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1. Posted by patjk (Budding Member, 35 posts) 26 Aug '11 15:44

I found a great flight, but I need to switch from La Guardia to Newark (EWR) within a 3 hr period or less, in early Nov. In early January, I need to go Newark (EWR) to La Guardia. Any help on how long this would take, and how I can do it would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1575 posts) 26 Aug '11 17:35

http://www.goairlinkshuttle.com/index.php

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by patjk (Budding Member, 35 posts) 26 Aug '11 21:23

Terry,
Thanks for the reply. I checked that before, but kept getting the same error I am getting now:
"NO AVAILABLE VEHICLES FOUND FOR YOUR REQUEST"

I am trying to switch from La Guardia to Newark on Nov. 3rd, and I get that error everytime. Is it just me?

Thanks!

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1871 posts) 27 Aug '11 07:27

Okay, here are two transportation maps you need to look at to understand the distance and difficulties in getting to/from LaGuardia airport from either Newark Airport in New Jersey or from JFK (John F. Kennedy) airport in New York City.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/Rail_System_Map.pdf

http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm

The first one shows you that you should take the New Jersey rail system from Newark Airport into downtown New York City (Penn Station, which is the 34th Street station on the subway system map)--be sure to get your ticket to New York Penn Station, not Newark Penn Station.

This part of the trip takes about 30 minutes (although you might have to wait for the train a few minutes and you also have to get off your plane and to the station--meaning that you should allow for at least an hour to an hour and a half for this part of the trip. The cost of this part of the trip is $12.50 (one-way).

Once you get to New York Penn Station (34th street and 9th Avenue), now you need to immediately get on the E subway line headed uptown. Take this to Queens Plaza station. A subway train arrives/departs every 7 minutes and the trip takes about 15 minutes. Since it will take you time to get off the train and find the subway, buy a ticket, and then climb down the stairs to it, plan on about 30 minutes for this part of the trip. The cost for the subway is $2.50

Get a taxi from there to La Guardia. The estimate is that this will cost you about $20.00--see this site for how this is computed:

http://www.worldtaximeter.com/new-york/queens+plaza/laguardia+airport

Don't try to take the subway to a station closer to LaGuardia. This may seem like the logical thing to do to save money, but getting a taxi at these stations is problematic--you may get one or you may find none available. Plus the distance from the Queens Plaza station to LaGuardia is only about 2-3 miles (7 kilometers) anyway. This part of the trip takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Also, if you had more time, you could take a subway bus or a super shuttle--both of which are cheaper options than what I've listed here. But those would be very uncomfortable as well as taking more time, so I suggest you use the options I've listed.

To get from La Guardia to Kennedy airport, take the taxi from La Guardia in the opposite direction (to Queens Plaza station)- 15 minutes, then get on the E subway line towards Jamaica Station--7 minute wait top, plus 30 minute ride. Get off one station before this (the Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av/JFK Airport station). Now get on the AirTrain system (this is just another subway like system). Take this to the terminal that you need for your train at JFK Airport. The cost of the taxi is $20, the metro is $2.50 and the airtrain cost is $5. The airtrain shuttles come every 8 minutes and the trip itself only takes 10 minutes. Total cost $27.50 and total time around 1 hour.

Enjoy your trip to New York City.

5. Posted by patjk (Budding Member, 35 posts) 27 Aug '11 08:02

Quoting Calcruzer

Okay, here are two transportation maps you need to look at to understand the distance and difficulties in getting to/from LaGuardia airport from either Newark Airport in New Jersey or from JFK (John F. Kennedy) airport in New York City.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/Rail_System_Map.pdf

http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm

The first one shows you that you should take the New Jersey rail system from Newark Airport into downtown New York City (Penn Station, which is the 34th Street station on the subway system map)--be sure to get your ticket to New York Penn Station, not Newark Penn Station.

This part of the trip takes about 30 minutes (although you might have to wait for the train a few minutes and you also have to get off your plane and to the station--meaning that you should allow for at least an hour to an hour and a half for this part of the trip. The cost of this part of the trip is $12.50 (one-way).

