There are 7 LaGuardia Airport parking facilities and about 3 large off-airport private parking locations serving air passengers departing from or arriving at LGA. If you spend just a few minutes in advance to familiarize yourself with a bit with the airport layout and to reserve your spot, parking at LaGuardia airport should not be that much of a problem.
The airport-run parking facilities are located in strategic locations near the terminals: site 1 (parking lot) and site 2 (garage) are both located near the Central Terminal Building; site 3 (for LGA long-term parking) is near the CTB and the US Airways Terminal; parking sites 4 and 5 are located near the Delta Airways terminal; and finally, LaGuardia Airport parking lots 6 and 7 and the metered parking lot are close to the Marine Air Terminal.
LGA, sadly, has earned some degree of notoriety for flight delays – it was voted as the worst airport in the United States in 2009 due to this problem – a complete reversal of its fortunes, I suppose (in 1960, La Guardia was voted as the best airport in the world by the aviation community, at that time). Still, it's the airport near to Manhattan, which is a compelling enough reason for busy New Yorkers to keep using it. With over 20 million passengers passing through the airport every year, LaGuardia Airport parking can be a bit of a hassle especially around the holidays.
Short-term parking at LaGuardia Airport lots 1,4,5,6, and 7 costs about $ 3 for the first half hour, $ 6 for up to two hours, and $ 3 for every hour after the first two, with a daily cap of $ 33 . Again, these are short-term parking rates and ideal for those who are staying for no more than a few hours at the airport. These lots can actually be used for parking of up to 30 days, but no long-term parking rate discounts are available.
Parking lot 3 is the only lot reserved for long-term parking at LGA. The rates are slightly lower than $ 66 for the first 48 hours and $ 6 for each additional 8 hours. These rates are standard in practice every airport in the US, but it obviously would still cost you an arm and a leg to park in this so-called long-term parking lot, if you're looking at a month-long trip.
In my opinion, the only viable option for long-term LaGuardia Airport parking are those offered by the off-airport parking facilities. These are efficient and quality service facilities owned by companies who specialize in the airport parking industry. There's AirPark along Ditmars Blvd, Dollar airport parking at 94th St, and Avistar on 23rd Ave. For a 7 day trip, parking would cost anywhere from $ 119 to $ 170 with AirPark offering the lowest rate. Before you book your flight, make sure you have the correct rates by calling the facility or logging on to their site. You might also want to find out about shuttle or valet service, discounts, and reduced rates for certain types of payment methods.
LaGuardia Airport parking should be on top of your check list, if you've opted to fly out of LGA for its convenient proxies to Manhattan. Finding a good parking spot, though, is a breeze if you know your options. Go ahead, place your reservation and have a safe trip.