North Jersey/NYC - The Endless Possibilities of Public Transportation from Newark Liberty Airport
If you are flying into Newark, NJ the absolute fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get around is using public transportation. Even with an incredible deal on a rental car, if you add the hassle and cost of parking, public transportation canâ€™t be beat. If you have never used big city public transportation previously, this may seem daunting but it is actually quite easy.
The best part about Newark Liberty Airport is the AIRTRAIN. No matter where you are headed in this metropolitan region you are going to need to board the Airtrain. There are stops at every terminal and signs clearly indicate where you need to go in order to board. The most important aspect to understand is the ticketing system as it may be confusing at first glance. If you are traveling from terminal to terminal there is no charge. You can choose to buy a ticket while you are in the Newark Airport or you can buy one at the Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station. Therefore, you do not actually need to buy a ticket prior to getting on the Airtrain. However, if you take the train past the last terminal with the intention of going to the Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station you are going to eventually have to buy a ticket for Airtrain. It is deceiving because once you get off the train you are at the Newark Airport Train Station and think that you just got a free ride. However, because riders at this station can only have come from the airport the machines at this station automatically add the Airtrain fee to your ticket purchase.
If you purchased your ticket at the actual Newark Airport, DO NOT throw away your ticket once you are off the Airtrain. The Airtrain ticket also serves as the ticket you will use for NJ Transit or AMTRAK. When you buy your original ticket your origin will be the Newark Airport and depending on your destination the additional fee will be added accordingly. On NJ Transit trains you need to show your ticket to the conductor when they come by asking for tickets.
In addition, when traveling in the reverse direction make sure to purchase your ticket with Newark Liberty Airport as your final destination. When traveling to the airport you actually have to put your ticket through a machine at a turnstile in order to get on to the Airtrain.
The AIRTRAIN costs $5.50 and typically runs every couple of minutes between 5 AM and 12AM. It runs every 15 minutes between 12AM and 4:45AM.
To Destinations on Northeast Corridor Line
As you will see when you buy your ticket the NJ Transit train can take you to a number of cities throughout Northern and Central New Jersey.
Newark Penn Station is one stop up from the airport station and total cost is $8.50 taking about 30 minutes from the actual airport. Here you can transfer to a variety of options of public transportation. The main option would be to take the PATH Train to either Jersey City, Hoboken, or Lower Manhattan. There are also several other NJ Transit lines to all over NJ including the Raritan Valley Line and North Jersey Coastline to which you would transfer to at Newark Penn Station. The best way to decipher these options is to use the NJ Transit Trip Planner.
Trenton, NJ is a 60 minute train ride from the Newark Airport Station and cost a total of $14.75. It is possible to connect to Philadelphia from here but I wonâ€™t comment on that now.
New York Penn Station is a 30 minute train ride from The Newark Airport Station and cost a total of $15.
New Brunswick, NJ is a 30 minute train ride from The Newark Airport Station and cost a total of $12.75.
Princeton, NJ is a 45 minute train ride from The Newark Airport Station and cost a total of $14.