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New York City La Guardia Airport Guide

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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.
-a traveller

In December 2015 there are multiple news reports of up to 50 homeless people and squatters taking over the terminals at night and even bathing (naked) in the public restrooms. Do not attempt to sleep here alone. We recommend you to get a hotel room or find an alternative overnight option until the situation improves!

Airport Overview

LaGuardia Airport
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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at LaGuardia Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large international airport with four terminals (Terminals A, B, C and D). Terminal B has four concourses (Concourses A, B, C and D)
  • LaGuardia’s facilities are outdated and in dire need of renovation. In addition, the airport is notorious for being inhabited by homeless people. A complete overhaul of the airport has just begun, and is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
  • The airport free WiFi. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Due to multiple reviews of homeless people and filthy conditions inside the terminals, we strongly advise that you do not attempt to sleep in this airport.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our New York City LaGuardia Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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New York LaGuardia Airport Information

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.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at New York City LaGuardia airport either by purchasing a lounge 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. Hours: 5:00AM - 8:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Maple Leaf Club Membership.
  • American 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. 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$59.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal C, across from the food court. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$59.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: United Terminal, Landside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

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.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in La Guardia Airport does not appeal to you (and we really wouldn't blame you!!!), there are hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near LaGuardia Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

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  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes, in all terminals (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). Travelex has ATM’s available in Terminals A & B (landside & airside) and Terminals C & D (airside).
  • Drinking Water - Hydration Stations are available before and after security.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Yes
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are available in the airport.
  • 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

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Airport Hours

According to an email I received from a reader in October 2015, the only terminal that remains open 24 is Terminal B.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

The New York City Airporter is a shuttle bus service with transportation between LaGuardia and Penn Station where the Amtrak Station is located. From the airport’s Ground Transportation Center or the baggage claim area look for the Airporter’s agents wearing green jackets for more information. The buses stop outside each Terminal’s baggage claim area. Board the bus heading to Penn Station departing every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. The ride will be approximately 35 minutes. For more information, visit the NYC Airporter web site.

A taxi ride will be similar travel time at 35 minutes.

Bus

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, visit the NYC Airporter web site.

These New York City bus lines serve LaGuardia Airport: M60 - connects the airport with Upper Manhattan; the N, Q, 4, 5, 6 subway lines; and the Metro-North Railroad Q70 Limited/ Q47 - connects the airport with western Queens and Midtown Manhattan; and the E, F, M, R and 7 subway lines. two central Queens bus lines - Q72 (Corona and Rego Park) and Q48 (Flushing) For schedules, fares and route information, visit the MTA web site.

Car Rentals

Rental cars are available at LaGuardia through a number of car rental companies. Rental agencies provide frequent free shuttle bus service between LaGuardia's terminals and their pickup/drop-off locations. Car rental companies at LaGuardia Airport include: Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • Thifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Some area hotels provide courtesy airport shuttle service for their guests. Hotel shuttles pick-up outside each terminal. Ask your hotel about shuttle service details and availability. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Airway Inn at LaGuardia   •   Best Western Plus LaGuardia Airport Hotel Queens   •   Comfort Inn At LaGuardia Airport   •   Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport   •   Fairfield Inn New York LaGuardia Airport / Astoria   •   Fairfield Inn New York LaGuardia Airport/Flushing   •   Hampton Inn New York LaGuardia Airport   •   Holiday Inn LaGuardia Airport   •   Hotel de Point   •   LaGuardia Plaza Hotel - New York   •   New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott   •   Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel   •   SpringHill Suites by Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport.

Inter-Airport Transfers

The New York City metropolitan area is served by three major airports: JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. Aside from taxis, limousines and hired car services, there are other options for transferring between the airports. The NYC Airporter provides service between LaGuardia and JFK or LaGuardia and Newark Airport (via Port Authority Bus Terminal transfer to a partner service). All County Express and ETS Air Shuttle also provide service between LaGuardia and JFK or Newark Liberty Airport. Contact your service provider of choice for schedules and fares.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

LaGuardia’s free daily shuttle service transports passengers throughout the airport premises. Route A shuttles travel between all terminals in 30 minute intervals (15 minute intervals during peak times) from 4:00AM - 12:30AM. Route B shuttles travel between Terminals B, C, D and the airport parking lots in 15 minute intervals (7 minute intervals during peak times) from 5:00AM - 2:00AM.

Shared Ride and Private Car Service

Shared ride vans and private cars and limousines can be booked on arrival at the Port Authority Welcome Center, located on the Arrivals Level of each terminal. Self-service kiosks are available nearby for use when the Welcome Centers are closed. Do not accept rides or assistance with luggage from anyone who approaches you in the terminal. Only seek the assistance of a uniformed staff member if needed.

Subway

There is no subway or train service to LaGuardia Airport.

Taxis

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.

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Last Updated: 17 June 2016

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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