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    Big Apple Transport

    by lynnehamman Updated Oct 1, 2009

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    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

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    Airport Buses

    by shutterlust Written Jun 3, 2006

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    If economizing is a concern, you should consider taking the bus into the city. Carey Transportation buses depart for the city every 30 minutes from 6AM to 12AM from all terminals at both JFK and LaGuardia. The fare is $13 from JFK and $10 to LaGuardia. The trip takes about an hour to get to Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street between Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenue. The bus subsequently stops at a string of hotels before terminating at the Carey Ticket Office at 125 Park across the street from Grand Central Terminal. Gray Line also operates shuttles from all terminals to specific locations in Manhattan for a one-way fare of $16 from JFK and $13 from LaGuardia. New Jersey Transit's Newark Airport Express Bus (number 300) leaves from each terminal every 20 to 30 minutes all day and terminates at Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Fare is $7 one-way or $12 round-trip and the trip takes 30 to 60 minutes. Olympic Trails has a bus that serves Manhattan from all Newark Airport terminals. The bus serves Newark Airport terminals from 5Am to 11PM with stops near Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station. Fare for either bus is $7 one-way and $12 round-trip. Inquiries can be made at the Ground Transporation Desk.

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    LaGuardia Airport

    by travelfrosch Updated May 21, 2013

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    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.

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    Getting to New York City : from La Guardia Airport

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    Getting to New York City ...

    Located in Queens, La Guardia Airport (code LGA) is eight miles from midtown Manhattan and located on Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay.

    A variety of options are available to get you to Manhattan from LGA :

    -Taxi (an estimated $16-$26 plus tolls)
    -New York Airport Service Express Bus to Midtown Manhattan/East Side or West Side
    -SuperShuttle Manhattan (shared mini bus) to anywhere in Manhattan between Battery Park and 227th Street including all hotels
    -M60 Bus (MTA - New York City Transit) to 125th St. Can connect with 2,3,4,5,6,1,9,A,C and D subway trains
    -Q33 Bus (Triboro Coach) from all terminals except Marine Air Terminal. Connects with E,F,G,R,V and 7 subway trains.
    -Q47 Bus (Triboro Coach) from Marine Air Terminal. Connects with E,F,R,V and 7 subway trains.
    -Private Car/Limousine/Van Services

    Details for all the above transportation options are too numerous to list here, please check the official LGA website below, also for information on getting to Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx or Staten Island.

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    To and from the Airports...

    by Dimi1 Written Mar 31, 2005

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    JFK - Inernational Airport, Laguardia Airport and Newark International Airport...

    Travel between the airports and Manhattan is always a choice between inconvenience and money. Public transportation is cheap, but you will almost definitely have to transfer from bus to subway, subway to bus, or subway to subway at least twice (with all your luggage). Private bus companies (shuttles) charge slightly more, but will take you directly from the airport to any one of many Manhattan destinations: Grand Central Terminal (42nd St. and Park Ave.), the Port Authority Bus Terminal (41st St. and Eighth Ave.), or several prominent hotels. Most private services peter out or vanish entirely between midnight and 6am. A taxi is the most comfortable way of getting to the city, if you're willing to pay. Heavy traffic makes the trip slightly more expensive; traveling during rush hour (7:30-10am and 4-7:30pm) can be hard on your wallet. Passengers are responsible for paying bridge and tunnel tolls.

    The best resource for ground transportation to the airports is the Port Authority of NJ and NY's website, http://www.panynj.gov. If you make lodging reservations ahead of time, be sure to ask about limousine services---some hostels offer transportation from the airports for reasonable fares. All time estimates below are for getting to Midtown Manhattan.

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    LGA

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 11, 2006

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    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.

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    Manhattan to La Guardia

    by JohnniOmani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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  • Public Transportation from La Guardia Airport

    by j7286 Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    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.

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    LaGuardia to Mid-Town

    by davhu1 Written Sep 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Cheap and easy way into Manhattan

    by photochan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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  • Transfers from LaGuardia Airport

    by devil66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are many ways to transfer from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Manhattan. They are well summarized by the official airport website:

    http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/lgtsfram.htm

    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.

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    FROM/TO LGA AIRPORT

    by inconnu Written Jul 23, 2005

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    Taxis
    Taxis into the city take anywhere from 20-40 minutes. They cost between $16-$26 NOT including bridge tolls (these are an additional 3 dollars). Taxis are cash only. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.

    Bus and Van Services
    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 Avenue 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.

    SuperShuttle: (800) BLUE VAN (258-3826)

    Public Transportation
    The New York City subways and buses run to LaGuardia for $1.50. If you have large quantities of luggage, you will find it very difficult to manage this trip. You will need $1.50 in change, a token or Metrocard for any public bus and a token or Metrocard for any train. For more information on fares, see our bus and train pages.
    The easiest route is the M60 bus which picks you up at the airport and drops you off at 116th and Broadway in front of the gates of Columbia University. From here you can take a bus, taxi or subway to anywhere in Manhattan; we don't suggest riding the subway at night if you are new to New York.

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    FROM/TO LGA BY BUS

    by inconnu Written Jul 23, 2005

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    M60 bus from Manhattan and Astoria
    With the M60 bus, you can travel to all terminals at La Guardia from the West Side, the East Side or Astoria (Queens). The M60 runs between 106 St and Broadway in Manhattan and La Guardia Airport from approximately 5 am to 1 am, seven days a week. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines or with the N and W trains at the Astoria Blvd station.

    If you pay your fare with MetroCard, you can transfer free between the subway and the M60 bus. The M60 also makes convenient connections with MTA Metro-North Railroad at the 125 St station. Travel time between Broadway and 116 St and the Delta Terminal is approximately 40 minutes.

    Q48 from Flushing, Queens
    The Q48 provides local bus service between Flushing and all terminals at La Guardia Airport. It loops through La Guardia Airport and makes a stop at Shea Stadium. Free transfers between the Q48 any bus or the subway are available if you pay your fare with MetroCard. The Q48 operates from 4:30 AM to 1:00 AM. Travel time from the Main St 7 station to La Guardia Airport is approximately 30 minutes.

    Triboro Coach also provides service to La Guardia via the Q33 bus (Central, US Airways and Delta terminals) and the Q47 bus (Marine Air Terminal).

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    The best way to get INTO town...

    by morgane1692 Updated Nov 3, 2002

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    it's such a thrill to be arriving here...

    International flights will always use JFK or Newark airports. But many domestic flights, like this one I was on back in '95, bring you into LaGuardia airport...from here it is very easy to get to downtown Manhattan...if you don't have too much luggage, you can take the bus and subway combo for just two tokens, a far better deal than taxis!!!

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    by Bibienna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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