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LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan

Times Square and Beyond

Updated: February 29, 2024

How to get from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan and other parts of NYC depends on where exactly you are going, your budget, and other factors.

The information in this post, when applied in reverse, also explains how to get from Manhattan to LaGuardia airport.

As local tour guides, we are asked this question all of the time, so we used our expertise and personal experiences to craft this post.

And, in the video below, Tour Guide Katie from Free Tours by Foot walks you through your options.

Additionally, we used some of the tips from the roughly 200k members of our Facebook group.

Our group is made up of locals, like our guides, expats, regular visitors, as well as newbies to NYC.

And without further ado, let's get to the post.


Using public transportation is by far the cheapest option. It is only $2.90!

LaGuardia Airport, located in the borough of Queens, is the closest airport to Midtown Manhattan (about 8 miles or 13 km away). 

How to Get to and from LaGuardia Airport

The airport, while certainly smaller than JFK and Newark airports, has recently been remodeled and does service major domestic airlines and some international airlines.

You can get to and from LaGuardia from any location in New York City entirely via public transportation.

However, you will most likely have to transfer between a bus and subway, depending on your destination.

Regardless of how you get here, we recommend using this link to Google Maps and entering your destination address to get exact directions.

There are two ways to go by public transport: take the free Q70 "Laguardia Link" bus to the subway or the M60 bus to the subway.

The Free Q70 Bus To The Subway

Also known as the "LaGuardia Link", this bus takes you directly from the airport to the subway for free. You simply board the bus.

The bus runs nonstop to the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave Subway Station (ADA accessible) in Queens every 8-10 minutes 24 hours a day.

You can transfer for free to the E, M, F, R, and 7 subway lines that go into Manhattan.

Laguardia Link Bus

Once at the subway station, you will have to pay $2.90 to take the subway. You can purchase a MetroCard at the airport or subway before entering the subway.

Find out detailed information about MetroCards below.

You also have the option to use the subway's OMNY contactless payment system.

Simply tap your debit or credit card, smartphone, or wearable device when you pass through the subway turnstile and $2.90 will be deducted.

TIP: Get real-time updates about the Q70's exact location here.

LaGuardia Airport to Times Square by Subway

If your destination is Times Square, then you have several options. The best option will depend on where in Times Square you are heading.

Laguardia Airport to Times Square
Laguardia Airport to Times Square

The 7 train heads westbound along 42nd Street, making stops at Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and Times Square Station before continuing on to Hudson Yards.

The R and N trains run along Broadway, right through the center of Times Square, with stops at 53rd Street, 49th Street, Times Square Station, and Herald Square Station.

The F train runs along 6th Avenue, the eastern edge of Times Square has 3 stops, 57th Street, 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Ctr, and Bryant Park stations.

The E train runs along 8th Avenue, the western edge of Times Square, and has 3 stops, 7th Ave, 50th Street, Port Authority Station, and Penn Station.

Laguardia Airport to Penn Station

While you can take the subway's E train to Penn Station, there is a slightly faster route using the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

The LIRR is mainly a commuter train service between Long Island and New York City.

From Laguardia Airport take the free Q70 Bus to the LIRR Woodside Station that goes directly into Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.

Laguardia Airport to Penn Station

The exact fare for a trip from Woodside to Penn Station depends on the time of day you are traveling.

This route will usually take you 45 min to complete.

You can find out your exact fare in advance if you know the time of day you will be using the train.

TIP: If your ride is during off-peak hours, you can buy a special "CityTicket" from Woodside to Penn Station for only $5! Read more here.

Woodside Station

The LIRR fare costs a bit more than the subway but is so much faster and may be worth paying the higher price.

Also, unlike the subway, which runs frequently, the LIRR runs on exact schedules that may not correspond well to your arrival time in NYC.

Still, it is worth looking into given the speed at which you can get into Midtown Manhattan.

