Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10193 posts, RR: 62 Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months ago) and read 2265 times:
Honestly, in my experience, the easiest and most cost-effective way from LaGuardia (or Newark) into Midtown is to take the New York Airport Service Express Bus. It runs from the lower-level baggage claim at the LaGuardia terminals and goes to Grand Central, Port Authority, and Penn, in that order.
When you get outside security and claim your bags (if you checked any), just proceed out to the curb and look for the huge signs (usually red, white and blue) that say something to the effect of 'Express Bus to Manhattan' or 'New York Airport Shuttle,' etc. If in doubt, just ask someone - everyone knows what those buses are.
If you are going to Times Sq area of Broadway (which is my guess), then your best bet is probably to get off at Grand Central, as it is the first stop, and thus avoid the midtown traffic. From there, hop a cab over to Broadway (5 blocks west) or you can also get the S (shuttle) subway line and just go one stop to Times Sq-42nd St.
The bus runs about every 25-30 minutes, and the ride - at that time of the morning - shouldn't be more than 30 minutes into midtown (barring a wreck or something which could be par for the course on the BQE at any time of day).
The whole thing is actually pretty easy, and not to tiring. However, if none of this sounds to appealing to you, or you are going to be with a few other people, than it might well just pay to take a taxi from LaGuardia right into Midtown, which at that time shouldn't (theoretically) take more than 20-30 minutes, and cost probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $35-45.
AAmechanic From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 6 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
I use to work at LGA and lived not too far from there. The best way and cheepest way is take the M60 bus that picks you up right outside baggage claim. Take it to Astoria Blvd. and take the N or W train to Times Square. That station should be close to where you want to go.
Cvg2lga From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 590 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2102 times:
I always take the Q33 (across the street from baggage claim, you'll see the bus shelter) to 82nd St & Jackson Heights then go right up the steps on the corner there to catch the 7 Train into Midtown, stops at Grand Central, NY Public Library & lastly Times Square. 4$ total and about the time it takes in a cab. Works for me, maybe it will for you. Best of Luck.
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Analog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2097 times:
Quoting Cvg2lga (Reply 8): I always take the Q33 (across the street from baggage claim, you'll see the bus shelter) to 82nd St & Jackson Heights then go right up the steps on the corner there to catch the 7 Train into Midtown, stops at Grand Central, NY Public Library & lastly Times Square. 4$ total
$2 total, or as low as $1.67 if you put $10 on a MetroCard. The transfer from bus to subway (as well as bus to bus and subway to bus) is free.
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 21 Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1988 times:
As others have said, the New York Airport Express bus is great. The only thing though is that I would just take it to Port Authority (42nd and 8th). This way to don't need to worry about taking a cab or the Shuttle Train across town. You could easily walk to 51st and 7th in about 10 minutes, but if you have bags you may want to just take a taxi.
Also, if you want to just take a taxi and be done with it, it will cost about $25-30 plus tip and tolls. Last time I took the bus it was about $12 per person.
Shuggie From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 120 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
I was visiting NY for the first time last week and this topic is making me wish I was back!
The subway and the bus are both cheaper than a cab and the bus will take you to almost exactly where you need to be but personally I would go for the cab option! You have to take a trip in a yellow taxi at some point during your visit (it's on every tourist's list isn't it?) and your first day when you have your bags with you and you don't know where you are going seems like the perfect opportunity if you ask me. It is much more expensive than the other options though...