What are the costs of getting your family to the airport?

November 7, 2010

Yikes!

Nothing is easier anymore (as we all know), but we adapt, adjust and actually love this crazy ride known as life with children. Part of that adapting is trying to figure out the cheapest and easiest way to get to the airport vs. driving and/or using parking services or public transportation. We uncovered some local cabs, asked about parking and determined if the MTA is the way to go. We hope this will help your pre-travels and make at least one component of your flight a little easier. We would also love to hear your transportation and kids experiences in the comments section.

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT- LGA

Car Service:

Legends Car Service
$30 plus tip – not including car seat
45 minutes from Ditmas Park to the airport
**our favorite. The cars in generally in above average shape and the drivers we have had have been extraordinarily polite.

Arecibo Car Service
$32 plus tip – not including car seat
45 minutes from Ditmas Park to the airport

Parking Services:

La Guardia Airport Parking Garage
$33.00/per day

AviStar LGA
$20/per day – valet service

Public Transportation:

From Brooklyn – Information from NY Subway.com

Take the N or W to Queens to the Astoria Boulevard Stop or one of the three 125 Street stations in Manhattan that serve 4,5 and 6 lines, 2 and 3 lines or the A,B,C,D lines.

When exiting one of these stations, take the M60 MTA directly to LaGuardia.
$2.25/per person
1.5-2 hours – depending on the MTA schedule and bus traffic.

JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- JFK

Car Service:

Legends Car Service
$35 plus tip – not including car seat
30-45 minutes from Ditmas Park to the airport
**our favorite. The cars in generally in above average shape and the drivers we have had have been extraordinarily polite.

Arecibo Car Service
$37 plus tip – not including car seat
30-45 minutes from Ditmas Park to the airport

Parking Services:

Long-Term Parking
$18 for up to 24 hours
$6 for each 8-hour period over first 24 hours

Short-Term Parking
$3 for the first half hour
$6 for up to 1 hour
$3 for each additional half hour, up to $33 maximum each 24-hour period

Express Shuttle USA – Information from NY.com

One-way fare is $14. The buses run from 7am to 11:30 pm to locations in Manhattan from 23rd to 125th Streets. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation desk. A shuttle bus will come to pick you up within twenty minutes of your arrival. For exact schedules call (212) 315-3006 or (800) 451-0455.

Public Transportation:

From Brooklyn – Information from NY.com

Take the A train going to Far Rockaway. There is an additional $5 charge for AirTrain.
$2.25/per person
1.5-2 hours – depending on the MTA schedule and traffic.

NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – EWR

Car Service:

Legends Car Service
$40 plus tip – not including car seat
45 minutes to an hour from Ditmas Park to the airport

Arecibo Car Service
$45 plus tip – not including car seat
45 minutes to an hour from Ditmas Park to the airport

Parking Services:

Newark Parking Garage
Short Term Parking

$3 for the first half hour or part
$6 for up to 1 hour

Long Term Parking

First 24 hours: $18 for up to 24 hours
Over First 24 hours: $6 for each 8-hour period or part thereafter

Valet Parking

Up to 24 Hours: $40.00
Each additional 12 hours – $20.00

AviStar Newark

Outdoor Self Park/Daily From: $10.80
Indoor Valet/Daily From: $17.99

Public Transportation:
From Brooklyn – Information from Pany.NJ.com

There are numerous public transportation options both to and from Newark. Here are some tips on your options.

AirTrain:

AirTrain Newark connects NJ TRANSIT and AmTrak with Newark Liberty International Airport. More information is available in the AirTrain Newark section.

Train Service:

For train schedules to and from Newark Liberty visit:

www.amtrak.com
www.njtransit.com
www.airtrainnewark.com

Passengers are required to use the AirTrain Newark system to connect to a NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak train. There is a $5.50 ticket fee.

Connections from New York City, Westchester, Upstate New York, Long Island, and Conneticut are often also possible through the Newark Liberty Airport Express.

Bus Service:

Bus service is available through NJ Transit Bus Lines 37, 40, 62, 67. For schedules and information, visit the NJ TRANSIT website.

Newark Airport Express Bus

EZ Ride Meadowlands Airport Express is also available for customers traveling between the Meadowlands area and Newark Liberty International Airport. For more information or reservations, please call (866) 208-1307.

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Serena Norr is a real-live Brooklynite who was raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She is now the managing editor of Relocation.com, which has perfected her juggling skills as she tackles a full-time job, freelancing and the best part of her day spending time with her energetic toddler. When free time strikes (insert laughing), she loves exploring Brooklyn with her daughter, checking out restaurants, writing plays, taking pictures, creating collages, and making soups – which she chronicles on her blog-http://seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.

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