Transport LGA to Grand Central

Old May 26th, 2015, 07:29 PM
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Transport LGA to Grand Central

Can I do the metro or bus to/from LGA to hotels right next to Grand Central, or is a supershuttle type option preferable? Might be too many transfers involved in the former. And, if I'm just going to a couple of round-trip metro journeys per day, is it worth getting a day pass?

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Old May 27th, 2015, 03:55 AM
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There are a few different airporter bus choices that travel directly from LGA to a stop in front of Grand Central Terminal.

Do NOT use Supershuttle--a bad choice in NYC since the vans typically drive around and around to multiple hotels taking lots of extra time.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 03:59 AM
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There is no day pass for the subway. There is a 7-day pass. To make it economical one must ride a few times more than twice a day. Buy a regular MetroCard and pay as you go.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 04:11 AM
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Subway will be multiple changes and a PIA with luggage and supershuttle is a disaster in NYC. Take the large airporter bus - there is one that stops only a couple of blocks from Grand Central (too much traffic to stop right in front).

As for subway put what you think you will need in a Metrocard and you can add more as needed.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 04:16 AM
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Sorry, but waiting for and then taking the bus over TO the subway from LGA is something I stopped doing a long time ago. Simply too much of a hassle given the time you have to spend, etc.

I would either take a taxi or this transport service people are recommending. Frankly, it depends on what things are worth to you. HOW MUCH are you paying for that hotel did you say????
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Old May 27th, 2015, 05:02 AM
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Despite what Dukey1 says, taking the M60 bus to the subway is actually not that inconvenient and may not be too much slower than taking the airport shuttle bus.

You take it to the Astoria Blvd. station and then have to climb a long flight of stairs up to the elevated N train, but then you have to transfer at 59th St. to get to Grand Central. Or you take it to 125th/Lexington and take the 4 or 5 train direct to Grand Central, so that's not so convenient, and not what I'd recommend even if it is cheap. But it's something I often do, and it's not a difficult trip. There are even luggage racks on the bus. Going to Astoria Blvd. I can be at my office in about 40 to 45 minutes, which is only 10 minutes slower than the airporter bus. I can be home in about the same time, but it's much faster for me to take a taxi.

I'd recommend taking a NY Airporter bus to the "Grand Central" stop, which is actually on 41st St. near Lexington and then walk to your hotel. That's the easiest and (depending on traffic) fastest way. It costs about $13 each way, so not a bad value if you are traveling alone. A taxi would be triple.

I also cannot recommend Super Shuttle, which for some reason just doesn't work well in NYC (it works fine in other destinations), especially for airport pick-ups.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 05:25 AM
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What about a cab or Uber or the bus from LGA to the subway at 74th & Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights, then the 7 train to Grand Central? At many times of the day, wouldn't that be faster and cheaper than cabbing the whole way?
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Old May 27th, 2015, 05:52 AM
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There's now a pretty speed limited bus from LGA to Roosevelt Avenue, but it's a longer trip from there than from Astoria Blvd and about twice as far from the airport. I've done this, and it's not faster than taking the airport bus to Grand Central and would cost about the same.

If you're going to take a taxi, take it all the way. Yes, it's cheaper to take a taxi to Roosevelt Ave. and then the subway, but why?
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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:47 AM
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You cannot do the metro in NYC, there is none. There is the subway. For some unfathomable reason, NYC (or its then-private subway companies) never built a line going to LGA.

I've done the bus/train combo - it's not that bad but you're going to have to climb with your luggage at some point - either twice (up to the 7 train that runs outside in Queens and then up from the bowels of Manhattan to Grand Central area) or once (if you take the F train and walk from 42nd and 6th, depending upon where your hotel is). Don't understand the "multiple changes" comment - there are buses that go to the Roosevelt Avenue subway station and the 7 train goes direct to Grand Central.

Be leery of Uber because of its variable pricing in NY (nothing against the company generally - all Uber experiences here have been good).
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Old May 27th, 2015, 09:28 AM
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Thanks all. Sorry for my lack of knowledge and terms - it's been a while since in NYC. I think a direct airporter bus type thing would be best for me. I try to avoid uber, especially from the airport as uberx often isn't an option. I will also just buy the regular subway metrocard.
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And your point is?????
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