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Newark Liberty International Airport

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Planes at Terminal C with Manhattan's skyline in the background

Newark Liberty International Airport, 1-800-EWR-INFO, (EWR IATA), is located to the west of New York City in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Understand[edit]

Before 9/11, the airport was simply called "Newark International Airport". The word "liberty" was added to the airport's name after 9/11 to honor the victims, as one of the four hijacked planes that day, United Airlines Flight 93, took off from this airport. Additionally, the word "liberty" is also a reference to the Statue of Liberty not very far from the airport.

Terminal A, especially the small section that serves American Airlines and Virgin America has insufficient security capacity at peak times, most notably Monday afternoons. You should plan to arrive at least 2 hours before your flight during these periods.

Flights[edit]

The airport has three sprawling terminals, labeled A, B, and C, arranged in a semicircle around a central roadway. Terminal C is the home of United Airlines' major East Coast hub. As a rule of thumb, most international airlines use Terminal B while most domestic airlines use Terminal A.

  • Terminal A: Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, JetBlue (note 1), Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, United Express (note 2)
  • Terminal B: Aer Lingus, Air China, Air India, Allegiant Air, Austrian Airlines, Avianca El Salvador, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Delta Connection, El Al, Elite Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue (note 1), La Compagnie, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, OpenSkies, Porter Airlines, Primera Air, Scandinavian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, United Airlines (note 2), TAP Portugal, Virgin Atlantic, WOW air
  • Terminal C: United Airlines (note 2), United Express (note 2)

Note 1: Flights arriving from international destinations will arrive in Terminal B.

Note 2: Check your departure or arrival terminal. International United flights arrives at Terminals B or C while United Mainline and Express flights can either depart from or arrive at Terminals A or C.

Ground transportation[edit]

Newark Liberty is well connected to New York City by both train and bus. NJ Transit train tickets bring you to New York Penn Station in western Midtown Manhattan for $13. If you are with a few people, you could consider a taxi, which sets you back around $60 plus tip.

Map of the airport

By bus[edit]

  • New Jersey Transit Bus #62 - The most inexpensive option, New Jersey Transit bus #62 runs from in front of the airport terminals to Newark Penn Station (one-way fare $1.60; exact change only; 25 minutes). From there, you may take a PATH subway train ($2.75) either to World Trade Center station in lower Manhattan (25 minutes), or, to Journal Square, where you can transfer to the Journal Square-33rd Street train across the platform, which runs to the following stops along 6th Avenue: Christopher St in Greenwich Village, 9th St, 14th St, 23rd St, and 33rd St. Plan on 90 minutes including waiting times. As a word of caution, note that this is not a well-publicized option; you may well find yourself to be the only tourist on the bus, so don't expect much help or companionship in finding your way. The Bus runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Newark Airport Express Bus - ($16 one way, $28 round-trip) runs every 15 minutes to 42nd street in Manhattan. It stops in the Port Authority, outside of Bryant Park, and outside of Grand Central. The trip takes about 40 minutes depending on traffic. At peak times (afternoons in particular), the bus to the airport can fill up at the first stop, so allow extra time for mishaps, and try to catch it at Grand Central.

By train[edit]

  • AirTrain Newark - easily accessed from the airport terminals via elevator/escalators and runs 24-hour service to the Newark Airport Rail Station, 10 minutes away, costing $5.50. From here you can take a NJ Transit train ($13 including AirTrain, 30-minute ride, every 15–30 minutes) to New York Penn Station (34th St & 8th Ave in Manhattan) or Amtrak train to other destinations along the east coast. Amtrak also runs trains to Manhattan, but they cost $20–$30. NJ Transit tickets are not valid on Amtrak trains. NJ Transit trains stop at both Penn Station in Newark and at Penn Station in New York, so if traveling to Manhattan, stay on till the second Penn Station, in New York.

