EWR to NYC Cheaply!

Old Apr 17th, 2007, 05:15 PM
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EWR to NYC Cheaply!

Is there a bus, train or other form of mass transit, besides expensive taxis to get us from the Newark airport into NYC cheaply? The last time we did this the cab driver told us he HAD to charge the rate he charged us. I can't remember if we were coming or going, but would like an alternative. Thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 17th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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There is an express bus that takes you directly from EWR to either Penn Station, Port Authority or Grand Central for around $15. The NJ Transit train will take you to Penn Station for about $15. If there are more than 3 of you, then this isn't that much more economical than ordering a car or taking the cab.
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Old Apr 17th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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I should add that the bus or train options are $15 per person.
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Old Apr 17th, 2007, 05:50 PM
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Easiest way -- take the NJ Transit train directly from the Newark airport to Penn Station in NYC. It just doesn't get any simpler. It's a 25-minute ride, train comes every 20 minutes, and it's $14 ($11 for children). Look for the AirTrain signs in the airport -- they have a (free)shuttle to the train.
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Old Apr 17th, 2007, 05:51 PM
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From Penn Station or PA or ? you would ten have to walk or take the subway or cab to your hotel. so - this will save you some money for 2 -but not for 3. (Cab from Newark to the city is about $60 or so.)

If you don't have much luggage and don't mind schlepping you can take the Air Train to Newark and from there take the PATH or New Jersey Transit into New York Penn Station. (DO NOT get on an Amtrak train which are more expensive.)
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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Just an FYI, those rates are determined by the either the Port Authority or the taxi commission (can't remember).

Their aim was to make sure you weren't getting ripped off so that's why he couldn't negotiate with you. They must adhere to the rate given at the airport.
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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The most efficient and reasonably priced option is the NJ Transit train. I believe it's $11 a person.
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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It's $14 to take NJ Transit.
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 02:49 PM
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The AirTrain was $11 when we took it.
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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Just re-checked njtransit.com and EWR to NY Penn Station is definitely $14.
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 03:02 PM
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I stand corrected, it is $14.
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Okay, let me make this clear again:

The Newark Airtrain is a monorail that runs between the EWR terminals and the Newark Airport train station.

From the Newark Airport train station, you can take AMTRAK or NJTransit trains. If you're going to NYC, no reason to take the much more expensive AMTRAK.

Before you exit the Airtrain system, you'll buy a combo Airtrain/NJTransit ticket, $14 if your destination is New York Penn station. Switch to Subway or other transport from there - separate tickets for those.

But if you're going to Downtown/Financial District, then you should only ride the NJTransit to Newark Penn ($7.5), then the PATH train ($1.5) to World Trade Center.

Note again that the Airtrain doesn't go to to Newark center and the NJTransit doesn't go to the airport. You'll be riding BOTH (and the PATH also, if you're going to downtown Manhattan).
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Old Apr 18th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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Sorry if my "$14" wasn't more clear. I was assuming the OP would be heading into Penn Station.
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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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The cheapest of the cheap ways to get from EWR to Manhattan:

NJ Transit bus #62
(stops at EWR Terminals A, B, and C)
to Newark Penn Station
cost: $1.25
time: 20 minutes

THEN from Newark Penn:
PATH train to WTC (World Trade Center site, Manhattan)
cost: $1.50
time: 22 minutes

Arriving in lower Manhattan, you would probably have to transfer to a subway--many available here--to reach your final destination--another $2.00 and more time.

This is the cheapest, but probably the most time-consuming and agonizing depending on your final destination.
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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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Don't discount the free tour of downtown Newark you'd get on the bus
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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 08:36 AM
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My husband by accident did the city bus one time and it took him two hours to get to Manhattan.

I think the Airtrain is a major PIA especially with luggage. If you have two or more people you really aren't saving enough money to justify the time it takes. I know people have said it only takes 20 minutes but every time I've taken the Airtrain it has taken me over an hour.
 
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