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How do I get from Newark Airport to Manhattan?

There are a number of ways to get from Newark Liberty International Airport to Manhattan:

  • Car Service
  • Express Bus
  • Shuttle Van
  • Taxi
  • Train

Car services, otherwise referred to as limousines, are numerous and should be arranged prior to arrival. Costs start at around $60 but you will likely be able to use a credit card to pay for it. Travel time varies depending on traffic but you should expect 50 minutes plus or minus. The same time constraints apply to taxi cabs, which are metered and thus vary in cost, but getting a cab takes longer than having a car waiting for you. Expect to pay $45 or more to Midtown Manhattan, not including tip, and incrementally more the further North you go. Express buses can take you to either the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station or Bryant Park on Fifth Avenue for $14 one way or $25 round trip. However, they suffer from the same traffic delays as car services and limousines and tend to take roughly the same amount of time to arrive.

Shuttle van service is provided by SuperShuttle and costs $19, not including tip, and travel times average over an hour depending on whether you are the first or last to be dropped off. The advantage of using shuttle van service, car services and taxis is that they are able to bring you directly to your final destination. If your final destination is very close to a train station, however, it may be better to take connecting train service. Please be warned that traffic and road conditions are often bad and that the skill level of most drivers is even worse. Subsequently, we do not recommend renting a car to go to Manhattan for any reason.

The fastest way to go from Newark Airport to Manhattan is to take the Newark Airport AirTrain to the train station and then take either an Amtrak or NJ Transit train to Penn Station. The Amtrak option is faster, at 22 minutes, but costs more, at $28. The NJ Transit option takes 35 minutes but costs only $15. Trains are relatively frequent but do not run from 2am to 5am.

last updated 2008.09.04
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