New York City is back on top of the tourism map, which means many visitors are traveling between LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty airports and Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.
This comprehensive guide gives you all your choices for Newark Airport transportation without spending a fortune.
As a native and lifelong New Yorker, these are my recommendations for the most reliable and affordable ways to get to and from EWR, to help you save money and prevent you from being scammed into paying much more than what you should be paying.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
There are multiple public transportation options, including PATH, NJ Transit, Amtrak, AirTrain and express bus service.
To or from Penn Station, take NJTransit
- Buy a ticket at a vending machine or ticket counter. Fare is $8 each way.
- Keep track of your ticket during your ride because you’ll use it both for the AirTrain and NJT.
- There are trains every 10 minutes between 6am and 9pm, and every 15 minutes between 9pm and 6am.
To or from Lower Manhattan
- AirTrain to Newark Penn Station to NYC Penn Station, connect with subways downtown
- AirTrain to Newark Penn Station, connect with PATH to World Trade Center. The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, R, and W subway lines all have stops nearby.
Newark Airport Express Bus
Stops at Grand Central, Bryant Park, and Port Authority, and runs directly to Newark airport.
Cost is $18 one-way and $20 round-trip. There’s also a discount for seniors – if you ask.
- Buses leave every 15-30 minutes, depending on time of day and day of week.
- The service operates daily from 5am from EWR to Manhattan and 7am from Manhattan to EWR.
- Last busses are 10:45pm from EWR to Manhattan and Midnight from Manahttan to EWR
- Travel time is 30 minutes to one hour, depending on time of day.
- More information here, including booking a ticket online.
Since Newark Liberty is in New Jersey, not in NYC, regular NYC taxi meter rules do not apply.
This is what to expect with such interstate travel –
- Standard metered fare (which will be around $75, depending on location in Manhattan, less from Brooklyn or Staten Island, more from Queens or Bronx)
- Plus $17.50 Newark Surcharge.
- Plus 30 cents Improvement Surcharge.
- Plus tip and tolls to and from EWR (passengers also are charged for the drivers’ return tolls).
- The on-screen rate message should read “Rate #3 – Newark Airport.”
E-Hail – NYC Taxi Apps
There are several E-Hail apps which allow you to reserve a NYC taxi online with a binding rate if you request one.
These are the E-Hail apps currently participating:
- If you request a trip through the E-Hail app, the meter will not be turned on for the duration of the trip.
- Each E-Hail company sets its own rates and will give you a price prior to sending a trip request.
- If you received a binding fare quote, you will pay the fare that you accepted.
- E-Hail companies are still allowed to send you metered taxis, instead of offering a binding fare quote.
- Consult the E-Hail company if you are unsure which type of trip you are requesting.
- The upfront fare quote should include all charges, but the fare may change if you change your destination or if there are any unexpected tolls or taxes.
- If you feel you have been overcharged, file a complaint with 311.
- Each app has an option to tip the driver. As always, you can tip your driver in cash.
Everything else you need to know about NYC taxi fares and other taxi regulations is on the official NYC government website.
Long before app-based ride services surged onto the scene from Silicon Valley, NYC had a thriving local car service industry, and still does, including family-owned businesses.
NYC-based car services offer similar competitive prices and late model cars to the Silicon Valley companies Uber and Lyft, and competitive with NYC taxi prices.
Most NYC-based car services are small, family-owned businesses.
Plus, NYC-based services hire only professional, experienced drivers who know NYC and don’t need to rely on GPS to find an address or the back route to the airport when the highway is gridlocked.
NYC-based car services also give you the choice to order your vehicle by app or the old-fashioned way – dialing instead of texting to speak to a real live person to order your car.
Some NYC-based car services have both local phone numbers with 212 and 917 area codes, and toll-free numbers.
What a concept! Speak to a real live dispatcher who knows the city and its traffic patterns and can advise you on the best pick-up time for wherever you are going.
And that real live person can take your credit card info so you can prepay on the phone and not even bother to sign anything when you are in the vehicle.
