keindy
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Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:40 pm

My wife and I are flying to LGA from IND on 1/7 for the weekend. What is the fastest and cheapest way to get from LGA to our hotel in Midtown? Is subway safe and easily accessible from the airport? Cab seems it may be fairly costly. Any help is greatly appreciated. Also, we are flying on US Express (Chautauqua) nonstop, given the difficulties that US is having, are we still ok to fly with them? Have not flown with US in nearly 20 years so am curious to see how the trip goes.

Thanks in advance.
 
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:49 pm

Most convenient way into the city is a cab, but a cheaper alternative is Super Shuttle . If you were to use the subway, you'd need to take the Q33 bus from the airport to the subway station.

Super Shuttle will take you from the airport to your hotel door, either direct or visa other hotels, depending on where the other passengers in the van are going.
 
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:51 pm

Hey Keindy,

It depends on where your hotel is. From LGA, you can take a bus that connects you to the subway (It is totally safe). But that might not help you so much if your hotel is far away from that subway stop in Manhattan. A cab from LGA to midtown is definitly not too costy; shouldn't be more than $20, $25.

I would definitly recommend taking a cab...Who wants to drag your bags onto a bus, then a subway, and then to wherever your hotel is. The money will be well spent on a cab.
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spacecadet
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Mon Jan 03, 2005 4:28 pm

Taxi rates have gone up recently. Here is the PA's official page on taxi information from LGA:

http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/lgataxiframe.html

It is definitely pretty expensive once you factor in the tolls and tip. At least $30 would be more like it to most of Manhattan, and if you're doing a round trip you're talking that amount in both directions. (It could be a little more or less depending on how far you are from the airport.)

If you want to try the subway, the Q33 bus is probably not the best option for connecting to it. The M60 takes you right to the Astoria Blvd. N/W station, and is a more direct route than the Q33 based on the map at http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/busqns.pdf

I've taken the M60 many times and it is pretty quick from the airport. Once you actually get out of the airport it's maybe 5-7 minutes to the subway. Subway is then maybe 10-12 minutes to Manhattan. (Not counting wait times.)

It will depend on how much luggage you have whether that's really an attractive option, though. You don't want to walk up and down a lot of steps, transferring between buses and trains, with a lot of luggage.

Super Shuttle is sort of an in-between option.

To break it down by transport type:

1. Cab - most expensive ($30-$40), most convenient, probably fastest.
2. Super Shuttle - less expensive ($16-$22 according to their site), still a one-seat trip, not as fast because you'll be making some stops.
3. Bus/Subway - cheapest option ($2 per person), requires a transfer, slower than the other two options.

Personally, I'd take either a cab (you're on vacation and so your primary concern is comfort and convenience) or the bus/subway (you're trying to be frugal). To me, if I'm gonna spend 20 bucks on the Super Shuttle I'd rather just spend 30 on a cab. But that's just me.
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lymanm
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:09 pm

For what it's worth, I took a cab yesterday from 59th/Lexington Ave to LGA for $17.00, so 20$ with tip. Granted, it was a Sunday morning.
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:36 am

I agree that if you don't have much luggage, public transportation is a great way to travel. On the bus, you get to see parts of the city, that are, well, REAL NY, not very touristy! Which is OK for me, since my whole family, except for me, is from New York!
Also, there is no toll fee!
Either way, the bus is perfectly safe and very clean! Subway is also very clean and safe...
just remember a few things:
1) Don't make a bad decision... I went on a school trip to Wall Street...everyones first time to NYC except me, but my first time on public transportation...So, we took the M60 out to Manhattan and instead of going out to Lexington to transfer to the subway, we decided to get off on 2nd Ave and took the M15 in rush hour for 2 hours from 125st to Wall Street...by the end of that ride, I wanted to kill myself! We did have walkie talkies to keep us busy, though...so at least that was cool...

2) Remember, if you are at a large subway station, read your signs! At the Old WTC station, we had to get on the 2 train to Times Square. If it wasn't for my attentiveness and the help of a homeless man, we would have gotten on that 2 train...the problem being that train was headed for Brooklyn! Oh well, at least we took the train back instead of being on a bus for 2 more hours!
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RE: Flying To LGA

Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:42 am

If you do try the bus, it might as well be the M60. If you tell where your hotel is we can suggest where to change to the subway.

If you pay cash on the bus you won't get the free transfer to the subway. So might as well get Metrocards in the airport-- but don't know where that would be. Anyone who works there would know.
 
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:53 pm

Bout the only place I know of that you can get a Metrocard in the airport is the Hudson News in the US Airways terminal (near baggage claim), and probably the one in the Central Terminal..

There are several change machines, where you'll be able to change dollars into quarters (you CANNOT use dollars on the bus)...

In any case, everything depends where your hotel is..
To me, it's really not worth it to take a cab to NYC, as you just burn $30 and don't save all that much time.

M60 runs quite frequently, every 5-10 minutes, along with the subways.

