Queens in the United States can satisfy nearly every taste. Foodies love the Greek cuisine of Astoria and the authentic Asian food in Flushing; others admire the inventive art at Socrates Sculpture Park and the stunning flora at the Queens Botanical Garden. In the borough’s southern extremes, the surf is always up at Rockaway Beach. It’s time to plan a visit to explore the neighbourhoods in Queens, NYC.View our New York travel guide
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When to visit
The best time to visit Queens in NYC is in spring (March to May) to take advantage of green spaces across the city. It’s the chance to admire cherry blossoms in the botanic gardens, stroll through one of NYC parks or enjoy a long, lazy brunch outdoors. In summer there is always something happening with free outdoor concerts and the US Open with an average temperature of 29°C. Autumn is also a pleasant time to visit Queens, during the month of September. The leaves change to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, with temperatures between 16°C to 25°C. The Village Halloween Parade, the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New York City Marathon all take place during autumn.
What is the main airport called?
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)Opens in a new tab or window is a domestic American airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. Covering 680 acres, the airport is the third busiest airport serving New York City, after JFK and Newark airports, and the twentieth busiest in the United States. It’s approximately 16km from New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) to Queens, taking around 45 minutes by car.
Arriving in Queens, NYC
The staff at Queens will greet you when you land and assist you with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Queens from New York La Guardia Airport (LGA)
Getting to and from La Guardia Airport is easy with many different transport options on offer. Choose from public transport to app-based ride services, you can find a mode of transport to meet your travel needs. By public transport take the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus that services between LaGuardia Airport, Manhattan, Queens and beyond with connections to the subway, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. A number of car rental facilities are conveniently located at LaGuardia Airport. Rental agencies provide frequent free shuttles between LaGuardia and the rental car facility. All car rental shuttles pick-up and drop-off at Terminal A in the rental car shuttle transfer point. Taxi and ride share services are also available to take you from LGA airport to your destination.
Getting around Queens
Once you arrive in Queens, there are a number of transport options to get around. It’s easy to get around Queens by train on the NJ Transit, Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad. Amtrak also offers a comfortable, convenient service. Megabus, BoltBus and Greyhound, are an affordable and convenient travel option. Queens is an excellent walking city and getting around by foot is the best way to familiarise yourself with the area. Taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft are quick and convenient ways to get around. By car, pedicab and bicycles are all great ways to get around Queens.