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Old Feb 3, 11, 9:16 pm
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Cheapest way from LGA / La Guardia to Times Square

our hotel is at Times Square and we will be getting into NYC late at night. We've heard of a company called Super Shuttle who will take us from the airport to hotel and hotel to airport for $65. Is this a fair price or does anyone have any better, cheaper ideas?
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Old Feb 3, 11, 9:23 pm
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I can't imagine the Super Shuttle van costing THAT much. At a late hour, I would take a taxi. It will be around $25-$30 probably closer to $25 with no traffic and if the driver takes the 59th St bridge.
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You can take a yellow taxi from LGA to TS for about half that $65 quote, which sounds insanely high to me. Or the New York Airport Service bus is $12 from LGA to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is one block west of TS.

Bus link here: http://nyairportservice.com/
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Old Feb 3, 11, 9:31 pm
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Thanks for the info. The $65 flat rate was round trip so about 30ish each way. They picked up at airport gate and drop off at door of hotel and vice versa. Will definately consider some of the other options. Thank you!
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How many people are there? The bus and shuttle will charge per person,t he taxi is one price for one person to a cab full.

The cheapest is by taking the bus / subway for $2.25 per person, but you probably don't want to do that. I would take a cab probably.
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Old Feb 3, 11, 9:42 pm
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Okay, we will most likely do the cab. The super shuttle rep told me last night it would be $65 round trip for 2 people. I just didn't know if they were very reputable, etc. A cab sounds like a decent way to go.
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I think the super shuttle is fine for a single person but if there is 2 you a cab is more convenient and almost as cheap.
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Old Feb 3, 11, 9:51 pm
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The cab will be faster and less expensive. Win/win.
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If you are the first person Super Shuttle drops off that's one thing, but if they make six other stops before getting to your hotel (or six more pick ups after they pick you up) the trip can be a very long trip.

For a cab (and by the way you want a yellow cab, don't accept any of the people standing outside baggage claim offering you a cab ride to the city), you get in line, get in the cab, and get out at the hotel.
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The other bum aspect of Super Shuttle is sitting around at the airport for 20-odd minutes waiting for a vanload to form up when it's only a 20-minute drive at that hour anyway and the cab costs the same or less, and cabs are departing every fifteen seconds.
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If you are the first person Super Shuttle drops off that's one thing, but if they make six other stops before getting to your hotel (or six more pick ups after they pick you up) the trip can be a very long trip.

For a cab (and by the way you want a yellow cab, don't accept any of the people standing outside baggage claim offering you a cab ride to the city), you get in line, get in the cab, and get out at the hotel.
Never, and I mean never, take Super Shuttle in NYC to a hotel. First, they will keep the van parked at LGA until its fully loaded. Then you can spend the next 60 to 90 minutes schelping around Manhattan if you are one of the last to get off. Public transportation is much preferable to Super Shuttle.

To the airport is not as bad as Super Shuttle knows that people have flights to catch. In fact, you will likely get to the airport with two hours or more to spare.
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I agree with NYGeorge - SuperShuttle is successful in airports/locations where there is no cheap alternatives - @ JFK, LGA & EWR it the worse means of transportation possible, slowest and expensive. Anyone who takes it in NYC is simply choosing familiar vs. practical and absolutely not a local.

NYC = public transportation ($2.25 24/7) cheapest but non-rush hour can take up to 75 minutes as you must take a bus and subway.
Bus = there are scheduled buses for $12-15 that will directly take you to Port Authority or Grand Central Station - you can walk from there to destination @ http://nycairporter.com/
Taxi = reasonable rates and fast because they wish to get rid of you to pick up next fare
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Originally Posted by polo123 View Post
our hotel is at Times Square and we will be getting into NYC late at night. We've heard of a company called Super Shuttle who will take us from the airport to hotel and hotel to airport for $65. Is this a fair price or does anyone have any better, cheaper ideas?
Welcome to the NYC Forum, polo123! Be sure to check out the NYC Transportation Wiki and the thread on Super Shuttle, both of which are linked from the Sticky post at the top of the forum.
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