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Public Transportation At LGA?

Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:16 pm

I am going to New York (via LGA) in late July, for the weekend, and I have my flight picked out, and my hotel (neither booked yet, but ready to do so). But when looking at public transportation, my brother told me that there is no subway, so I need a solution to get to my hotel, from LGA. My hotel is right in Long Island city, as I think I found a solid price of $146 a night there. My brother kept on urging me to find a hotel in Manhattan. But I couldn't really find an ok one south of $200 a night. Does it make a difference, if I am right across the bridge from Manhattan, or if I am in Manhattan? And my main question, my flight is arriving close to midnight on a thursday night. What would you recommend to get to my hotel from LGA? Do you need the specific location of my hotel? What would the cost look like? Also, I may look this up on my own, but if any of you are very aware of the area, what transportation is there from Long Island city? Can I walk across the bridge (I believe it is Ed Koch Greensboro Bridge)? I googled it, and I am seven minutes walking away from it, to the south.

Any feedback appreciated.
 
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:25 pm

For transport options I found http://www.toandfromtheairport.com to be quite good to get an idea of prices / options available,
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:34 pm

If you want to do public transit you can take the M60 bus toward Manhattan. It stops at the N train (which goes through parts of LIC before crossing into Manhattan.

Another option is the Q33 or Q47 buses to the Manhattan bound 7 train. Stops in LIC before crossing into Manhattan.

More public transit options here: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/lga-public-transportation.html

Can also get MTA specific directions here: http://new.mta.info/ (use trip planner on the right)

Remember to purchase a MTA metro card from one of the newsstand vendors in the terminal before boarding buses as once on the bus they only accept coins for payment.

As frequent MTA to LGA person send me a PM if I can answer other questions.
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:02 am

Sorry for making this thread off topic, but my brother now suggests that we take a cab at 12-1 A.M. in the morning, rather than using bus and subway, in case of danger. From LaGuardia to Long Island city, I did some random taxi cab price calculator online, and it should cost about $20. Does that sound right? Also, should there be cabs available this late? And is there an extra charge for having three people. Any help, and recommendations for transportation is greatly appreciated. And if so, feel free to respond as soon as possible, since I plan on booking today.

[Edited 2013-06-10 17:04:15]
 
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:34 am

The busses are fine even at night. I've done a 3AM Q72 to make it to LGA and its full of travellers making kickoff flights.

As long as you're not stupid about it you ought to be fine.
 
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:47 am

Quoting mhkansan (Reply 4):

But doing the subway afterwards? I am fine about the bus, but I have concerns about taking the subway at around 1 A.M.
 
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:42 am

Subway at 1am, even with luggage, is no worries. I do it from Harlem to JFK at 1-2am and never had an issue. Trains are not the stereotypes of the 70s and 80s.

It will be quicker via cab if you just want to get to your hotel. Cabs are easy to find at LGA at any hour. Just use the official taxi stands at each terminal. There will be people in the terminal soliciting you for cab rides - DO NOT USE THEM. Not recognized and WILL overcharge you. Only use a yellow cab with meter.

Here's another option for searching hotels: http://www.campustravel.com/university/columbia/ Using the hotel list try searching them on sites like hotels.com or booking.com These properties have been vetted by the university but better rates can often be booked by other sites. (I work at the University but use the same trick when booking for folks visiting campus). Depending on dates you can get some good deals (well good for NYC).
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:01 am

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 6):

will definitely look at both options, cab and bus/subway. Like you mentioned, taxi will be a bit quicker, but I should factor in costs, as the bus/subway will be cheaper, and the difference in time. Since i have multiple options, I will go ahead with booking the trip, and just look over this before going. Looking forward to NY. Thanks for the info. I slightly glanced at the hotels, and honestly, I have not found a good rate on the Manhattan portion. Do I have good access to NYC from my hotel in Long Island City (right across from Manhattan on the east side)? Plan on using the subway alot. I went to NYC a year or two ago, and used the subway. Maybe my brother and mother are concerned because even in the day we raised concerns after a stop in the Bronx (not a threat or anything, but imagining it at night with less people and more groups hanging out, could cause concerns).
 
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:11 am

If you are coming in that late, treat yourself to a taxi. Public transport starts running at longer intervals in the evening.

Not only are there taxis available at midnight, I have had to wait in a long line to get one at that time. There seem to be a lot of late arrivals at LGA. If you are in a line and see a sign that says there is another taxi stand ahead, follow the sign and go to the other taxi stand.

If your hotel is near a subway station, Manhattan will be very easy to get to.
 
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RE: Public Transportation At LGA?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:08 pm

I worked in Long Island City for several years. If you are near the subway, it is safe and close to Manhattan. But at a late hour, you probably are better off just taking the taxi to save time and stress.

The Bronx has some very nice areas: Yankee Stadium, Botanical Gardens, Bronx Zoo, Riverdale. But I would avoid the Bronx at night. If you are seeing a game at Yankee Stadium, then it's fine to use the subway since thousands of other people will be doing the same. Otherwise, I'd confine my subway-going to Manhattan (or L.I.C. or downtown Brooklyn) which is safe at all hours.
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