #7, E, or R train.
* M60 to Lexington and 125th Street. Transfer to the downtown 4/5/6 train. Good only for the upper east side as your bus ride is very long.
For first time travelers to New York, it is important to understand there are 3 (actually 4, if you include Islip) airports that serve New York City. the largest and most heavily trafficked is JFK and I feel that most people opt to fly into JFK. While flights are often cheaper to JFK and there are more options to choose from, it is bar far the worst option of the 3 major airports. If you're travelling to Manhattan, both LaGuardia (airport code: LGA) and Newark (airport code: EWR) are much, much closer than JFK. In fact, when you drive to JFK, after about 20 or 30 minutes you drive past LaGuardia Airport, and you're only 1/2 way to JFK! And even though Newark is in New Jersey, its normally a much shorter ride.
Google maps will tell you that JFK is only 22 minutes or so from Manhattan and that Newark is longer. Liars! JFK is rarely less than 45 minutes and often an hour or more. Newark is generally a much shorter ride (as is LGA).
Because of flight availability or price, you may have no choice but to fly into JFK. But hopefully, you have an option.
Taxis are available from LaGuardia Airport and $36–$75 (subject to change) from Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport. From LaGuardia Airport, buses go to subway stops in Manhattan. From Kennedy Airport, trains and buses go to subway stops in Queens, from which there are subways to Manhattan. From terminals at Newark Airport, a monorail goes to the airport's train station, from which trains go to Manhattan's Penn Station.
Shuttle vans and private cars of varying prices are available for hire. They can be reserved during the process of booking most hotel reservations.
Getting around: Public buses and subways operate throughout Manhattan and to other boroughs. Taxis are available outside the hotels.
The subway system is not very complicated, and there are guide boards on each station.We used the subway every day without any problems. When riding the subway- try not to make eye contact with anyone who looks a bit dodgy. ......this applies especially to single women travellers.
Driving is NOT a good idea- the traffic is chaotic.
WITHOUT A DOUBT- WALKING IS THE BEST WAY TO SEE NEW YORK. BECAUSE OF ITS GRID-PLAN, IT IS DIFFICULT TO BECOME LOST. STREETS ARE CLEARLY NUMBERED AND MARKED
Since I've found it's tough to find cheap ways to get to where you're going in other places, I'll make it easier for others to get to nyc.
LaGuardia > the city
Go to the bus depot and take the M60 to 125th (the bus
coming from the airport runs from east to west when reaching manhattan)
and from there you can catch the trains: 4,5,6 (Lexington) 2,3 (Lenox Ave),
ABCD (Frederick D) and the 1 furthest west (if you have luggage this stop
is only stairs so if you have a lot of luggage you're in trouble)
Cost: $2 for bus and train transfer (as of 1/2009)
AirTrain at JFK to Howard Beach stop & take the A train at howard beach
to city and or transfer to other trains.
Airtrain at JFK to Jamaica queens stop and take LIRR
to Penn Station 34th St. OR you can take the E train.
Although the A is closer it makes more stops and is slower.
I've taken the the Airtrain to the E train to 42nd St to and felt the ride was faster.
cost: $5 for Airtrain another & $5 for LIRR to manhattan or $2 subway train
you can also take the LIRR in Brooklyn if your destination is in the BK
Download the pdf to also see LIRR and main buses that go to the airport
since the one online looks sparse.
Metrocards are available at turnstyles right before you exit the Airtrain
Taxi: Yellow cabs are the
easiest way and will run $45 from JFK to anywhere in Manhattan,
see site for other places
There are also shuttle services to the airports.
supershuttle is unreliable unless you are going to midtown mahattan.
anything above 72nd street and they are scarce.
I've used them once reliably and the next 2 times I reserved
they did not show up because I was the only passenger WITH NO
PHONE CALL INFORMING ME of the change. so not using them again
use at your own risk: cost $21 per person.
From Newark Airport
Jersey Transit buses makes trips from Newark Airport to
Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, or Grand Central every 30 minutes starting around 5AM and (check schedule) The fare to Newark Airport by bus is $13. Travel time is usually between 40 and 50 minutes Traffic conditions will affect your trip time.
