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How to get from JFK Airport to LaGuardia Airport

Although JFK airport and LaGuardia airport are only 16 km apart if you need to make a transfer between the two, it can add a big chunk of time to your journey. Unfortunately, there is no train that runs from LaGuardia to JFK, so you will need to keep in mind the levels of traffic when travelling.

There are 3 different transport options from JFK to LGA; a taxi, a private shuttle or a bus. Taking a JFK Airport taxi or shuttle or a LaGuardia Airport taxi or shuttle is the quickest but the most expensive option. Taking the New York Express bus is another direct option, which is cheaper than a taxi or private shuttle service, but takes considerably longer.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €125 30min 24/7
Taxi and private shuttles €37 30min 24/7
Bus €30 60min 11:00–19:00

How to get from JFK to LaGuardia by taxi or private shuttle

The quickest and most relaxing way to get from JFK to LGA or from LaGuardia to JFK airport is by taking an airport taxi or private shuttle from John F. Kennedy Airport. In good traffic conditions, your journey will take around 30 minutes, however, during peak times, your trip could take 1 hour.

Taxi fare from LaGuardia to JFK

The local taxis at JFK and LaGuardia airport don’t offer a set rate fee for the transfer between airports. Instead, you will have to pay the fare shown on the taximeter. Having said that, the average cost of the journey from LaGuardia to JFK is around €37. However, by booking a private shuttle in advance, you are guaranteed a fixed price, no matter how long the journey, with on-time pickups and no waiting time at any taxi rank.



Trip Duration

30 MIN

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis and private shuttles are available 24/7 at JFK and LaGuardia Airport

Where do I get it from?

As soon as you exit the arrivals hall at all Terminals in JFK airport, you will see the line of yellow taxis waiting for you. Simply walk to the front and ask for a cab.
At LaGuardia airport, the taxis are just as easy to spot. You can take one from Terminal A, B, C or D.

If you wish to take a private shuttle service, your driver will send you a meeting point beforehand.


Even though you will need to take traffic into account, choosing a taxi or private shuttle for your transfer from JFK airport to LaGuardia is the quickest and most convenient option. You will be dropped off right at the door of your terminal and will also have the peace of mind that all your personal belongings are safe and secure.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi or shuttle is a little more expensive, if you are travelling in a group of 2 or more, the price is the same per person as taking public transport.

Useful Tips

In heavy traffic the 30 minute journey could increase to over an hour.
Make sure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.
Tips are expected in New York, so be sure to leave at least 5% for your taxi driver.

How to get from JFK to LaGuardia Airport by bus

If you’re travelling alone and on a budget, then taking the bus can be a good option. Although slower than a taxi, taking the New York Express JFK to LGA shuttle only costs €15 one-way.

How much is the bus from LaGuardia to JFK?

Whether you’re taking the New York Express bus from JFK to LaGuardia or from LGA to JFK, the price is the same. The cost of a one-way ticket is €15 for an adult and children under the age of 5 travel for free.

You can purchase your tickets in advance to save 10% or alternatively buy them in person at the bus station at JFK and LaGuardia airport.



Trip Duration

60 MIN

There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the New York Express bus

Value for Money

The New York Express bus is available from 11:00 to 19:00.

Where do I get it from?

if you’re travelling from JFK to LaGuardia airport, you will find the New York Express bus just past the ground transportation welcome centre in Terminal 1, 7 and 8 or on the left of the welcome centre in Terminal 4. If you land in another terminal, you can take the free monorail to Terminal 1, 4, 7 or 8. Look for the red signs.

If you need a transfer from LGA to JFK, you can find the bus stop just past baggage claim next to the ground transportation desk in Terminal B, C and D. If you land in another Terminal, you will need to walk to B, C or D. Again, follow the red signs.


Not only does the New York Express bus have to battle with traffic, but it must follow a set route, meaning you could be stuck in those lines for up to an hour. Furthermore, if you land between the hours of 19:00 and 11:00, there’s no bus service so you will have to look for alternate transportation.

Editor’s Note

Although the New York Express bus is cheaper than taking a taxi, if you're travelling with a lot of luggage or you arrive during the night, taking a taxi could be much more convenient.

Useful Tips

Make sure you keep your ticket with you to enter the bus.
You can save 10% if you purchase your ticket in advance.
There's limited storage space for large luggage below the bus.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in New york. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there a bus shuttle from JFK to LaGuardia?

Yes. The New York Express shuttle runs directly from JFK to LGA daily. This bus service runs from 11:00 to 19:00 and costs €15 one-way. If you’re landing at night or prefer a more private transfer, we recommend booking your journey from JFK to LaGuardia in advance with Welcome Pickups.

How long does it take to get from JFK to LaGuardia?

As there are no trains that run from JFK to LaGuardia, you will need to take a bus, a taxi or a private shuttle, leaving you at the mercy of the traffic. In good conditions, a taxi or shuttle ride shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, however, the trip can go up to 1 hour during peak times.

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