Newark Airport to Manhattan

This post is about how to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan, including bus, train, shuttle, private car, taxi, and rideshares.

 

Newark Liberty International Airport is located in New Jersey, but many travelers prefer flying into this airport because it’s less crowded and offers direct flights from more cities.

As with the other airports, there are numerous options for transportation from Newark Airport to Manhattan.

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


AirTrain + New Jersey Transit Trains 

The AirTrain connects the airport to New Jersey Transit trains and Amtrak trains that travel to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.  

If you are heading Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn, you could transfer at Newark Penn Station and take the PATH trains into the city.

 

 
For assistance with the subway, check out our blog posts on navigating the New York City subway and help with choosing which MetroCard to purchase.

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. nightly).

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 vending 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 can take an NJ Transit train to Penn Station.  

Use this helpful NJ Transit Trip Planner to see schedules.

  • Total Cost: $13.00 Adult; $9.00 Child/Senior/Disabled
  • Travel Time: 30 minutes
  • Pros: One of the quickest options available, and also the cheapest.  The train will take you to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan (32nd Street and 7th Avenue), which is a great place to get a taxi to your destination or connect with the subway. Trains come frequently.
  • 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.

 


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Shuttle Buses from Newark Airport to Manhattan 

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.  

You will be assigned to a van with other passengers heading to the same general area as you. You can request GoAirLink and SuperShuttle from the ground transportation desk in the baggage claim area. 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 to Grand Central Station Terminal in Midtown Manhattan will cost you between $20-$25 per person. ($18/adult through Citysights if you use code save10)

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: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.

Tip: If you are considering purchasing a tourist attraction pass, City Sightseeing has a pass that comes with a bonus free shuttle ride from your Manhattan hotel to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airport using GoAirLink.

It’s called the FreeStyle Pass Pick 7 and includes 3 days of hop-on-hop-off bus services, your choice of free entry to top attractions, a night tour a free ferry ride and much more.  

They also offer single shuttle rides from all airports for as low as $18/adult with code save10

 


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Bus from Newark Airport to Manhattan

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

 

 

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 is very quick.

  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: a very inexpensive option, so a good idea for those on a budget.  Particularly convenient for anyone staying in Midtown.

Cons:The buses frequently run late. If you decide to use this option you should allow plenty of time so that you don’t miss your flight.

Taxi and Private Car Service from Newark  Click here to be taken to the section below.

 


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Taxi from Newark Airport

You can take a taxi from Newark Airport to Manhattan just like at all of the other airports.  The same procedures and cautions against accepting rides from solicitors apply.  Because Newark is geographically farther from Manhattan and there are not flat rates from taxis, the price can get quite steep, depending on where you are heading.

  • 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 a lot of bags, this can be easier than the train.
  • Cons: Very expensive.  If price is a major concern this may not be the best option for you.

 


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About the author

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others.

She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.