Newark, DE is simple to get to. It's centrally located between Washington, DC and New York City. If you are traveling on the East Coast, Newark is one of the few Delaware exits off Interstate 95 (I-95). From the North or South to Delaware Exit 1 and follow the signs for Route 896 North. Follow 896 North through the UD campus. Make a right on Delaware Avenue, it runs paralell to Main Street. Go several blocks, and make two lefts, this will put you on Main St., the heart of the town.
Getting around Newark is pretty straightforward using the DART system (Delaware Transit Corporation). The "trolley" service provides access to the following areas: University of Delaware, College Square Shopping Center, Newark Library, Newark Shopping Center and Newark Municipal Building. Rate is $1 (daily pass of $2); children and certain special-needs persons are free.
UniCity Bus --- A public, state-city funded bus service that helps people get around the University of Delaware part of the city.
The routes are limited but useful for persons interested in commuting in the designated areas.
Routes include: Fairfield Shopping Center to Chestnut Hill Plaza to Suburban Plaza; Chestnut Hill Plaza to Villa Belmont to Main Street; Abbotsford to Main Street to White Chapel.
See the website below for details and schedules.
If you are in Newark and want to visit Philadelphia (or vice versa) SEPTA offers train service betweenthe two cities. The R2 line runs between 6am and 8pm on weekdays and slightly less on the weekends. The train is reliable and clean.
Tickets cost $5.50 for peak hours and $4.25 for off-peak hours. You can also change trains at Philly's 30th Street Station to get to more places around the city and the airport. Just be careful to make sure you have the times right at night so you don't get stuck without a ride home.
The SEPTA website has all the information for fares and timetables for this line and others.
On Sundays, parking on Main St. is free. This counts for lots as well as street parking. As for the rest of the week, you'll have to pay the meters or the lots. The lots run abot $1/hr and the meters are the same at 25cents for 15 minutes.