Located in New Jersey, Newark Airport is 16 miles from midtown Manhattan. Over 30 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 service to midtown on the Air Train is very efficient and easy. Newark airport is a major hub for United Airlines.
Getting from EWR to Manhattan (and back):
- Air Train: The Air Train offers connecting service to NJ Transit and Amtrak trains which will bring you into Manhattan. Surprisingly, this can actually be much quicker than taking a cab or bus, and it is much more affordable. $11.55 one way will bring you from Newark Airport to Penn Station. AirTrain connects the NJ Transit "Newark Airport Station" to the airport terminals. 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: Metered fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location, approximately $50-75. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. There is an additional charge for luggage over 24 inches if the driver handles the bags, and rates are based per car, not per passenger (up to four passengers).
To Newark Airport: Metered fare (approximately $69-75) plus return tolls and a $15 surcharge for a NYC Taxi to Newark Airport.
- 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 $12/person), as well as private transfers via sedan or van for groups of up to 11 passengers ($64-133/transfer). Rides are available 24 hours a day, though 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 $16, but you can save by buying round-trip tickets, as they are $28. One free child under 16 is included in the fare. 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. Fares are $15 - $19, 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. Book your SuperShuttle Transfer through Viator.
- NYC Airporter: NYC Airporter offers transfers between Newark Airport and JFK or LGA airports for $24. 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.
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