Thursday, March 19, 2009

LGA - LaGuardia Airport, New York

Of the three New York airports, LaGuardia is generally the most convenient.

There are three city buses connecting the airport terminals to the subway system: Q33, Q48 and Q72. For a newcomer, any of them are fine. There is frequent round-the-clock bus service to the subway. The cost of the bus is $2.00 but the fare box only accepts passes or quarters. That means you MUST HAVE 8 QUARTERS on your person at the time you board the bus. The subway costs about $2 more, but machines there accept credit cards.

The other (wiser) option, if you are going to make more than a single trip, is to purchase a MetroCard pass at the Hudson newsstand at the airport. This will save you the cost of the transfer to the subway.

Here's some more advice on public transit:
Yahoo Answers
Official Bus Pass Info

An express bus to Manhattan costs $12, but I always go directly for the subway, since you probably have to take it at the other end anyway.

LaGuardia itself is a ho-hum airport. No free wifi. There are several separate terminals for each major airline. It is unlikely that you can comfortably spend the night here.

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