I recommend this way to going to Manhattan only if you have time to kill and are traveling light, just the same way the airport workers and locals do.
To do this, go to the first floor at the Arrivals hall and look for bus stops 7 and 8, where you can take NJ Transit bus #62. Take the bus towards Newark Penn Station and get off at the end of the journey. This first leg takes about 20 minutes and the bus runs every 10 or 15 minutes and stops at all 3 terminals. The bus ticket costs 1.35US and you either have the exact fare or you won't get any change, as you deposit the money in a safe box of the sorts that the driver can't open. All coins, except for pennies, are accepted and you're allowed to have up to 2 pieces per person.
In Newark Penn, go up the stairs to the PATH train ticket machine and get a ticket to WTC. Read on the screen which platform the train departs from (in my case it arrived at and departed from track #1). This train trip takes 22 minutes and you can either get off at Journal Square and take another PATH train that will take you to other destinations in Manhattan or get off at WTC and take the subway/bus to your final destination. The single PATH train ticket costs 1.75US and the machine will give you up to 7 dollars in change, but you can also pay with credit card.
If you have a Metrocard, you can use it to pay for the fare of the PATH train =)
Going to the city this way gave me the opportunity of seeing some of the buildings and structures I saw while landing at the airport, and there's some murals on Newark Penn that I liked.
For other ways of transferring to Manhattan or to the other airports see the link below. The timetable for bus 62 can be found here and for the PATH train, here.
Note: the pictures in this tip were taken with my cell phone so they don't have the quality I wish they had.
Because we were to spend the second week of our trip south of the city in New Jersey, we decided it would make sense to fly to Newark rather than JFK or La Guardia, and it proved to be a good choice. We went with Continental from London Gatwick (although slightly oddly, and conveniently for us, returned to Heathrow). Both flights went smoothly, arriving ahead of schedule on both occasions (something Continental apparently pride themselves on). The service was pleasant, the meals instantly forgettable and the planes modern and reasonably comfortable – and travelling economy we’ve learned not to expect anything more than this!
Newark seemed to be a well-organised airport, apart from rather lengthy queues when we checked in for our return flight – the baggage conveyor had broken down which is some excuse for that. A free monorail, the Airtrain, links the three terminals with the station, car rental companies and parking lots, running every four minutes during the day. We found that a very efficient way to get to wherever we needed to be, both on arrival and departure and when we passed through the airport to pick up our hire car at the end of our week in New York.
Although the airport is in New Jersey, travel arrangements into the centre of New York City are similar to those from JFK as are the costs. The options include bus, train, shuttle service (see my next tip), or of course taxi. For more on all of these see the airport’s comprehensive website.
Located in New Jersey, Newark Airport (code EWR) is 16 miles from midtown Manhattan. Over 30 million passengers pass through Newark Airport annually.
A variety of options are available to get you to Manhattan from EWR :
-Air Train to Midtown Manhattan/West Side 33rd Street via PATH subway (34th St. and 8th Ave.) or NJ Transit/Amtrak.
-Olympia Airport Express to Midtown Manhattan/West Side or East Side
-SuperShuttle Manhattan to anywhere in Manhattan between Battery Park & 227th Street (Including all hotels)
-Private Car/Limousine/Van Services
For detailed information about the above transportation options, or for information on how to get to Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, or Staten Island from EWR, please refer to the official EWR website below.
My flight was leaving at 6 pm from Newark so I knew that I would be hitting some rush hour traffic and that the cab ride would be expensive so I called the morning I was leaving and booked the Super Shuttle, a shared van service to the airports.
They gave me a 15 minute window for a pickup time, when it got to be 15 minutes past that, I called and was told they were just minutes away. When they finally showed up 20-25 minutes after the 15 minute window, they still had another pickup and then we started the long rush hour journey to the airport. We arrived with about 50 minutes to spare for my flight but one of the other passengers had less than a 1/2 hour and probably didn't make her flight.
I'm not sure if this is a normal experience with Super Shuttle, certainly traffic on this particular day was no worse than typical rush hour and they should allow for that.
This is to me what an airport should be. It is connected to the North East Corridor Amtrak and NJT trains. There is fast efficient monorail between the parking areas, the train station, and all the terminals. Only three here now but I have heard of plans to expand.
