B747forever
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Transfer From JFK To LGA

Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:02 pm

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?
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:33 pm

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
 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:49 am

Quoting Pascalstil (Reply 1):
I flew to JFK and from LGA 15 years ago, and if I remember correctly they are quite some distance apart

About 12 miles.
 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:41 am

Is it possible, yes. Is it recommended, no. While not that far apart in distance the routes between the two are fairly limited and traffic can make it troublesome, especially at that time of day.
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:15 am

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.


 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:05 am

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?
 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:45 am

Thank you all for the info. Well I think I am better off if I just fly out of JFK. 2hrs and 50minutes seems just a bit to tight bearing in mind that the flight into JFK can be delayed.

Also is $200 a good price for the JFK-CLT-IAH ticket on US? Dont know if I should book it now or if the price will go down.

Quoting AKLRNO (Reply 5):
Also, why have you chosen the hardest way to get from LAX to IAH since the trip was done in stagecoaches?

Cause I love to fly! It is a part of a day trip. In total I will be flying LAX-JFK-CLT-IAH-EWR-ATL-LAX on AA, US, CO and DL.
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:28 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 6):
Also is $200 a good price for the JFK-CLT-IAH ticket on US? Dont know if I should book it now or if the price will go down.

That is a good fare from NYC to IAH. I would wait for a lower option.
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:01 pm

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 7):
That is a good fare from NYC to IAH. I would wait for a lower option.

First you say it is a good fare but then that I should wait for a lower option. So should I buy it or not?
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:58 pm

Sorry -I missed a word. I would NOT wait for a lower option. That's what I get for posting before my morning coffee.
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:18 pm

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.

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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:03 pm

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.

There's also regularly scheduled shuttle buses between JFK and LGA that take about an hour and are half the cost of a taxi (or less). You can find more info here: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/lga-airport-connections.html

Definitely agree that there's really no good reason to go out of your way to see LGA, unless maybe you had some real time to explore the old MAT, the AA hangars, etc.
 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:10 pm

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.)
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:42 pm

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.
 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:09 am

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.
 
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RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:32 am

You can't run a boat shuttle to JFK, period. Not only would it be incredibly inefficient, time-wise, there aren't any navigable channels in that part of the bay AND it's a protected wetland.

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