The New York City Airporter solved my New York travel conundrum. While searching for flights to Guyana, the most frugal flight I could find was a myriad of connections both coming and going. The one that really through a screw ball into the plan was a change of airports in New York. I have heard of crazy connections where a traveler has to run from one gate to another halfway across the airport, but never a change in actual airports.
I flew into LaGuardia at 9:45 and had three hours to get to JKF Airport. I googled the situation and saw that others had had the same question, but it took awhile to find the answer. Of course the most obvious is a cab, but I did not want the hassle of dealing with a cab and have to pay some crazy fee plus tip when I was already paying a considerable cost for the ticket.
The answer was the New York City Airporter. They are open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day and have departures every twenty to thirty minutes. You can even book in advance if you choose. They shuttle travelers from LaGuardia to JFK for $13.00, LaGuardia to Manhattan for $16.00, and LaGuardia or JFK to Newark for $24.00. Tips are appreciated but not mandatory.
I did not book although I did check the website to make sure they had service on the day of my flight. When I looked at their page they had a red alert stating: “normal service today.”
I picked up my luggage at baggage and headed for ground transport information. A friendly man pointed down the hallway and said to buy a ticket from the agent with the green jacket. I walked down the hall and paid for my $13.00 ticket with a credit card and fifteen minutes later I was on the shuttle. I was even able to wait inside for the shuttle and stay out of the cold. This was key because I did not bring a jacket since I was heading for the Caribbean forgetting I had a changeover in cold New York.
The driver asked where I was going. I told him Caribbean airlines. He said that is terminal 4, and in fifteen minutes I was conveniently dropped off at terminal 4, and I easily made my flight despite the crazy long lines at JFK.
I hope next time I book a flight that goes through New York, I will not have to use this service, and I hope the same for you. Despite the ease of connection with New York City Airporter, it was still a stress and a pain; however, if I come across the same issue with a flight being much cheaper with an airport change, I will know in good conscience know that there is a company that provides good service to different airports and downtown in New York City.
Disclosure – I paid for this service out of pocket. The views of this post are purely my own as I have had no incentive from the company to make a positive review. This post reflects my own positive experience using the service. I highly recommend the shuttle service to other travelers in a similar situation.
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This country’s transportation system or lack thereof leaves a lot to be desired.
If you don’t have a car, it can be troublesome.
This is a useful bit of travel info that will assist those that were/will be in your similar situation. Looks like a very reasonable alternative…
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I think it will because I was looking for it. I found the information I needed, but I would have felt better finding a positive review.
Good info Ted. I’ve only had to connect in Newark so I’ve never had a flight through NYC. That has got to be a pain to try and connect through there, especially if you are changing airports. Glad you made it and good to know about the New York City Airporter.
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It makes a bad situation tolerable.