The M60 Bus to 125th Street/Harlem/Upper Manhattan

This bus costs $2.90 and comes with a free transfer onto the subway system within two hours of first paying for the bus ride.

To pay for the bus, you have two options. One option is to purchase a MetroCard at the airport from the vending machines located throughout the terminals

The alternative is to use the OMNY contactless payment system, as explained above.

The M60 bus travels from Laguardia to Harlem along 125th Street, a main thoroughfare in Upper Manhattan. See a timetable here.

This option is likely the best for people staying in Upper Manhattan, including Harlem and the Upper West Side.

You can exit the bus at any of these three bus stops and take the subway:

  • Lexington Avenue for the 4, 5, or 6 subway lines (green)(ADA-accessible)
  • Lennox Avenue for the 2 and 3 lines (red) (ADA-accessible)
  • St. Nicholas Avenue for the A, B, C, or D lines (blue and orange) (ADA-accessible)

Read our posts on how to buy a MetroCard and tips on mastering the NYC subway system

  • Total Cost: $2.90 on a MetroCard. Note: If you are buying a new MetroCard, there is a $1 fee for the card. Hold onto that card!  It is refillable!  
  • Travel Time: varies depending on your destination. Plan on 50-90 minutes to get to Midtown Manhattan.
  • Pros: The cheapest option by far! The Q70 has special luggage racks inside the bus. The M60 does not.
  • Cons: If you have a lot of luggage, be prepared to carry it up and down stairs because not all subway stations have escalators or elevators. Also, Buses can be crowded at peak hours and traffic conditions can prolong your trip.

For additional information on bus/subway transportation service from LaGuardia, check the MTA official website here.



First, check out Groupon, where you should find several offers for private transfers.

GoAirLink is a ride-sharing service that offers the door-to-door benefits of a taxi but could be significantly cheaper, depending on the number in your group.

You will be assigned to a van with other passengers heading to the same general area as you. 

You can request GoAirLink from the ground transportation desk in the baggage claim area. You can also book online in advance.

  • Cost: Depends on your destination from the airport. As a point of reference, the cost from LaGuardia Airport to Grand Central Station Terminal in Midtown Manhattan will cost you between $20-$25 per person.
  • Travel Time: Can vary. If you are sharing a full van (11 passengers), you might be the first dropped off or you might be the last.
  • Pros: Has the convenience of a taxi but is much cheaper.
  • Cons: Can take a very long time. Passengers often have to wait at the airport until there are enough people for a mostly full van, so plan to sit and wait for a bit.


There are a lot of different ways to save money on airport transfers, but one of the easiest options is to use a New York tourist pass.

Some of these services include either a free transfer to the airport of your choice (LGA or EWR) or a deal on airport transfers.

They also include admission to popular attractions such as the following:

If you're already planning on enjoying any of these activities and you also want a free airport transfer, this tourist pass would be a great way to save money on everything.

For more details, check our post covering New York tourist passes.



NYC Express Bus is the official bus operator for the NYC Department of Transportation.

You can find the bus at Terminals B, C, and D. Look for the red signs. The bus goes into Manhattan and drops passengers at three locations:

  • Grand Central Terminal (corner of 41st Street & Lexington Avenue) 
  • Times Square / Bryant Park (42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue) 
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues)

To all destinations from LaGuardia:

Cost: $16.00 per person (Children 5 and under are free)

Each ticket includes two suitcases and one carry-on bag. More than that and you must pay an additional fee.

Travel Time: Approximately 60 minutes - 2 hours.

Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 11 am - 7 pm, every hour on the hour.


  • Reasonable price for a comfortable ride. Children under 5 are free!
  • You can book online which saves you time instead of purchasing your ticket at the airport when you arrive.
  • With online reservations, you can take any bus on the day of travel and the reservation is good for 90 days from the date of purchase. 
  • All three stops are in Midtown Manhattan and near many subways and lots of taxis that you can use to get to your hotel.


