Transportation from LaGuardia to Manhattan – What is the best Way to Get from LaGuardia to the Rest of the City.

Transportation from LaGuardia to Manhattan

LaGuardia is New York’s least busy major airport. It’s a National Airport so only People flying or connecting from another USA Airport will arrive here. LaGuardia is the closest airport to Manhattan but the journey is not always straight forward. Read on for my guide to the best transportation from LaGuardia to Manhattan.



Taxicabs are a very popular and convenient choice for getting you to your hotel from LaGuardia. As LaGuardia is pretty close to the City Centre the taxi ride is not overly expensive $40-50 should usually cover it. It should take you about 30 Minutes. Cabs take a maximum of 4 passengers so shared between you, it’s quite a reasonable cost considering the convenience.

Unfortunately, the Traffic can make this journey far less pleasurable than it could be. If thetaxicabs new york rush hour is in full swing it could double the time taken. Also, the Metered price will also increase while standing in Traffic. So you have to pay more for the pleasure of crawling along

You Should have no trouble locating a Taxi as you leave the terminal. The Taxi ranks are well signposted and there should be queues of yellow cabs waiting to whisk you away.

Public Transport –  Bus and Subway

Being Close to the City Public transport is fairly convenient and very cheap. All it costs is $2.75 per person plus $1.00 for the metro card or you could just buy a 7Day unlimited Metro card if you plan on using the Subway and Buses quite a bit. This will cost you $32.

The first stage is to catch a Bus to connect you to the Subway. The Bus you need is the Q70q70 bus new york SBS (Select Bus Service). Ride this all the way to 74 St/Roosevelt Av.

Here you simply head to the Subway station where you can access the 7, E, F, M, R Subway lines. If that’s all gibberish to you need our New York Subway Guide.

This Map should help you Visualise the Journey. And you can view Subway Maps here. As you can see The Bus and Subway will get you right into the heart of Manhattan.

While the Subway can be a little intimidating first thing in New York. It’s well worth the effort though to save quite a bit of money. The other Downside is the fact the Subway Systems are quite dated and You will need to Haul your Luggage up and down the Stairs at each Subway station. New York’s Subway isn’t too Deep so it’s not too many stairs.

TimeWise it varies quite a bit on where in New York you are going. If its central around 45mins is a fair guess.


From LaGuardia, the shuttles are notoriously poor. They can be ok if you strike it lucky and the shuttle is almost full when you arrive and your stop is first. But the flip side is its empty when you arrive, you will have to wait while it fills with strangers then the shuttle could drop off all others before you. If traffic is poor it could be 2 hours. Yes, you will save a little but at approx. $15 pp It’s really not a lot over a private door to door taxi! Honestly, we see no reason to recommend them if arriving at LaGuardia.

Car Service

There are several car service options available where you can pre-book a car just for yourself to whisk you off to your hotel. This is a fantastic option, but of course, it’s not the cheapest. Your driver will greet you at the airport and help you with your luggage out to the car and then drop you off right at the door all for a fixed fee. You are once again at mercy of the traffic but at least the meter won’t be running ever upward as you sit there! Base fares are around £36 dollars plus tip and tolls. Try Dial 7 or CarmelLimo for quotes and booking.

Hire Car

You can always hire a car. And LaGuardia has all the usual options but really New York is not the best city to hire a car. The traffic is appalling and the chances are you will not be well versed in negotiating it. And Parking is an expensive premium in the city. Really We only recommend hireling a car if you are planning on leaving the city at some point. Maybe if this is the first stop of a Road Trip.


We know the Last thing you need after a tiring flight is to spend more time on a long stressful journey. So often a Taxi is very appealing. With a little foresight booking a car is not really much more expensive and definitely worth looking at. But for ultra Budget just using Public transport is the only Option. The Subway can be daunting but it’s quite simple once you get your head round it. Whichever way you choose it should be less than an hour before you are snuggly in your hotel and ready to get out exploring.

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Let us know in the comments below if you have any experience of getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia. Especially if your experience differs from ours. We hope our guide helps you get to your hotel in a way that suits you best. Please leave a comment should you have any questions or need any more detailed advice.

We would be happy to give you a more detailed route using the Subway if you let us know where you are staying. Just comment below we will happily get back to you letting you know what lines you will need!

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