Transportation From LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey
Trip Planning Basics
There is no direct public transportation between LaGuardia Airport and New Jersey. Your trip will be consist of 2 parts:
- Part 1= Travel from LaGuardia Airport (in Queens) to Manhattan.
- Part 2= Travel from Manhattan to New Jersey.
From Manhattan you will take public transportation to New Jersey from 1 of the following:
- Port Authority Bus Terminal: 42nd Street & 8th Avenue.
- Penn Station: 7th Ave. & 32nd Street
- PATH train 33rd St. station: Entrance is at 32nd Street, between 6th Avenue & Broadway.
The key to an efficient trip is knowing which Manhattan station/terminal to go to. Once you know that, simply decide how you want to get there.
OK, but how do I know which Manhattan bus/train station to go to?
Don’t worry, it’s easy to find out. Call NJ Transit’s information line at: (973) 275-5555 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST, GMT -5). Press zero to speak with someone. It’s what we do.
Just ask them: “How do I get to (my New Jersey destination) from midtown Manhattan?” You can also use the Trip Planner tool on NJ Transit’s website. We prefer speaking with phone reps because they have the most up-to-date information and provide the most efficient routes.
Be sure to also read the Additional Notes & Resources section at the bottom of this page.
Part 1: LaGuardia Airport To Manhattan Transportation Options
Option 1: Airport Shuttle To Manhattan
You’re unfamiliar with New York, you’re tired from your flight and you’re not looking forward to carrying heavy suitcases onto crowded buss and subways. Who says you have to?
Go Airlink NYC’s 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation and NYC Airporter’s LaGuardia Airport Shuttle make life simple after landing simple. Claim your luggage and hop on the next scheduled shuttle to Manhattan. Done.
Go Airlink NYC offers:
- 24/7 Service, 365 days a year
- Waiting inside your terminal during bad or uncomfortable weather.
- Drop-off service at the Port Authority, Penn Station or the PATH train.
- 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.
- You can wait inside the terminal if it is too hot or too cold outside.
- Selection of vehicles that can seat from 4 to 56 passengers.
- Peace-of-mind knowing you will get to your Manhattan terminal/station.
See current rates for Go Airlink’s 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation .
Travel time= +/- 30 minutes to Manhattan (Traffic-depending)
NYC Airporter Offers:
- Service between 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., every half hour, 7 days a week
- Waiting inside your terminal during bad or uncomfortable weather
- Service to: Port Authority Terminal, Penn Station & Bryant Park. (No service to 33rd Street PATH station, but that PATH station is only 1 block from 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.
- Wait inside your terminal during unpleasant weather.
- Service to JFK Airport, Newark Airport, all NYC area cruise ship terminals as well as select NYC suburbs.
- 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 current rates for NYC Airporter’s LaGuardia Airport Shuttle.
Travel Time: +/- 30 minutes to Manhattan (depending on traffic)
Option 2: Yellow Taxi From LaGuardia To Long Island Railroad
Woodside Station is a major hub for the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) system. The station is 3.5 miles (6.4 km) from LaGuardia Airport.
Step 1: Go From LaGuardia Airport To Woodside LIRR Station
Take a yellow taxi from your LaGuardia Airport terminal to Woodside Station, located at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street in Queens.
Don’t worry, you’re not going to Long Island! You will be taking a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train from Queens to Penn Station in Manhattan.
Step 2: Take LIRR Train From Woodside Station To Penn Station
From Woodside Station, take an LIRR train to Penn Station in Manhattan (about 15 minutes). There are trains every few minutes; no need to plan for a specific train. Buy your ticket in the station, not on the train; it’s much cheaper that way.
Taxi Fare Estimate= +/- $20 (taxi fare+ surcharges+ your tip). Use the “Taxi Fare Estimator” in the right column of your screen for estimates. Under From enter LaGuardia Airport. Under To enter the address: 6112 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY. This address is across from Woodside Station.
- For train fares, see the LIRR schedules and fares page. Woodside is your starting point. Penn Station is your destination.
