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Old 09-02-2017, 08:33 PM   #1
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New Yorkers...Advice Please

I have to fly out to NYC in early November for a very quick trip (36 hours) to see a friend and because it was cheapest, I'm flying into Newark but staying in Manhattan. I'm not renting a car (because NYC) nor do I particularly feel like paying $50 for an Uber or possibly more for a cab so my plan was to take the train in. It appears that NJ Transit will drop me right at Penn Station in midtown and my hotel is only a few blocks from there but I wanted to see if any of the locals could tell me something Google does not.

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Yes, there is a monorail (AirTrain) that will take you from the airport to the NJ Transit "Newark Liberty International Airport Station". From there you can get to Penn Station NYC. Once on the train to NYC, be advised that there is also Penn Station in Newark that the train will stop at first, don't get out there.

The fare for the monorail is included in the ticket from Newark Airport to NY Penn.

When returning from NY to the airport make sure the train you are on will stop at the airport. Many of them will blow right past the airport.

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You can also take a bus from EWR to midtown. It stops at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. Depending on the location of your hotel, this option might make more sense. I've taken the bus before and found it convenient, since you don't have to switch trains.
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That's exactly what I would do and have done Andrew.. have fun.. don't get crabs.
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You can also take a bus from EWR to midtown. It stops at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. Depending on the location of your hotel, this option might make more sense. I've taken the bus before and found it convenient, since you don't have to switch trains.
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That's exactly what I would do and have done Andrew.. have fun.. don't get crabs.
This also sounds appealing since I'm just a few blocks from Times Square. Is it an NJ Transit bus?
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I meant I'd take the train to Penn station.
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This also sounds appealing since I'm just a few blocks from Times Square. Is it an NJ Transit bus?
I believe there actually are NJ Transit buses that go from the airport to the Port Authority bus terminal, but I'd imagine those would take forever. The airport express is what most people uses. It leaves directly from the Newark terminals.

https://www.newarkairportexpress.com/

Where is your hotel? The Bus Terminal is somewhat close to Penn Station. So if your hotel is closer to Times Square, I'd use the bus, but if it's closer to Penn Station, I might use the train.

Maybe the cost of train vs bus will drive your decision.



Argument for the bus: No connections to make. Just get on at the terminal and get off at Times Square.
Argument for the train: Bus service goes through the road tunnels. Depending on time of day (rush hour) or accidents in the tunnels, the bus might encounter delays.

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I believe there actually are NJ Transit buses that go from the airport to the Port Authority bus terminal, but I'd imagine those would take forever. The airport express is what most people uses. It leaves directly from the Newark terminals.

https://www.newarkairportexpress.com/

Where is your hotel? The Bus Terminal is somewhat close to Penn Station. So if your hotel is closer to Times Square, I'd use the bus, but if it's closer to Penn Station, I might use the train.

Maybe the cost of train vs bus will drive your decision.



Argument for the bus: No connections to make. Just get on at the terminal and get off at Times Square.
Argument for the train: Bus service goes through the road tunnels. Depending on time of day (rush hour) or accidents in the tunnels, the bus might encounter delays.
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My hotel is at 5th and 32nd and my flight gets in at 2:45 PM on Sunday so I'm not sure how NYC traffic is on the weekends. Portland is just bad all the damn time now.
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My hotel is at 5th and 32nd and my flight gets in at 2:45 PM on Sunday so I'm not sure how NYC traffic is on the weekends. Portland is just bad all the damn time now.
Yeah, NYC traffic is always bad. On weekdays during rush hour, there are dedicated bus lanes in the tunnels which speed things up a bit for the buses.

Looking at the location of your hotel, you are actually closer to Penn Station than Times Square, so I would take the train if I was you. If you decide to take the bus, I'd get off at Bryant Park rather than the Bus Terminal.

Your hotel's in K-Town. Hope you like Korean food.
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easiest most straightforward with the least amount of transfers will be bus...

The Path train will also take you to 33rd St from Newark Penn
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My hotel is at 5th and 32nd and my flight gets in at 2:45 PM on Sunday so I'm not sure how NYC traffic is on the weekends. Portland is just bad all the damn time now.
if its daytime then the traffic is guaranteed to be bad, especially in that area. your super close to penn station, would recommend train service
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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!
Those aren't pillows...
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Alright guys...train it is. Thanks!

And yes I do love Korean food. Bulgogi beef....
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Bulgogi, tofu soup, bibimbop, BBQ, fried chicken, and bakeries. It's all there on 32nd street.
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