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Laguardia Airport's Redevelopment Program

In June, 2016 LGA began an almost $5 billion extensive capital redevelopment program to provide world-class airport facilities for passengers and airlines alike. The Program is expected to include the demolition of the existing CTB and associated infrastructure and the construction of a new 1.3 million square foot, 35 gate terminal building; a new aeronautical ramp; frontage roads that will serve the new terminal; a new central heating and refrigeration plant; and other utilities and site improvements.

In other words the airport is a mess. Yes, V.P. Biden identified LaGuardia as like being in a third world country and passengers have rated this the worst airport in North America; perhaps the worst busy airport in the world.

The changes in terminals, parking, shuttles and alerts are specified at:

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Jul 12, 2016

La Guardia

La Guardia airport is considered a domestic airport servicing flights within the United States (and Canada) and one of the busiest with over 23 million passengers a year.

Just like John F. Kennedy Airport, La Guardia has a full range of services, but on a smaller scale. The airport has 5 terminals with mostly regional airlines like Air Canada, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit, Frontier, Delta, American, United and their respective shuttles as well as Envoy and Virgin America. There is a limited of shops, restaurants and services as well as ATM's, welcome center, charging stations, some duty free shopping, transportation services and some airline lounges.

There are various reasons for me to fly from La Guardia, usually when I fly to Dallas, Chicago or California because it's much closer to my home and more convenient. There is TSA Pre-check as well and whenever I am flying on my airline of choice I have the added advantage of whizzing through security.

My latest flight out of La Guardia was on an American Airlines flight to Dallas where I was making a connection to Asia. My experience is usually fine especially since I make sure to fly super early morning, or on one of the latest flights in.

The airport is undergoing some major renovations and getting to or from the airport can be a nightmare, so plan your arrival accordingly.

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May 10, 2016

LaGuardia Airport

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 Select Bus Service. 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. You can purchase a ticket either with cash or using a MetroCard at the machine. Another possibility, especially in times of heavy traffic, is to take the new Q70 limited stop bus to Roosevelt Av / 74th St. (transfer to the E, F, M, R, and 7 trains). Fare is $2.75 in coins, or a prepaid Metrocard (cost $1 for the card itself). A single-ride ticket can be purchased from vending machines for $3. 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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May 11, 2015

Smaller then JFK

is one of the three main gateways to Ne York City and is mostly a domestic terminal unlike the bigger JFK International Airport and Newark International Airport in New Jersey. My Favorite Airline, Delta, has a domestic hub here in la Guardia (They also have an international hub at terminal 2 of JFK Airport). This airport was named after beloved NY Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and it has four terminals and just two perpendicular runways. It's only international fligh is to and from Canada via Air Canada, which is the only International Airline in the Airport. There is no Subway Connection to and from the Airport, only Public buses, Airport Shuttles, Airport Shared Vans, Limouse Vans have transport to and from the Airport.

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Sep 06, 2014
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Cheapest Travel options from LGA to Manhattan NYC

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.....

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Mar 06, 2012

NY Airport Service NYAS

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.

Apr 04, 2011

Shuttle or taxi to LaGuardia?

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.

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Apr 04, 2011

Transporation from LaGuardia to Manhattan

Hi there!

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.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Manhattan to La Guardia

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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Apr 04, 2011

Cheap and easy way into Manhattan

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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Apr 04, 2011

Transfers from LaGuardia Airport

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:

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.

Apr 04, 2011

Flying to New York

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.

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Feb 28, 2010

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