Public Transportation From LaGuardia Airport To Connecticut & Northern Suburbs

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LGA To Connecticut, Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess Counties

You can travel from LaGuardia Airport to Connecticut and New York’s northern suburbs in 1 of 4 ways:

  • Option 1:  Shuttle bus from LaGuardia to Grand Central Terminal (GCT). From GCT, take a Metro-North commuter train to your destination.
  • Option 2:  Public Bus from LaGuardia to Metro-North commuter train station in upper Manhattan. From there, take Metro-North train to final destination.
  • Option 3:  Private Vehicle
  • Option 4:  Yellow taxi from LaGuardia to Grand Central Terminal. From GCT, take a Metro-North commuter train to your destination.

Option #1: Shuttle From LaGuardia To Grand Central Terminal

Metro-North trains serve Connecticut as well as Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties in New York State. This option is convenient and cost-efficient.

You can use either Go Airlink NYC’s 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation shuttle service or NYC Airporter’s LaGuardia Airport Shuttle. They’re often used by executives, families, tour groups and anyone who understands that your trip is not over just because the plane landed.

Your shuttle will take you from your LaGuardia terminal to Grand Central Terminal (GCT), located at 42nd St. & Park Ave. in Manhattan. From GCT, you would take a Metro-North commuter train to your final destination. Always buy your ticket in the station and not on the train (it’s a lot more expensive).

Go Airlink NYC Offers:

  • 24/7 Service, 364 days a year.
  • Pick-up outside your LaGuardia terminal’s doors.
  • Wait for your shuttle when it’s hot, cold or wet outside.
  • Drop-off service at Grand Central Terminal.
  • Discounted price when you book online.
  • Selection of vehicle type, including shuttle van, private van, private sedan or Luxury SUV Service .
  • Choice of vehicles that seat from 4 to 56 passengers.
  • Peace-of-mind that you will arrive exactly where you need to.

See current rates for Go NYC Airlink’s 24/7 LaGuardia Airport Transportation.

Travel time= approximately 30 minutes (depends on traffic)

Cost: Depends on service

NYC Airporter Offers:

  • Service from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., every half hour, 7 days a week, all year.
  • Direct transportation to Grand Central Terminal
  • Seasonal discounts available
  • 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
  • USA Today & The Huffington Post have recommended them

See current rates for NYC Airporter’s LaGuardia Airport Shuttle.

Travel Time: +/- 30 minutes (depending on traffic)

Cost: Depends on service

 Option #2: M60 SBS Public Bus From LaGuardia to 125th St. Metro-North Station

This is the least expensive option.

In summary:

  • Take an M60 SBS public bus from any LaGuardia terminal to the Park Ave. stop in Manhattan.
  • The Park Ave. bus stop is next to the Metro-North commuter train station called Harlem-125th Street.
  • Both the Park Ave. bus stop and the Metro-North train station are located at the intersection of Park Ave. & 125th St.
  • From the Harlem-125th Street Metro-North station, take a train to Connecticut or Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess Counties in New York State.
  • Metro-North trains serve these destinations on 3 lines: the Hudson Line, Harlem Line & New Haven Line.

Step 1: Buy Your Metro-Card

  • Buy a Metro-Card at any “Hudson News” magazine shop in the airport or at a self-service Metro-Card machine, located near terminal doors.
  • Metro-Card machines only accept credit/debit cards.
  • Exit terminal.

Step 2: Buy Your M60 SBS Ticket

OK, it gets a little tricky here, so hang on tight:

  • You cannot pay for the M60 SBS bus with a Metro-Card.
  • You must buy an M60 SBS ticket from a bus ticket machine next to the bus stop.
  • Why buy a Metro-Card, then?
  • Because the M60 SBS bus ticket machines only accept Metro-Cards and coins for payment.
  • Since most people don’t carry many coins, your best bet is to buy a Metro-Card first.