- Within the NYC region, text “Woodside to Penn” to this number: 266266 for LIRR train schedule/fare informaton.
- See Appendix A below if you need to transfer from Penn Station to either Port Authority Bus Terminal or the 33rd St. PATH train station.
Option 3: Bus From LaGuardia Airport To LIRR Station
Most people arrive at LaGuardia Terminals B, C and D. Some arrive through Terminal A, known as the Marine Air Terminal.
You will need a MetroCard to pay for the bus. Buy your Metro-Card at any of the Hudson News newsstands in the airport or at ticket machines by terminal doors. Machines only accept debit/credit cards.
Bus From TERMINALS B, C & D To Woodside LIRR Station
- From LaGuardia Terminals B, C & D, take a Q70 bus to the 61st Street/Woodside stop.
- Exit bus at 61st Street/Woodside stop. The LIRR’s Woodside Station is also at this location.
- Enter Woodside LIRR Station and purchase your train ticket to Penn Station in Manhattan.
Bus From TERMINAL A (Marine Air Terminal) To Woodside LIRR Station
A free shuttle bus service called “Route A” connects all LaGuardia terminals, including Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal). “Route A” functions from 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
The Q47 is the only public bus serving Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal). The Q47, however, does not stop at Woodside Station.
Below are 2 options for taking the bus from Terminal A (Marine Air) to Woodside Station. The 1st options is easier and is recommended when arriving at Terminal A between 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. If arriving at Terminal A between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m., you will have to use the 2nd option.
1st Bus Option From Terminal A (Marine Air) To Woodside Station
- Take a free “Route A” shuttle from Terminal A to Terminal B.
- Board a Q70 bus at Terminal B. Use MetroCard to pay for Q70 bus.
- Exit Q70 bus at 61st Street/Woodside stop. The Woodside LIRR station is also at this location.
- Enter Woodside LIRR Station and buy train ticket to Penn Station in Manhattan.
- Arrive at Penn Station. If leaving for New Jersey from Penn Station, follow signs to NJ Transit.
- See Appendix A below if you need to transfer from Penn Station to either Port Authority Terminal or the 33rd Street PATH train station.
2nd Bus Option From Terminal (Marine Air Terminal)
- From Terminal A (Marine Air), take a Q47 bus to the Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop.
- Exit bus at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop and enter subway station called Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
- The Roosevelt Ave./74th Street bus stop and Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station are at the same location.
- From Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station take a Manhattan-bound 7 train to the 61st Street/Woodside station (2 stops).
- Exit Woodside/61st Street subway station and enter Woodside LIRR Station (same location).
- Purchase train ticket from Woodside to Penn Station.
Option 4: Yellow Taxi To Manhattan Transportation Hub
Step 1: Take yellow taxi from LaGuardia Airport to Penn Station, Port Authority Terminal or 33rd St. PATH train station.
Step 2: From Manhattan travel hub, take bus or train to New Jersey.
For cost estimates, use “Taxi Fare Estimator” on the right of your screen. Enter “LaGuardia” under “From.” Under “To,” enter either Penn Station or Port Authority. For 33rd St. PATH Station, enter: 888 6th Ave., New York, NY. (This address is next to 33rd Street PATH station..)
Taxi fare from LaGuardia to Manhattan= +/- $35 (taxi flat rate + toll + your tip [15%is standard])
Can you take a yellow taxi from LaGuardia all the way to your New Jersey destination? You can, if you can find a taxi driver willing to take you. The cost, in our opinion, is unnecessarily high.
Option 5: Bus/Subway Combination From LaGuardia Airport To Manhattan Travel Hub
Step 1: Buy Your MetroCard
Buy MetroCard at any Hudson News newsstand in the airport or at self-serve ticket machines by terminal doors.
Step 2: Take Bus From LaGuardia To Subway
From LaGuardia Airport, you will take a bus to a subway station in Queens. From there, you will take a subway to 1 of 3 Manhattan travel hubs: Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station or the 33rd Street PATH train station.
