Transfer from Newark Airport to Manhattan

How to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan and back

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14. January 2020
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This is our guide on how to transfer from Newark Airport (EWR) to Brooklyn in NYC. You will find instructions in regards to the following topics below:



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Transfer Options from Newark Airport to Manhattan

Newark Liberty International Airport, short EWR, is located in New Jersey and one of the three airports serving the New York City area. It’s one of United Airlines’ major hubs. Newark Airport is only 17 miles from Manhattan leading to multiple transfer options that you can choose from.

If you are arriving at Newark Airport, you should know that it is well connected to Manhattan. It is easy to plan your way from Newark Airport to Manhattan before you get there, in order to avoid any hassle upon arrival. Due to there being several Newark Airport transfer options available, we have listed them all in the article below to help you to your way into NYC. To see where you arrive at or depart from, check out the Newark Airport Terminal Map beforehand.

1. Take a Taxi

Taxi from Newark Airport to Manhattan

  • Cost: $70 + tolls (total)
  • Transfer duration: 45 – 60 minutes
  • no reservation required
  • not the cheapest option, typically long queues

The first option you have is to take one of the famous yellow cabs waiting outside of the airport. These operate under a permit from New York City and are therefore highly trustworthy. Newark is quite a distance from Manhattan. You will see this in the cost for a cab ride from the airport to Manhattan: including tolls and tip, the trip will cost $70-85, depending on your destination in Manhattan. There is no flat rate. A cab only becomes cost-effective with 3 or more people. Keep in mind however that you will have to wait in line for a cab once you get there. Due to the number of people that want to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan daily you can sometimes be waiting up to 20 minutes to get to the front of the cab line.

⚠ PLEASE NOTE: Say NO to the people that ask you if you would like a taxi to Manhattan when you first leave the terminal. These are private individuals and do not drive a yellow cab. To get one of the trusted cabs, go stand in line at the taxi rank outside the airport terminal.

2. Book a Private Airport Transfer

Private Transfer from Newark Airport to Manhattan

  • Cost: from $16 per person
  • Transfer duration: 45 – 60 minutes
  • most convenient option, cheaper than a taxi or shuttle, fastest option
  • phone is required to call, which may be difficult for international travelers

At a cost of as little as $16 per person (if you are traveling with 3-5 people), you can also book a private Newark Airport transfer. These private transfer services are available 24/7 which means that your car will be there for you no matter what time you land at EWR. Once you arrive at EWR you will just have to call the number you received on your booking confirmation, to let your driver know you are ready and he can pull up in front of the terminal. This is the family-friendliest transfer from Newark Airport to Manhattan.

You can also choose between either a minivan which fits 5 people and a Sedan for a maximum of 3 passengers:


If you wish to book your return trip back to JFK airport in advance as well, you can do so here.

3. Catch a Shuttle Bus

Shuttle from Newark Airport to Manhattan

  • Cost: $21 per person (roundtrip $37)
  • Transfer duration: 45 – 60 minutes
  • flexible departure times
  • longer transfer duration compared to other options

The shuttle bus is a group taxi that takes 1-8 passengers to Manhattan for around $24 each. This is a great way to get from EWR to Manhattan if you are looking to save some money or are traveling in a very large group. You will be driven directly to your hotel in Manhattan. Keep in mind, however, that other people may be dropped off first, meaning the transfer could take a little longer.

Booking a roundtrip will save you a few bucks!


4. Take the Train & Subway

Public Transport from Newark Airport to Manhattan

  • Cost: $16 per person
  • Transfer duration: 30 – 40 minutes
  • cheapest transfer option from EWR to Manhattan
  • can be hard to navigate for first-time visitors, not convenient if you carry a lot of luggage

Getting from Newark to New York by train is easy! After you take the AirTrain to the Newark Liberty International Airport Station, you can just take the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line directly to New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan (see map). From there you can take the subway to complete your journey.

Make sure you get off at New York Penn Station, not Newark Penn Station!

