New York City La Guardia Airport
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our New York City La Guardia Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I really think I heard the announcement in my head for days afterward.
"luxury" armrest rest free metal seating
I was returning to the USA on AA. Experienced the popular trick of AA of flying into JFK in the P.M. and then forced into a connecting flight at LGA in the A.M. I did not want to deal with a hotel so after reading the reviews on I decided 'what the heck...I have slept in train stations in Europe, an airport can't be that bad'. I had considered staying at JFK but wanted to be ready for my morning flight and since I had a boarding pass for the morning flight I felt more comfortable in my own airline terminal. I caught the NY Airporter for 12.50 and was dropped at the AA terminal at LaGuardia within 20 minutes. When I walked into the terminal the check-in counters were closed and the airside security checks were gated closed. To the left side of check-in was the food court that was closed but lighted and scattered with a few travelers busy on laptops, etc. I went behind the check-in counters to the hallway that divided the landside and airside. The restrooms were along this hallway. I came upon the arrival lounge (which had been reviewed before). I was the late comer so found it difficult to find the perfect spot amoungst the 5 families and 10 solo travelers. I used my beach towel as a blanket and slept on the floor from 12-3 A.M. Earplugs and eye mask are a must. The hallway had electrical outlets every 3-4 feet. The lounge was freezing. I am never cold but felt 'chilled' after being in this area for 3 hours. At 3:30 I went to restroom to freshen up and then made my way out to the check-in counters and was shocked to find the area open and filled with travelers. Apparently AA has a number of flights to Miami that leave early to accommodate the cruise industry. I rechecked my bag and got a bite to eat and the food court that was already open. I was through security and airside by 4:30. Airside was clean and comfortable but still 'artic'. The seats had receptacles that also had a usb port. During my 'sleep over' I never felt unsafe, threatened or out of place. I can't say I want to make this a common practice but I love adventure and had to try it once. I found nothing negative about the experience except for the over active A/C. I have to thank everyone who has provided reviews because it certainly helped me make a well researched decision.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
For a major city, New York's LaGuardia Airport is certainly one of the most depressing airports I have visited. When I was in New York in June 2012, I visited a few terminals just to check things out. As I only visited the landside areas it is hard to judge the airport completely, but in general...and for the purpose of "sleeping in the airport" I recommend you seek out alternative options or attempt it only if you have a friend to keep you company all night. This will not be a fun sleepover! The landside areas are reminiscent of downtown bus terminals. Floors were dirty (or at least gave the strong appearance of being dirty). I think you may need a drop cloth before laying down on the floor. Seating is limited and the few seats that do exist are made of metal. A few seats are armrest free, so at least you could stretch out, but I imagine it would be an uncomfortable and sleepless night on cold metal. At least for me it would be.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at New York City LaGuardia airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Central Terminal Building, Landside, Concourse A, Level 3. Lounge Access: Book Online ($25/$50) • Priority Pass • Maple Leaf Club Membership.
- American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Terminal C, Airside, next to Gate C28. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
- American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Airside, Concourse D, near Gates D1 and D2. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
- Centurion Lounge - Location: Terminal B, Landside, 3rd Floor, between Concourse B and C. Hours: 5:30AM - 8:00PM (Sun - Fri) • 5:30AM - 6:30PM (Sat). Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members can purchase a one day pass. Access is complimentary for Platinum and Centurion cardholders.
- Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal B, Airside, Concourse D, before Gate 2. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
- Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal C, across from the food court. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
- United Club - Location: United Terminal, Landside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • United Club Membership.
Free WiFi is available at LaGuardia Airport for 30 minutes. Beyond this time limit you can purchase additional time through Boingo. Additionally, Internet Kiosks are available airside in the Central Terminal at Gate D3.
If sleeping in La Guardia Airport does not appeal to you (and we really wouldn't blame you!!!), there are hotels near the airport:
- New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott - (5 min from the airport) Located across from the Terminal C. Free airport shuttle service available on request.
- Hampton Inn New York LaGuardia Airport - (4 min from the airport) Located within walking distance of Terminal C (9 minutes). Free airport shuttle service available.
- LaGuardia Plaza Hotel - (4 min from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport, subway and Queens Center Mall.
- Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport by Marriott - (7 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service runs every 15 minutes. Shuttle also goes to top restaurants in the immediate area. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone to call the hotel.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near LaGuardia Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes (Terminal B - airside and landside)
- Currency Exchange - Location: Terminal B, landside, near the Air Canada ticket counter. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM (Mon - Sat) • 8:00AM. to 6:00PM (Sun).
- Drinking Water - Hydration Stations are available before and after security.
- Food & Drinks - At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24-hour food or beverage concessions. Doubtful, so bring your own food if you are going to waiting around landside as the options are very limited.
»Terminal A: There are no food options before security. There are 3 food concessions in this terminal (airside).
»Terminal B: There are a few landside food options, but many more options located past security.
»Terminal C: Landside, your only food and beverage option will be the Dunkin' Donuts kiosk. On the airside, there are about 12 concessions to choose from.
»Terminal D: The only concession located landside is a World Bean outlet. Once you get through security, there 9 other fast food outlets.
- Information Desk - Welcome Centers are located in the Baggage Claim level of every terminal. Hours. unknown.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - No
- Mobile Charging - Located both Landside and Airside in all Terminals
- Showers - No
According to an email I received from a reader in October 2015, the only terminal that remains open 24 is Terminal B.
As of March 2015, there have been reports of a large homeless population living at LaGuardia Airport. You may want to avoid sleeping in this airport.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
There is no subway or train service to LaGuardia Airport.
New York City buses provide services between LaGuardia and Manhattan and Queens with connections to New York City subways.
Use the M60 upper Manhattan; Q70 for western Queens or Midtown Manhattan;Q72 for central Queens and Q48 for Flushing bus routes. The bus fare is normally $2.50. For more detailed information of routes check out the MTA Web Site.
Express Buses and Shared Vans
NYC Airporter provides express bus service between LaGuardia Airport - Grand Central Station (41st Street between Lexington & 3rd Avenue) - Penn Station (West 33rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues next to Sbarro’s Pizzeria) - Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues). Free WiFi is available on-board. If you are arriving at LaGuardia and haven't purchased your tickets online, you can purchase tickets at their desk in the Ground Transportation Welcome Center or from a sales agent outside the baggage claim. The bus departs from all terminals. A complimentary van transfer is provided to travellers starying at mid-town hotels between 23rd and 63rd Streets. Hours of operation: 5:00AM - 11:30PM. Frequency: every 20-30 minutes. Travel time: 60 minutes. Fares: $16 per person (one way) or $28 per person (round-trip). The online rate is $26 per person (roundtrip). For more information or to book, visit the NYC Airporter web site.
Additionally, there are a number of shared van service that will get you directly to your hotel. Go to the Port Authority Welcome Center, located on the Arrivals level of each terminal, to make arrangements.
Taxis are available in front of all terminals. Ignore offers of transportation from solicitors in the terminal as this is illegal and they may be unlicensed and uninsured. To obtain ground transportation information, visit the Port Authority Welcome Center in the arrivals area of each terminal, where uniformed staff will assist you.
Alternately, head directly for the taxi stand located outside each terminal for safe and legitimate transportation.
Rental cars are available at LaGuardia through a number of car rental companies. Check with them directly for availability, reservations and costs. Rental agencies provide frequent free shuttle bus service between LaGuardia's terminals and their pickup/drop-off locations. Car rental companies include: Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thifty.
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Last Updated: 09 June 2015
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