For a long time, Manhattan was the most popular destination in New York City (check out how to get to Manhattan here). Brooklyn has however become increasingly popular as a destination for tourists. This is our guide on how to transfer from the Newark airport (EWR) to Brooklyn in NYC. You will find instructions in regards to the following topics:
There are several options available to transfer from the Newark Liberty International Airport to Brooklyn. Since Brooklyn is well connected to Manhattan, all of these transfer options will take you through the city. From there – if you have opted for public transportation – you can take the subway to Brooklyn. We have described your options below in more detail.
In Newark, board the AirTrain that takes you to the “Rail Transfer Station”.
PLEASE NOTE: The AirTrain will not take you to New York City. It is merely a local train that circles the Newark airport and makes several stops along the way (one of the stops being the Rail Transfer Station). Once you arrive there, you exit the train and buy your train ticket to Penn Station at the vending machine (approx. $16). Thanks to escalators and elevators, you can get to your respective platform easily even with big bags. The subsequent train ride to Penn Station in Manhattan takes around 30 minutes.
Penn Station (34th Street & 8th Ave) is well connected to the subway system. Once you arrive there you can buy your tickets for the subway. There are MetroCards available from ticket machines at the entrances to the Subway system (just follow the signs towards the subway). If you are staying for a longer period of time it might make sense to purchase more than a single ride ticket, as this option is significantly cheaper in the long run. Penn Station is connected to the blue MTA Lines , and , which all service Brooklyn. You can download a current subway map as a PDF here, to help you find your way.
Our tip: During special events or holidays, transferring from the Newark airport to Brooklyn by train will be your fasted option.
Your next option for travel from Newark Airport to Brooklyn is taking the bus. The Newark Liberty Airport Express departs from the Newark Airport and makes several stops in Manhattan. These include the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Times Square), Bryant Park (42nd Street and Fifth Avenue), as well as Grand Central Station (41st Street between Park and Lexington Avenue). Cost per person: $ 16.
All these stops are heavily-frequented stations in Manhattan and each stop is near a subway station. From there you can take the New York Subway, for which you will need a MetroCard. These start at $ 2.75 for a one-way fare. Taking the subway allows you to avoid traffic and will generally be much quicker. Below you can find a brief overview of which subway lines you can take when you are at the above-mentioned stops in Manhattan:
The shuttle bus is a great option to take you from Newark Airport to Brooklyn. These small busses take several people to Manhattan in one trip to cut the cost of ticket prices. This option is convenient, as you don’t have to drag your luggage around, as well as affordable. Shuttle busses depart directly from an area near the airport exit. Your destination, for example, could be Grand Central Station, which has superb connections to Brooklyn by subway.
You can also conveniently book your tickets online – which is the ultimate no stress solution.
Do you want to get to Brooklyn in style? You can book a limo that will take you directly to your destination. You can book a limo ticket online in order to be sure of how much the ride will cost. Rates generally start around $44 with three passengers – prices will depend on the number of people in the limo.
Another option is to simply get into a cab that will take you directly from the Newark airport to Brooklyn. The ride takes approx. 1 hour – depending on your destination in Brooklyn. Be sure to go to the licensed taxi stand! While some individuals may approach you offering you a taxi, these are often private citizens who do not drive a licensed taxi.
Getting from your hotel or other accommodations in Brooklyn to the Newark airport is very easy. Choose one of the five options above and do it in reverse! If you are taking the subway to Manhattan, get to either Penn Station or Grand Central Station in order to take the train to the Newark airport. Only by taxi, shuttle-service, or limo can you bypass first having the go to Manhattan.
First, you choose the appropriate subway line to Penn Station (34th Street and 8th Ave.). Lines , or stop at Penn Station. There, take the train to Newark airport. PLEASE NOTE: Don’t get off the train at Newark Airport Station but at Newark Airport Railway Transfer Station. Check with the attendant to be sure you get off at the correct station.
Take the subway to either the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Times Square), Bryant Park (42nd Street and Fifth Avenue), as well as Grand Central Station (41st Street between Park and Lexington Avenue). You can then take the “Newark Liberty Airport Express” directly to Newark Airport from any of these stations.
Take the subway to Manhattan so you can get on the shuttle bus at a station in NYC. You can reserve tickets easily and conveniently online prior to your trip so that you don’t stress during your departure.
As opposed to the public means of transportation and the shuttle bus, a limo picks you up at your hotel or other accommodations in Brooklyn and takes you straight to the airport. Rates start at $44 with three passengers.
This is the easiest and most convenient option but unfortunately also the most expensive. All you have to do is get in and get back out once you have reached Newark Airport!