Brooklyn is gaining popularity and that is reflecting in the increasing number of stays in Brooklyn hotels or accommodations. If you’re landing at LaGuardia and follow the trend, here’s how to transfer from LaGuardia to Brooklyn and back.
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How to get from LGA to Brooklyn
1. Use public transportation
Like none of the NYC Airports, LaGuardia is not serviced by the subway. Currently, there is no LGA AirTrain. The terminals are only serviced by buses. However, there may be a LaGuardia AirTrain in the future. For now, there are two buses operating to and from LGA: Q70 and M60.
Q70 Connections: EFMR7
The Q70 bus makes two stops outside of LGA airport. The first one is between 74 St – Broadway and Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av, and the second one is 61 St – Woodside. I recommend getting off at the first stop as it connects to five different subway lines. The second stop only connects to line 7, which is also serviced by the first stop.
The best options you have to get to Brooklyn are changing into the G train at Court Square or taking the F/M/R trains, all of which loop from Queens through Manhattan to Brooklyn. Taking these lines, however, means potentially not having the change trains if your destination is along the lines. To see which subway makes the most sense for you, have a look at the MTA subway map.
M60 Connections: NW
Taking the M60 bus at LGA followed by the subway requires many changes and is even less convenient than the Q70 connections. M60 bus is headed to Manhattan but you can transfer to the subway in Queens. At Astoria Blvd, you can change to subway lines N or W. Line N will eventually, after heading through Manhattan, get you to Brooklyn. Alternatively, you can change to line 7 at Queensboro Plaza and to line G at Court Square. As you can see, you would need to change trains quite often, making the transfer quite inconvenient.
In Manhattan, you can also connect to subway lines 456123 but that would involve quite a detour from Brooklyn.
Public transportation is cheap, but incovenient!
Whether you go for M60 or Q70, your transfer will cost $2.75 as you can transfer from bus to subway for free. Though public transportation offers the cheapest transfer from LaGuardia to Brooklyn, you will have to change trains at least once, if not multiple times.
2. Book a private transfer
If you don’t want to have to worry about transferring afer your flight, a private transfer from LaGuardia to Brooklyn may just be the right choice for you. Upon landing at the airport, your driver will pick you up at the terminal and drive you straight to your destination in Brooklyn. These transfers are available 24/7 so you won’t have to worry about making your bus or train.
Prices for private transfers between Brooklyn and LGA vary by group size. It can cost you $56 if you are traveling alone and $18 if you are traveling in a party of three or more. That being said, it’s not quite worth it for only one or two passengers unless you are traveling as a family. For families, it’s the most convenient transfer from LGA to Brooklyn.
3. Book a Rideshare
When talking rideshares from LGA, you have two options; one flat rate shared rides and conventional ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.
LGA Connect is, in my opinion, the best transfer from LaGuardia to Brooklyn. Why? The price is a flat rate of $15. The cars are modern, spacious, and you won’t have to wait long before you get going. You can easily order your transfer through the “Via” app upon arriving at the airport. All you need is the app. It works just like Uber, only with a difference in price.
Via operates daily, between 8 am and 1 am. If your flight arrives outside the hours, you may have to fall back to conventional rideshares like Uber. If you’re within these hours, however, you can simply book your ride via the app. The driver can pick you up at terminal C or D and you might be paired with other travelers heading in the same direction. Typically, you will depart from LGA within 10 minutes.
Uber (or Lyft)
If you still would like to use an Uber or Lyft, because you are a loyal user or you have credit, it’s not a bad option either. The ride from LaGuardia to Brooklyn by Uber will cost approximately $30 – 45, depending on the distance and time of travel.
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4. Take a taxi
Taxis are always an option in New York. There is no taxi flat rate from LGA to Brooklyn, meaning you will be charged the metered fare. Your transfer from LaGuardia to Brooklyn can cost anywhere from $25-45
Get a real taxi!
Don’t accept offers from solicitors inside the terminals! If individuals approach you to offer you a transfer, say no! They are more likely than not unlicensed taxi drivers. In fact, soliciting at the airport is illegal. Instead, walk outside to the taxi stand and get in line for the real taxis.
My personal pick
I am a big fan of public transportation and always use the subway or bus system where available. If this is your first time in New York or you are carrying a lot of luggage, however, I would not recommend taking the subway as you do have to change trains a couple of times. It can be intimidating and tiring.
The best way to get from LaGuardia to Brooklyn:
Traveling alone or as a couple? ➡️ LGA Connect
Traveling as a party of 3-5? ➡️ Private transfer
Traveling as a party > 5? ➡️ Multiple private transfers
Traveling with kids? ➡️ Private transfer
Getting from Brooklyn to LaGuardia
In the same way that you can get from LaGuardia to Brooklyn, you can also get from Brooklyn to LaGuardia! Simply reverse your transfer. You will still have the same transfer options:
- bus and subway combination
- rideshares (like Via, Uber, Lyft) directly to the airport
- taxi directly to the airport
- private transfer directly to the airport
The only difference when transferring to LaGuardia Airport is that you should plan ahead. Ideally, you want to be two hours early when flying domestically, and three hours early when flying internationally. Due to the uncertainty of traffic, be sure to calculate some extra time to be safe.
Can I take the subway from LaGuardia to Brooklyn?
Yes, you can. First, however, you would need to take a bus to the nearest subway station. The good news is that you can transfer to the subway for free, leaving you at a final cost of $2.75 for your transfer.
How much is a taxi from LaGuardia to Brooklyn?
The taxi fare from LGA to Brooklyn can range between $25-40, depending on your destination and time of travel. Be aware, however, that tip is not included.
Is LGA or JFK closer to Brooklyn?
Technically, JFK is closer to Brooklyn than LGA. Still, that doesn’t mean that JFK is the best airport for you to fly to. Depending on your destination in Brooklyn, LGA may be closer. The transfer time from LGA to Brooklyn and JFK to Brooklyn doesn’t make a huge difference and shouldn’t be a decisive factor in your flight selection.
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