Cheaper Option to Get Out of LaGuardia Airport
NYC airports are not the easiest to get to, especially for those staying in Manhattan. LaGuardia Airport is the worst of the bunch. There’s no subway option at all. Buses will take forever, as the airport is located near a stretch of Grand Central Pkwy that is always backed up with traffic. That makes driving there, or using rideshare services terrible choices as well. Oh, and there’s all that construction going on right now, whcih makes all of the above even worse.
There’s talks of an air train coming in the near future, but let’s see how that plays out.
After that first paragraph, you probably expect me to share a quick commute option. Sorry to disappoint, there is none. But there is a cheap new option for those landing in LaGuardia and traveling to any of the boroughs in NYC.
Via to the Rescue
Via is a ridesharing app similar to Uber and Lyft. But service is limited to a few cities only. They currently cover NYC (all five boroughs and EWR), LA, Chicago, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Arlington, West Sacramento, Seattle, Cupertino and Newton (MA).
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the government agency that runs the airport, has teamed up with Via to offer a new affordable option for leaving the airport.
For just a $15 flat-rate fee, arriving passengers can take a car pool ride to any destination in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens. For the farther boroughs of Staten Island and the Bronx the flat fee will be upped to $20.
The service, called LGA Connect, is currently in a pilot program phase and available for passengers arriving in Terminals C and D.
How to Book
The rides can be booked through Via’s app, which will have a special LGA Connect option in its menu. You can get a $10 signup bonus with out promo code milesto5x3.
Users can enter their destination, and the app’s algorithm will match passengers heading in the same direction into one car (similar to Uber Pool). The Via app will then provide passengers with information to identify their vehicle and an ETA at their destination. According to Via, all rides will leave within 10 minutes of booking, and passengers will be dropped off on a corner near their desired destination.
Rides can be booked seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., and payment will be processed with a credit card through the Via app. Dispatchers will also be on-hand to assist passengers at designated LGA Connect pick-up points outside of Terminal C, the brand new building that Delta just opened as part of the rebuild project, and Terminal D.