By taxi[edit]

  • Taxis - Travelers from EWR to New York City are charged a flat rate based on the destination (the dispatcher will note the fare and destination on the taxi form). The fare to most parts of Manhattan is $50–70. Tips and round trips tolls ($8 to/from Manhattan) are extra. You may also pay a ~$2 toll if the driver uses the New Jersey Turnpike. A $5 surcharge is added for trips to New York, except Staten Island, during weekday rush hours or weekend afternoons. There is also a 10% discount for people above age 62.

By van and private car service[edit]

  • Private Car Service - An alternative to taxis, car services are useful for getting to the airport from the outer boroughs where taxis are harder to find, or if you prefer to have transportation reserved in advance. Typically $50 between EWR and Manhattan, $70–80 to/from Brooklyn.
  • Supershuttle - Country-wide, shared van door-to-door service. $19 to Manhattan.
  • Go Airlink Shuttle - Shared van door-to-door service. $18 to Manhattan. 10% discount for online purchase.

To and from Newark[edit]

AirTrain Newark shuttles between the airport's parking facilities, three terminals, and train station, where frequent New Jersey Transit (NJT) service is a ten minute ride to downtown. NJT bus #62 and the limited stop GoBus 28 also both travel to downtown, the latter with continuing service to North Newark.

Taxi service is based on a flat-fee determined by destination and paid before the trip begins.

Get around[edit]

The automated Airtrain Newark monorail system travels frequently (every 3-5 minutes) between the three terminals, as well as some of the parking areas and, as mentioned above, the Newark Airport rail station. It is located pre-security, however, so plan extra time if you need to use it for a connecting flight. United operates a post-security shuttle service between terminals A & C, but only for passengers connecting on United-branded flights. Remember that there is a fee for exiting the AirTrain and going onto an Amtrak or NJ Transit train after. However, this is usually included in your ticket.

Wait[edit]

If you want to get some good views of airplanes, ride the AirTrain around. It may even be worth it to explore other terminals.

Several lounges are scattered throughout the terminals in the airport.

Eat and Drink[edit]

Each terminal has plenty of restaurant options both pre- and post-security; see Shops, Restaurants, Services and Amenities. However, many are quite mediocre. Terminal C has recently been renovated, and many great options, but Terminal A and B have much worse options.

In Terminal A, Philip's Seafood (Gates A30-39) is a good sit-down option, while Jersey Mike's Subs is a good pre-security take-out option.

In Terminal B, Garden State Diner offers classic diner fare.

Buy[edit]

Connect[edit]

Like JFK Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport also has Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport provided by Boingo, but at various prices. Boingo gives users 30 minutes of free usage at 5 Mbits/second, and upon expiry charges for additional usage as a day pass or a recurring monthly charge. However, if one clears the web browser cookies and cache related to the "Boingo" domain, you can keep signing up for more free 30 minute sessions.

You can buy a pay as you go plan for $4.95 or a Day Pass with unlimited access $7.95. If you're willing to buy a Day Pass and know you'll be staying in Newark more than a few days within the month, you could also buy a month pass for only $9.95.

Cope[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Newark Airport Mariott, 1 Hotel Rd., +1 973-623-0006. The only hotel actually located on airport property. It's not connected to the AirTrain, unfortunately, but there is a courtesy shuttle if you have trouble walking and/or have a lot of luggage. $179-$269.

There are many other hotels scattered around the airport, with room rates starting at around $50/night for very basic accommodation up to $300-$400 for high-end business traveller-oriented hotels. Almost all hotels within a 5-mile radius will provide a shuttle service to and from the airport, but call the hotel beforehand just to be sure.

Stay safe[edit]

The area to the west of the airport, Newark's South Ward, is a slum and should be avoided. The parking lots in the airport are usually patrolled at all times. so you should be secure there. The airport can be used by homeless people in Newark as a shelter. Please make sure you hold tight on to your belongings to be on the safe side.

Nearby[edit]

New York City is the obvious main attraction, but to be on the safe side, allow two hours (one hour each way) to get to and from New York Penn Station by train.

Routes through Newark Liberty International Airport
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