Buses to and from LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
LaGuardia is one of the New York City airports, and is also one of the busiest in the United States of America, handling approximately 23 million passengers every year. It is recognised by the IATA code of LGA, and has been in existence under various names since 1939. It was formerly the Glenn H. Curtiss Airport, the North Beach Airport and the New York Municipal Airport – LaGuardia Field. There are many ways to reach the airport. Buses provide a particularly popular form of transport, and are among the cheapest ways to travel. There are several buses available to the airport from various locations, including the other New York City airports.
LGA airport is located approximately eight miles from Manhattan, and is in the northern parts of the New York City borough of Queens. It is also on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay, and borders the neighbourhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst. It is one of three airports that serve New York, the others being the JFK International Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport. LaGuardia consists of four terminal buildings named as the Air Marine Terminal, the Central Terminal Building, the US Airways Terminal and the Delta Air Lines Terminal, or A, B, C and D. Passengers arriving at any one of these terminals have access to the LaGuardia Airport buses, and can easily travel from LaGuardia to the JFK and Newark Airports. A number of buses are operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company, while others are privately operated. The NYC Airporter is a particularly convenient service.
Buses provide an essential form of transport between the terminals of LaGuardia Airport as well. Although there are walkways available, many passengers prefer to transfer quickly by the free shuttles available. There are two routes, referred to as Route A and Route B. Route A serves all terminals, while Route B serves only terminals B, C and D, and not the Marine Air Terminal A. Both routes run every ten to fifteen minutes, but Route A operates from 04:00 to 23:30 and Route B operates from 06:00 to 02:00. Shuttle buses are provided for transport to and from the parking lots of the airport as well.
Travelling between the New York City Airports
Transport between LaGuardia and the JFK is provided by ETS Air Shuttle, All Country Express and the NYC Airporter buses. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. To reach the Newark Liberty Airport, passengers will take the All Country Express or ETS Air Shuttle coaches and the journey is about 45 minutes to an hour. In the alternative direction, however, from Newark Liberty to LaGuardia, All Country Express buses take a little longer, travelling for between an hour and ninety minutes.
To ride the NYC Airporter from LaGuardia to JFK International a ticket will be required. There are sales counters outside of the baggage claim areas and at the Ground Transportation Centres of each terminal. The ticket agents are easy to spot as they are dressed in Green NYC Airporter blazers. Ticket agents are available for assistance at the NYC Airporter express bus stops as well. Some passengers may find it more convenient to purchase bus tickets online, from the official website of the New York City Buses – http://www.NYCAirporter.com. The NYC Airporter buses are available from LaGuardia or JFK approximately every half an hour between the hours of 05:00 and 23:30. This bus is also available between LaGuardia and the Newark Liberty Airport, however, a transfer is required at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
MTA Buses at LaGuardia
MTA buses are the public airport buses of LaGuardia Airport, or they are also referred to as the New York City Buses. They are a convenient connection to the New York City Subway and the Long Island Rail Road, as well as for various areas in Manhattan, Queens and beyond. New York consists of five boroughs, namely, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. Besides travelling to the other airports of the city, the NYC Airporter only serves the borough of Manhattan.
From all terminals, the M60 buses are available for transport from the airport to 106th and Broadway in Manhattan. There are connections along the route to the Q33 and Q47 buses and the E, F, G, R, V and 7 subway trains. The M60 is also the bus to catch for transport to the Bronx, to 125th Street for further bus and subway connections. Passengers who need to travel to Queens should take the M60, Q33, Q72, or Q48 buses. The Q33 and Q47 buses serve Brooklyn as well, and they connect in Queens to the F, G and R subway trains.
The NYC Airporter is available to the airport approximately every thirty minutes from the Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. This route will cost $12.75 per person ($19.00 for an adult round-trip ticket). It is considered as an express bus service, with comfortable coaches offering free Wi-Fi connections. To find the buses , passengers should look out for the ‘Express Bus’ signs. The coaches are white in colour, and have a capacity for thirty-one passengers. They are equipped with power outlets, video monitors, leather reclining seats, reading lights, overhead temperature controls and overhead storage compartments.
Additional Bus Services
In addition to the public bus services of the airport, plenty of private shuttle companies offer shared-ride transportation, and journeys to a variety of locations can be arranged from long-distance coach companies. Shared-ride services include Airlink New York (212-812-9000), All Country Express (800-914-4223), ETS Air Shuttle (718-221-5341), Prime Time Shuttle (800-377-8745), Super Shuttle Manhattan (800-258-3826) and Westchester Express (718-276-6020)
Further information regarding the LaGuardia buses are available at http://www.mta.info.