Newark Airport is one of the three major airports servicing New York City. It's located in New Jersey, 16 miles from midtown Manhattan. Over 40 million passengers pass through Newark Airport annually. If you plan to take a car or taxi, it's generally more expensive to travel to/from Newark than LaGuardia (LGA) or Kennedy (JFK) airports. But if you are happy taking a bus or train, Newark is very efficient and easy. Newark airport is a major hub for United Airlines.
Getting from EWR to Manhattan (and back):
- AirTrain: The AirTrain does more than connect terminals within Newark Airport. It also takes passengers to the NJTransit and Amtrak train station, which will bring you into Manhattan. Taking the AirTrain can be much quicker than taking a cab or bus, and it's much more affordable. It costs $5.50 to ride one way (It only costs $11.55 to ride the AirTrain and take a NJTransit train into Penn Station.) Consult the schedule to determine the schedule of connecting trains. Service is available from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m.
- Taxis (From Newark Airport): Takes from Newark Airport run on a meter system. Most rides to Manhattan will cost you between $50 - $75. Taxis are available outside of every terminal, and there is typically a taxi stand. There is an additional charge for luggage over 24 inches if the driver handles the bags.
- Taxis (To Newark Airport): If you're taking a taxi to Newark Airport from Manhattan you will be charged a metered fare (approximately $69-75) plus return tolls and a $15 surcharge.
- Car Services: Prearrange for a car service to meet you at the airport, or call one when your flight touches down. This is a great option if you want to avoid waiting in line for a taxi or if you have a group larger than four people and want to arrange for a van or limousine.
- Private Shuttles: Several companies offer shuttles to Manhattan, including:
- Go Airlink NYC: Go Airlink NYC offers shared transfers from EWR (starting at $17/person), as well as private transfers via sedan or van for groups of up to 11 passengers (call the company for a quote.) Rides are available 24 hours a day, although wait times for shared transfers at night may vary.
- Newark Liberty Airport Express: Available from 4 a.m. - 1 a.m., these shuttles leave every 15-30 minutes for midtown Manhattan and every 2 hours to downtown Manhattan (from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.). One-way fare is $17, but you can save by buying round-trip tickets, as they are $30. One free child under 16 is included in the fare. There is a discount for military personnel with military ID and their accompanying families.You can choose to disembark at Grand Central, Port Authority or Penn Station, in addition to midtown hotels. The ride takes about an hour. Return schedules and more information are available on their website.
- Super Shuttle: Available 24 hours a day, this shuttle provides door to door service for your party. You can choose to share a ride, rent an exclusive car for your party, or get a luxury car. Fares vary depending on destination. No reservations are required to get from the airport to your destination, but they are required for your return trip to the airport. Consult their website or call 1-800-258-3826 for more information.
- NYC Express Bus offers transports between Newark Airport and JFK or LGA for $29 for person. If you're traveling from Newark you'll catch the Newark Airport Express bus which will take you to the Port Authority bus terminal where you will catch another shuttle to JFK or LGA.
- Rental Cars: Consult this list of rental car companies serving EWR if you need to rent a car. I discourage visitors to New York City from renting cars, unless they're planning extensive travel outside of the major metropolitan area. Parking is both expensive and difficult to find, and you will find your money better spent on mass transit and taxis. Driving directions to and from EWR.
- Parking at EWR: If you need to park your car at EWR, there are several options. Short-term parking is available if you're picking-up/dropping off at the airport, and long-term parking is available if you're leaving your car overnight or longer. If you want to save money, compare rates on on-site and off-site airport parking options at EWR.
- Hotels near EWR: Sometimes it's just better to stay near the airport when you have an early morning flight, or in case your flight gets canceled because of bad weather. Our list of the best airport hotels in NYC has you covered on where to stay.
For other transit options, including suburban areas, inter-airport transfers, and the five boroughs, consult Newark Airport Transportation Options.
For more complete information about Newark Airport, consult the official Newark Airport website