Manhattan To LaGuardia Airport Transportation Options

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This post covers how to get from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens.

Going the other way? Read about going from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan.

You may also be interested in our recommended New York City maps.

Manhattan To LaGuardia Airport: Option #1 (Recommended)

The 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation provided by Go Airlink NYC is a solid choice allowing you to choose between shared and private vehicles, depending on you needs. The LaGuardia Airport Shuttle operated by NYC Airporter is another top choice. In our opinion, these services are tied for first place when it comes to getting you from LaGuardia to Manhattan. The balance they offer of comfort, convenience and price make them our top choice.

GO Airlink NYC provides:

  • 24/7 Service
  • Their shuttle vans offer pick-up service from your hotel, home or office (between Battery Park and 125th Street).
  • Drop-off at Manhattan’s important travel hubs: 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 private SUV.
  • 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

Travel time= +/- 40 minutes (Depends on traffic)


GO Airlink NYC

NYC Airporter Offers:

  • Convenient drop-off at Manhattan’s three main 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)
  • 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
  • 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)

Manhattan To LaGuardia Airport: Option #2

 Yellow Taxi From Manhattan To LaGuardia

Cost: +/- $30

Use the “Taxi Fare Estimator” to the right of your screen (may not appear on all mobile devices).

Travel time= +/- 35 minutes

Confirm with driver you will be charged the E-Z Pass rate for the toll bridge. There are routes that avoid the toll, but the trade-off is time. Those routes take longer because of all the traffic lights. Not worth it in our opinion.

Manhattan To LaGuardia Airport: Option #3

 Long Island Railroad + Taxi To LaGuardia

Travel time= +/- 45 minutes.

Step 1: From Penn Station (33rd Street & 7th Ave.), take a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train to the “Woodside” station in Queens. LIRR trains are commuter trains, not subways.

Step 2: From the “Woodside” LIRR station, take a yellow taxi to LaGuardia.

For cost estimate, use the “Taxi Fare Estimator” on the right side of your screen. Enter your starting point as “6112 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY.” (This address is across the street from Woodside LIRR station.) Enter LaGuardia Airport as your destination. (Taxi estimator may not appear on all mobile devices.)

Current cost of taxi from Woodside to LGA= +/- $15.

You can see LIRR schedules and fares here. ALWAYS BUY YOUR TICKET BEFORE BOARDING TRAIN TO SAVE MONEY.

If you are within the NYC area, you can check train schedules by sending a text that reads “Penn to Woodside” to this number: 266266. Read more about using the “Coo Coo” text system here.

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Manhattan To LaGuardia Airport: Option #4

Public Transportation From Manhattan To LaGuardia

Cost: 1 bus fare. Transferring from the subway to the bus is free when using Metro-Card.

Total Travel Time: +/- 1 hour

Your route will depend on your starting point and departure terminal.

To help you plan, use this NYC subway map and this Google Map. Magnify subway map by moving cursor to lower right corner and pressing (+) sign.

If you’re STARTING FROM midtown or lower Manhattan and going to:

LaGuardia Terminals B, C or D: Use choice #1, #2 or #3 below.

LaGuardia Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal): Use choice #1 only.

If you’re STARTING FROM uptown Manhattan or the Bronx:

Use choice #4 for all terminals.

Choice #1: E or F Train

Step 1: From Manhattan, take a Queens-bound E or F train to the “Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.”

Step 2: Once you arrive at “Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.,” exit subway station and head to bus stop for LaGuardia-bound buses. This bus stop is called “Roosevelt Ave./74th Street.”

From the “Roosevelt Ave./74th St.” Bus Stop:

Take a Q33 bus to LGA if going to Terminals B, C or D.

Take a Q47 bus to LGA if going to Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal).

Choice #2: N or Q Train

Step 1: From Manhattan, take a Queens-bound N or Q train to the “Astoria Blvd.” stop in Queens.

Step 2: Go to street level and catch a LaGuardia-bound M60 bus to the airport. M60 buses stop at all terminals.

Choice #3: the 7 Train

Step 1: From Manhattan, take a Queens-bound 7 train. Get off at either the “74th Street/Broadway” stop or the “Junction Boulevard” stop.

Step 2:  Transfer to a city bus.

If you get off at ”74th Street/Broadway”:  take a Q33 bus to LGA. Bus stop is in front of subway station.

If you get off at “Junction Boulevard”: take a Q72 bus to LGA. Bus stop is a few doors up from the subway station’s elevator.

Subway Notes

  • The E and F trains are a little faster than the 7 train because they make less stops in Queens.
  • The 7 trains offers the greatest number of connecting trains.

The 7 train makes 3 stops in Manhattan. They are listed below with connecting trains listed next to each.

42nd St./Grand Central Terminal: 4, 5, 6, S (Times Square Shuttle) and Metro-North commuter trains.

Bryant Park/42nd Street: B, D, F and M trains.

Times Square/42nd Street: N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, A, C and E trains. The A, C and E trains are connected to the Times Square station by a very long tunnel from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Choice #4: M60 Bus

CHOICE #4 ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE STARTING FROM UPTOWN MANHATTAN OR THE BRONX.

Step 1: Take any of these trains to its 125th Street stop: A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Anyone taking the 1 train should see important note below.

Step 2: At 125th St., go to street level and catch a LaGuardia-bound M60 bus. The M60 stops at all LGA terminals. Your transfer to the bus is free when using Metro-Card.

Important Note For 1 Train Riders: 

There is no M60 bus stop near the 1 train’s 125 St. station, located at the intersection of 125th St. & Broadway.

To get to LGA from the 1 train’s 125th St. station, do the following:

  1. Go to street level and catch an east-bound Bx15 bus.
  2. Take Bx15 bus to the “Park Ave.” stop (corner of 125 St. & Park Ave.)
  3. At the Park Ave. stop, wait for the next M60 bus.
  4. Take M60 bus to LaGuardia (M60 stops at all LGA terminals.)

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