Once you get to New York Penn Station (34th street and 9th Avenue), now you need to immediately get on the E subway line headed uptown. Take this to Queens Plaza station. A subway train arrives/departs every 7 minutes and the trip takes about 15 minutes. Since it will take you time to get off the train and find the subway, buy a ticket, and then climb down the stairs to it, plan on about 30 minutes for this part of the trip. The cost for the subway is $2.50

Get a taxi from there to La Guardia. The estimate is that this will cost you about $20.00--see this site for how this is computed:

http://www.worldtaximeter.com/new-york/queens+plaza/laguardia+airport

Don't try to take the subway to a station closer to LaGuardia. This may seem like the logical thing to do to save money, but getting a taxi at these stations is problematic--you may get one or you may find none available. Plus the distance from the Queens Plaza station to LaGuardia is only about 2-3 miles (7 kilometers) anyway. This part of the trip takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Also, if you had more time, you could take a subway bus or a super shuttle--both of which are cheaper options than what I've listed here. But those would be very uncomfortable as well as taking more time, so I suggest you use the options I've listed.

To get from La Guardia to Kennedy airport, take the taxi from La Guardia in the opposite direction (to Queens Plaza station)- 15 minutes, then get on the E subway line towards Jamaica Station--7 minute wait top, plus 30 minute ride. Get off one station before this (the Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av/JFK Airport station). Now get on the AirTrain system (this is just another subway like system). Take this to the terminal that you need for your train at JFK Airport. The cost of the taxi is $20, the metro is $2.50 and the airtrain cost is $5. The airtrain shuttles come every 8 minutes and the trip itself only takes 10 minutes. Total cost $27.50 and total time around 1 hour.

Enjoy your trip to New York City.

Thanks for the info. I have a 3 hr layover between when I arrive at LaGuardia and when I depart Newark. And the departing flight from Newark is international, so I should plan on getting there 2 hrs early. Hence the above is probably not practical.

As for the link the other user posted, anyone know why it is throwing an error? That service looks like what I need, but not if I can get it booked.

Thanks again.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1871 posts) 28 Aug '11 07:09

Excuse me, but I thought your 3-hour time limit was excluding the 1-to 2-hour time advance the airlines like for check-in.

If you need to be there quick, then you'll need to either get a taxi/limousine service or else take the helicopter service. The first runs around $70 and there are many available. I personally have used Teaneck Taxi and Limousine Service for the past 15 years when I fly into Newark--which I do every year. There are many other services--and they all run around the same price. Just look under NYC taxi or NYC limo service.

If money is no object, then a helicopter service is the way to go. Often you can book this ahead (along with your initial plane ticket) from either the travel agent--or on orbitz or expedia, etc. and in that case, the cost is usually around $100 to $150 per person. If you didn't book this with the ticket at the time of booking, then the cost gets quite pricey. I've seen prices from around $400 per person (with a minumum of 2 people booking) to $800 per person (with a 2-person minimum)--ouch).

Be aware that even with absolutely no traffic, the time to travel from LaGuardia to Newark (around 23 miles distance) is 40 minutes. If you need to travel this at 8 in the morning or 5 at night on a weekday (rush hours), you have no chance at all to do this drive in an hour. In any case, because of the tight time frame, make it real clear to the taxi service that time is of the essence and that you absolutely have to be picked up right on time and you need a driver that knows the airports at both ends of your trip.

Good luck with your travel plans.

P.S. When you get a message on a website like the first one posted that "there are no available vehicles" it usually means that there is not enough demand to justify making this trip on a regular basis. However, if in doubt, call them--I notice they do provide a phone listing at the following website:
http://www.goairlinkshuttle.com/contact_us.php

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7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 28 Aug '11 18:44

Of the 3 NYC area airports, La Guardia is the only one without direct train service, so that's the one I avoid. For those people new to the area, I think such a transfer in that period of time is really asking for trouble (especially during rush hours or in bad weather). The MTA subway system is quite complex, and it's very easy to get on the wrong train, go in the wrong direction, or just generally misunderstand the system.

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member, 403 posts) 28 Aug '11 19:59

True there is no direct train service, but its also the closest to Manhattan and requires the shortest time to get to and is the cheapest by taxi from the city. That plus the fact it can take more than an hour longer to get to JFK or Newark in even moderate traffic makes it the a favorite of most New Yorkers including myself.

But as Daawgon said, if you feel you need to take the train to the airport its the one to skip. There however is direct bus service.

9. Posted by patjk (Budding Member, 35 posts) 28 Aug '11 20:11

Thanks for the info and your time. I will just avoid this flight because of the hassle.