New York or New Jersey?
Although Newark Airport EWR is in New Jersey, it is still considered a New York City airport. EWR is roughly the same distance from Manhattan as John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). However, if your destination is New York City (NYC), there is one big obstacle between Newark and the Big Apple – the Hudson River! Thus, unless you can afford helicopter service, NYC-bound travelers must cross the Hudson using one of the few tunnels or bridges.
If traveling by car or bus, the tunnels and bridges are bottlenecks, and using them during high traffic hours can add a lot of time to the journey. There are also tolls crossing back and forth into the city, and those are not cheap, usually ranging from $15 to $17 each way.
There are also options for subway and train services into the city, but these tend to be time-consuming and the routes can be confusing, especially for new visitors after a long flight. Multiple transfers are required, and to make it even more confusing, the stops in New Jersey and Manhattan are both called Penn Station. The cost is reasonable, though, and you can make the trip for about $15 each way. Check out the NJ Transit website for details.
Many people heading in or out of New York City use Newark International Airport because the airfare is often less expensive than JFK or LaGuardia (LGA). When booking travel to NYC, consider the tolls and extra travel time to the city before choosing to fly into Newark Airport EWR, especially if arriving or departing during rush hour.
Although New Yorkers often think of their city as the center of the known universe, there are also many great and worthwhile destinations on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. This guide provides information for travelers heading anywhere in the Newark/New York City metropolitan area.
Navigating Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark International Airport has three terminals (A, B, and C) arranged in a semi-circle, each an independent four-level structure. You can check flight status, reserve parking, check TSA security wait times, and get other critical information on the EWR airport website.
The AirTrain Monorail is easy to use and connects the terminals, parking lots, rental car facilities, and hotel shuttles. AirTrain is free to use around the airport complex, runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has trains every three minutes during peak times.
AirTrain also stops at the Newark Liberty International Airport Station, where travelers can connect to Amtrak and NJ Transit. You will need a ticket to travel on AirTrain outside the airport complex, although the ride is free if you have an Amtrak ticket in hand.
Free United Airlines shuttle buses also connect the terminals. The buses are free and you don’t have to reenter security when using them between terminals. Buses between Terminals A and C operate from 5 AM to 10 PM. Buses from Terminal B to Terminals A and C operate from 10 AM to 10 PM.
You will find Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Express at Terminal A.
Terminal B houses Aer Lingus, Air India, Allegiant Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Spirit, and many others. All international flights operate out of this terminal.
United Airlines is far and away the biggest carrier at EWR and uses the airport as one of its main hubs. It occupies all of Terminal C but also operates out of Terminals A and B.