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How to get from LGA (LaGuardia) to JFK (Kennedy), or vice versa


There are 3 ways to do this, depending on how much time you have and how much money you're willing to spend.

Fastest - Taxi Cab

A taxi cab will run you about $26-28 (depending on traffic, mostly) and will take anywhere from 20-30 minutes, only very rarely worse than that.

Middle Option - Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus runs between LaGuardia and JFK and costs $15 one-way and $27 for a round-trip ticket.

Time is about 40-60 minutes, depending on which terminal you get picked up from (they'll circle the whole airport collecting passengers at each terminal before departing).

Jump on the bus and pay the attendant inside the bus.

The shuttles you should look for are currently: NYC Airporter, All County Express, and ETS Air Shuttle. You can check the JFK airport page on interairport connections to see if the shuttles have changed their service (thanks, John!).

Cheapest - Bus+Subway+AirTrain

This will cost you exactly $9 ($5 if you already have an unlimited ride MetroCard), but will take you about 1 hour and 15 minutes, assuming no traffic or subway problems.

If LGA to JFK: Exit the airport, and look for the Public Bus signs. Take the Q33 bus ($2.50 or free if you have a transfer through your MetroCard) to the Roosevelt Avenue/74th St. subway station. Then enter the station and take the subway line E (another $2.25/free for MetroCard transfers) towards Jamaica. Exit at the Sutphin Blvd station. Buy a $5 MetroCard and take the AirTrain to whichever terminal you're flying from.

If JFK to LGA: Follow the signs for AirTrain. Buy a $5 MetroCard and take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station. (There are 2 AirTrain lines, so pay attention) Take the subway line E towards Manhattan, and get off at the Roosevelt Avenue/74th St station. Exit the station and take the Q33 bus to LaGuardia Airport.


UGOshuttle from New York on June 24, 2018:

Can you please update information about UGO Shuttle. As the service is for $20 and provides door-to-door reliable ride. Moreover, amenities as Wi-Fi (free), luggage compartments and TV are also available in rides.

FormaSport on July 19, 2013:

@ lone ranger & livelong I'm flying from Europe on July 30 & landing at JFK at 6pm. We are 3 adults with 5 suitcases.

Could you help me route those 3 buses with their street names from JFK to LGA?

lone ranger on May 08, 2013:

One other option is to take 3 Queens buses from LGA to JFK. The total cost is $5.00. The first one is the Q48 from LGA to Flushing. You get off at Roosevelt Ave. and Main Street. Then you get your free transfer to the Q17 from Flushing to Jamaica. You get off at Hillside Ave. and 188th Street and cross the street to get the Q3 going the other way. This transfer will cost you $2.50 because you are only allowed one free transfer per trip. The Q3 will take you to JFK.

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on March 16, 2013:

Thanks for the info, Bob - I'll update that now.

Bob on March 16, 2013:

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Subway or bus rides are now $2.50. If you have a metro card, transfers are free between buses and subways. Otherwise, you have to pay for each ride.

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on January 11, 2012:

Thank you, Will - I made changes to the text to reflect this.

Will on January 10, 2012:

Subway or bus rides are now $2.25. If you have a metro card, transfers are free between buses and subways. Otherwise, you have to pay for each ride.

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on December 29, 2011:

Much appreciated, John - I've added the links above!

John on December 29, 2011:

Update, the shuttle is mentioned on this official site:

John on December 29, 2011:

The point about the shuttle bus isn't very helpful without a link so people can make sure it's running, etc.

Wah Wah on October 19, 2011:

Excellent! Many thanks for this handy info.

Chris on August 30, 2011:

Thanks for this. Very clear and short. Just what I was looking for.

Scott on July 30, 2011:

we plan on using a taxi to get from Laguardia to JFK but have an infant and don't want to bring our car seat. Can we get a cab at the airport that will have a car seat? I know they are exempt by law, but I also have read that some can provide an infant car seat. Do you know anything about this or have a taxi company to recommend so we can call them?


telle on December 19, 2010:

in new york city, it's best just to go to the shuttle bus area and see which van is available to take you. reservations just tie your time as van companies don't show up on time!

