LaGuardia, New York City
There is not train line to LGA or EWR. To get to downtown from LGA I had to take the M60 bus to the subway station and got off there and rode the number 7 train to downtown. I asked the driver to let me know when to get off to get to the station. When I flew into EWR I had to take a charter bus to downtown. It was $20 but it dropped us off right in the middle of Manhatten in about 30 mins.
New York is serviced by three major airports: Newark International, LaGuardia, and JFK International.
If your coming from the west and flying internationally you'll probaly have a short stop over in LA. The flight from LA to NY is about 4-5 hours.
You've heard it all before.
There's the massive subway system.
There are more than 12000 taxis in NYC, they will cost you $2.00 as an initial fee and then 25 cents per 1/5 mile traveled, plus 25 cents for every 60 seconds in stopped or slowed traffic.
And don't forget walking, it's a great way to get around NYC, you get to see so much.
Public transport from major airports to Manhattan:
From JFK Airport: Free shuttle bus to subway station, take A train into lower Manhattan or Q10 bus to subway station then E or F train to midtown.
From Newark Airport(which is in NEW JERSEY!): Air Train to Penn Station Newark then NJ Transit or Amtrak to Penn Station New York or Path Train to Greenwich Village/midtown or shuttle bus to Port Authority.
From LaGuardia: M60 bus to Astoria Bldv to get N train to Manhattan or M60 bus to 125th St to get A,B,C,D,2,3,4,5,6 train.
AIRPORTS: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark (New Jersey). You can get to JFK via subway and taxis. There is no direct subway stop to LaGuardia--so take a taxi or take the subway and connect to a bus that'll take you there.
When in NYC, there are several means of getting around: TAXI, SUBWAY, BUS AND CAR. Personally, I prefer the subway, even during peak rush hours. If there is a lot of ground traffic on the streets, it can take you an hour to cross a street when in a cab. Occasionally, you'll encounter some problems with the subway, but usually it's the most efficient means of getting around the city. The problems you may encounter are that the subway line may be re-routed for some reason or another or due to mechanical problems, usually during the winter, the subway may be out of order. The only time this ever happened during my stay was when a water main broke and the subway got flooded. BUS: this is a cheap way of getting around in the city and giving you the opportunity to see parts of the city you wouldn't see if you were in the subway. But the buses can also run into traffic, so just think in advance. CAR: If you really must, then drive. However, be prepared to have difficulty finding parking or paying an exorbitant amount of money to park in a lot. At night, most of the subway lines run till about midnight and some even run 24-7. However, if you miss the last train, take a taxi back as they run 24-7.
Delta Cincinnati to LaGuardia. Takes about 25 minutes from LaGuardia to the theatre district. The going rate for a cab to or from from the LaGuardia from Times Square is about $26.00...it's $35.00 to JFK...at least that's what the sign in the cab said.
Take a cab and bring some good walking shoes!
Best way to get here is by airplane or train, I guess. It all depends where you're coming from. LaGuardia is the closest airport, but, Kennedy and Newark will do fine as well. Use a taxi to get into the city. The airports are not in Manhatten so a cab should get you there. Or use the car services, 666-6666, and 777-7777 are both reputible. ALWAYS SET PRICE BEFORE YOU RIDE!!!
Use of cabs and taxis are the best unless you have a bike. Learn the subway maps because they are nuts, keep track of peak, and express times. Try not to wind up in Brooklyn or the Bronx. In taxis, act like you know where you're going or they might cruise you all over to make some extra dough
Take a plane to NY. There is two airports at Queens, La Guardia and JFK, and you have one in Newark also, but that one is pretty far from Manhattan.
Walking is recommended, then you will have time to see everything and 'feel' the 'pulse' of the city. But if it's far to where your going, take a cab. It's not expensive and they are everywhere! =)
Plane, boat, whatever. If you fly into LaGuardia Airport and you're broke, take the M60 bus right into Manhattan--it ends up near the Columbia University campus in Mornigside Heights (the Upper West Side), but there are stops along the way along 125th Street in Harlem to get all sorts of subway lines. For JFK, good luck. Grab a cab.
Subway, bus, ferry, cab, railroad, bike, in-line skates, horse and buggy--you name it, we've got it. Also, we move all night long so don't worry about that last train. For the latest subway, bus and train info: NYC MTA
I prefer to fly into LaGuardia for two reasons--baggage system is very quick and efficient, and it's the quickest route to the city if you're in a car/cab. (It's also the airport for United and American flights.) Newark is okay, but because it's in New Jersey, the cab fare is double (there's an inter-state tax), and the tunnel in heavy traffic is a nightmare. You can, however, take the Path/Subway from Newark which is helpful. (subway doesn't go to LaGuardia). JFK is very far away...I avoid it at all costs.
I recommend a balance of cabs and the subway. The Metro is one of the more efficient underground systems in the country, and often the best solution in traffic. It's also been cleaned up dramatically in the past 8-10 years, however I would not suggest using it at night. The cabs in NY are great, and I've only had one 'less-than-direct' experience in the 10+ years I've relied on them!