There are also bus services to the city if the airtrain is too expensive for you. I believe last time i took it it was $11.75 each way.
A full array of Int'l and domestic flights leave and arrive here.
New Jersey's Transit's Airlink Bus (number 302) travels to Pennsylvanian Station in Newark Airport. From there you can catch a PATH or Amtrack train to New York and many other destinations. PATH trains run 24 hours a day between New York and New Jersey. Amtrak trains are more expensive, but go directly to Penn Station in Manhattan. Airlink buses leave each Newark Airport terminal every 20 to 30 minutes and the journey takes 15 to 30 minutes. The fare if $4 and requires exact change.
Delta Airlines operates a water shuttle from the LaGuardia Airport Marine Air Terminal to the East 34th Street Pier and Wall Street Pier 11, with a shuttle bus from the air terminals to the Marine Air Terminal. The water shuttle leaves weekdays hourly from 7:45 AM to 10:45 PM and from 3:45 PM to 6:45 PM and takes less time than ground transport. The fare if $20 one way and $30 round trip.
You can go from Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) to Manhattan for only $3.10 in less than an hour.
It will take just a little longer and sometimes can be faster than taking the $15 direct bus or $15 Air Train/New Jersey Transit Train and you will save more than $10 each way and it runs 24 hours/7 days!
Take the New Jersey Transit public bus #62 which arrives every 10 minutes at terminals A, B, and C for $1.35(pay the machine on the bus - cash only - single dollar bills and coins accepted - no pennies - no change given back) to Newark Penn Station(20 minutes) then walk upstairs to the PATH train platform which departs every 10 minutes and buy your ticket at the machine for $1.75(credit cards and cash accepted - change provided) to Manhattan - World Trade Center (22 minutes) where you can catch a New York City Subway/Bus to anywhere in New York City for an additional $2 or you can get off the PATH train at Journal Square station and switch to another PATH train that will take you all the way up to 33rd Street in midtown Manhattan right next to Macy's Store and the Empire State Building with stops along the way in Soho and Chelsea.
There is no need to take a Taxi or the AirTrain and you will probably be the only tourist(clever you) on the #62 bus along with all the airport workers.
Luggage is allowed on public transport and they even provided a luggage rack on the #62 bus.
Both the bus #62 and PATH train run 24 hours/ 7 days but less frequently after midnight.
The PATH to the World Trade Center will give you an up close look (no other way to get this view)of the former World Trade Towers sight and the new construction going on.
Newark Penn Station is a nice art deco train station worth checking out.
Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/airports/html/newarkliberty.html
PATH(The Port Authority Trans-Hudson) Train http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/path/html/
New Jersey Transit Public Bus #62 Schedule
Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA Code: EWR), is located approximately 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan, just south of the city of Newark, New Jersey. A hub for United Airlines (since the airline completed its merger with Continental Airlines in 2011), Newark also hosts 26 other airlines from Air Canada to WestJet. International flights from all over the world arrive here, including direct flights from multiple airports in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
There are several public transportation options to choose from. For those who like to like to ride the rails, AirTrain Newark is an option to whisk you from the airport terminals to the Newark Airport rail station, where you can connect to Amtrak and NJ Transit commuter trains to New York's Penn Station (Connections to the 1,2,3,A,C, and E Trains, as well as the Long Island Railroad). One-way fare between the airport and New York-Penn Station is $12.50 with NJ Transit. Amtrak fare can vary -- it can be as low as $25, but can cost up to $68 if you don't reserve well ahead of time (translation: you're usually better off taking the NJ Transit commuter train to New York City). You can purchase train tickets at the gates which will include the AirTrain fare. If you only need to pay for the AirTrain (e.g., if you have a NJ Transit commuter pass), fare is $5.50.
There are four NJ Transit buses that stop at the airport. Buses 37, 40, 62, and 67 all serve Newark Airport, but you will need to make at least one change to get to New York City. If you're not familiar with the area, you're probably best off not using this option.
A more convenient bus option is the Newark Airport Express. Buses depart every 20 minutes (every 30 minutes late nights) from the airport terminals, stopping at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Connections to the A, C, and E Trains), Bryant Park (42nd Street and 5th Avenue; connections to the B,D,F,M, and 7 Trains), and just south of Grand Central Station (on 41st Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue; connections to the 4,5,6, and 7 Trains, the Times Square Shuttle ("S Train"), NYC Airporter buses to LaGuardia or JFK Airport, and the Metro North Railroad). Fare is $16 each way. You can purchase your tickets on the bus or in advance online.
