New York: JFK to LGA

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macrumors 6502a
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Apr 1, 2005
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What is the quickest and least expensive way to get from JFK to LGA? I want to avoid a cab because of the cost but finding alternatives on Google isn't as easy as I'd thought.

Is there a train or bus shuttle that leaves every 15 or every 30 minutes? Do I need to make a reservation with a company in advance, or can I just show up.

At this point, I have 3 hours to clear international customs, claim my luggage and get to LGA from JFK. Is that enough time?

(I'm arriving at 11 a.m. on a Saturday. My flight out of LGA is at 2 p.m.)
 

Don't panic

macrumors 603
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given the time restrictions, i think your best shot is by far taking a cab.
it should be only around 25$, and on sat morning it shouldn't be too bad traffic-wise.

the direct bus will be around 12-15$ IIRC.

the cheapest way would be airtrain to jamaica station, then the E line to roosevelt avenue and then free-transfer on the q33 bus to LGA, for 7$ total (5 airtrain+ 2 subway/bus ticket).
hard to know how long would it take though, it varies a lot, probably between 30 min and 1 hour depending on connections, but i am guessing.
 

mac 2005

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 1, 2005
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Chicago
You need better Google-Fu

http://www.nyairportservice.com/jfk_lga_jfk.html

EDIT: FWIW 3 hours seems tight, considering they want you at the airport 90 minutes before the flight, and a direct run from JFK to LGA will take you 45 minutes+. (The shuttle I linked claims 1 hr.) This leaves you only 30 minutes to clear customs @ JFK.

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Does "fu" mean "follow-up" or something else? ;)

Thanks for the tip. I looked a bit farther down the search results page, and I found the link you mentioned. I'd overlooked it on my first pass.

You're right about the 3 hours, so I rescheduled my departure out of LGA.