How to get from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan (group travels)


New York city is full of things to do, it is one of the most visited cities not only the US but in the world. We understand how overwhelming it can be to plan a trip, especially if you travel in a group, on top of the most frequently asked questions, such as “What hotel to choose?”, “Which attractions/museums to visit?”, “In what restaurants to eat?”, you should also think of details, in order to have your group organized, happy and have an unforgettable New York experience! 

If you arrive to La Guardia Airport, it might be challenging to understand where to go, how to find transportation, etc. But don’t worry, we have you covered!  

Here you will find the best ways to get to Manhattan (when travelling in big or small groups), prices, schedules and services, pros and cons for every option.  

LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan – SUBWAY 

The airport is located in Queens, which is actually very close to the Midtown Manhattan (about 8 miles away). Subway is a very fast option, but also the cheapest one - $2,75 

You can get to and from LaGuardia using public transportation, but most likely you will have to change lines, what might be challenging and tiring if you travel in a group. Using Google Maps, entering your exact destination is what we recommend if you choose this method.  


You will have to take a Q72 (or Q70) bus provides a 24 hours service from the airport to Junction Blvd/Roosevelt Av from where you can take the line 7 (Junction Blvd station) and get to Manhattan directly.  

You will need to purchase MetroCards for your group at the airport (vending machines are located throughout the terminals). 

  • Total cost: $2,75 per person. BUT, if you are buying a new MetroCard there is a $1 fee, so do not throw it out, you can refill it later. 

  • Time: from 60 to 100 minutes to get to Midtown Manhattan.  

  • Pros: the cheapest option. 

  • Cons: not very comfortable, when you have luggage; hard to handle when travelling in big groups; includes some walking. 


Since LaGuardia is located closer to Manhattan than JFK, taxi trips to Manhattan will be cheaper, but still not convenient when you travel in big groups. You will have to split your group and it can be hassling. 

Taxi Stand is located outside of Baggage Claim. 

  • Total cost: in between $30-45, depending on destination. 

  • Time: faster than subway, from 20 to 30 minutes. 

  • Pros: fast, door to door, no carrying luggage around. 

  • Cons: you will have to split the group, 4 passengers by car. 


PRIVATE CAR service 

If you consider taking private car service, there are also options. For example, GroundLink specializes on airport transfer. It is not the best choice when it comes to group travels, since it is quite expensive, and a group will have to split up. 


Total cost: depends on the destination (can check on the website or through the App). Price is fixed. 

  • Time: to Midtown Manhattan from 20 to 30 minutes. 

  • Pros: can order ahead, total price is fixed (no surprise), high level of service, very reliable and easy. If the driver is late for more than 5 minutes, you get $75 credit added to your account. 

  • Cons: suits only for single travelers or small groups, otherwise you will have to order few cars, what is not very convenient.  

UBER and other ride share apps are not the best options for group travels, but if you still consider it, you can download the App and follow the instructions.  


If you want everything to be 100% organized, then a shuttle bus is the best fit for you (it can be a mini bus, depending on the size of the group). Bookbuses can help you with airport transfer, as well as with moving around the city during the trip. Providing amazing service, customer support, best prices and fast bookings. You might also get group discounts. 

You can book online or through the phone in advance, discuss all the details of your trips, special requirements, etc. The company will provide you with information where to find us after you get your luggage (depends on the terminal/exit) as well as emergency contact, in case you cannot find the driver or have other issues. 

  • Total cost: May vary. 

  • Time: 35 - 45 minutes from LaGuardia to Midtown Manhattan.  

  • Pros: has the convenience of private car rental, but cheaper (cost per person); high quality service; the best option for group travels. 

  • Cons: traffic. 


It belongs to NYC Department of Transportation and it is called NYC Express Bus. You will find this service at LaGuardia (terminals B, C, D) - look for red signs. For big groups it can be challenging to stay organized when using this option. Also, it won’t bring you to your final destination (might have to take public transportation or walk after) 

It goes to three locations (drops people at each one): 

  • Grand Central Terminal (corner of 41st Street & Lexington Ave)  

  • Times Square / Bryant Park (42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue)  

  • Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) 


  • Cost: the same for all destinations - $16 

  • Time: 60 – 120 minutes 

  • Hours of operation: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (every hour) 

  • Pros: reasonable price, children under 5 are free; book online – save your time at the airport; you can take any bus of the day (if you booked online); all three stops are in Midtown Manhattan near subways and other public transportation. 

  • Cons: doesn't bring you to your final destination; challenging and tiring for big groups; cannot use it if you arrive before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.; not located at all terminals (only at B, C and D). 

