LGA Airport or Laguardia is one of the 3 main airports in NY and perhaps the simplest to get to from the Queens area. It is an international airport and one of the largest in the U.S. with well over 20 million passengers making a stop every year.
There are many ways to get to and from Laguardia no matter where in Queens you are going to or from and it is only 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan and a simple connect from JFK airport.
Taxi – All fares are metered so no surprises (hopefully). Expect a minimum of $20 and up depending on where you are going to or from after tolls and tip. This is of course the simplest way to travel if you are not familiar with New York or the area around Laguardia airport and recommended unless you’ve rented a car or live here. Typically the meter alone will read around $5 and up for the Queens area, Jackson Heights and Astoria, $12 for Main Street and Forest Hills, and $20 and up for JFK airport5, the Rockaways and Bayside.
Public Transportation – The M60 bus to 125th Street in Manhattan runs from 4:50 am to 1 am. Fare is only $2.25. Transfer to 1 through 6 and subway trains A, C, and D is free with a MetroCard or an additional $2.
Triboro Coach – Same price as the M60 bus. Available 24/7 and connects with F/V, G, R and 7 subway trains. Transfer is free with a MetroCard.
Suburban areas – Most routes are specific to the more popular Queens area stop-offs, however if you are looking for a specific suburban area and are not familiar with New York the entire transit system can be overwhelming. Refer toe the LGA Transportation review and the MTA’s Airport Service for specific information which routes go nearest your destination.
Car Services – There are a number of car services in New York. This is a bit more expensive but you avoid the need for directions, and the need to ensure a cab driver is not taking you in circles. Drivers will take you to your destination, and since it is rented out for a set time you do not have to worry about dishonest cabs or learning the subway and public transit system.
Private Shuttles – Go Airlink NYC, New York Airport Service Express Bus and Super Shuttle all provide taxi-type shuttle service for groups to set areas of NY. Generally these rates can be less expensive when split amongst a large party but it may take a bit longer to get to your destination, and once there you may need a connector or to hike for a bit.
Rental Cars – Renting a car for visitors in New York is not recommended. Parking alone can cost a fortune. If you absolutely need a rental car however there are several companies available at the airport. Make sure you get GPS and plan your parking ahead of time.
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