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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

There have been 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

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  • LaGuardia’s facilities are outdated and in dire need of renovation.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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Terminal B, Landside, Concourse A, Level 3. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal B, Airside, Concourse D, near Gates D1 and D2. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Centurion Lounge - Location: Terminal B, Landside, 3rd Floor, between Concourse B and C. Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club - Location: Terminal B, Landside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Admirals Club - Location: Terminal C, Airside, next to Gate C28. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal C, across from the food court. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal D, at connector to Terminal C, before Gate 2. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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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:

  • New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott - (5 minutes from the airport) Located across from the Terminal C. Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn New York LaGuardia Airport - (4 minutes from the airport) Located within walking distance of Terminal C (9 minutes). Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • LaGuardia Plaza Hotel - (4 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport - (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone to call the hotel. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near LaGuardia Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at LaGuardia Airport for 30 minutes. Connect to the “Boingo Hotspot” network. Beyond this time limit you can purchase additional time if you need it. If you don’t have mobile devices to connect to WiFi, Internet Kiosks are available airside in the Central Terminal at Gate D3.

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

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  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations:
    »   Terminal A - A Travelex foreign currency ATM, can be found in Baggage Claim (landside).
    »   Terminal B - Bank of America ATMs are located landside in Baggage Claim, between Concourses B and C, and in the Food Courts near Concourse D and between Concourse B and C. Airside, they can be found in all concourses.
    »   Terminal C - Multiple locations, airside only.
    »   Terminal D - No machines available.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Need a comfortable and private place to nurse and care for your baby? Look for free-standing nursing suites. Each suite has a fold-down table, bench seating, a collapsible table, power outlet with USB, and are lockable for privacy. There’s enough room in the suite for mama, baby, and their luggage or stroller, or even for a small family! Location: Terminal B, airside, Concourse A.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex is located in Terminal B, on the Departures level.
  • Dental Services - There is a dentist’s office in Terminal B, on the 3rd floor.
  • Drinking Water - Thirsty? Hydration stations are available free of charge. Locations: various locations Landside and Airside.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is offered only in Terminal B, but a limited variety of retail shops is scattered throughout the airport.
  • 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 - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - You can power up your mobile devices, free of charge, at mobile charging stations located landside and airside throughout the airport.
  • Pet Relief Area - Take your pet for a potty break in these areas:
    »   Terminal A - Near the Marine Air Terminal entrance. Outdoors only.
    »   Terminal B - Near Concourse D and Hangar 1. Outdoors only.
    »   Terminal C - Departures level (east end - outdoors) and indoors, next to the security checkpoint before the connector to Terminal D.
    »   Terminal D - Departures level (west end - outdoors) and indoors, next to the security checkpoint before the connector to Terminal C.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Spa & Salon Services - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at XpresSpa. Location: (Terminal C, airside, near the Food Court)
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - Smoking is permitted only in designated areas outside the airport.
  • Workstation Pods - Check out the Jabbrrbox pods designed for travellers to have a private work space or to catch up on social media. Pods are acoustically-sound, include secure free WiFi, flight-tracking abilities, terminal maps, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, a camera for video conference calls and more. Locations: 8 pods can be found in Terminal B, Airside near Gates B3/B5, C1/C3 and D4/D6. Rates: $15/30 minutes.

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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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Airlines

As of March 2018, New York City La Guardia airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • WestJet

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

Go Airlink provides an ride-share airport shuttle between the airport and New York City. Service is available 24-hours per day. Once you arrive at the airport, head over to the ground transportation desk and present the desk agent with your shuttle voucher. The agent will direct you to your scheduled shuttle. Your shuttle driver will know when your flight is scheduled to arrive, so you won’t need to worry about missing your ride if your flight is delayed. For more information, visit the Go Airlink web site.

NYC Airporter provides connection to/from all three airports, downtown hotels, Grand Central Station and more. Tickets and information are available at their 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 staying at mid-town hotels between 23rd and 63rd Streets. As of this January 2018 update, fares start at: $16 per person (one way) or $32 per person (round-trip). For more information, visit the NYC Airporter web site.

Additionally, there are a number of shared van service that will get you directly to your destination. Go to the Port Authority Welcome Center, located on the Arrivals level of each terminal, to make arrangements.

Amtrak Connections

Amtrak is located at Penn Station. Total travel time via public transportation is approximately 40 minutes. The NYC Airport Shuttle service provides connections, and of course, you can hire a taxi.

Bus

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. Three central Queens bus lines are also available - Q72 (Corona and Rego Park); Q47 (Glendale, Jackson Heights) 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. The NYC Airporter provides service between JFK and LaGuardia or JFK and Newark Airport (via Port Authority Bus Terminal transfer to a partner service). All County Express and ETS Air Shuttles also provide service between JFK and LaGuardia or Newark Liberty Airport.

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: 08 May 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .