Newark Airport Transportation To and From New York City

Updated on July 5, 2012

Located 16 miles from New York City in New Jersey State, Newark International Airport is the smallest compare two other New York City airports – JFK and La Guardia. And unfortunately, it has a reputation as the least convenient in terms of transportation to or from New York City. In reality, it doesn’t take much more time getting to Newark airport from New York City than getting to JFK airport, it just costs more money. Let’s look at all possible ways (from the cheapest to the most expensive) to get to and from Newark airport, so you can choose the best one for yourself.

$14 – Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus (if you buy round-trip it will cost even less $12.50 each way). The buses run every 15 minutes (4 a.m. to 1 a.m.) from and to three Manhattan locations: Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St. and 8th Ave.), Bryant Park (42nd St. and 5th Ave), Grand Central (120 East 41 St.). If you are staying close to these locations or if you travel light, this bus service is great for you and very reliable. However, it is not the fastest way – the whole trip is about one hour, which is much longer than a trip on a train.

AirTrain Newark (EWR)

$15 – AirTrain Newark plus NJ Transit. AirTrain Newark will take you from your terminal at Newark Liberty Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station, where you have to switch to NJ Transit train to New York Penn Station. AirTrain is free and departs every 3 minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight and approximately every 15 minutes thereafter until 5 a.m. NJ Transit ride will cost you $15 one-way and tickets may be purchased on board your train. However, if the ticket office is open or a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) is available, there will be a $5.00 surcharge per person including children. NJ Transit train will bring you to New York Penn Station (33 St. and 7 Ave.) for less than 30 minutes (check schedule for departure time), where you can use public transportation or taxis to get to your destination in New York City. If you travel light or if you are staying at one of the hotels around Penn Station, that is the best way (the fastest and one of the cheapest) to get to or from Newark airport.

At Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station instead of NJ Transit you can use Amtrak train service, which also will bring you to New York Penn Station. However, prepare to pay two- three- times more for this ride. Amtrak ticket price range is from $28 to $50 per ride one way.

$21 – SuperShuttle will pick you up from any location in Manhattan and bring you right to your terminal at Newark airport. That would be probably the most convenient and cost effective way to get to Newark airport, if you have time and don’t mind to share the van with 10 other people who you have to pick up on a way from different Manhattan locations. Sometimes takes more than 40 minutes to gather all of them and just get out of the city. And absolutely inconvenient way from the airport, you have to wait more than 30 minutes to be picked up.

$50 plus – Taxis will take you anywhere to or from the city. The set fare from New York City to Newark International Airport is the regular metered rate of fare, plus a $15.00 surcharge, plus all tolls going to and returning from the airport. Depending on traffic and your location in Manhattan, the trip will take 45-60 minutes.

$50 – $100 plus – Limousine and Car Service will cost you more than a taxi, but if you want to go to or from the airport with a comfort, that’s the perfect way for you.

$135 plus – Helicopters from two Manhattan’s locations (East 34th St. and Wall St. area) will bring you to and from Newark airport for 10 minutes. If you can afford, you definitely must experience it, the view of the city is breathtaking! And it gives you an opportunity to avoid most of the traffic. However, if you are not staying around these two heliports you would have to spend some time in order to get there. At Newark, the helicopter arrives to the Terminal C, and if you are not flying from this terminal you have to take AirTrain to get to the terminal of your departure. Even though the trip is only 10 minutes, taking into account that you have to arrive to the heliport in advance and all the time getting to the heliport and your terminal, the trip is not really faster than the trip on a taxi or limo.

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