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Transfer Options from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to City Centre

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How to get from LGA Airport to City Centre

There are two methods of public transport available to get you from LaGuardia Airport in Queens to Midtown Manhattan, the city centre of New York. The easiest and most convenient option is to take a LaGuardia Airport taxi. The ride will take around 29 minutes. Taxis at LGA are metered and you can expect to pay around USD$40 (37€) to Manhattan, plus tolls. For a cheaper option, you can take the train which will cost USD$2.75 (2.40€) and take around 50 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Train €4.80 50min 24/7
Taxi €37.30 29min 24/7

How to get from LGA Airport to city centre by train

There is no direct metro route or AirTrain service at LaGuardia Airport. If you wish to use the subway system to reach Manhattan from the airport you will need to take the Q70 SBS La Guardia Link Airport Bus to transfer to the metro station, located nearby the airport on Roosevelt Ave. This transfer will take approximately 15 minutes. From Roosevelt Ave you are able to take the E Subway Line into Midtown, which will take around 35 minutes.

How much is the train from LGA to city centre?

The train and bus will cost USD$2.75 (2.40€) each for a one-way journey, however if you board one within two hours of buying the ticket you are able to transfer to a subway or another bus service for free if you use a Metrocard, keeping the price low. Metrocards can be purchased from stations at ticket machines or from Metrocard agents.

Cost

2.40€

Trip Duration

50 Min

There can be up to a 20 minute wait for the train

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Both the subway and the Q70 bus operate 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

You will need to take the Q70 bus from terminals B, C or D at LGA Airport. The E Line Subway will leave from Roosevelt Avenue Station in Jackson Hights, so alight the Q70 here to take the next transport leg.

Convenience

Despite its low cost, there are extra transportation steps for taking the subway from LGA as there are no direct lines from the airport. Having said this, the services operate 24/7, therefore if time and luggage are not issues, it is a cheap and relatively easy way to get to Manhattan.

Editor’s Note

It is better to purchase a Metrocard for USD$1, even if you don't plan on using the public transport much. It will not only save you money (even on one use) but will save you time on your commute.

Useful Tips

The only places in the station to get tickets or metrocards are from the ticket machines or from the licenced Metrocard agents.
The subway runs much more frequently in peak hours (between 3-5 or 6-8 minutes).
There are many connections from Roosevelt Ave Station, so you can choose which metro service best suits your needs.

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How to get from LGA Airport to city centre by taxi

LaGuardia Airport taxis are the easiest option to get you into the city centre of New York with little hassle. They are often a good option for those travelling with lots of luggage, too, as they provide door-to-door service. Official yellow taxi stands are situated outside every terminal at LaGuardia Airport. There are also assistants available at every rank to assist you and guide you to a taxi. Most taxis are standard sedans, but there may be larger ones if you require, but be warned there can be a wait.

Taxi fare from LGA to city centre

Taxis from LGA Airport are metered and therefore you can expect the price to vary. A journey in usual traffic is likely to cost you around USD$40 (37€) and your driver will also be charging you for any tolls along the route. He is likely to ask for a tip also (standard is around 20%)
Note that an extra USD$1 is charged between rush-hours of 16:00pm - 20:00pm.

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Convenience

Taxis are the most comfortable option to get you to Midtown Manhattan. They reduce time walking, transferring and carrying around heavy luggage. Taxis in New York are overseen by law and there is many safety rights for those travelling in them, so you can be ensured that if you take an official taxi, you are in good hands. It is best not to take taxis during rush hours as traffic can be very bad which can end up costing a lot on metered fares.

Editor’s Note

There can be a long wait at the ranks for the taxis at peak hours, as well as a slow transfer into the city and high fare. It is best to avoid taking taxis during these hours.

Useful Tips

If you have large luggage, you may be charged for it by the driver.
Most taxis will accept payment by multiple means, but ensure you have smaller bills for tipping/payment or you might not get change.
You are always expected to pay tolls along the route.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from LGA Airport to New York City Centre?

A taxi between LGA and Midtown is metered, therefore you can expect to pay around for the trip. There is an extra charge for peak hour service, as well as tolls along the route.

How many transfer options are there from LGA Airport to New York City Centre?

There are two transfer options to get you into Midtown Manhattan, these are the train and taxi. Taxis are recommended as they are comfortable and faster for those with luggage, however the subway is great for those on a budget.

How far is LGA Airport from New York City?

La Guardia Airport is located 14.8km away from Midtown Manhattan. The journey by car in normal traffic should take on average around 30 minutes.

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