When I travel abroad, I frequently use trains to get around and between cities. Overseas, it’s a predictable transportation method I rely on. Growing up in New York, I used the train to get into and out of New York City frequently. I’ve lost track of the number of subway rides I’ve taken in Manhattan and the other boroughs over the years. I realized I had never written a post on how to between Newark Airport and New York City. Side note: if you need to get from Washington Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport via train, I did write about that a few years ago. Here’s how I get from Manhattan to Newark Airport:
Get To Penn Station
Penn Station is where you’ll catch a NJ Transit train to the Newark Airport stop. Penn Station is located between Seventh and Eight Avenue and between 31st and 33rd Street. There are a bunch of entrances to the stations on all corners and under the Madison Square Garden marquis. If you’re taking the subway, the blue and red lines have stops at Penn Station. And, the yellow line has a stop at 34th and Herald Square, which is a very short walk.
If you’re arriving on foot or via car, there’s an entrance on the Northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 31st street that’s specifically marked “NJ Transit”. This is the quickest way to the ticket counters for NJ Transit.
Purchase A Ticket
Once you’re in the NJ Transit area of Penn Station, you can stand in line to purchase a ticket from one of the agents. However, using the automated kiosks is pretty simple. You’ll find some kiosks in the main ticket area as well as some further into Penn Station. If you were coming from Amtrak, you’d hang a right as you passed the rotunda and there’s another bank of ticket machines there.
While you’re purchasing a ticket from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport, you’re actually purchasing two tickets and taking two trains. You’ll take a NJ Transit train from Penn Station to the Newark Airport AirTrain stop. The AirTrain portion is $5.50 and is part of the combined ticket you’ll purchase.
Finding And Boarding A Train
Your ticket will have the route (NYP to EWR) but won’t indicate a time or track number. There are multiple trains that stop at the Newark Airport station. How do you pick the right one? Use the television monitors as your guide. You’ll see plenty of different destinations. The ones you’re looking for will have a small plane icon beside them.
There’s a central waiting area where you’ll typically see a throng of people hanging out. Wait for a track to be posted and head to your train.
While on the NJ Transit train, you’ll need to show your ticket to the conductor. The total transit time from Penn Station to the Newark Airport stop is about 20 minutes. It’s important to note there are two Newark stations. The first is Newark Penn Station. This is not where you get off for Newark Airport.
Wait one more station until the overhead monitors on the train say Newark Liberty.
Once you arrive at the Newark Airport station, you’ll need to collect your belongings and head to the AirTrain station. This will involve an escalator, stairs or an elevator as well as a short walk. You’ll see plenty of signage.
Follow the signs to the AirTrain ticket counter. You’ll find a set of automated gates to the right. This is the second place you’ll present your train ticket. Once you’ve made your way through the gates follow the signs through a set of doors and to a set of escalators (and elevator) to your right.
On the platform, all trains head towards Newark Airport. Depending on which terminal you need to depart from, your second train trip will be between 8 and 10 minutes.
The Final Two Pennies
Taking the train from Manhattan to Newark Airport is pretty straightforward. It might be intimidating to think of taking two trains if you’ve never done it before. But, once you find your way onto a NJ Transit train, the rest is easy to navigate. With a combined travel time of about 30 minutes it really won’t take you too much longer than a taxi or Uber. And, a taxi or Uber will set you back at least $50 if not closer to $100. My train ticket set me back $13, which is a darn sight better than the price of a taxi.
There’s definitely a bit more coordination to take the train, since you have to get to Penn Station (either via subway or car). But, it’s worth considering if you can navigate your way to Penn Station.
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