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The Easiest Way to Get from Washington, DC to JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York

Wanderu can help you take a bus from Washington, D.C. to JFK or LaGuardia airports by providing you with step by step instructions the entire way.

If you are traveling from Boston, we can also help you make the Boston to JFK trip by bus.

How to Get from D.C. to JFK International Airport & LaGuardia Airport

Step 1: Travel from D.C. to NYC

On Wanderu, you can find and book a great deal on a bus or train leaving from D.C. to NYC from $1. You can choose to depart D.C. from either Union Station or Dupont Circle which are both conveniently listed on Wanderu.

Step 2: Get from NYC to JFK or LaGuardia

Once you are in New York, you’ll be able to connect with the NYC Airporter shuttle that takes you directly to JFK International Airport. The same bus service also offers cheap tickets and easy transfers to LaGuardia Airport. All you have to do is be at Grand Central Station in time to catch your ride.

If you’ve used this service before, you may have taken your bus from Times Square or one of the other stops that NYC Airporter used to serve. However, the carrier now departs from Grand Central Terminal only. Grand Central is located at 89 E 42nd St, between Madison Ave and Park Ave.

So, to recap, your route is Washington D.C. to NYC, then make your way to Grand Central Terminal, and from there, it’s just a matter of boarding the NYC Airporter to get to either LaGuardia or JFK.

Book your NYC Airporter ticket now!

Wanderu Tip: Book your Greyhound, GoBuses, or Amtrak ticket all the way to Grand Central. That way, you won’t have far to go with all your luggage. Remember there might be delays caused by traffic, so book your tickets accordingly, leaving enough time.

NYC Airporter

Catching a plane from New York means using either JFK or LaGuardia Airports. Both of these airports are quite a way outside the city itself. Although the NYC Airporter service operates seven days a week, remember those operating times! Buses are frequent (20-30 minutes apart), but they only run from 11 AM to 7 PM. Kids under three ride for free.

Expect the following travel times:

Grand Central to JFK: 90 minutes, on average.

Grand Central to LaGuardia: 60 minutes, on average.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

JFK International Airport is the biggest international airport to serve travelers in North America. 59 million passengers passed through JFK in 2017 alone. It’s the 22nd busiest airport in the world, and it was originally built because the older LaGuardia Airport was unable to handle the growing volume of passenger traffic.

If the NYC Airporter isn’t your jam, you can instead book a private ride from anywhere in Manhattan to JFK for yourself or your small group.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

LaGuardia is the third-busiest airport in the New York City area, after JFK and Newark. The airport is located in Queens and serves 15 airlines to over 50 destinations. Many travelers choose to fly into LaGuardia because of its location so close to Manhattan.

Getting to LaGuardia is cheap and easy on the NYC Airporter bus, but if you’re partial to a bit more luxury, reserve a comfortable (and cancellable!) private ride from Manhattan to LaGuardia.

New York, NY

If you haven’t taken a bite out of the Big Apple yet, then you should plan your trip so that you can spend at least a few days and nights taking in the sights, sounds and many forms of entertainment it offers. The lifestyle is fast-paced, the culture is diverse, and the full spectrum of arts is represented in the many world-leading museums and theaters which call it home.

Where you stay can make or break a New York vacation. Check out our favorite hotels for a seamless NYC experience:

Washington, D.C.

As the capital of the United States, Washington D.C. is a destination that everyone wants to visit at some time in their lives. It is home to many wonderful landmarks, historical buildings, and museums, and is also an important seat of learning thanks to Georgetown University which remains one of the United States’ most prestigious colleges.

D.C. has no shortage of excellent hotels, but we picked out a few that are extra amazing stays:

To save some dough to spend on souvenirs, check out some things you can do for free in NYC and in Washington, D.C. We love helping you save money, and Wanderu is here to provide the simplest way to book bus and train travel.

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About the author
Jill Schwartz

Jill Schwartz

Jillian has lived in Massachusetts her whole life, but that doesn’t stop her from traveling to other parts of the world. While her most exciting memories have been in France and Belize, her favorite place to go is anywhere with a beach!

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