Five ways to make your flight out of Newark
Although the Newark Liberty International Airport is located in New Jersey, outside of Manhattan and its outer boroughs, Newark is fairly simple to get to. Here are five great options, from public transportation to Uber, that you should consider when it's time to say farewell to NYC.
A taxi is the most convenient way to get from Manhattan to Newark Liberty International Airport. Hail a taxi anywhere on the street or ask your hotel to summon one for you, and tell the driver you're headed for EWR. Taxi fares are metered, so the distance and time will factor into the cost. A taxi between midtown Manhattan and Newark is approximately $55. Tipping is customary, usually between 10 and 20 percent of the fare. There is also an additional charge for each piece of baggage over 24 inches.
Via shared ride van
If budget is a concern, book a shared ride van from Manhattan to Newark. There are several options, including Super Shuttle, Carmel Super Saver and Airlink New York, all of which service Newark's terminals. A Super Shuttle from midtown Manhattan to the airport is available for as low as $21. Be sure to book in advance and give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport since shared ride vans often make numerous stops along the way.
Via public transportation
Newark is not connected to New York's subway system, but there are easy ways to get from Manhattan to the airport using public transportation. Book a train on NJ Transit or Amtrak leaving Penn Station or Grand Central Station, and connect to Newark via its AirTrain, which costs $5.50 per journey. You can also board a NJ Transit bus in Manhattan at one of three stops to get directly to the airport. Buses run from 4 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day of the year and cost $16 one way or $28 round trip. Check the exact schedule on the NJ Transit website.
Use Uber's app to book a car anywhere in Manhattan any time of day or night. The ride service is typically pricier than a taxi, especially if you opt for one of the higher end services. An UberX to Newark is $62-76 while a UberBLACK is $106-133. Take traffic into consideration when departing for the airport as there can be heavy congestion getting out of the city during rush hour.
Ask a friend or family member for a ride to the airport and skip the hassle of booking a transportation option. Be sure to check Waze for any traffic issues or use Google Maps to find the best route, and always allow extra time during rush hour or snowy and icy weather. If you've rented a car, it's important to arrive early since the return lines can be long.