Newark Liberty International is the United States' oldest airfield and the second largest of three airports servicing New York city (the others are JFK and LaGuardia). It's located in New Jersey, around 24km from midtown Manhattan.
It has three separate terminal buildings, connected by a shuttle train:
Each terminal has three concourses, named A1-A3, B1-B3 and C1-C3 respectively.
Travelling between terminals
The landside AirTrain monorail takes you to all the terminals, parking and rental car facilities. It leaves from stops in the upper floors of all terminal buildings every three minutes from 05:00-24:00 and every 15 minutes from 24:00-05:00 (until 07:00 on Sundays).
It's free for journeys around the airport, but you have to buy tickets to go to the Airport Station for NJ Transit rail connections to New York city.
Newark Airport is the furthest away of all airports serving New York city, and as a result, taxi rides are longer and more expensive. The train can be much quicker, especially in rush hour, and is a lot cheaper.
Take the AirTrain to Newark Liberty International Airport Station (7-11 minutes). From there, the NJ Transit will take you to Penn Station (around 30 minutes). The AirTrain runs every three minutes from 05:00-02:00 and every 15 minutes from 00:00-05:00. Journey time should be under an hour, including transfer times between trains.
Cost: USD 5.50 to the Airport Station, plus USD 13 to Penn Station
Location: The AirTrain stops in the upper levels of Terminals A, B and C
The Airport Express bus, run by Coach USA, offers a direct service to New York City from all airport terminals. Buses run from 04:00-01:00 and leave every 15 minutes from 06:45-11:15. They will drop you off at Bryant Park, Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Station. Journey time is around 45 minutes (longer in rush hour).
Cost: USD 16 one-way
Locations: Outside Arrivals in Terminal A, lane 5; Terminal B, lane 2; Terminal C, bus stops 5 and 6
Taxis are available outside each terminal, and costs vary depending on traffic. Journey time can be as short as 30 minutes, and as long as 60.
Cost: USD 50-75 (plus tolls and tip)
Going further afield?
Amtrak trains run from the Airport Station to Philadelphia, Boston and New Haven, Connecticut, among other destinations. It also runs hourly to New York city.
If you’re transferring between Terminals A and C, there is a free airside shuttle bus from Gates A28 and C71.
The shuttle runs daily from 05:00 until 23:00. If you have a connection in Terminal C, you will have to pass through security and border control to take the AirTrain to your connecting flight.
Avoid the high prices for water at the airport and head to the B3 Satellite Area. You’ll find a station where you can fill up a water bottle before boarding your flight.
If you would like to take a shower after a long flight or layover, head to the United Club lounges.
Pay USD 50 at the door for lounge access (free for members), which includes a family room, refreshments, and premium wines and spirits.
These lounges are available to economy passengers:
Terminal C has the best selection of dining options.
In Terminals A and B, it’s best to eat pre-security as prices after security increase substantially. The Earl of Sandwich is the only sit-down restaurant after security in the concourse of Terminal A, near Gates A20-A28. The sandwiches and wraps are tasty, but the places can be very crowded.
There are a number of kosher prepared food options at EWR: from herb grilled chicken sandwich and organic quinoa salad to grilled tofu wrap or yogurt parfaits.
Fresko Green Label and Star K at CIBO Express are the labels to look for:
Terminal C1, airside, at entrance before gate C70
Terminal C1, airside, at gate 71 (Mercato Abruzzo)
Terminal C1, airside, at gate C73
Terminal C1, airside, at gate C75
Terminal C1, airside, at gate C92
Terminal C1, airside, at gate C93
Terminal C2, airside, at gate C112
Terminal C2, airside, at gate C101-C115 (Vanguard Market)
Terminal C3, airside, at gate C132
Terminal C3, at gate C123
Available Sunday through Friday (no delivieries on Shabbat).
Ignore offers of transportation from solicitors in the terminal as these drivers may be uninsured and unlicensed. A taxi fare to LaGuardia or JFK International Airports will cost around 85 USD plus the cost of any tolls (usually roundtrip). There is also a 5.50 USD surcharge for credit card transactions. The journey may take anywhere between 75-90 minutes.
For LaGuardia, take the AirTrain (5.50 USD) to NY Penn Station and grab the Express Bus Service (14 USD). The journey can take anywhere between 60-105 minutes.
For JFK, the fastest route is to take the LIRR (13-16 USD) from Penn Station to Jamaica Station and take the AirTrain (5 USD) up the airport.
You'll find all the car rental companies at Stations P2 and P3 on the AirTrain:
Advantage, Payless and Thrifty are also available at the airport.
Note: Ask your rental agency if they provide an E-ZPass machine. This automatically pays the tolls in the area, so you don't need to carry cash.
The Marriott is the only hotel located on airport grounds. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to all terminals (going every 20 minutes, sometimes even more often), and offers amenities such as on-site dining, free Wi-Fi, fitness centre, and soundproofed windows that still give great views of the planes landing and taking off! Travelers have reported that it is advisable to take the shuttle service even though the hotel is on the aiport's premises.
Rooms start at 144 USD per night.
There are charging stations both airside and landside throughout all the terminals.
If you’re in Terminal B and the charging stations are busy, head to the food court. The wall sockets have built-in USB ports that should help you charge your devices.
There are two nursing suites available for moms who wish to have a private space to feed their babies.
Concourse B2, airside, near Gates 50-57
Concourse B3, airside, near Gates 60-68
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