Your credit card stays on record for the next time, and you get an actual receipt via email for each ride you take – just as with those app-based services owned by the Silicon Valley millionaires.
Unfortunately, even some of the local car services have begun to charge more for peak demand times, but nothing like the surge pricing charged by the Silicon Valley companies. Plus, you are told up-front, so there are no expensive surge pricing surprises when you get the bill.
All those things make locally-based NYC car services more convenient and often less expensive than those Silicon Valley companies.
And since many car service drivers maximize their income by working both for a NYC-based company and one of the Silicon Valley imports, you are not taking work away from a NYC driver – you are giving him or her more work.
If you are tired of surge pricing surprises, drivers not familiar with NYC or with the English language, or with sending your money to Wall St. investors, check out these reliable, professional NYC-based car services, some of which also have a national presence.
NYC-based traditional black car and neighborhood livery drivers can take mobile payments and send you an email receipt.
And unlike those Silicon Valley companies, the NYC car services also take that old-fashioned hand-held payment system called cash.
BTW – I always give a cash tip, even when I pay by credit card, so drivers don’t have to wait for the payment cycle from the car service company or from the credit card company. That applies also to licensed NYC taxis.
Carmel has been providing reliable car service at reasonable prices for more than 25 years, and I have been using them that long. They offer discounts for non-peak airport service – just ask.
They also have partners in other cities, including Los Angeles.
Their experienced telephone dispatchers know traffic patterns and will tell you if your requested travel time to the airport is not enough, or just order a car through their app, the same way you would an Uber or Lyft ride, and pay electronically or with cash.
Dial 7 also has been providing reliable car service at reasonable prices for more than 25 years. I use them regularly, too, and recommend them.
They also have partners in other cities, including Los Angeles.
Dial 7, like its chief competitor Carmel, offers discounts for non-peak airport service if you ask, and their telephone operators know traffic patterns and can advice you on the proper timing for your trip.
You can also order a car via their app, the same way you would order an Uber or Lyft ride, and pay electronically or with cash.
- Phone Number: (212) 777-7777
Based in Chelsea, AllState is in a great location to easily get to anybody in New York City in a reasonable pickup time.
Their drivers look and act professionally, and they offer discounts for regular riders.
- Phone Number: (212) 333-3333
Primarily a corporate service, Carey also transports non-corporate individual passengers, although at rates slightly higher than Carmel, Dial 7 and AllState, in part because drivers are uniformed and vehicles are more likely to be higher-end luxury sedans and SUVs.
- Phone Number: (800) 336-4646
If you are eco-minded, this is the car service for you. Elite Green’s fleet strictly is exclusively fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, including the Lincoln MKT and Mercedes S550.
For security, personal account riders cannot enter a vehicle without a voucher.
- Phone Number: (866) 696-5966
Drivers often arrive early and will call and text you when they are near. With low prices and high courtesy, Wiro is the way to go.
- Phone Number: (718) 775-2611
Based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Arecibo serves the entire tri-state area and has the tagline “we’ll be there in 5 minutes.”
We wouldn’t always count on that to hold 100 percent true, but they are good about always being prompt. Arecibo offers standard, luxury, minivan, and SUV vehicles.
- Phone Number: (855) 428-0222
Based on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New Family services the entire city, specializing in Upper Manhattan and Bronx, primarily with bi-lingual Latino drivers.
- Phone Number: (212)749-7777
- No website, but positive review on Yelp
Operated by a father-daughter team. Prices are higher than other car services recommended here, but it gets high marks from followers on Facebook.
- No website
- Facebook page which includes phone number
This article has been has been updated for ecoXplorer and re-published periodically, including in Jan. 2023 with new rates.
The original and updated articles are both (C) Copyright Evelyn Kanter.
ecoXplorer Evelyn Kanter is a journalist with 20+ years of experience as a newspaper and magazine writer, radio & TV news producer & reporter, and the author of guidebooks and smartphone apps – all focusing on travel, automotive, the environment and your rights as a consumer.
ecoXplorer Evelyn Kanter is the President of IMPA, the International Motor Press Assn., and a former Board member of SATW, the Society of American Travel Writers.
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