NYC Airporter vs Uber

Posted on November 18, 2015 by in Uber

NYC Airporter

What’s the NYC Airporter?

The NYC Airporter is the official shuttle bus operator for the DOT and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, providing transport between:

  • Grand Central and JFK Airport
  • Grand Central and LaGuardia Airport
  • Penn Station and JFK Airport
  • Penn Station and LaGuardia Airport
  • Port Authority and JFK Airport
  • Port Authority and LaGuardia Airport
  • JFK Airport to Bryant Park
  • LaGuardia Airport to Bryant Park
  • JFK Airport and LaGuardia Airport
  • LaGuardia Airport and Newark Airport
  • JFK Airport and Newark Airport

The operator often has online specials and discounts, such as $2 off a single trip or $4 off a round-trip. Currently, you can travel between Manhattan’s Grand Central, Penn Station, Port Authority or Bryant Park and LGA for just $26 return (saving $2 total)or JFK for just $30 return (saving $4 total).

NYC Airporter

NYC Airporter also offer a free shuttle van service to Times Square mid-town hotels between 23rd and 63rd Streets for shuttle bus customers from the Bryant Park bus stop.

How do I use the NYC Airporter?

The operator is located at the welcome center’s ground transportation desk at every LGA or JFK airport terminal.

To save time (and often money), you can buy your tickets online in advance and then just present your printed confirmation when you board.

How does Uber compare?

NYC Airporter

Cost-wise, if you’re traveling from JFK, it’s not great news. Uber recently eliminated airport flat rate fares between JFK and Manhattan, with the fares now being calculated based on standard New York City time and distance rates. A year ago the flat rate was $100 (increased from $85) but depending on your destination in Manhattan now, the cost can now be well over $100.

However, if you’re new to Uber and prefer a car to a bus for your JFK airport run, you can get $30 off your first ride by signing up through our referral link.

Plus if you don’t mind sharing, you can request uberPOOL, the Uber carpool option, from JFK and it’ll cost 25% less than uberX.

What else do I need to know about the NYC Airporter vs Uber?

You need to print off your web voucher if you buy your tickets online with NYC Airporter, as they won’t let you board otherwise.

While it’s much cheaper to travel by shuttle bus, it’s much more comfortable and more convenient to take Uber. NYC Airport has gathered some poor reviews in the recent past, especially when it comes to time-keeping, so Uber wins here on several accounts.

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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