Public Transportation From LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey
There is no direct public transportation between LaGuardia Airport and New Jersey. With a little planning, however, your trip from LaGuardia to New Jersey can relatively painless and inexpensive
LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey: Trip Planning Basics
Your voyage will have 2 parts:
- Part 1= Travel from LaGuardia (in Queens) to Manhattan.
- Part 2= Travel from Manhattan to New Jersey.
The Very First Thing You Should Do
Answer this question before anything: “Which Manhattan travel hub will help me reach my New Jersey destination?
- 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.
Answering this question first is the key to an efficient and successful trip. The answer, of course, depends on where in New Jersey you’re headed.
Not sure? Don’t worry, it’s easy to find out.
How To Know Where To Go In Manhattan?
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.
Just ask them: “How do I get to (your New Jersey destination) from midtown Manhattan?” You can also use the Trip Planner tool on NJ Transit’s website. We prefer calling. Phone reps have the freshest information and can advise you of any service problems.
When you know where to go in Manhattan, it’s just a matter of deciding how to get there from LaGuardia. When you arrive at your Manhattan travel hub, just buy your bus or train ticket to New Jersey.
Be sure to read the Additional Notes & Resources section at the bottom of this page.
Part 1: LaGuardia Airport To Manhattan Options
Option 1: Go Airlink NYC or NYC Airporter
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 provides:
- 24/7 Service
- 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.
Cost: Depends on service (shared van is least expensive) Check current prices here: 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation
NYC Airporter Offers:
- 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)
- Service between 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., every half hour, 7 days a week
- 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
Cost: Great value offered. Check current prices here: NYC Airporter
Travel Time: +/- 30 minutes (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.
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 in front of Woodside Station. (Taxi Estimator may not appear on all mobile devices.)
Taxi Fare Estimate= +/- $20 (taxi fare+ surcharges+ your tip)
Don’t worry, you’re not going to Long Island! You will be taking an 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.
See the LIRR schedules and fares page. In the box that says “From Station” select “Woodside.” In the “To Station” box select “Penn Station.”
You can also send a text that says “Woodside to Penn” to this number: 266266. This will only work within the NYC region.
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 Limited (LTD) bus to the Woodside/61st Street stop.
- Exit bus at Woodside/61st Street stop. The LIRR’s Woodside Station is also at this location.
- Enter Woodside LIRR Station and purchase your train ticket to your Long Island destination.
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 “Route A” shuttle from Terminal A to Terminal B.
- Board a Q70 Limited (LTD) bus at Terminal B. Use MetroCard to pay for bus.
- Exit Q70 LTD bus at Woodside/61st Street 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.
- Need to transfer from Penn Station to either Port Authority Terminal or the 33rd Street PATH train station? See Appendix A below.
2nd Bus Option From Terminal (Marine Air Terminal)
- From Terminal A (Marine Air), take a Q72 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. take a Manhattan-bound 7 train to the Woodside/61st Street station (2 stops).
- Exit Woodside/61st Street subway station and enter Woodside LIRR Station (same location).
Option 4: Yellow Taxi To Manhattan Travel Hub
Step 1: Take yellow taxi from LaGuardia 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= +/- $30-35 (taxi fare + surcharges + toll + your tip)
Can you take a yellow taxi 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
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 A Bus To The 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 Limited (LTD) 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 subway is free, just use the same MetroCard used to pay for bus.
- From Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station, you’ll take a subway into Manhattan.
Taking Bus From Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) To Subway
- At Terminal A, board a Q47 Limited (LTD) 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
Step 3: Take Subway From Queens To Manhattan
Your destination in Manhattan will determine which subway line you take from the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station.
- For Port Authority Bus Terminal: Take a Manhattan-bound E train to the 42 Street/Port Authority Terminal station.
- For Penn Station: Take a Manhattan-bound E train to the “34 Street/Penn Station” stop.
- For 33rd Street PATH Train Station: Take a Manhattan-bound F train to the “34 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.