Tonipopz on August 09, 2010:

Hi Do you know of a link so i can book or get more information on the shuttle bus?

leslie on January 10, 2009:

Any january 2009 fare update for cab ride between LGA and JFK? Also, any idea of time and traffic between the 2 on a Saturday evening (7:00 pm)?

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on August 28, 2008:

Trvlr: Good point. I wrote this about a year ago, so August 2007.

Trvlr on August 28, 2008:

Useful info.

Would be good to know the dates of the cost estimates.

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on December 18, 2007:

I once took a helicopter from Newark airport to JFK. It was a clear day and we flew right across Manhattan Island.

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 18, 2007:

I'm living less than half an hour from JFK now (for the last two years.) I've taken my daughter there a few times already, but fortunately I have a car. Interesting hub.

Lorna Lorraine from Croydon on September 06, 2007:

I left NY 22 yrs ago and I can't imagine what it's like now at those airports. I also lived in Atlanta for 2 brief years and lost my father (who was not a seasoned traveler)in that airport one afternoon trying to get him fom a Chicago flight. What a day! I wonder now.

Angela Harris from Around the USA on September 06, 2007:

I haven't been to LaGuardia for about 20 years. Have you tried to get around at or near the Atlanta airport? It's a nightmare.

cgull8m from North Carolina on August 20, 2007:

Thanks for the Hub, very useful information, I have bookmarked it for future use. Thanks.

Isabella Snow on August 16, 2007:

Thanks for the hub, JFK is close to where I'm from, that could be handy the next time I go home and see the peeps! :)

jstankevicz from Cave Creek on August 13, 2007:

Great Hub. Add Newark Airport to the mix and it really gets crazy! Another factor is luggage. Depending on how many pieces you have to gather up and move from spot to spot; makes the hack ride a little more attractive!

Cory Zacharia from Miami Beach, Florida on August 13, 2007:

Yes, there's something so New York borough and exciting about both those places.

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on August 13, 2007:

I can see why! The section we were in right near the station seemed to favor Salvadorean/Mexican food, but there were bits and pieces of other ethnic cuisines nearby too. Sort of reminded me of the Russian area of Brighton Beach (right under the subway overpass, too).

Cory Zacharia from Miami Beach, Florida on August 13, 2007:

My first apartment in NYC was in Jackson Heights, Queens, and Roosevelt Avenue is still one of my favorite places to experience every nationality of food imaginable :-)

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on August 13, 2007:

Thanks, Guru-C! I took the bus/subway/airtrain combo last time because we had the luxury of time, and really enjoyed seeing parts of Bronx that are not usually on the tourist menu. We even enjoyed some surprisingly fantastic Mexican food near the Roosevelt Ave station! I should have added that the shuttle bus is a good option if it's really hot or really cold outside, since it's reliably climate-controlled. :)

Cory Zacharia from Miami Beach, Florida on August 13, 2007:

Hi Livelonger, I lived in New York City for 15 years and your advice is spot on. One of the many great things about NYC is the abundance of public transportation. If a traveler is on a tight budget, is traveling light and has a wide margin of time, the Bus-Subway-Airtrain is a cool way of experiencing the city like an insider and saving money. The last couple of times I've returned, I've chosen to take a bus and subway from La Guardia to Brooklyn and saved a bundle while also getting back into the New York City rhythm. When time is of the essence, I totally agree, a cab is the way to go.

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on August 13, 2007:

Thanks, guys! I should add that these options are worth comparing if you're traveling alone or with one other companion. If it's 3 or 4 people, it's probably best to just get a cab.

Jimmy the jock from Scotland on August 13, 2007:

My family are planning a trip to new york next year this may come in handy lol, thanks livelonger.......jimmy

Veronica from NY on August 13, 2007:

Excellent HUB! I'm printing this out and keeping it in my car. You ruie.

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