Public Transportation From LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey
There is no direct public transportation between LaGuardia Airport and New Jersey. To travel non-stop from LaGuardia to New Jersey, you would have to hire a private car, like those offered by GO Airlink NYC.
With a little planning, however, traveling from LaGuardia to New Jersey can be simple and relatively inexpensive.
LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey: Trip Planning Basics
Traveling from LaGuardia to New Jersey is done in two parts:
- Part 1= Travel from LaGuardia (in Queens) to Manhattan.
- Part 2= Travel from Manhattan to New Jersey.
The First Thing You Should Do When Traveling From LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey
The first thing you should do is answer the question: “Where in Manhattan will I be leaving from to reach my final destination in New Jersey ?”
- Port Authority Bus Terminal: 42nd Street & 8th Avenue.
- Penn Station: 7th Ave. & 32nd Street
- PATH train 33rd St. station: Use entrance at 32nd Street, between 6th Avenue & Broadway.
Answering this question is the key to an efficient and successful trip. Not sure of the answer? Don’t worry, it’s easy to find out.
How To Know Where To Go In Manhattan?
Call NJ Transit’s 24-hour information line at: (973) 275-5555. Press zero to speak with someone.
Just ask them: “What is the best way to get from midtown Manhattan to (your New Jersey destination)?”
NJ Transit’s website does have a Trip Planner tool, but we experienced better and more satisfying results when calling.
Once you know where to go in Manhattan, simply decide the best way of getting there from LaGuardia Airport.
Part 1: LaGuardia Airport To Manhattan Options
LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey: Option A (Recommended)
Go Airlink NYC or NYC Airporter
Does hauling luggage in and out of crowded buses at rush hour sound like fun after a long flight? What about dragging luggage up and down subway stairs late at night? Good, we’re glad to hear it doesn’t. Public transportation is inexpensive, but not always easy. If spending a little more to achieve a lot more comfort convenience, speed and safety appeals to you, this may be the option for you.
Go Airlink NYC’s 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation and NYC Airporter’s LaGuardia Airport Shuttle both offer high-quality services designed to get you into Manhattan as comfortably and efficiently as possible.
GO Airlink NYC provides:
- 24/7 Service
- Drop-off service at the Port Authority, Penn Station or the PATH train. (GO Airlink NYC is a better option for PATH train; NYC Airporter does not stop at PATH train 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 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:
- Drop-off available at: Port Authority Terminal, Penn Station & Bryant Park (If going to PATH train station at 33rd St. & 6th Ave., GO Airlink NYC is the better option)
- 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
- Transportation options between/to LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport/Newark Airport Westchester County, Connecticut and 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
Cost: Great value offered. Check current prices here: NYC Airporter
Travel Time: +/- 40 minutes (depending on traffic)
LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey: Option B
Take Yellow Taxi To Long Island Railroad (LIRR), Then Take LIRR To Manhattan
As far as cost, speed and convenience, this is the middle-of-the-road option. It’s not as convenient as Option A, but it gets the job done.
Step 1: Go From LaGuardia Airport To Woodside LIRR Station
From LaGuardia Airport, take yellow taxi to the “Woodside” Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station, located at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street in Queens.
Use the “Taxi Fare Estimator” on the right side of your screen. Under “From,” enter LaGuardia. Under “To,” enter this address: 6112 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY. This address is directly across the street from the LIRR’s “Woodside” station. (Taxi Estimator may not appear on all mobile devices.)
Taxi Fare Estimate= +/- $15
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
The train ride from Woodside to Penn Station takes about 15 minutes; there are trains every few minutes. Buy your ticket in the station, not on the train; it’s cheaper that way.
For schedules and fares, see the LIRR schedules and fares page. In the box that says “From Station” select “Woodside.” In the “To Station” box select “Penn Station.”
Within the NYC region, you can also use the Coo-Coo text system for schedules and fares.
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.
LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey: Option C
Yellow Taxi To Manhattan. From Manhattan, Public Transportation To New Jersey
Step 1: Take a yellow taxi from your LaGuardia terminal to Penn Station, Port Authority or 33rd St. PATH train station.
Step 2: Once you reach your Manhattan travel hub, buy your bus or train ticket to New Jersey.
For cost estimates, use “Taxi Fare Estimator” on the right of your screen. Enter “LaGuardia” under “From.” Under “To,” enter either your destination’s street address or name (i.e. Penn Station, Port Authority, etc.). Taxi Estimator may not appear on all mobile devices.
Taxi fare from LaGuardia to Manhattan= +/- $30
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.
LaGuardia Airport To New Jersey: Option D
If saving money is a priority over comfort and convenience, you can travel from LaGuardia Airport to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station or PATH Train station for the cost of a bus fare. This option explains how.
Step 1: Buy Your Metro-Card
To pay for the bus/subway, buy a Metro-Card at any “Hudson News” magazine shop within the airport or at self-service machines located by a terminal’s doors. Your transfer from the bus to the subway is free when using your Metro-Card. (Self-service machines only accept debit/credit cards).
Step 2: Take A Bus To The Subway
From LaGuardia Airport, you’ll take a bus to a subway station in Queens. At the subway station, you will transfer to a train that will take you to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station or the PATH Train station.
- From LaGuardia Terminals B, C & D, take a Q33 bus to the “74th Street/Roosevelt Ave.” stop.
- From LaGuardia Terminal A, known as the Marine Air Terminal, take a Q47 bus to the “74th Street/Roosevelt Ave.” stop.
Step 3: Take Subway From Queens To Manhattan
When you get off the Q33 or Q47 bus at the “74th Street/Roosevelt Ave.” stop, you’ll be in front of a subway station called ”Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.” Enter the subway station and follow the signs to your subway line.
To get from the “Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.” subway station to:
Port Authority Bus Terminal: Take a Manhattan-bound E train to the “42 Street/Port Authority Terminal” stop.
Penn Station: Take a Manhattan-bound E train to the “34 Street/Penn Station” stop.
PATH Train station at 33rd Street & 6th Avenue: Take a Manhattan-bound F train to the “34 Street/Herald Square” stop. Exit subway and walk two blocks south to 33rd Street PATH train station (use the entrance at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway).
Part 2: Travel From Manhattan To New Jersey
Once you’ve arrived at the Port Authority Terminal, Penn Station or the PATH Train station, simply buy your ticket to your New Jersey destination and board your train or bus.
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 8th 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 (Use entrance at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway)
- Take a taxi from Penn Station to the 33rd St. PATH train station (entrance at 32nd Street., between 6th Ave. & Broadway). The trip is short: 1-2 city blocks.
- If circumstances permit, you can walk from Penn Station to the 33rd St. PATH station. To walk from Penn Station to the 33rd St. PATH train station (using entrance at 32nd St., between 6th Ave. & Broadway):
- 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 Bus Station
NJ Transit trains run on a large network that serves most of New Jersey. They depart from Penn Station. Here’s a map of the NJ Transit train network
The PATH Train system is much smaller than the NJ Transit system and is essentially an extension of the New York City subway. PATH trains connect Manhattan with three nearby New Jersey cities: Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark. You can see a map of the PATH system here.
Use this New York City subway map to help you plan.