NYC Limos, Taxis, Shuttles and Car Services

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Best Ways to Get to NYC from LGA, JFK and EWR

Upon arriving in New York, you can use NYC Limos, public transit, taxi or shuttle to get to Manhattan. There is no one best choice for everyone, as it depends on your budget, luggage amount, timing, number of people in your party and the time of day.

Airlink Shuttle
Less People, More Time
GO Airlink Airport Shuttle NYC

Carmel NYC Limos
Less $ Than You Think
Carmel NYC Limos

NYC Taxis
The New Yorker Way
New York City Taxi Cab


NYC Limos

A popular New York City Car Service company is Carmel, and my personal favorite is Skyline, just because my family has known them for years. There’s hardly any difference in price or service, as NYC Limos, also called “black cars” or “town cars,” are very competitive. NYC Limos come in a variety of sizes and can be reserved to accommodate your party. Their rates tend to be very similar to taxi cabs, and sometimes, with online coupons and specials, even less.

NYC Limos Carmel

NYC Insider Tip – NYC Limos

The large NYC Limo companies keep cars in holding areas 5 minutes from the three major airports. If a car is reserved in advance, and your flight is delayed, you may have to pay extra for wait time. Reserved cars also require the driver to park and wait for you by baggage claim with a sign, so be prepared to walk back to the parking lot with the driver.

You may call the NYC Limos toll free phone numbers upon arrival at baggage claim. If traveling with less than 5 people, this can be the fastest and cheapest way to use NYC Limos. 

In general, Limos from the airport are not the same companies to be used for a private limousine tour of NYC.

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New York City Airport Shuttles

Airport Shuttle Buses charge per person, while taxis and NYC Limos are one rate for up to 4 people (or more for larger limos).

Rates for Airport Shuttles start around $16 per person and you do not have to pay tolls or round trip fares, so it is possible you will save money over a taxi or limo if your party has less than 4 people.

Additionally, Airport Shuttles may make a lot of stops both to and from the airport, so make sure to allot extra time each way. Also note, taxi vans that hold 6 people are sometimes available at the airports and cost the same rates as regular taxis.

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New York City Taxis

Before you book your flight, note the large cost difference of taxi travel to and from Newark, New Jersey (EWR) in the chart below. Flights to New York are not that cheap when they charge you round trip tolls and a $17.50 fee just to leave NYC and enter New Jersey. Since a New York City Taxi is not allowed to pick up a return fare at Newark Airport, you are charged the returns tolls and an extra fee. I highly recommend New York City Limos, Airlink Shuttle or the PATH train for outbound travel to Newark Airport.

Flying to/from JFK at a busy time? No worries, the taxi is a flat fare no matter how long you are in the car or to where in Manhattan you travel.

LGA – approx $40 metered rate each way, up to 4 people
JFK – approx $70 flat rate each way, up to 4 people
EWR – approx $95 metered rate inbound, extra fees outbound, 4 ppl

 

LGA

JFK

EWR

Time (minutes)

20-35

45-60

35-50

Distance (miles, km)

8, 13

15, 25

14, 20

Taxi Estimate into NYC
+ Toll
+ Tip
+ Additional Fee

$20-40
$5
$5-10
$0

$52 flat
$5
$8-12
$0

$60-75
$8-10
$11-20
$0

Taxi Estimate out of NYC
+ Toll
+ Tip
+ Additional Fee

$20-40
$5
$5-10
$0

$52 flat
$5
$8-$12
$0

$50-75
$16-20
$10-20
$17.50

Lowest-Highest Budget R/T

$60-110

$130-138

$172-238

All estimates above are for 4 people, the amount one Taxi holds. 
Fees are per taxi, not per person.

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Reader Questions About NYC Limos

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Book Your NYC Limos and Car Services

Airlink Shuttle
Less People, More Time
Airport Shuttle NYC

Carmel Limos
Less Than You Think
Carmel NYC Limos

NYC Taxis
The New Yorker Way
New York City Taxi Cab

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How to Talk to a Driver – Tourist vs. New Yorker

Drivers of both taxis and NYC Limos will know how to get to most hotels in Manhattan. However, if you really want to sound like a New Yorker and not a tourist, know your Cross Streets. When you get in to the car, make sure to say, “Park Central Hotel. 56th and 7th, please” and not “Park Central Hotel, 870 Seventh Avenue.”

Addresses are a dead give away you are a visitor. It likely won’t make any difference in price or service and the drivers are generally honest, so this is just for your information.

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Taking the Subway from NYC Airports

For more information than you will ever need on NYC Airports and every last detail on transportation options, see Wiki Flyer Guide and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. If you choose to take public transit (buses, shuttles, subways), which include several transfers and often carrying your luggage up and down stairs, you can get into NYC from LGA for $7.75, and JFK or EWR for under $10, and the above sites will show you how to do just that.

Let’s move on to New York City Coupons for when you arrive in NYC.

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