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Newark Airport (EWR) to Manhattan

Updated: April 18, 2024

This post explains how to get to Manhattan from Newark Airport (EWR) and other parts of New York City. We go over transport by bus, train, shuttle, private car, taxi, and rideshares.

Though Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located in New Jersey, it is considered one of NYC’s 3 main airports, along with John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia. 

Like many travelers, some of our local tour guides prefer flying in and out of Newark because it's less crowded and offers direct flights from more cities.

When we wrote this post, we tapped into our local guides’ expertise about the various options for transportation from Newark to Manhattan which we share with you below.

In this video, Katie, a tour guide with us, Free Tours by Foot, details your options to get to NYC from Newark Airport.

Use this link to Google Maps to get exact directions from Newark Airport to your destination.

Manhattan to Newark International Airport?

Just use the information in this post in reverse.

Be sure to check out our other posts on the other airport options in NYC.

AirTrain + New Jersey Transit Train

The AirTrain connects Newark Airport terminals to New Jersey Transit trains and Amtrak trains that travel roughly 30 minutes to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.  

Newark Airport to Penn Station Map

AirTrain operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and New Jersey Transit trains operate 21 hours a day, seven days a week.

(There is no rail service between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.).

This means that at just about any time of day or night, this inexpensive and fast service is available to you. 

On weekdays, between 6 a.m. and 9 pm, at least 6 NJ Transit trains arrive every hour at the airport station.

Between 9 p.m. and midnight, 4 trains arrive every hour.

After claiming your baggage, follow the signs to the AirTrain station.

You can purchase your train ticket from NJ Transit ticket machines at the AirTrain station.

Board the AirTrain from your airport terminal and get off at the only stop it goes to -  Newark Liberty International Airport Station.

From there you take an NJ Transit train to Penn Station.

The lines that service the airport are the North Jersey Coast Line and the Northeast Corridor Line. 

New Jersey Transit Newark Airport to Penn Station
New Jersey Transit Train

Use this helpful NJ Transit Trip Planner to see schedules.

  • One-Way Ticket
    • $16.00 Adult
    • $11.50 Child (age 5-11) | Senior | Disabled
    • Children under 5 ride free
  • Travel Time: 40-50 minutes to New York Penn Station depending on the time of day

Pros: Trains come frequently and this is one of the quickest and cheapest options.

The NJ Transit train will take you to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan (32nd Street and 7th Avenue), where you can easily get a taxi to your destination or connect with the subway.

Cons: You will have to maneuver your luggage around quite a bit so this option can be difficult for those with a lot of luggage. 

Also, depending on where you are staying in New York you could still have a bit of traveling left once you get to Penn Station.


While the above option is the fastest to get to Midtown Manhattan, it's not necessarily the fastest option, particularly if your final destination is Jersey City/Hoboken, Lower Manhattan, or parts of Brooklyn.

An alternative is to take AirTrain to the NJ Transit Train, just like explained above, but rather than heading to New York Penn Station, get off at Newark Penn Station, which is just a 4-minute ride from the airport.

Newark Airport to Newark Penn Station

From Newark Penn Station, switch to the PATH Train, New Jersey's subway system to NYC.

The PATH trains make stops in Jersey City and Hoboken, and this is the easy choice for those whose hotels or final destinations are in either city.

Then, depending on the particular line, the PATH trains head into either the Lower Manhattan/World Trade Center area or run up through Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and then Midtown Manhattan.

The World Trade Center (WTC) line ends at the Fulton Street Transit Center, where it is a much shorter ride to most of Brooklyn, compared to the time it would take from New York Penn Station.

  • One-Way Ticket
    • $14.25 Adult
    • $11.10 Child (age 5-11) | Senior | Disabled
    • Children under 5 ride free
  • Travel Time: 45-60 minutes to World Trade Center depending on the time of day

Shuttle Buses and Shared Vans from Newark Airport to Manhattan

Another option is to take one of the shuttle bus services.

Two companies, GoAirLink and SuperShuttle, are ride-sharing services that have the door-to-door benefits of a taxi but could be significantly cheaper, depending on the number in your group.  

supershuttle express

You can request Go AirLink NYC and SuperShuttle from the ground transportation desk in the baggage claim area. 

You will be assigned to a van with other passengers heading to the same general area as you. You can also book online in advance. 

