LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is an airport in Queens, New York. It is the third busiest airport in New York City, and the twentieth busiest in the United States. It is located approximately 15 kilometers away from Midtown Manhattan. The airport is named after Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York City when the airport was built. It has four terminals (A, B, C and D). The average annual passenger traffic is approximately 30,094,000 people.
How to get from LaGuardia Airport to New York
There are several Airport Shuttle companies to choose from at the airport. Once you are at the airport, you can go to the Ground Transportation desk and get information on where you can catch your shuttle. Keep in mind that you may have to wait a bit to be dropped off while other passengers are dropped off at their destination first.
You can also check the bus departures from LaGuardia Airport to the city center of New York and vice versa in the table below. The buses are operated by NYC Airporter and they arrive at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal. The approximate travel time is 1 hour 20 minutes.
Taking the city bus from the LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan may not be the best solution because the journey can take up to 2 hours, but if you don’t have a lot of luggage, don’t have a problem with a fair amount of walking and have plenty of time, a bus is an inexpensive way to get you to your destination.
The following buses depart from Terminal A:
- M60 SBS going to Queens (Astoria) – to Astoria Blvd and then take subway N, W (approximately 15 minutes); Manhattan (North of 59 St) and Bronx – to 125 St and then take subway 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, B, C, D or go to 116 St and take subway 1 (approximately 20-40 minutes to/from 125 St); Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess Counties and Connecticut – to Harlem -125 St and then take any Metro-North line (approximately 25 minutes to/from Harlem-125 St).
- Q47 going to Queens (Glendale, Jackson Heights) – to 74 St/Roosevelt Av and then take subway E, F, M, R, 7 (approximately 50 minutes to/from Glendale; 30 minutes to/from Jackson Heights).
Terminal B, C and D
The following buses depart from Terminals B, C and D:
- M60 SBS going to Queens (Astoria) – to Astoria Blvd and then take subway N, W (15 minutes); Manhattan (North of 59 St) and Bronx – to 125 St and then take subway 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, B, C, D or go to 116 St and take subway 1 (approximately 20-40 minutes to/from 125 St); Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess Counties and Connecticut – to Harlem-125 St and then take any Metro-North line (approximately 25 minutes to/from Harlem-125 St).
- Q70 SBS LaGuardia Link going to Queens (except Astoria, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Corona, Flushing) – to 74 St/Roosevelt Av (Jackson-Heights Station) and then take subway E, F, M, R, 7 or any branch of LIRR at Woodside Station (approximately 15 minutes to/from 74 St/Roosevelt Av); Manhattan (Midtown or South of 59 St) – to 74 St/Roosevelt Av (Jackson-Heights Station) and then take subway E, F, M, R, 7 (approximately 15 minutes to/from 74 St/Roosevelt Av); Long Island – to 61 St-Woodside and then any branch or LIRR at Woodside Station (approximately 20 minutes to/from Woodside)
- Q72 going to Queens (Elmhurst, Rego Park) – approximately 30-40 minutes to/from Rego Park
- Q48 going to Queens (Corona, Flushing) – approximately 35 minutes to/from Flushing
NOTE: For LaGuardia Link Q70 SBS and M60 SBS buses, passengers must pay for the ticket before boarding, using a MetroCard or exact change in coins at curbside machines. The cost of a one-way ticket for buses as well as subways is 2,75 USD.
You can buy a MetroCard on MetroCard vending machines located throughout the airport’s terminals. Additionally, everyone who uses a MetroCards gets a free transfer from their bus to the subway.
The easiest, as well as the most convenient option, is to take a taxi and the ride will take around half an hour. Taxis at LaGuardia are metered so you can expect to pay around 40 USD (approximately 36 EUR) to Manhattan, plus tolls.
NOTE: Meter must read 3 USD at the beginning of the trip and there is a 1 USD surcharge for trips between 4PM and 8PM on weekdays as well as a 0.50 USD surcharge for trips from 8PM to 6AM daily. One fare pays for all passengers to one destination and the limit is 4 passengers in one taxi (5 for a minivan).
Another way to travel from LaGuardia Airport is with a private, door-to-door transfer directly to your accommodation in the city. In that case, you can pre-book a transfer for a hassle-free experience, a professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.
Renting a car at LaGuardia Airport
There is a large number of car, van as well as shared ride services to choose from at LaGuardia Airport. Rental agencies provide free shuttle buses between the airport and the rental car facility. Their pick-up and drop-off is at Terminal A in the Rental Car Shuttle Transfer Point.
Licensed car rental companies at the airport are Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. Alternatively, you can always rent a car online in order to avoid potential queues at the airport.
Renting a bus at LaGuardia Airport
Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.
Other transportation options from LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport to JFK Airport
The bus departs from the airport’s Terminal B and arrives at JFK Airport Terminal 4. Buses are operated by NYC Airporter and travel time from LaGuardia Airport to JFK Airport is approximately 1 hour.
LaGuardia Airport to Brooklyn
New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Brooklyn bus (operated by MTA), departs from Lga Intl Airport/Terminal B station and arrives at Nostrand Av/Church Av station.
NYC Express Bus (Golden Touch Transportation)
LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan
The bus departs from New York LaGuardia Airport station and arrives at New York Lexington Av/E 41 St. Buses operate every day and depart every three hours. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
LaGuardia Airport to Times Square
The bus departs from New York LaGuardia Airport and arrives at New York Bryant Park. Buses operate every day and depart every three hours. Travel time is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.
LaGuardia Airport to Grand Central Terminal
The bus departs from New York LaGuardia Airport and arrives at New York Lexington Av/E 41 St. Buses operate every day and depart every three hours. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
Private accommodation near LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport bus FAQs
- I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
Subway in New York City operates 24/7, but if you are arriving late, the best and the safest option is to take a taxi.
- Can I exchange money at the airport?
Yes, you can find the Currency Exchange Office at Terminal B, pre-security, near JetBlue Ticketing.
- I am continuing my journey outside New York. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
The airport has no direct connections with other cities in the USA so your best option is to go to one of the New York bus stations and check your further options there.
- Does LaGuardia Airport have storage lockers?
No, the airport does not provide any baggage storage but many New York hotels near the airport do offer baggage storage for a fee.
- Is there a free WiFi service available at LaGuardia Airport?
Yes, free unlimited WiFi service is available at the airport.
- Can you sleep at LaGuardia Airport?
You won’t be allowed to stay in the secure area of the airport (the “airside”) overnight, because the security will clear everyone out after the last flight. Although, if you’re willing to take the risk, you can always try sleeping on the departures level.
- Can you smoke at LaGuardia Airport?
Yes, smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas located outside of terminals.
- Does LaGuardia Airport have international flights?
The airport serves primarily for domestic flights but there are a few flights to Canada, Bahamas, Aruba and Bermuda.
- Does LaGuardia Airport have long term parking?
LaGuardia Airport offers daily parking with a variety of payment methods available in each lot. Everyone who plans on parking at the airport for more than 30 days should contact ABM on the day of arrival: (718) 533-3850.
- Where can I find the Baggage Claim at the LaGuardia Airport?
You can find the baggage claim area on the ground level of all terminals.
- I lost something at LaGuardia Airport. What should I do?
If you left something in one of the terminals, you can easily contact the LGA Lost&Found via email: email@example.com and leave a description of the item as well as the date you lost it.
In case you left an item on board an aircraft with an airline tag, you can contact your airline directly, and if you lost an item at a TSA Security Check Point, you can contact TSA Lost and Found: (718) 662-5043 every day between 7AM and 3PM.