LaGuardia Airport (LGA): The Basics

Airport Is Domestic Airline Hub in Queens, New York City

Traveler Waiting at La Guardia Airport
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LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is one of the three major airports serving the New York City region, along with John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Each day LaGuardia welcomes thousands of passengers arriving in ​New York and departing to cities throughout the United States and some international destinations. About 29.8 million passengers went through LGA in 2016.

The airport, originally named the New York City Municipal Airport, changed its name to honor NYC Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia upon his death in 1947. LaGuardia is in northern Queens, on Flushing and Bowery bays, in the East Elmhurst section of Queens and borders Astoria and Jackson Heights. It's the closest airport to Midtown Manhattan at just eight miles away. LaGuardia and its larger cousins, JFK and Newark, are run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

LGA Website

Getting familiar with the LaGuardia website makes traveling in and out of the airport much easier. On the LaGuardia website, you can find:

LGA Terminals

The airport has four separate terminals: A, B, C, and D.

Terminal B has four concourses and is the largest terminal. Terminal B is in the midst of major remodeling. You'll find a new central hall, new gates, walkways, and amenities. Shuttle buses connect passengers between the terminals, the parking lot, and car-service pickup. Airlines that fly into and out of LaGuardia are:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • WestJet Airlines
  • Jet Blue Airways
  • Air Canada

Getting to LaGuardia Airport

Besides being close to Manhattan, LGA is very convenient for connections to JFK.

  • By car: Take the Grand Central Parkway to Exit 6 for Terminal B and Exit 7 for Terminals C and D. Take Exit 5 to Terminal A. (During construction, LaGuardia suggests you do not try to drive to the airport. Check the website for updated information.)
  • Parking: There are parking lots for short- and long-term parking at LGA, along with several private parking facilities. Check the website for updated information on parking; construction at the airport has caused the temporary closure of various lots.
  • By taxi: Fares to Manhattan are metered. Expect to pay a minimum of $45, including tip and tolls, as of October 2017. If there is traffic, the fare can rise significantly. Fares including tip to JFK average about $55.
  • By public transportation: The cheapest way to get to and from LaGuardia is by public transportation unless a friend or family member drops you off. But you must take the bus to connect to the subway, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. A one-way trip on the bus or subway cost $2.75 as of October 2017. You can get a MetroCard, good on the bus or subway, at vending machines throughout the airport.