  • Traffic is unpredictable. Your trip could be as short as 60 minutes, but if the traffic is very bad, you may be on the bus for up to 2 hours.
  • Not located at all terminals and you will have to walk to Terminals B, C, and D. It is not a long walk, however.


Taxis from LaGuardia are metered rather than a flat rate as is the case with taxis from JFK.

Because it is geographically closer, taxis from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan are cheaper than taxis from JFK. 

You can get a taxi at the Taxi Stand outside of Baggage Claim. The same cautions apply when it comes to accepting rides from solicitors at the airport.

  • Total Cost: Will vary depending on destination, but usually $40-$50 plus a $5 surcharge. Bridge tolls and tips are not included. The flat rate for LaGuardia to Manhattan is $52.
  • Travel Time:  Again, this will vary depending on location, but probably about 20-30 minutes.
  • Pros: Very easy door-to-door travel. This is the most hassle-free option for this airport.
  • Cons:  Can start to get pricey depending on your destination.

Private Car Service

Hoping to avoid the hassle of taking public transportation? Consider using a private car service. 

If considering a private car service, check out Groupon, where you should find several offers for private transfers.

One company, GroundLink, is a black car service that specializes in airport transfers. They'll take you to the airport from anywhere in the city.

Guests are also able to see the cost of the service before requesting it, so there are no surprises when the bill rolls around. They're also incredibly dedicated to timeliness.

If a driver is more than 5 minutes late in picking you up from your destination, then a $75 credit is added to your account. 

  • Total Cost: This will vary depending on the destination.
  • Travel Time: Again, this will vary depending on the destination.
  • Pros: Very reliable and easy. If you're already looking into taking a taxi out to the airport, it may be smarter to use a private car service instead, since the costs are competitive.
  • Cons: More costly than many of the other options. Also, as with all driving options, there's a chance that you'll run into traffic on your way into Manhattan, so be sure to evaluate whether your desired departure time coincides with rush hour.


You can take Uber, Lyft, and other ride-share apps to and from LaGuardia Airport. Drivers may pick you up outside of the baggage claim from each terminal. 

  • Terminal A - outside from Arrivals or Baggage Claim.
  • Terminal B - exit from the upper level. Follow the green “Car Services” signs to the blue-covered walkway. On Level 2, please wait for your driver in the designated lane.
  • Terminals C and D - head outside on the Departures level.

Read our post on using Uber cars in NYC.

Tips From Locals and Travelers

Before you can even take one of our tours in New York, you have to get there first, which is why we do our best to provide helpful details about how to get to the city from LaGuardia.

That said, while we can inform you about all of the options, we can't tell you which is best without bias.

Thankfully, we have a Facebook Group called New York City Travel Tips where you can ask for opinions on this matter.

How to Get from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan

As you can see, this is a fairly common question, and it seems most people are divided on the best way to get from the airport to the city center.

Even so, the example above is an excellent case where someone managed to get helpful advice from our group and put it to practical use.

Sylvia chose to try taking the Q70 shuttle bus and use the subway to get around, and she reported that it was easy and reliable.

This is definitely the most popular way to get from LaGuardia to New York City, likely because it is also the cheapest!

As Kathy notes, you don't even really need any special cards for the subway, all you need is a credit or debit card, making the entire experience very convenient.

Some insist an Uber is the best option, and it's easy to see the benefits of rideshare apps that you can just pull up on your phone, but there are some other things to keep in mind when it comes to relying on these services in NYC.

As Tery notes, the cost of an Uber to Central Park can be quite costly. Even 3 years ago, it was $53, and when the alternative is less than $3, that's a lot of money you could save by using the Q70 bus and subway instead.

It's also worth noting that it can get very busy in NYC during certain times of the year, making traffic more awful than usual.

If you want to avoid a long wait in a car and an expensive bill at the end of it all, the subway can often be both cheaper and quicker than a taxi or Uber.

For more helpful advice, make sure to read our New York City Travel Tips group on Facebook.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: February 29th, 2024
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