Anyway, if your hotel is on the East Side, take the M60 to 125th and Lexington (there is a Duane Reade on the corner where the stop is, and across the street from taht is a McDonalds), then either the 4/5/6 to wherever your stop is.

If it's on the West Side, near Broadway at least, M60 to Astoria Blvd, then N/W to the city... It's not worth taking the M60 to Frederick Douglass Blvd on 125th for the A/B/C/D because of traffic.

If your hotel is wayy on the westside, then you may have to do this, take the M60 to 125th and Frederick Douglass Blvd (there's a Krispy Kreme across the street and over from the stop). Then take the A or D (express to 59th street) down to Midtown.

Ride is very safe, but that's coming from a NY'er who grew up here, and been in some pretty bad neighborhoods. I've met tourist friends at LGA and taken them on the M60 and some say they've been a little nervous...
Anyway, just don't look completely oblivious to your surroundings... People will be able to tell you are tourists right away, so walk quickly, look like you know what you're doing, and I wouldn't advise taking the M60 to 125th after 11PM...
 
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:44 pm

On my last trip to LGA I just went out and hailed a cab from the AA terminal and the fare was around $25 plus tip and toll. I also live in IND, and I always take a cab to the airport. Considering I don't live that far from the airport in IND, (just outside I-465 off West 38th) and it's about $20 each way plus tip, I thought the LGA cab was a bargain. I take a cab here because it's a lot more convenient than parking my car and schlepping my bags in the wasteland they call a parking lot at IND. I am not fond of digging it out of the snowpack either. Of course you're a lot younger than I am.

Not sure where you're staying, but I was at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, between 53rd and 54th in Midtown. We took the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Depending upon the time of day the trip can be a misery or an absolute delight. The trip in on a Friday afternoon was surpisingly not bad, but I really lucked out on the return and it was very quick.

Have a great time!
 
keindy
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:19 am

Thanks for all of the replys, we are staying at Sheraton (7th Ave and 52nd St) and we arrive into LGA around 8am on Friday. What is the best for us to do so we can quickly get to the hotel and get on with sightseeing? Are we screwed as this is the morning rush? Also, we wanted to head for Lower Manhattan after check-in at the hotel and take the boat to Liberty Island as I have been told this is a good thing to do early in the day as it gets more crowded as the day goes on. Is taking the subway to near Battery Park our best option? How close can you get to Ground Zero? We really want to see the WTC sight as well.

Thank you again to all of you for your help.
 
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:31 am

First time, I would suggest a car service. I have used Tel-Aviv Car & Limousine Service http://www.telavivlimo.com/ (Not sure why Tel-Aviv, my driver was a hard-drinking Muslim from Pakistan, another board, another time!), the drivers are super nice (even to a white boy direct from the farm in Wisconsin).

From LGA it's $29 plus tip and toll so like $40 total. After you make your reservation (days before flight), upon arrival in baggage claim call and they will assign you a car number and what door number to meet your driver, he will arrive within minutes.

Really a stress-free way to arrive into NYC.
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:31 am

Cab is the best and easiest way it wont be that expensive. But if you dont have any baggage you could take the bus to tranfer for a subway.
And dont be afraid to take the subway it is the best way to go around the city an completely safe in most parts.
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RE: Flying To LGA, Need Help.

Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:34 am

>>Thanks for all of the replys, we are staying at Sheraton (7th Ave and 52nd St) and we arrive into LGA around 8am on Friday. What is the best for us to do so we can quickly get to the hotel and get on with sightseeing? Are we screwed as this is the morning rush? Also, we wanted to head for Lower Manhattan after check-in at the hotel and take the boat to Liberty Island as I have been told this is a good thing to do early in the day as it gets more crowded as the day goes on. Is taking the subway to near Battery Park our best option? How close can you get to Ground Zero? We really want to see the WTC sight as well.<<

1) Yes, you'll be in the morning rush.... but there's no way around that. Even if you take the bus, you'll still be in the rush, so I recommend you take a cab and be more comfortable.

2) Yes, subway is best option to WTC. From your hotel, take Downtown 1 or 9 from 50th street to Times Square, and transfer to Downtown 2 or 3 to Park Place. I work across the street from WTC at the World Financial Center. You can get right up to the edge of "the hole".... best viewing places into the hole are from either pedestrian bridge over the West Side Highway (Vesey Street on north side of WTC or Liberty Street on south side of WTC). You can also go down into the PATH (subway to NJ) Station and you're actually in the pit. (NOTE: The square outlines where the two towers stood are demarcated by orange traffic cones these days.) They're currently demolishing what was left of the underground parking garage on the NW corner of the site, right beneath the Vesey Street pedestrian bridge over to the WFC, in preparation for building the Freedom Tower.

3) From WTC, you can walk down to catch the ferry to Liberty Island, either down Broadway, stopping to see Wall Street/Stock Exchange and Trinity Church, or along the river through Battery Park (then you could hit the financial district/Wall Street on the way back).... of course, if it's freezing cold you may want to take a cab, but the weather has been very warm for the last week.

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