Take AirTrain Newark to the Airport Station. When you exit AirTrain, follow the signs to NJ TRANSIT trains. Purchase your NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak ticket to reach your destination. If you are arriving at the airport, disembark at the Airport Station and follow the signs to the AirTrain platform. NJ TRANSIT does not run between 2am and 5am!
Hope this helped.
Enjoy your stay in NYC!
A cheaper alternative to travel from NY La Guardia to midtown.
New York Airport Service Express Bus:
The fare is $10, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The busses operate once every twenty to thirty minutes between 6:45am and midnight. For exact schedules call (718) 875-8200. The trip is 40 minutes to an hour and there are several stops in Manhattan:
Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (betw. 40 and 41st Streets)
Transfer available to hotels between 27th and 59th Streets.
Air Trans Center located in the Eighth Ave. and 42nd St. Wing of The Port Authority Bus Terminal
Penn Station, 34th Street (betw. 7th and 8th Avenues)
Express Shuttle USA (formerly Gray Line):
One-way fare is $13. The busses run from 7am to 11:30 pm to locations in Manhattan from 23rd to 96th Streets. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation desk. A shuttle bus will come to pick you up within twenty minutes of your arrival. For exact schedules call (212) 315-3006 or (800) 451-0455.
Here is some sample fares from LGA:
Tolls are in addition to metered fares & are not listed:
Between Terminals: $3 - $7
To Upper Manhattan: $16 - $20
To Mid-Manhattan: $19 - $22
To Lower Manhattan: $22 - $26
To Co-op City: $19 - $21
To Riverdale: $21 - $24
To Downtown Brooklyn: $17 - $20
To Coney Island: $36 - $39
To Shea Stadium: $7 - $9
To Main Street (Kev Gardens): $10 - $13
To Staten Island
New Dorp Lane: $40 - $43
Victory Boulevard: $38 - $41
To Kennedy Airport: $19 - $22
To Newark Airport: $45 - $55 + $10
Tipping is optional. There is a 50 cent surcharge for trips commencing between 8pm & 6am
One fare pays for all passengers. Meter must read $2.00 at the start of the trip. Prices are subject to change.
My least favorite of the airports serving this great city.
I do find myself here more often than not though as i like the schedule to oakland at 615am via denver.
A smallish 4 or so terminal airport it is very easy to access. You can take the M60 bus from 125th street or the Airporter bus lines from places like GCT and the Port Authority.
Mostly domestic here but not strictly.
After being told on forums that public transportation from La Guardia Airport would be a nightmare, I feel compelled to share my experience. It's cheap, it's easy, and it's a great way to see places you've never been. I wasn't loaded down with luggage, my daughter and I each carried a backpack and a purse. Public buses line up right outside the terminals, and you can buy your Metrocard inside at a Hudson Newsstand. La Guardia is the first stop for these buses, so there are plenty of empty seats, and the buses are air-conditioned.
To get into Manhattan, I took the Q48 bus through Flushing, Queens. I was looking at everything through the windows, so I'm not sure how long it took, probably 30 to 40 minutes. I got off at Main Street, in Flushing, and headed down the subway steps, right by the bus stop. From there I took the #7 train into Manhattan. Also air-conditioned, and also plenty of seats. This train is the fun 'International Express', and it's an elevated train for most of the way, with a view of the Manhattan skyline before you head into the tunnel under the East River. This train is probably another 30 minutes, and stops at Grand Central Station and Times Square.
Returning to La Guardia, I took the M60 bus from Broadway and 106th street (upper West Side of Manhattan), which took me right to the main terminal at the airport. Once again, 106th street was the first stop for the bus, so it was empty -- not only that, it drove right past 'Tom's Diner' of Seinfeld fame, Columbia University, then 125th Street in Harlem (one of the main thoroughfares) past the Apollo Theater.
If this is your first time in New York City, and you enjoy sightseeing on the cheap, this is the way to do it. If you're in a hurry, and like to spend money, or are carrying more luggage than you can comfortably hold in your lap, then you will need to use alternate means of transportation. But don't let people scare you into thinking that taking a bus from La Guardia is horrible.........because it's not, and they're wrong.