B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 16312 times:
I am trying to build an itinerary for the 27th of July and would need some advice on a possible JFK to LGA transfer.
I will be arriving on AA 118 from LAX at 3:25pm. From there I have two options, either fly JFK-CLT-IAH on US departing at 6:15pm or to transfer to LGA and from there fly LGA-CLT-IAH departing at 6:15pm. I would prefer to fly the LGA-CLT-IAH route as it would mean a new airport for me. But is it too risky with a transfer to LGA? Will 2hrs and 50mintes be enough? Also what is the best way to get from JFK to LGA?
Pascalstil From United Kingdom, joined May 2009, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 16312 times:
I flew to JFK and from LGA 15 years ago, and if I remember correctly they are quite some distance apart. Even though it might be possible that you do make it in the 2h50m, I would not take the risk. Specially around evening rush hour you can always run into some delays
jetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 16279 times:
If you take the taxi, then you MIGHT make it. If you're planning to take the metro, especially the BUS, forget it. The bus is very unpredictable here in New York, plus the traffic (The Q32 and Q42 buses will take you to Jackson-Heights-Roosevelt Ave) From there you can transfer to the E train and take it to Archer Ave-JFK, then the airtrain. The travel time (regular traffic, regular schedule and the MTA is known to have delays and such) would be around an hour.
The cab would probably your best choice, the Van Wyck Expsway (the expsway u take if you're driving to LGA and JFK)
Though there's a lot of traffic during rush hours.
PS: Based on google, the travel time between LGA and JFK is 16 minutes by car, traffic of course would make it longer.
AKLRNO From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 16267 times:
The thought of doing the JFK-LGA transfer just so you can experience LGA reminds me of religious fanatics (I think there are both Christians and Muslims) who parade through the streets while beating themselves with whips and chains. Neither the transfer or LGA are experiences to be desired. The odds of it working are maybe 50-50. Remember you also have to deal with getting a taxi at JFK and going through security at LGA, all at one of the busiest times of the day. Just to make it extra special, the taxi drivers change shifts around then. If you would like to spend a day in NYC, have a nice meal, and then go out the next day then it might be more fun.
Also, why have you chosen the hardest way to get from LAX to IAH since the trip was done in stagecoaches?
varigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 16167 times:
Quoting B747forever (Thread starter): I will be arriving on AA 118 from LAX at 3:25pm. From there I have two options, either fly JFK-CLT-IAH on US departing at 6:15pm or to transfer to LGA and from there fly LGA-CLT-IAH departing at 6:15pm.
Assuming AA118 lands on schedule, by the time the jet stops at the gate; disembark; bags picked up, it may be close to 4:00pm. (in case of missing luggage, you're toast).
Now you'll have to negotiate towards the cab stand and get one right-away. Not a problem there. And if you're lucky, you'll get an experienced cabbie. In Which case, he may find the best way to get you to LGA.
Well, if you're lucky, you should be at LGA around 5:00pm, which leaves you 1;1/2 before take off.
Not enough time to actually enjoy yourself. IMHO.
BTW : [ i did this a few times, driving to/from JFK/LGA :
exit JFK, Belt Pkwy E, Cross Island Pkwy all the way to LGA. A few extra miles, yes, but kind of contra-flow and less traffic]. It worked for me.
nycdave From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 16148 times:
By cab, it's doable -- as long as you're not checking bags AND there are no significant delays (if things run on time, I don't think even checking bags render this impossible). Don't let the tales of traffic scare you that much. Even if your cabbie is forced to go entirely by side streets, it should never take more than an hour. Now, if you have an idiot cabbie who gets you stuck behind a massive accident that totally shuts down the Van Wyck and can't get off, then... well, then it might take 2 hours. But it's definitely doable.
PITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 16148 times:
The JFK-LGA transfer is pushing it.
Some years ago, I booked my wife and a number of Girl Scouts on a CPH-JFK / LGA-PIT itinerary, because that was the only way to keep the cost under the required minimum. If I recall correctly, the CPH-JFK flight landed at 6:35 (Eastern), and the LGA-PIT flight left at 7:35. I had flown the LGA-PIT flight numerous times and it had never been less then 20 minutes late for me.
Needless to say, that day the LGA-PIT flight left 3 minutes early, and my wife and her scouts missed it by (if I recall correctly) 14 minutes. They ended up staying in LGA overnight, and I paid dearly for it.
You are suggesting a -3 hour transfer, but it's during rush hour. So, do you feel lucky?
(If it were me, I'd go direct from JFK. LGA as "a new airport for me" isn't worth the trouble. Your mileage may vary.)
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 16137 times:
In some respects, you would think that there would be some sort of water shuttle between the two airports or at least service where one could go to those airports via a connection in Manhattan. There has been talk in recent years of starting water shuttle service between Manhattan and both LGA and JFK, but those plans have been shelved for a few years. I know DL used to have one between Manhattan and the Marine Air Terminal at LGA but discontinued it back in 2000.
Delimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1513 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16088 times:
The water taxi from LGA to Manhattan was not much of a time saver really (I took it once for kicks). And as far as connecting LGA to JFK, well, that would have to be one fast boat. You'd need to go all the way around the island, whereas a cab from JFK to LGA is pretty much a straight shot, albeit in potentially horrendous traffic.