You can take the NYC Express Bus at the same locations to go back to LaGuardia Airport.  


Time Total Price $ Price $ per Passanger (50)
Subway 70 minutes $ 138 $ 2.75
Taxi 40 minutes $ 630 $ 13
Private Car Rent 30 minutes $ 750 $ 15
Bookbuses 30 minutes $450-650 (round trip) $10-13

When you plan a group trip, it is better to be 100% ready and plan every aspect of the trip. Transportation choice totally depends on your needs, amount of people and budget. 

  • If you want to have the most budget friendly trip, using public transportation is your best option (subway/buses) - only $2,75 per person. But don’t forget that it might get very distractive, tiring and challenging if you don’t know the city.  

  • On the other hand, if comfort is your priority and the group is not too big, you can use Private Car rental service, it might be pricy though. 

  • After reviewing all the options, we concluded that the best quality-to-price option is renting a shuttle bus. It will help you have your trip 100% organized, comfortable and careless.   



5 Best Ways to Group Travel from John. F. Kennedy International Airport to Manhattan


New York City is a fascinating tourist attraction, and if you are a visitor from overseas, you are most likely utilizing the John F. Kennedy Airport to arrive to the city. Unlike how you imagined, however, you realize that the JFK Airport is a bit too far and inconveniently located, especially if you are staying at the city, in Manhattan. You research ways to transport to the city, but you are frustrated, because it’s either too expensive, or very time consuming. So, what are the best ways to get to the city from the airport? What are your best options? compiled this list for travelers like you, so that your travelling is as seamless and enjoyable as possible!

Once you get to the JFK Airport, you will have to take the Airtrain to transport from terminal to terminal. The Airtrains are free, and you will be able to easily move to a different part of the airport depending on your means of transportation, listed below!

1. Friend


Have your friend pick you up! It’s obvious, but this is one of the easiest, and the cheapest way to get to the city after hours of traveling. However, more often than not, you as a traveler do not have acquaintances in new cities to pick you up. So what now?

2. Taxi / Uber

TIP: only use the service of official taxi companies.

TIP: only use the service of official taxi companies.

Since getting picked up by a friend is not an option, you can find, or request a taxi or Uber. It costs approximately $65 per taxi, if you include possible toll fees and tax and Uber tends to vary depending on the time. But what if you are a large group of travelers? Then, taxis can get pretty expensive, and it’s not very practical to call up multiple taxis at once, thereby scattering your group in the city.

Cost: $52 + tips + extra charge for tunnels/bridges/rush hour, total cost around $70

Time: minimum 50 min. (expect it to be twice as long during the rush hour)

Pros: comfortable, fairly fast.

Cons: not for big groups, expensive.

3. Public Transportation


Using public transportation is  no doubt the cheapest way to get to the city, but its faults are that it is very time consuming. Additionally, after hours of traveling by flight, you might be too tired to withstand another hour or two of standing in the subway or the bus with all of your luggage. Regardless, you can take the subway or bus by taking the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, or Howard Beach. You can also take the Long Island Railroad to get to the city.


Cost: $ 7.75 (+ $1 card fee for new MetroCards)

Time: 90 min.

Pros: no traffic.

Cons: transfers, not comfortable.

4. Direct Bus - NYC Express Bus from JFK Airport

New York City Express Bus is the official bus operator that brings passengers to Manhattan from JFK. You can find it at the Terminals 1, 4 and 8, following the re signs. In case you arrive to another Terminal, you may take the AirTrain.

The Bus goes into Manhattan and drops people at two places:

  • Times Square / Bryant Park

  • Grand Central Terminal

Cost: $19 (NOTE: if you have more than two suitcases, you must pay additional fees)

Time: 90 min.

Pros: room for luggage, direct from the terminal to manhattan.

Cons: extra fees, transfers.

5. Rent a Charter Bus from


This is similar to using a shuttle bus, except that you can rent a bus of desired size and type, travel with your group together, and be picked up from and dropped off to wherever you’d like. You can book buses ranging from luxurious charter buses to economical school buses. Instead of having to research into different charter bus companies to rent these buses, you can easily use the website to search and compare price quotes and book buses for whenever and wherever you’d like. The process to book them are seamless and simple, because BookBuses takes care of all the details for you, and traveling from JFK Airport to the city will be smooth and easy, because you will be picked up from and dropped off to wherever you’d like! Visit the BookBuses website at, or call (646) 679 7864  to look up different bus possibilities for your group today!

Cost: may vary.

Time: 60 min.

Pros: you choose when and where to be picked up, price, suitable for big groups.

Cons: traffic.

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