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Airport Guide to La Guardia (LGA)

Airport Name

La Guardia Airport (New York)

Airport Location

The airport is located 8 miles east of New York City.

Terminals

5

IATA Code

LGA

Telephone

718 533 3400

Airport Overview

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is situated in the borough of Queens, 8 miles (13km) east of Manhattan. It is New York’s primary domestic airport, and is the smallest of the city’s main commercial airports, despite the fact that more than 24 million passengers make their way through it each year.

According to a customer satisfaction survey by JD Power and Associates, LGA is ranked last out of 66 US airports. It’s also ranked last out of 31 airports for on-time arrivals. The customs and immigration facilities often come under fire from frustrated travelers arriving on international flights to LaGuardia Airport – so be prepared to queue at peak times, especially after midday.

Despite its downfalls, LaGuardia is a fairly popular airport due to its close proximity to Manhattan. Although not lavishly designed or decorated, the airport is clean and pleasant enough while the staff are generally friendly and helpful. The Port Authority is exploring development options, the result of which may actually lead to the demolition and rebuilding of LGA in an attempt to create a more efficient, smooth-running airport.

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Terminal Transfer

A free bus service is dedicated to transferring passengers between the Marine Air Terminal, Central Terminal, US Airways Terminal and Delta Terminal.

 

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Getting into Town

Train: There's no train station at LaGuardia Airport, although you can get to surrounding subway stations easily by bus. The Q33 bus runs 24 hours per day to the Roosevelt Ave-Jackson Heights/82nd St subway station, while the M60 runs to the Astoria Blvd subway station from 5am to 1am. You can then catch the subway to anywhere on the line for $2.

Taxi: A taxi trip from LaGuardia to the city center can take 20-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Expect to pay between $16 and $26, excluding bridge tolls of an additional $3. Only hail a cab in designated areas, and tip the taxi driver if he assists you – $1 per bag is customary.

Bus: The New York Airport Service Express Bus charges $10 for a 40-minute trip into town (including many stops), and travels every 20-30 minutes between 6:45am and midnight. Alternatively, the Express Shuttle USA offers a one-way trip for $13, and runs between 7am and 11:30pm. Upon arrival at LGA, ask for assistance at the ground transportation desk; the shuttle should arrive in 20 minutes.  

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Car Parking

Car parks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 provide both short-term and long-term parking. Car park 3 also offers long-term parking, however bays are limited. Parking is also available off-site, and may be found by following a series of “P” signs starting at the exit of the airport. The price is $3 per hour; the maximum daily fee is $33 per day. If you park for longer than two days, you’ll pay $6 for every eight hours after the 48th hour. Payment can be made via the express machines that are located throughout the car parks.

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Information Desks

All information desks are in the Central Terminal Building.

 

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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs can be found in all terminals. There are also currency exchange facilities in the Central Terminal, the US Airways Terminal and the Delta Terminal.

Luggage: Trolleys are situated in the Delta Terminal. All left luggage services are currently suspended at the airport. A lost property service is offered; however, LaGuardia advises that you contact your airline directly for any items or luggage left on board or in the terminal.  

Conference and business: Business amenities, including Internet access points, fax machines and photocopiers, are in the Central Terminal and the Delta Terminal. 

Shopping: There are dozens of stores with a wide product range at LaGuardia. Newsagents such as CNBC News may be found in all terminals, while stores such as Hudson Booksellers, Brookstone (electronics, gadgets and travel accessories), Lids (baseball caps) and the PGA Tour Shop are located in the Central Terminal, Delta Terminal and US Airways Terminal. Duty-free shops are in the Central Terminal.  

Food and drink: LaGuardia has a wide variety of restaurants, bars and fast-food outlets, including the ever-popular McDonald’s and Burger King. For a taste of Asia, dine at the Asian Bistro, or grab a freshly baked croissant or bagel from Au Bon Pain. If you’re in the mood for some local sport, head to the Big Apple Bar for some cold beers while local baseball teams play it out on the big screen.

Other facilities: The airport has a dental and medical service, as well as a family assistance room. The entire airport is equipped to cater to the needs of the disabled.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available in most public areas, provided by Boingo. Daily rates are $4.95 per hour or $7.95 for 24 hours.

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Car Rentals

Major car rental companies operating at LaGuardia include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National Car rental.