Cost: It depends on your destination from the airport.

As a point of reference, the cost from Newark International Airport to Port Authority in Midtown Manhattan will cost you around $40 per person with up to two bags.

This also includes tunnel tolls and taxes.

Note that Groupon often runs deals.

Travel Time: Can vary.  If you are sharing a full van (11 passengers), you might be the first dropped off or you might be the last.

Pros: It has the convenience of a taxi and is much cheaper

Cons: It can take a very long time. Passengers often have to wait at the airport until there are enough people for a mostly full van, so plan to sit and wait for a bit.

How to Save on Airport Transfers

There are several ways to save money on airport transfers, but one of the easiest options is to use a New York tourist pass.

Currently, the New York Turbopass is the only pass offering a free airport transfer to EWR.

They also include admission to popular attractions such as the following:

If you're already considering any of these activities and you want a free airport transfer, this money-saving pass can save money on everything.

For more details, check our post covering New York tourist passes.

Newark Express Bus to Manhattan

Newark Airport Express is a bus shuttle service that operates express service between Midtown Manhattan and Newark Airport.

newark express bus to manhattan

Buses run 4 am - 1:00 am and depart every 15 minutes (every 30 minutes in the very early morning or late at night) and the trip to the airport can be quick.

The main advantage is it has 3 Midtown Manhattan stops.

  1. Grand Central Station (41st Street between Park & Lexington Avenues)
  2. Bryant Park (42nd Street & 5th Avenue)
  3. Port Authority Bus Terminal (41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Cost one way: Adults $16, Children 5-11 years $5, Children under 5 years ride FREE. Students 12-16 years: $10,

Travel Time: 45-60 minutes depending on traffic

Pros: Inexpensive. Good for those on a budget. Especially convenient for anyone staying in Midtown.

Cons: The buses frequently run late and traffic could make the trip into NYC last as long as just over 1 hour.

Taxi Cabs and Private Car Services from Newark Airport

You can take a yellow taxi cab or a car service from Newark Airport to Manhattan just as you can from the other NYC airports. 

The same procedures and cautions against accepting rides from solicitors apply. 

Yellow Taxis

Newark is farther in distance from Manhattan and there is no set flat rate for taxis. This means that the fare can be quite steep, depending on your destination.

  • Total Cost: Varies depending on destination, but can be in the $60-80 range.
  • Travel Time: Will vary with destination and traffic conditions.
  • Pros: Convenient door-to-door travel.  For people with many bags, this can be easier than the train.
  • Cons: Very expensive. If price is a major concern this may not be the best option. Also, they can only take four people so if your group is bigger, consider a private car service.

Private Car Service 

By far the most convenient, but most expensive way to get to Manhattan from Newark Airport is by private car service. 

However, if you are traveling with a family or group of over four people (the limit that yellow taxis can take), this is a very good choice and is cost-effective.

If you want to book a private car before your trip, you can find many car services listed on Yelp.

  • Total Cost: This will vary depending on the destination. The approximate cost between Newark and Midtown Manhattan is $60 plus tolls.
  • Travel Time: Again, this will vary depending on the destination

Pros: Can book in advance. Also, heading back to the airport from NYC, you may want to take a private car service since you can book in advance and the costs may not be much more than a taxi.

Cons: More costly than many of the other options. Also, like all options other than the train, you may run into traffic on your way into Manhattan.

Uber and Other Rideshare Apps

You can take Uber, Lyft, and other ride-share apps to and from Newark Airport. There is a designated area outside where you can easily find your Uber.

Follow these instructions:

  • When you are ready for your ride, open the app. Choose the EWR Airport transportation option that suits your group size and luggage needs.
  • Exit the terminal on the arrivals level and follow the signs for Ground Transportation and Passenger Pick-Up. Note that rideshare pick-up locations may vary by the terminal.
  • Select your terminal and door number. Then go to your assigned EWR pickup location as specified by the app. Note that the pick-up location may not always be at your nearest exit.

Prices range according to your destination and time of day.

As a point of reference, the average cost of an UberX from Newark Airport to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan at 5:00 pm (rush hour) is $60.

Use the Uber Price Estimator to see an estimate of the cost and wait time.

Read our posts on using Uber in NYC.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: April 18th, 2024
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