How to Get Between Brooklyn and LaGuardia Airport

Yellow Taxicabs Parked at LaGuardia International Airport
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Here's how to navigate getting from Brooklyn to LaGuardia Airport and from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Brooklyn, NY.

1. Cabs and Car Services From LaGuardia

LaGuardia is the cheapest of the three NY area airports to get to by cab from Brooklyn. You can either call a car service or use the green "Boro taxis" to prearrange a pick up in Brooklyn. Allow a half hour to an hour for travel time; ask the dispatchers.

 

  • Fares between LaGuardia and Downtown Brooklyn and Coney Island cost about $35 or less. (2013 prices)
  • Fares between LaGuardia and Coney Island cost about $62 or less. (2013 prices)

There are no tolls. Tips, cabbie waiting time if you arrange a pick up, parking and any other fees are not included. Good news: there are no extra fees for extra passengers. 

Safety Tip: Don't accept an offer of transportation from solicitors who hang around inside the terminal. They probably are unlicensed and uninsured, and soliciting at the airport is actually illegal.  Look for the Port Authority Welcome Center booth, or just go outside to the taxi stand.

2. Public Transportation to and from LaGuardia

The least expensive option, read the full details on traveling between Brooklyn and LaGuardia via public transportation. Also check out MTA's Trip Planner for real-time travel options, with estimated times depending on the day and hour you'll be en route.

3. Private Express Bus & Subway Combo: NYC Airporter Bus to LaGuardia

You can catch a private express bus to and from LaGuardia that departs about every half hour. Going to the airport, you can get it at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station or Penn Station. Coming from the airport, the NYC Airporter bus will drop you at these same major transportation centers.

From these hubs, you can easily pick up a subway into anywhere in Brooklyn.

The fee is just $13 per person (2013 prices), about a third the cost of a taxi. It's also express, and therefore may be faster than the public bus.

4. Shared Ride Vans

According to the LaGuardia Airport website, "Reservations for shared-ride van and private car services can be made at the Welcome Center located on the Arrivals level of each terminal. If the counter is closed, there is a convenient self-service kiosk nearby where you can contact authorized shared-ride or private car services." Note that these are only cost-effective if you are traveling with a group; otherwise, they will be more expensive than a cab waiting at the cabstand at the airport. Note that because they are called "shared vans" they are not particularly "green". Still, if you are traveling with your band and a lot of gear, or going on an extended family vacation and want to go in style, it might be worth the cost. Services recommended on the airport website:

Vans

Private Car Services

5. Drive and Park

Of course, you can drive to LaGuardia. There's onsite parking, as well, for a fee. Check the website to determine which terminal has availability.