Step 3: Take the M60 bus from LaGuardia Airport to Park Ave. in Manhattan

  • Board an M60 SBS bus at your LaGuardia terminal.
  • Your destination is the Park Ave. stop in upper Manhattan.
  • About 15 minutes after leaving LaGuardia, the M60 crosses a long bridge (RFK Bridge) and enters Manhattan.
  • After entering Manhattan, the bus travels 3 long blocks down 125th Street before reaching Park Ave.
  • Before reaching Park Ave., you will see an elevated train platform ahead of you (see picture below).
  • This is the Harlem-125th Street station for Metro-North commuter trains.
  • Both the M60 SBS Park Ave. bus stop and the Harlem-125th Street Metro-North train station are at the intersection of Park Ave. & 125th St.
  • Assuming normal traffic, this trip takes 25-30 minutes.
  • You’ll most likely see fellow travelers getting off at this stop. You can also ask the driver if you have any doubts.
  • For some important notes on the M60 SBS service, we highly recommend reading Section 9A of our New York City Public Transit Resources page.
  • For Metro-North train information, see Section 2 on that same page.
The Park Ave. bus stop is immediately after the overpass seen in the background of this picture. The entrance to the Harlem-125th Street Metro-North train station is located under this overpass.

Step 4: Take a Metro-North train to your final destination

Always buy your train ticket at a ticket booth or self-service machine– never on the train. It’s much more expensive on the train and only cash is accepted.

This train station is NOTORIOUS for people boarding the wrong train. One minute you think you’re headed to New Hamburg, the next you find out you’re off to New Haven instead.It gets crowded and confusing. Pay attention.

Minimize the chances of boarding the wrong train by:

  • Making sure you are standing on the correct platform.
  • Listening closely to loudspeaker messages. Trains are announced as they arrive.
  • Reading the monitors available on each platform.
  • Confirming with a fellow passenger or, better yet, a train conductor that you are boarding the correct train for your destination.
  • Does the train’s arrival time match its expected arrival time?

Why Harlem-125th Street And Not Grand Central Terminal?

Metro-North’s 3 main train lines (the Hudson, Harlem & New Haven lines) all start and end at Grand Central Terminal (42nd St. & Park Ave. in Manhattan). “Harlem-125th St.” is the first stop Metro-North trains make after leaving Grand Central. The two stations are 11 minutes apart. The M60 bus goes through uptown Manhattan, not midtown Manhattan. In terms of distance and time, it is more efficient to go to “Harlem-125th St.”

Is It Safe?

In general, yes, it’s fine. Keep in mind:

  • The train station is only 3/4 of a block from the M60 bus stop (1 minute walking)
  • There is a small police station inside the train station
  • It’s one of Metro-North’s busiest stations

After about 10:30 p.m., there are less people around. The station closes for the night at 2:00 a.m and reopens half an hour before the day’s first train (5 a.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. weekends).

Option #3: Private Vehicle From From LaGuardia To Connecticut & Westchester

The most comfortable, most convenient and easiest option is, of course,to hire a private car to take you from the airport to your final destination. If saving time and being very comfortable are important to you, consider the private car service provided by GO Airlink NYC or their Luxury SUV Service.

You’ll be picked up at your terminal and taken to your destination in comfort, style and privacy. This option may not be available for Putnam or Dutchess Counties.

Option #4: Yellow Taxi To Metro-North Train

Metro-North trains operate on 3 lines: the Hudson Line, Harlem Line & New Haven Line. These lines serve Connecticut and Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess Counties.

Trains departing for these destinations leave from: Grand Central Terminal and the “Harlem-125th St.” station. Grand Central is located at 42nd St. & Park Ave. The Harlem-125th St. station is located further north at 125th St. & Park Ave. By train, they are 11 minutes apart.

Step 1: Taxi From LaGuardia Airport To Grand Central or Harlem-125th St. Station

Take a yellow taxi from LaGuardia to either Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan or the Harlem-125th St. station in uptown Manhattan.

Use our New York City Taxi Fare Estimator. Enter “LGA” as your starting point. Enter either Grand Central or “125 St. & Park Ave.” as your destination.

Estimated taxi cost from LaGuardia to Grand Central= +/- $30. From LaGuardia to Harlem-125th St. station is slightly less.

Step 2: Take Metro-North Commuter Train 

Once at Grand Central or Harlem-125th St., buy your Metro-North train ticket at a ticket booth or ticket machine. Avoid buying your ticket on the train (much more expensive).

For Metro-North schedules, fares and maps, please see Section 2 of our New York City Public Transit Resources page.

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