Plentiful Taxis are available from all airport terminals. Fares vary depending on traffic, but a trip to midtown Manhattan normally will range between $50 and $60, plus tolls and tip. Fare to JFK or La Guardia Airport will typically run between $85 and $100, plus tolls and tip.
Several car rental companies offer services at Newark Airport. Take AirTrain Newark (free within the airport) to either station P2 or P3, depending on which company you are renting from. Note that Enterprise is located off-site, and you will need to wait for a shuttle van to take you to their lot. The airport is located just off Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike); take the highway north to your bridge or tunnel of choice to get to New York.
From Newark Airport there's a shuttle bus to Grand Central Station (20 $ roundtrip). At central Station you can take the Metro. It's inexpensive if you buy the tickets for 1 week (provided that you stay up to one week).
The Metro Plan is very simple (compared to european Metro Systems).
The Airtrain is a very quick way to get into Manhattan from Newark Airport. It is also very inexpensive.
If necessary you can do it even if your destination is Queens. It takes a lot of time, but if you want to save money this is definitely doable, providiing you do not have a lot of luggage. I did it to and from Forest Hills.
Flying at Newark is ok. Before leaving the airport on the ground lounge there are a couple of companies that provide you with transportation to the city. The one we get offered a return bus ticket for $22 . The bus terminal is just outside the airport, it takes about 40 minutes (more than one hour on the way back to the airport!) and the first stop into the city is at Times square.
A frequently asked question: Should I fly into Newark or JFK? Well, Newark Airport is in New Jersey, but it's only 15 miles from New York City. It is a small, quiet airport. JFK is a crazy zoo by comparison.
On my last trip to New York, I had to get to Manhattan. I took the Newark Liberty Airport Express bus that stops right outside the airport. It costs $15 and has three stops in Manhattan: Grand Central Station (41st Street between Park & Lexington Avenues); Bryant Park (42nd Street & 5th Avenue) and Port Authority Bus Terminal (41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).
I bought a ticket at the airport counter after exiting with my baggage, crossed the street - and the stop was right there. Buses leave every 15 minutes. Suitcases are loaded into a compartment at the side of the bus. It was a very easy ride and I was in Manhattan in about half an hour. I barely had time to make a phone call. Definitely recommended as a cheap, hassle-free way to get into NYC.
16 miles from Manhattan sits the Newark Airport, one of three major international airports serving NYC. Newark has to be one of the worst airports I have used for numerous reasons. One, it is so congested with air traffic delays are inevitable--about 20% of all flights are late (most of these due to weather). Two, it is built in the middle of a mess of major highways, so automobile traffic is insane when getting in or out... and good luck returning your rental car in this mess! Three, it is a major hub of Continental Airlines, one of my least favorite air carriers in the world.
According to AvoidDelays.com, Newark is the worst airport in the nation for most delayed arrivals and second worst for most delayed departures.
- Percentage of total flights that are delayed arriving into Newark for December 2005 41.8%
- Percentage of total flights that are delayed departing from Newark for December 2005 31.8%
Afternoons and evenings are the worst with peak delays from 7:00 - 7:59 PM when 62.7% of flights have delayed arrivals.
As an alternative, I have flown to Philadelphia and driven to the northern NJ area on occasion.
There is no cost for the Air Train that will take you from the airport terminal to the airport train station and you can buy your ticket at the train station. The ticket from the airport train station into New York Penn Station is $15 http://www.panynj.gov/airtrainnewark/
We flew from Heathrow to Newark on Virgin Airlines.
We usually fly with them on international flights and can get decent discounts sometimes.
The flight was not too long, about half of that to South Africa. The crew were friendly and did not run out of food (as had happened to us previously!).
There was one downside to the flight, and this was due to the irritating people sitting in front of us.
A family of 4 from Germany were demanding of the crew, got up and down all the time, had their seats down at all times, and were generally painful. They complained about their seats and ended up getting better seats, so that the 2 left in front of us could lie down!
Besides them the flight was good though. Crew were friendly and personable.
I know a few people who literally go from London to New York for the weekend to go shopping, and I personally think this is a bit much, but they are happy to do it.