LaGuardia Airport houses four terminals, each serving different airlines and destinations. You’ll find lots of shops, restaurants, nearby hotels, and many modes of transportation to the big apple that’s a nickname for New York City). The smallest of the 3 major NYC area airports, it is located in the borough of Queens, just 9 miles from Manhattan. If you are flying from a US city, it's highly likely that you'll fly into this airport. For planning purposes here is a map of the airport.
If this is your first visit or even your fifth visit to New York City, getting to the big apple from the airport can be daunting, confusing, and challenging....unless you are ready this page! I've done it SO many times, I'm in the best position to give you the facts! And as a resident, I've tried everything so I can report on the best and cheapest! With the facts, YOU can make the best decision for YOU!
There are many ways to travel from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan. Some are expensive, some are dirt cheap!
For your convenience, I’ve listed all options from cheapest to most expensive.
Subway/Bus: If you are on a tight budget and don’t have much luggage to lug: consider public transportation. For a mere $2.75 cents, take the M60 bus (which picks you up at the airport) to 116th Street and Broadway; right in front of Columbia University. You can continue on, at no additional cost, to another bus or by subway, to your final destination. OR-You can also take the Q33 bus to Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights or 74th Street and Broadway in Jackson Heights Queens. If you get off the bus at Roosevelt Avenue, you can catch the E or F trains into Manhattan. If you get off the bus at 74th Street, you can catch the #7 train heading into Manhattan. This train stops at Times Square where you can transfer for free to another train to take you anywhere in the city. For more information on traveling within NYC using public buses and the subway, Click here.
By Bus: New York City Airporter (nycairporter.com) operates express buses 7 days a week, every 20-30 minutes from La Guardia Airport to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and Bryant Park in Manhattan from 5:00 am to 11:30 pm. Trip takes 50-60 minutes. One-way fares start at $14, and round-trip fares start at $26. (After being dropped off Bryant Park stop only, you can transfer to a small van and be dropped at a variety of hotels between 23rd and 63rd Streets in the Midtown, Times Square area of NYC. Check their website carefully for details.)
By Taxi: When you exit the airport, head toward the taxi stand. You’ll find signs to direct you. Depending on traffic, the ride will take you approximately 30 minutes and will cost approximately $20-$30 (average metered rate plus tolls and tip)Tipping is expected for good service. You’ll also find a $1.00 peak-time surcharge for trips from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekdays, and a .50 surcharge for trips from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. The driver will not drive more than 4 people at a time and know that the meter must read $3.00 at the start of the trip. Taxi drivers accept cash and most have a credit card machine available. To save money, consider sharing a cab with a person or persons on the taxi line. LaGuardia Airport now features Shared Cab Rates to midtown Manhattan! If you share a cab with one other person, it will certainly cost you considably less. Log on to www.bandwagon.io/#lga-1 for details. Write in to let us know about your experience with it. Uber is NOT cheap at all in NYC, although reliable, so I do not recommend it.
By Car: Depending on traffic, it takes approximately 30 minutes to drive to Manhattan. Click here for perfect driving directions I’ve uncovered some awesome parking deals, check them out here. Unless necessary, I do not recommend renting a car. It is far easier, less stressful, and much more cost-effective to travel using other means provided here. I've listed car as the most expensive travel method because undoubtedly you'll have to park in a garage at sometime in your visit.
More than 20 airlines fly in and out of LaGuardia Airport including:
If you need a good, clean, reasonably-priced, reliable hotel near the airport, here are some good ones. Most offer FREE shuttle vans to the airport too!
90-10 Grand Central Parkway
East Elmhurst, NY 11369 718) 446-5733
104-04 Ditmars Boulevard
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
37-10 114th Street
Corona, NY 11368
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
135-20 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
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