How to get to LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport is in the midst of a huge transformation, at last (it’s long overdue), and what I’ve seen so far is a definite improvement from the airport of days gone by. While LGA may be the closest airport distance-wise from many points in Manhattan, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get to. JFK is accessible by subway and an air train and Newark can be reached via NJ Transit and an air train. While there’s no direct train service to LaGuardia at the moment, you do have some transportation options. Flying out of LGA? Here’s how to get to LaGuardia Airport.
This bus may be one of New York’s best-kept secrets in terms of transportation. Plenty of folks use the M60, but mostly to get across Manhattan (through Harlem) or possibly even Queens. Not a lot of people take it to the airport, and since it’s only the cost of a Metrocard swipe (currently $2.75), it’s totally a deal. Pick the bus up at 106th and Broadway and other stops on the way to LGA.
Bear in mind, this bus is SBS or Select Bus Service, so you must slide your Metrocard into the machine at the stop and pay before boarding the bus. The machine will spit out a receipt to show that you’ve paid the fare. Do not lose this receipt. I have taken the M60 bus twice and both times, the MTA Police have checked fares and ticketed people. It’s a $100 ticket if you don’t have your receipt. So pay the fare and keep the receipt!
You may be fortunate to own a car and decide to drive yourself to LGA. This option is economical – you’ll have to pay for gas and tolls – that is until you get to the airport. Longterm parking will cost you about $4 per hour or $39 per day, but you can park off site for a fraction of the cost and ride a free shuttle to the airport. For short trips of two or three days, driving and parking off site may be the more sensible choice for transit to LGA. Here’s more info about parking off site at LaGuardia airport.
You can easily hail a taxi on the street in Manhattan at pretty much any hour of the day (unless it’s raining, then you may have to wait or move to another corner). Cabs from LGA to Manhattan are metered, but expect to pay $30 to $60 depending on where you’re picking up the cab. Tolls and tip are additional.
Formerly NYC Airporter, NYC Express Bus is a service that picks up near Grand Central, Port Authority, and Penn Station between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm. Similarly, Go AirLink NYC provides shared shuttle service, but runs around the clock. SuperShuttle offers affordable shared rides, non-stop rides, and luxury black cars and vans. Depending on budget, you can select the shuttle that’s right for you.
Via is a rideshare app featuring service to the airport. You’ll pay $24.95 (plus $5 for each additional passenger), plus tolls and taxes. If you’re not the only one riding to the airport, you’ll split the tolls, which is a help. Most Vias are SUVs or Mercedes Metris vans, and offer plenty of space. Similar to other ride apps, you can download to book. Unlike private car services, you book when you’re ready to leave for the airport and not in advance.
Uber, Lyft, Juno
These ride apps are terrific options when taxis are scarce or traffic is heavy. The meters don’t continue to run in an Uber, Lyft, or Juno, but prices can surge depending on traffic, weather, and day or time. The good news is that you’ll know what a ride will cost before booking it. Tolls are extra.
Private Car Service
Dial-7 and Carmel are two of the most popular car services to get to LaGuardia Airport. If you go with a sedan and have a coupon, they’ll usually cost about the same as a taxi, and your rate will be set (in case traffic is heavy). You will have to pay tolls, and tip is at your discretion. Use their apps or book in advance through their websites.
How do you get to LaGuardia Airport?