LaGuardia Airport To Midtown Manhattan: The Inexpensive Way

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LaGuardia Airport To Midtown Manhattan

Not going to from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan? Consider transportation options from:

Option 1: New York City Airport Shuttle

Have you ever wanted to teleport from the airport to your home or hotel? So have we. Dealing with New York’s public transportation system after a flight is not our idea of a good time.

Taxis are generally faster than public transportation, but much more expensive.

The middle road is either Go Airlink NYC’s 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation service or NYC Airporter’s LaGuardia Airport Shuttle.

Both companies pick up their passengers directly in front of LaGuarida’s terminals. Just claim your luggage and wait by your terminal’s doors for the next Manhattan-bound shuttle. That’s it. You’ll be on your way to a stress-free trip to the Big Apple.

GO Airlink NYC offers:

  • 24/7 Service
  • Waiting for your shuttle inside your airport terminal if it’s too hot, too cold or too wet.
  • Drop-off service at your Manhattan hotel, home or office (between Battery Park and 129th Street); or
  • Drop-off at Manhattan’s important transportation stations: Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority Terminal & Penn Station.
  • Lowest rates guaranteed if you book online.
  • 10% discount when you reserve online
  • Choice of shuttle van, private van, private sedan or Luxury SUV Service.
  • Selection of vehicles seating from 4 to 56 passengers.
  • Shuttle service from LaGuardia to JFK Airport and Newark Airport.
  • Transportation services to Connecticut, Westchester County (New York), and cruise ship terminals in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bayonne, New Jersey.

See their current prices for 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation.

Travel time= /- 35 minutes (Depends on traffic)

GO Airlink NYC

NYC Airporter Offers:

  • Service between 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., every half hour, 7 days a week.
  • Waiting inside your airport terminal during bad or uncomfortable weather.
  • Drop-off at Manhattan transportation hubs: Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority Terminal & Penn Station.
  • Free shuttle van service to Times Square and hotels located between 23rd Street & 63rd Street (*for round-trip customers only).
  • Frequent seasonal discounts.
  • Free Wi-Fi and power outlets on all buses to charge your electronic devices.
  • Leather reclining seats.
  • Transfers from LaGuardia to JFK Airport and Newark Airport.
  • Transfers from LaGuardia to cruise ship terminals in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bayonne, New Jersey.
  • They are the official operator for New York City’s Department of Transportation & the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
  • Recommended by the newspapers USA Today & The Huffington Post

See the most current rates for NYC Airporter’s New York Airport Shuttle.

Travel Time: /- 35 minutes (depending on traffic)

Option 2: Yellow Taxi From LaGuardia To Manhattan

Taking a yellow taxi from your LaGuardia terminal into Manhattan is the most expensive option.

Use our New York City Taxi Fare Estimator for an idea of the taxi cost.

Enter LaGuardia Airport under “From.” Enter your Manhattan destination’s street address under “To.”

Current Estimate= /- $35 (flat fee toll your tip [15% tip is standard])

Travel Time: /- 35 minutes, depending on traffic and destination

Option 3: Bus/Subway Combination From LaGuardia Airport To Manhattan

With this option, you take a public bus from LaGuardia Airport to a nearby subway station that provides access to several Manhattan-bound subway lines.

The Q70 is an express bus that runs between LaGuardia Airport Terminals (except Terminal A) and this subway station. The station’s name depends on which subway line you are using. On the E-F-M-R lines, the subway station is called: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. On the 7 line, it is called: 74th Street/Broadway. The stations are, in effect, one and the same.

Important Note: Most LaGuardia passengers arrive at Terminals B, C & D. A lesser number arrive at Terminal A, also known as the Marine Air Terminal. Be sure you know which terminal you’re arriving at when considering the following options. 

Use this NYC subway map and this bus map to help you plan (scroll to bottom of bus map page) .

Bus/Subway Combination From LaGuardia Terminals B, C & D To Manhattan

  • From Terminals B, C & D, take a Q70 bus to the Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop.
  • Exit bus at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop and enter subway station.
  • Take a Manhattan-bound E-F-M-R or 7 train.
  • Transfer in Manhattan as necessary.

Bus/Subway Combination From LaGuardia Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) to Manhattan

  • From Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) take a Q47 bus to the Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop.
  • Exit bus at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop and enter subway station.
  • Take a Manhattan-bound E-F-M-R or 7 train.
  • Transfer in Manhattan as needed.
Image shows two people at a bus stop in front of LaGuardia's Terminal B. They are looking at a map of bus routes.

You’ll find bus stands like this one in front of each of LaGuardia Airport’s terminals. Did you notice everyone waiting for the bus is traveling light?

Option 4: Bus From LaGuardia Airport To Long Island Railroad

The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is a commuter train system providing service between Long Island and New York City. You can take an LIRR train from Queens to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan.

In general, LIRR trains are more spacious, more comfortable, faster and safer (crime-wise) than subways. The closest LIRR station to LaGuardia Airport is called Woodside; it is a major station with trains departing for Manhattan every few minutes.

Taking The Bus From LaGuardia Terminals B, C, D To Woodside LIRR Station

  • To pay for bus, buy a MetroCard from any Hudson News newsstand in the airport or at a self-service machine by your terminal’s doors.
  • From Terminals B, C or D, take a Q70 bus to the stop called Woodside/61st Street (15-20 minutes).
  • The Woodside/61st Street subway station and the Woodside LIRR station are at the same location.
  • Enter Woodside LIRR Station and buy a train ticket from Woodside Station to Penn Station in Manhattan.
  • Manhattan’s Penn Station has access to the A-C-E subway lines.
  • You can use this NYC subway map and this Long Island Railroad (LIRR) map to help you plan.
  • See LIRR schedules and fares.

Taking The Bus From LaGuardia Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) To Woodside LIRR Station

There are 2 options. We recommend the 1st one if you will arrive at Terminal A between 4 a.m. and 11:30p.m.

Option 1

  • Buy MetroCard from a Hudson News newsstand or self-service machine by the terminal’s doors.
  • From Terminal A, take a free “Route A” shuttle to Terminal B. “Route A” shuttles operate between 4 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
  • “Route A” buses are free shuttles that connect Terminal A with Terminals B, C and D. Theses buses never leave the airport.
  • From Terminal B take a Q70 bus to the Woodside/61st Street stop (15-20 minutes).
  • Exit Q70 bus at Woodside/61st Street stop and enter the Woodside LIRR station across the street.
  • Buy your LIRR train ticket from Woodside Station to Penn Station in Manhattan.
  • Note: Q70 buses do not stop at Terminal A.

Option 2

  • This option is a lot of work. We advise seriously considering any of the above options before this one.
  • Buy a MetroCard at any Hudson News newsstand in airport or at self-service machine by terminal doors.
  • From Terminal A, take a Q47 to the Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop.
  • Exit Q47 bus at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street bus stop and enter subway station (same location.)
  • Take a Manhattan-bound 7 train 2 stops to the Woodside/61st Street stop.
  • Exit subway and enter Woodside LIRR station (same location.)
  • Buy LIRR ticket from Woodside to Penn Station.
  • Note: As mentioned, this option is a lot of work. You may want to consider Option 3 instead.

Option 5: Bus To Uptown Manhattan

This option is ONLY for those going to Uptown Manhattan or the Bronx.

  • From any LaGuardia Terminal, take an M60 SBS public bus.
  • Once in Manhattan, the M60 SBS runs along 125th Street until Broadway. It then turns south onto Broadway and runs along Broadway until 106th St.
  • For important notes on the M60 SBS bus, please refer to Section 9A on our New York City Public Transit Resources page.

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