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Getting to the City Center from Newark Liberty Intl Airport

Newark Liberty Airport is the second largest airport in New York, after JFK International Airport, handling international air traffic to the city. Newark Liberty Airport is located 23 km from Manhattan, situated between Newark and Elizabeth in New Jersey. There are many methods of transportation to get from Newark Liberty Airport to the city center, including the train, airport shuttle, rental car, or taxi. The AirTrain trains depart from the terminals and provide transportation between terminals, to the parking lot, to the hotel shuttle service departure locations, and the train station.

Train

The train is the fastest way to reach central Manhattan. To get to the airport train station you have to take the AirTrain, which is departs from each terminal. AirTrain trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Between 5 am and 12 am trains run every 3 minutes. From 12 am to 5 am trains run every 15 minutes. This train line is free within the airport, i.e. between terminals and the parking lot, but there is a fee to use it to get to the airport train station.

If you’re going to take the train you can buy your ticket at the airport; the AirTrain fee will be included. Keep your ticket with you until your final destination. You have to show your ticket both on the AirTrain and on the train you will be transferring to. The AirTrain trains depart from the front of the airport terminals and go to the Newark Liberty Airport Station. From here you can take the Amtrak or NJ Transit (New Jersey Transit) trains to New York Penn Station.

Penn Station is the first stop for both lines. From here you can also transfer to the PATH rapid transit system and take it to Journal Square or the World Trade center. The AirTrain to Newark Liberty Airport Station from the airport terminals takes about 10 minutes. From this station after you transfer to the NJ Transit or Amtrak train lines you can get to Newark Penn Station in approximately 15 minutes and New York Penn Station in approximately 30 minutes. 

By transferring to the PATH line from Newark Penn Station you can get to the World Trade Center in 40 minutes. The NJ Transit train line operates from 6 am to 9 pm with at least 6 trains running per hour. Between 9 pm and 11 pm the frequency of trains goes down to 4 trains per hour. You can also use the NJ Transit line to transfer to other areas outside of New York, like Jersey City and Trenton, located in New Jersey. The Amtrak trains operate less frequently.  

Amtrak trains, which operate between the airport, New York, and Philadelphia, run about every hour. You can also take the Amtrak to Boston, which takes 5 hours, or Washington DC, which takes 3 hours. You can also take an Amtrak train to get to various cities in Rhode Island, Richmond, and Connecticut.

The PATH trains are a slightly faster alternative to get to certain stops in New York, like the World Trade Center, Journal Square, or 33rd Street. You can transfer from NJ Transit to the PATH at Newark Penn Station.

Airport Shuttle Bus Service

The Newark Airport Express buses that depart from in front of the airport terminals are the fastest way to get to New York. They are also the most direct alternative, taking you to the city center without having to transfer to another vehicle. The trip can vary depending on traffic but it takes about 1 hour on average. Tickets can be purchased online. You cannot buy a ticket on the bus. These buses, which depart in front of each passenger terminal, head to 3 stops in New York: Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, and Port Authority Bus Terminal. Newark Airport Express buses operate 365 days a year.

Newark Airport Express buses operate every 30 minutes. If you want to explore other options you can look into the NJ Transit buses. NJ Transit bus lines 28, 37, 62, 67, and 107 are part of New Jersey’s public transportation system, providing transportation from the airport to New York or New Jersey.

Taxi

Another transportation method to get to the city from Newark Liberty Airport is by taxi. These taxis are New Jersey-based cabs. There is no flat-rate applied since Newark is a bit further away from Manhattan when compared to other airports in the city. The taximeter will be turned on to calculate the fare. The taxi fare will vary depending on your destination. There is an addition fee for luggage that is larger than 24 inches. The metered fare does not include charges such as bridge tolls.

If you are not familiar with the city we recommend doing some research beforehand to avoid the possibility of being taken on the longer route to increase the total fare. During rush hour taking a taxi can take longer than taking the train. Nevertheless, it provides door-to-door transportation so taxis are always a comfortable means of transportation. You can easily find a taxi at the passenger terminal exits.

Rental Car

You can find the offices of rental car companies in the arrival halls of the terminals. There are 10 rental car companies located at Newark Liberty Airport: Advantage, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, National, Avis, Enterprise, Payless, and Thrifty. If you’re trip is limited to New York City then it is not really necessary to rent a car. Not only can you walk to many places in the city, New York’s subway system enables you to navigate the city without dealing with traffic. The subway system covers almost every region of New York.

There are also many alternatives to get from the airport to the city. However, if you are going to travel to surrounding areas and plan on renting a car you can do so at the airport and in the city. Let us remind you that renting a car isn’t cheap and parking in New York can be expensive.

Last Updated: May 02, 2016
Getting to Newark Liberty Intl Airport from the City Center

From Penn Station, one of the city’s major stations located in central Manhattan, you can get to Newark Liberty Airport Station in about 30 minutes by taking the NJ Transit train or the Amtrak train. From this station you need to get on the AirTrain trains, which depart every 3 minutes and get to the airport terminals in about 10 minutes.

The Newark Airport Express service is another transportation alternative to get to the airport. These buses depart from Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, and Port Authority Bus Terminal and the total time to get to Newark Liberty Airport is about 60 minutes. If you are going to use this method of transportation we recommend taking the varying traffic conditions into account. These buses run every 30 minutes.  

Airport Information

Newark Liberty Airport was the first airport to open in New York. It is ranked second in terms of passenger density, after JFK. Newark Liberty Airport has a total of 3 passenger terminals, Terminal A, Terminal B, and Terminal C. Terminal A is divided into 3 satellite buildings. Terminal B was expanded into a 3 level facility. Terminal C was built after Terminal A and Terminal B. Terminal C only handles United Airlines and United Express flights.

Like JFK, AirTrain trains provide free transportation between the terminals and the parking lot.

There are a variety of restaurants and cafes located in all 3 terminals, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Subway, Market Fresh, Villa Pizza, Phillip’s Seafood, Wendy’s, Java Moon Cafe, and World Bean.

If you want to go shopping your options are endless. There are many Duty Free shops like EJE Duty Free, Duty Free Shop, and Dufry Duty Free. You can also find many brand name stores like Swatch, Hudson, Best Buy, The Body Shop, Sunglass Hut, MAC, and L’Occataine. Lounge services belonging to various airlines, like British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, and Porter Airlines are scattered throughout all the terminals.

Terminal B offers the most lounge services. You can connect to the internet at the airport for a fee. There are daily or monthly unlimited plans or you can also connect by paying an hourly usage fee.

Last Updated: May 02, 2016
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