If you’re looking for the cheapest option to get from Manhattan to LaGuardia airport, look no further! On a recent business trip to New York, I decided to take the subway/bus from Manhattan back to LaGuardia for a total of $2.75.
Below are detailed instructions on how to get from Manhattan to LaGuardia.
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First, you’ll want to find one of the several “E” subway stop in Manhattan. The closest one to me was at 42nd Street/Times Square. If you’re in Manhattan and headed to LaGuardia, you’ll want to take the E train Uptown to Queens/Jamaica. The subway should say Jamaica on it.
Once on the subway you should see all the stops that it’s making. The stop to get off doe LaGuardia is Roosevelt Ave. You’ll notice that it comes right after Queens Plaza but before Forest Hills-71 Ave.
Once you get off at Roosevelt Ave, you’ll head up the stairs and look for signs for the Q70 Bus. Note, the stairs headed up are located in the middle of the station, so when on the subway try to get a car in the middle, that way you’ll have a shorter walk when getting off the train.
Once you head up the stairs and exit the turnstile, you’ll head out the doors on the left side (there will be signs as well), and right outside is the bus stop for the Q70 bus, which is what you’ll want to take.
The buses come about every 10 minutes, sometimes quicker and sometimes a few minutes longer. Remember to save your Metrocard that you used for the Subway, since you’ll need to enter it on the bus for your free transfer to LaGuardia.
Once onboard the Q70 bus, you’ll be on your way to LaGuardia Airport. Even though this is a city bus, there are luggage racks onboard for you to put your bags, which I thought was a nice touch.
The Q70 is an express bus, meaning you’ll be at LaGuardia in no time. The first stop at LaGuardia is for parking, but if you’re flying out of the Central Terminal (Southwest, JetBlue, Air Canada, United, Frontier, etc,) get out here and walk across the street rather than going all the way around. The bus does stop at the other terminals however.
For $2.75 you can’t beat taking the subway/bus from Manhattan to LaGuardia. Taxi’s to LGA are on the meter and be as much as $50+.
If you have any questions about getting to LaGuardia, feel free to comment below.