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GipsyLady May 10th, 2016 12:24 AM

From Laguardia to Penn Station?
I just realized I am flying into Laguardia and not Newark! (I am flying out from Newark) I had planned to take a train from Newark into Penn Station since I land 5 pm to avoid rush hour traffic. But is there a train or shuttle from Laguardia or do you recommend taking a cab? I am staying in Midtown/Chelsea area.

IMDonehere May 10th, 2016 03:07 AM

The best way is yellow cab. Public transportation is limited and not efficient from LGA. And no one likes the various shuttles from LGA. There is a private bus service from LGA to Penn Station called NYC Airporter.

Rhea58 May 10th, 2016 03:09 AM

This might help:

but between taking the bus & the train it is a drag so I would suggest taking a cab.

doug_stallings May 10th, 2016 06:07 AM

If you are staying in Chelsea, your best route by public transit would be the Q70 Limited Bus to Roosevelt/74th St, its terminus, so you can't get lost. Then transfer to the subway (E if you are staying closer to 8th Ave., F if you are staying closer to 6th Ave., or R if you are staying close to Broadway. You'll need to buy a Metrocard from a vending machine on the baggage claim level of your terminal before getting on the bus. This will take about 45 minutes to Chelsea depending on how much traffic there is in Queens and which train you take (E is fastest). The Q70 is a good, fast bus with a luggage rack, but it gets crowded.

This isn't as easy as the Airtrain to NJ Transit at EWR, but it's a route that's too-often overlooked and will cost you $2.75 with a fairly predictable amount of travel time ... as opposed to possibly an hour and god knows how much money if you get stuck in traffic, which is likely during rush hour.

abram May 10th, 2016 06:41 AM

Like Doug recommendd, we have found the Q70 bus to the subway pretty easy, as long as you have a manageable amount of luggage. We do it with roller bags and computer bags at ages 66 & 68.

GipsyLady May 10th, 2016 11:47 AM

Hmm not sure if I want to do the bus, subway and train combo with one suitcase:( Especially when my time is so limited there I feel as though every minute counts. Maybe worth getting a cab? Even though I will get stuck in rush hour traffic, ugh! I heard about SuperShuttle that you have to reserve on Has anyone tried it?

GipsyLady May 10th, 2016 11:52 AM

Or NYCAirporter which is $14/person one way or $26 roundtrip. Has anyone used this service and how long does it take with afternoon traffic?

BigRuss May 10th, 2016 12:25 PM

Surface transport will take you 30-45 minutes. NYC Airporter or any other shared services will take you 30-45 minutes plus any travel between whatever dropoff points the shuttle will hit before it dumps you at your lodging. If your time is that valuable so that "every minute counts" then just cab it and drop the extra coin it will cost.

And there's no "bus, subway and train" combination - Doug told you that you can take the bus to the subway. Period. The subway vehicles are trains. But they are not "commuter rail" for people who live outside the city or in the hinterlands of Queens or the Bronx - those areas are served, if at all, by LIRR and Metro-North.

When I fly into LaGuardia, I take a cab.

doug_stallings May 10th, 2016 01:40 PM

The Bus/subway combo may in fact be the fastest way during rush hour. It can take 20 to 30 minutes just to go across town during rush hour, so keep that in mind.

A taxi is definitely simpler, but it may be significantly more time-consuming and expensive during rush hour. That's why I'm recommending the subway. I also usually take a taxi when I fly into LGA.

ekscrunchy May 10th, 2016 02:23 PM

Where exactly are you going in Chelsea?

GipsyLady May 10th, 2016 03:49 PM

Yes, I might have to splurge on a cab. Not every day I am visiting the Big Apple:) I am going to the Doubletree in Midtown. If I'm lucky maybe someone else is going that way who I can split the cab with��

ElendilPickle May 10th, 2016 03:52 PM

We took the Airporter last summer from LGA to Grand Central and it was fine.

Lee Ann

DebitNM May 10th, 2016 04:34 PM

The bus/subway route is simple, straightforward and inexpensive.

I can't imagine paying $18 for super shuttle let alone $50 for a taxi.

Neither will escape the rush hour traffic.

ekscrunchy May 12th, 2016 05:26 AM

Are you going to Chelsea or midtown? Where is the Doubletree that you have booked?

IMDonehere May 12th, 2016 07:40 AM

If I'm lucky maybe someone else is going that way who I can split the cab with��
There are taxi lines with a dispatcher at the front. If you want to split a cab, you must ask strangers on the queue with you.

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