5. Use the Express Bus

Bus from Newark Airport to Manhattan

  • Cost: $18 per person
  • Transfer duration: 45 – 60 minutes
  • flexible departure times
  • won’t drop you off directly at your destination

The Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus is another great option to get into the city without spending too much money. The bus leaves from Newark Airport and from three stops within Manhattan approximately every 30 minutes. A one-way trip takes from 45 to 60 minutes and costs $18. You can continue your journey by subway, if necessary. All you need is a MetroCard. Adding up the cost though, you are better off taking a private transfer or shuttle that drops you off at your hotel or accommodation for the same price.

The bus makes several stops in Manhattan:

    • Port Authority Bus Terminal 
    • Bryant Park
    • Grand Central Terminal

6. Call an UBER

Uber from Newark Airport to Manhattan

  • Cost: $50-60 (total)
  • Transfer duration: 45 – 60 minutes
  • slightly cheaper than a taxi
  • app and internet access required

UBER is a great and slightly less expensive alternative to taking a taxi from Newark Airport to Manhattan. Always check the estimated fare of your journey before you book an UBER at EWR. Depending on the time of the day, UBER fares fluctuate which is why you should take a look first to avoid paying more than you need. To call an UBER, you need to have the app installed on your phone to enter all relevant info like your destination. Typically, the UBER driver will be meeting you within just a few minutes. If you’re new to UBER, you can sign up here and use the promo codeselwynt1″ for $5 off your first ride.

EWR Airport Transfer FAQs

How much is a taxi from EWR to Manhattan?
A taxi from Newark Airport to Manhattan will cost you approximately $80 + tip. The taxi uses regular metered fare for the route from EWR to New York, plus a $17.50 surcharge and tolls to and from the airport.

How much does the AirTrain at EWR cost?
The AirTrain at Newark Airport charges you $5.50 upon exiting.

Can I buy a MetroCard at Newark Airport?
No, you can’t buy a MetroCard at Newark Airport. The MetroCard is valid in New York City’s subway and the PATH to and from NJ. It is not valid on NJ Transit. To buy the MetroCard, wait until you arrived in New York. You can purchase it at any subway station.

What is the fastest way to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan?
The fastest way to get from EWR to Manhattan is by private transfer or UBER. You won’t have to wait in line and the vehicles will take you directly to your destination, meaning you don’t need to change trains or subways. In case of bad traffic, however, you may want to consider taking the train into the city. They typically run late, but the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge can get packed.

What is the cheapest way to get from EWR to Manhattan?
The cheapest way to get from Newark to Manhattan depends on the size of your party. For a party of only 2, it would be cheapest to take a shuttle or a bus. For parties larger than that, the cheapest transfer to Manhattan would be a private transfer or an UBER as the cost is split amongst all passengers.

How far is EWR from Manhattan?
Newark Airport is about 17 miles from Manhattan.

Is the Newark airport transfer included in the New York Pass?
The transfer from Newark to Manhattan is not included in any New York Pass. Your return trip from Manhattan to EWR or any other airport is included in the Sightseeing Pass. If you have a day pass that means that your transfer is practically free!

Is there WiFi at Newark Airport?
Yes, you can log onto their Free Unlimited WiFi to access the internet at EWR.

Transfer Options from Manhattan to Newark Airport

How to get to Newark Airport from Manhattan? Easy! Just choose one of the 6 options above and do it in reverse. This means you can take a taxi, an airport shuttle, a private transfer or public transportation to get to EWR. Always make sure to allow a little more time for your return transfer to Newark Airport, as it can get really busy.

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dimas aditya

thankyou so much for the info


Hi! Where can I buy the tickets for the Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus? Is there a website or do I have to wait to purchase until I’m at EWR? Thanks!

Maureen Steinert

Hi Molly,

you can purchase tickets over the official website already!

Have a great trip!

helene lyons

where do I buy tickets for the airtrain to Newark Airport Station to catch the NJ transit train into Penn Station, Manhattan. Can I buy both trips on one ticket or do I have to buy two separate ones? thanks!

Maureen Steinert

Hi Helene,

you’ll buy your NJ Transit ticket upon exiting the Airtrain. It will automatically include the AirTrain fee.



Thanks so much. This was super helpful. The price has increased to $13


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