Since people really appreciated our tips on how to get to JFK airport, I thought I should also share some my thoughts on the options for traveling between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR). Sometimes the best flight options involve travel from EWR. However, getting to EWR is more difficult and more expensive than going to JFK, so you should take that into consideration when selecting your flight. Traffic across the Hudson River regardless of what crossing you use can be a bit unpredictable, so always leave extra time.
The best way to get to EWR is going to depend on your situation. Are you pressed for time? Are you trying to save money? Do you have a lot of bags? What terminal are you going to? Will you be traveling to EWR during rush hour (7-9 am or 4-7pm)? You could choose from New Jersey Transit Train, bus, taxi, and uber/car service. I thought it might be helpful if I shared the pros and cons of each option.
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New Jersey Transit Train
You can take NJ Transit trains from Penn Station to the Newark Airport Rail Station. Then you will need to take the Air Train to your terminal. The ticket for the airtrain is included in the price of your train ticket, but you need to use the NJ Transit train ticket to board the Air Train. Some trains will also stop at Newark Penn Station – do not get off there, it is not the airport stop.
Please get to Penn Station early enough to allow for extra time to purchase the ticket (lines can be long) and figure out what platform the train will be on. Going on the train with luggage can be difficult especially during peak hours. Luckily there are escalators so you don’t have to worry about carry luggage up or down stairs.
Also, I have to warn you about the reliability of the airtrain. I have probably taken it 10 times and have had problems twice. Maybe I am just unlucky? Well both times I was really thankful I had time to spare.
Cost: From Penn Station it is $13 each way peak.
The Newark Airport Express bus can be a good option to get to EWR, especially if you are close to one of the stops and have a lot of bags. It is cheaper than a car, and you can buy tickets on the bus. However, the bus only runs every 20-30 minutes and can be delayed if there is traffic. I would recommend getting to the bus stop 2 hours before you need to be at the airport to allow for delays and traffic. The bus does have free WIFI, although it has never worked that well for me.
Cost: $29 round trip or $17 each way
Of course, you can just get a taxi to Newark Airport from NYC if you are in a pinch, but I would not recommend it. It will cost you whatever the meter reads plus tolls ($10.50 – $15.00) and the Newark surcharge ($17.50). Additionally, I would say getting a taxi at Newark Airport back to Manhattan should be your last resort. Coming from EWR to the city you will have to use a Newark Taxi instead of a NYC one. The fares range $50 to $70 but also be prepared for lots of extra fees like surcharges for using a credit card ($5.50), traveling during rush hour ($5), and for bags over 24 inches. You will also be charged for the toll ($10.50 – $15.00) and of course gratuity is not included.
Cost: $65 – $105 depending on time of day and where in Manhattan you are going.
As long as it is not rush hour and there are no accidents, this will be the fastest way to get to the airport, but it can be pricey. Uber pricing can vary greatly depending on the demand. A couple times, I have been lucky and have been able to get an Uber pool for $29 from Newark to my apartment in midtown. Both times this happened, I didn’t even have to share a ride with anyone. However, you cannot count on being able to get that price. If you haven’t signed up for uber yet, use this link and you can get $20 off your next ride!
Car Services vary a lot in price and many need advance booking. Often times you can find a discounted price on groupon. I should mention you should never accept a ride from the drivers that come up and ask you if you need a taxi. This is against the law and many of these drivers may not be properly insured. Lastly, you don’t have to worry about carrying your bags around.
Cost: Quotes for fares do not include tax or tip. The fare for taking a car to EWR can range from $40 – $150 depending on where exactly you are coming from, what type of car, and if you are able to get a discount. However, you can split the cost when traveling with others, there are no fees for additional passengers.
So in summary, when I am traveling between Manhattan and Newark Airport for work, I like to take a car service or taxi, unless it is during rush hour. However, if I am trying to be frugal or it is rush hour, I will take the train. If I have a lot of luggage and want to be frugal I would take the bus.
So what do you think is the best way to get to EWR? Have a safe flight!
- Your priorities dictate the best option for traveling between Manhattan and EWR.
- The cheapest way to get to EWR is the train.
- The fastest way to get to EWR is a taxi/uber/car service as long as it is not rush hour. During rush hour the train is probably the fastest.
- If you have a lot of luggage, you should consider either a car or the bus.
- You may be able to get a great deal using Uber Pool from Newark Airport to Manhattan.
- Try to leave extra time to get to the airport whenever possible. You never know when there can be traffic or train delays and I don’t want you to miss your flight!
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