Taking Bus From Terminals B, C & D To Subway
- From Terminals B, C or D, take a Q70 bus to the Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop.
- Exit Q70 bus at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop and enter subway station called Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. (they are at same location).
- Your transfer to the subway is free. Just use the same MetroCard you used on the bus.
- From Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station, you’ll take a subway into Manhattan (see Step 3).
Taking Bus From Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) To Subway
- At Terminal A, board a Q47 bus.
- Take Q47 bus to Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop.
- Exit Q47 bus at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street stop and enter subway station called Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. (same location).
- Transfer to subway is free when using the same MetroCard used to pay for the bus.
- From Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station, take subway into Manhattan (see Step 3).
Step 3: Take Subway From Queens To Manhattan
Take a subway from the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station to your Manhattan transportation hub.
- For Port Authority Bus Terminal: Take a Manhattan-bound E train to the 42nd Street/Port Authority Terminal station.
- For Penn Station: Take a Manhattan-bound E train to the 34th Street/Penn Station stop.
- For 33rd Street PATH Train Station: Take a Manhattan-bound F train to the 34th Street/Herald Square stop. Exit subway and walk two blocks south to 32nd Street. (The entrance to the 33rd Street PATH train is at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway).
Part 2: Travel From Manhattan To New Jersey
If you’re leaving from Penn Station, follow the signs leading to NJ Transit trains area. Buy your ticket before boarding the train.
If you need to transfer from Penn Station to either the Port Authority Bus Terminal or the 33rd St. PATH train station, please read the next section (Appendix A).
Appendix A: Transferring From Penn Station To Port Authority or 33rd St. PATH station
To Transfer From Penn Station To The Port Authority Bus Terminal
- Take an Uptown A, C or E subway to the stop called “42nd St./Port Authority Bus Terminal.” It’s only one stop.
- If circumstances permit, you can also walk the 8 blocks or so between the stations.
- To walk from Penn Station to Port Authority:
- If you exit Penn Station on 7th Ave., walk 8 blocks north along 7th Ave. to 42nd St. Make left onto 42nd St and then walk 1 block west to corner of 42nd St. and 8th Ave.
- If you exit Penn Station on 8th Ave., walk 8 blocks north along 8th Ave. to 42nd St. & 8th Ave. Port Authority is at that intersection.
To Transfer From Penn Station To 33rd St. PATH Train Station
These 2 stations are 1 city block from each other. You can take a taxi or walk. If you don’t have much luggage, walk. If you have too much luggage to walk comfortably, take a taxi.
To take a taxi from Penn Station to the 33rd St. PATH station:
- Exit Penn Station using the 7th Ave. exit.
- Take taxi to 32nd St. & 6th Ave. The entrance to the PATH train is on 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway.
To walk from Penn Station to the 33rd St. PATH station:
- If you exit Penn Station on 7th Ave., walk 1 block east along 32nd Street. PATH train station entrance is at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway.
- If you exit Penn Station on 8th Ave., walk two blocks east along 33rd St until you reach 6th Ave. Turn right onto 6th Ave. and walk 1 block south to the corner of 6th Ave. & 32nd St., where you will find the PATH train station.
* Note: there is a bus option, but in this case, we feel it’s more hassle than it’s worth.
Additional Notes & Resources
- Buses to New Jersey depart from the Port Authority Terminal (8th Ave. & 42nd St.).
- Trains to New Jersey depart from from Penn Station (32nd St. & 7th Ave.). Here’s a map of the NJ Transit train network.
- New Jersey also has a “Light Rail” system serving parts of northern New Jersey. See the “Maps” section of the NJ Transit site. You may have to transfer to 1 of these trains once you reach New Jersey
- The PATH Train system is much smaller than the NJ Train system. The PATH is, in essence, an extension of the New York City subway serving 3 nearby New Jersey cities: Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark. PATH trains do not depart from Penn Station. There are several PATH Train stations in Manhattan. See a map of the PATH system here.
- Use this New York City subway map to help you plan.
- You may be interested in our recommended New York City Maps.