So you’ve braved the long lines, passed through airport security, ate the mediocre or nonexistent food (depending on what airline you flew in on) and you’ve landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
The next task is to get from the airport to your hotel in Manhattan. Fortunately, there are several options that meet almost any budget and circumstance, from the lux of a limo to traveling on public transportation for $2.75. Here are 5 ways to get from LGA to Manhattan:
Travel By Taxi
This is the easiest and relatively reasonably priced way to get from LaGuardia to anywhere in Manhattan or the entire city of New York.
The meter will determine the fare you’ll need to pay for the trip from LGA to Manhattan (or anywhere in the city) and is per car with a maximum of 4 people. Traffic during rush hour is horrendous, so that will impact how much your fare will be. You will also have to pay any tolls and don’t forget to tip the driver for his or her excellent service.
Set aside at least $50, that should be more than enough to cover the trip. For more information about taxi fares in New York City see the Taxi & Limousine Commission Website.
Where do you find a Taxi? There are signs that will direct you to the taxi stands outside ever terminal in the airport. There will be queues/lines of taxis waiting to take you where you want to go. There’s an attendant standing by to answer any questions.
Hire a Car Service to Pick You Up
This is an excellent way to travel if you’ve got loads of luggage or you’re traveling with kids. The driver will be waiting for you at baggage claim and will whisk your luggage to the car. If you’re got a large party,
there are vans available that can seat as many as 10 people. This is a great way to get to and from the airport, but it won’t be cheap. Our favorite car services are Carmel Car & Limo Service or Dial 7 Car & Limo Service. Check them out and
see if this option is for you.
There are several Airport Shuttle companies to choose from. Once you reach the airport, you can proceed to the Ground Transportation desk to get information on where you catch your shuttle, or you can use one of the courtesy phones in the baggage claim area. Keep in mind that you may not be the only passenger in the van, and you may have to go along for the ride while other passengers are dropped off at
their destination first.
Compare prices and schedules at NYC Airporter and Super Shuttle, and choose the one that suits your needs. Often times they will have online specials, making it more affordable.
If you don’t have a lot of luggage, can handle stairs, a fair amount of walking and have plenty of time, taking public transportation is an inexpensive way to get from LaGuardia to most places in New York City. It will cost you $2.75 per person after you pay $1.00 for a Metrocard. Here’s a little step by step guide:
- Purchase a Metrocard – If you’re not planning on using the subway and buses during the rest of your rip, purchase one card and put enough money on it for each person in your party to travel to and from the airport.
- Leave the terminal and look for the Q70 Limited (LTD) Bus Stop and wait for the bus to show up. If you can’t find it, ask someone.
- Get off the bus near the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave Subway Station. Ask the bus driver to let you know when to get off or just follow everybody else toting luggage.
- At the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave Subway Station you can catch the E, M, F, R and 7 trains.
- To use the subway to get to your destination, refer to our online guide for riding the NYC Subway System
Please Note: You’ll have to haul your luggage up and down stairs several times and the trip can easily take 2 hours, but if you’re traveling on a budget and your luggage is light, this is an excellent way to get from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan.
Have A Friend or Relative Pick You Up
Of course, this is the absolute best way to get from LaGuardia to anywhere in the city. Truthfully, this is how most of us natives do it. Its easy and free!
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