How to transfer between La Guardia airport (LGA, New York) and Manhattan?

How to transfer between La Guardia airport (LGA, New York) and Manhattan?
If you’re landing at La Guardia airport (LGA) in the state of New York (approximately 8 miles from Manhattan), you’ll have many transfer options to get to Manhattan.

The airport has 4 terminals including: US Airways Shuttle Terminal, Central Terminal Building, US Airways Terminal and Delta Terminal. These terminals welcome domestic and international flights. A free shuttle is available between terminals.

Cab transfer between La Guardia and Manhattan:

The first way of transportation between La Guardia and Manhattan is the cab.

How to transfer between La Guardia airport (LGA, New York) and Manhattan?

The cab will take you to your hotel or apartment very quickly. It’s even cheaper if 3 people are traveling.
It’s not economical, if you’re traveling alone or with another person.

Here are the rates :

Cab ride

Rates (approx.)
Up to Upper East Side or Upper West Side – Manhattan $29 – $37
Up to Midtown – Manhatttan $25 – $37
Up to Lower Manhattan $32 – $37
Up to the Bronx $43 – $48
Up to Brooklyn $28 – $33
Up to Queens $10 – $15

Agrandir le plan

Book a private transportation to Manhattan

While you get our of the airport, several private taxi companies will approach you to offer you their services. You’ve got to be careful since not all of them are reliable

If you want to have a private transportation to your hotel or apartement, I recommend that you book this service with CarmelLimo. It’s a reliable company providing an excellent service and at a good price.

carmel Limo
You may book your taxi before going to New York City. You’ll be sure the taxi will be waiting for you, and this is the best solution to control your budget!

It will be better for you to pay on Internet so you won’t have to pay anything upon your arrival./p>

They have 9 vehicles for 1 to 14 people: sedan, mini-van, SUV, limo.
A private taxi for 1 to 4 people costs from $44, plus $12 for tolls and $7-8 for tips. Around $63 total price.

To take your taxi, you have to get out the airport and go towards the Pick Up Area.

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Once outside the airport premises, you have to call the company at the phone number they gave you when you booked.

In less than 5 minutes, your taxi will arrive with your name printed on a sign.

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– It takes you from the airport to your hotel very quickly without having to walk..
– CarmelLimo provides a private service for 1 to 14 people.
– It picks you up on time.
– It’s a great option if your hotel or apartment is in Brooklyn or Queens (Astoria and Long Island City)
It’s not an economical option you’re travelling with one companion or alone..

Click here to book

The Taxi Shuttle transfer between La Guardia and Manhattan:

The second solution, which is the most convenient, is the Taxi Shuttle.

How to transfer between La Guardia airport (LGA, New York) and Manhattan?

The shuttle will take to your hotel without walking for $20 or 16 euros/person.
The only negative side is that if you’re the last one to get off out of 7-8 passengers, count at least 45 min to 1 hour before reaching your destination. On the other hand, you’ll have some times to discover the Big Apple during your ride.

What you need to know: Full price for kids after 3 years old.

Like many other things, if you want to fully prepare your trip, book your shuttle right away. This way, you won’t have to spend cash right away on American soil. In addition, you won’t be paying exchange fees since you’re paying in euros if you’re Europeans travelers.

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Bus and Subway transfer between La Guardia Airport and Manhattan:

Your 3rd solution is the use of bus and train transportation.

How to transfer between La Guardia airport (LGA, New York) and Manhattan?

With public transportation, you’ll enter the life of daily New Yorkers who commute (taking public transportation back and forth for work). It’s also your cheapest option.
It takes a little longer than the other options, although it all depends on the location of your hotel. In addition, you’ll have to carry your luggage.

Bus lines to Manhattan: M60, Q33 et Q47

Here’s the bus schedule:

Other means of transportations to transfer between LaGuardia airport and Manhattan:

Hitchhiking or the best tip is to have a friend or family member coming to pick you up at the airport!! But it’s not given to everybody.

La Guardia Airport (LGA):


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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  1. Naomi says:
    My daughter was in NYC last month and was able to purchase the Unlimited Ride 7 days Metrocard at LaGuardia. There are vending machines (credit only) or pay cash at the convenience store. There is a new bus line Q70 Limited that only takes 8-10 minutes from LaGuardia to the Jackson Hts subway station with connections to subway lines E,M,F,R & 7 (takes 15-30 minutes to midtown Manhattan).