Car Service from Manhatten to Newark Airport

Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:30 AM
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Car Service from Manhatten to Newark Airport

On our last visit to NYC, my husband and I flew in and out of Newark. While we took the train into the City, we decided to have a car take us back, as we were tired and found a reasonable price. I can't remember what car service it was. We are going to NYC with another couple in June and I am thinking that splitting the cost of a car service might be the way to go. Any ideas of which car service would be a good one to check into? Am I correct in my thinking that this might be a reasonable way to go?
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:34 AM
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I prefer this one:

www.dial7.com

212-777-7777

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Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:36 AM
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And yes, a car service is the best way to & from EWR to Manhattan.

Enjoy NYC & Welcome back!
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:18 AM
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Yes- for 4 people this is your best bet. Try the web sites to see if you can find discounts/coupons - they often have them for airports. Besides Dial try Carmel or Tel Aviv. (Note these are sedans only - not limos - and nothing fancy.)
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Also try limolink (877-798-5466). We used them just this week from the City to EWR and were very pleased. After the disaster we encountered getting into the City last Fri, we wished we had used them then.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:25 PM
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Thanks for the help.

dfr4848: Was the disaster you faced with another car service or getting into the City another way?
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:36 PM
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The disaster was the snow storm. There were absolutely no cabs at EWR, what buses there were were running full, no available seats on Amtrak. We ended up taking NJ Transit to Penn Station then a cab - which was also a hassle due to crowds, late trains, etc. From the time we got off the plane until we got to the hotel took 3.5 hours (longer than our flight). I know such things aren't contollable, but we did notice that the ONLY tranportation that seemed to be getting in and out of EWR with minimal delays/hassles were the pre-arranged car services who were holding up their signs by the baggage claim. Live and learn.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:45 PM
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travel52 - I should've added that there were 6 in our group and we definitely felt lucky we even got to EWR. Our flight was only 20 min late arriving and we didn't know how many flights had been cancelled until we got in the airport. Still, I think a car service would've minimized the hassles.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:41 PM
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The drivers holding the signs are not from the companies reco'd above. For those you reserve in advance and then call them when you get your luggage - so there is some wait while you get your car.

The ones holdng signs with people's names are typically corporate limo agencies - and they charge more for this than a regular pick up from a car service ( which is just a sedan, often not new). The corporate services meet your plane - but they charge more - and if it's late - or it takes you a while to get your luggage, you pay extra for that time.
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Apr 2nd, 2007, 10:05 AM
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Thanks for your help. When I check the sites, I see what the rate is but tolls and gratuity are not included. What do the tolls run (approximately) from Newark Airport into the City? Carmel looks the cheapest by a couple of dollars. Thanks again !
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 05:36 AM
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The toll from Newark is about $8 I think. There's a toll on the NJ tpke and then a toll for the tunnel.

The service where someone stands with a sign with your name is called "meet and greet." Not only do you pay extra, but you'll either have to walk to the car or wait while the driver goes for it and drives it around.

I like limores.net and if you order for roundtrip service, you get a discount. With 4 of you and luggage, if you go with Carmel or Dial 7, I wouldn't chose the cheapest car option.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Thanks Mclaurie, I will check them out. I am a bit confused about the "meet and greet". Is the meet and greet an option for any car service? How does the car service you prefer do it?
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 09:49 AM
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The car service will do it whichever way you want. The point is that the "meet and greet" does not qualifyy for the low rates seen onthe website. That involves your calling the car company when you arrive - so there's still some wait. (And if the weather is bad - or there's very heavy traffic - you may be waiting a while. I gave up once after 30 minutes and grabbed a cab.)

If you want the "meet and greet" you ned to arrange it in advance and it will cost considerably more than the regular service - perhaps twice as much - depending on company and location. And- then you do need to drag your luggage out to the parking lot - or stand and wait while the driver brings the car around (15 minutes or so at Newark). You're not allowed to park right at/near the pick up point for security reasons since 9/11.

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Apr 3rd, 2007, 10:14 AM
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Okay, now I understand. Sounds like a bit of a no win situation. My husband and I usually take the air train, train and then cab from Newark into our hotel in the City. We have friends arriving the day before us who have never been to NY, so I was trying to simplify things for them. Their flight arrives at 5:05pm, so traffic would probably be bad.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 10:24 AM
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Where is the hotel? The express bus to Port Authority or Grand Central might be a reasonable option if you're staying nearby.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 10:25 AM
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Our company uses Garden State Limousine; and connect using cell phones - so don't need the "meet and greet" in baggage. 800-848-1322. Don't know if their rates are competitive with above or not.
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