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Get from Newark Airport (EWR) to Manhattan: All Transport Options

Newark Liberty Airport is the oldest airfield in the United States. If you’ve just landed here and wish to travel to Midtown Manhattan in NYC, you can either take a taxi or private shuttle, use a rideshare app, or take a train or bus. The quickest way to get from Newark to Manhattan is by taxi or private shuttle, or by using a rideshare app. New York taxis are metered and the journey will take around 30 minutes in normal traffic and up to 2 hours during rush hour. Taking the train is the cheapest option, costing it will involve a few more transfers. Finally, there is an express bus option from the airport, which takes just over an hour and drops you off in the heart of Manhattan.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €160 30min 24/7 Book
Taxi & Private Shuttle €51 30min 24/7
Rideshare €51 30min 24/7
Train €29.20 45min 05:00–02:00
Bus €34.80 60min 04:00–01:00

How to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan by private shuttle or taxi

When travelling from Newark to Manhattan, taking a taxi or private shuttle is by far the most convenient and safest option. Taxis in New Jersey state are covered by official licensing, which protects customers in case of overcharging. Unlike NYC, official taxis in New Jersey are apple green. The journey between Newark Airport and Manhattan by taxi will cost you approximately $55 (€51) and it will take you anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to get to your destination.

On the other hand, you can take a private shuttle from the airport into the city, which is a solid choice for those wanting an all-inclusive price. However, you will need to book your private airport shuttle in advance.

*If you love a good scenic route when arriving at a new destination, we recommend taking the George Washington Bridge that connects to Washington Heights up near the Bronx. It isn’t the most convenient route and it will add a significant amount to your final fare, however, you won’t regret it when you get an unbeatable view of NYC’s skyline on your way in.

Taxi and private shuttle fares from EWR to Manhattan

Local taxis are metered, meaning a variety of factors such as time of day, luggage and traffic conditions can affect the price of your journey, as well as tolls. The price of a ride from Newark Airport to Manhattan will cost you approximately $55 (€51).

If you wish to take a taxi, travelling outside of rush hour is a wise choice. Peak hours are as follows:

Weekdays: 06:00-09:00 and 16:00-19:00

Weekends and holidays: 12:00-20:00

There is also an additional $5 (€4.65) surcharge to all points in the State of New York, as well as an airport access fee of $1.75 (€1.60) for pickups only and fuel surcharges that could cost up to $15 (€13.90).

If you’d prefer a flat-rate fee with no extra fees or tolls, private shuttles are a great option and there are plenty to choose from. You can book a private shuttle in advance with Welcome Pickups and take advantage of our personalised door-to-door pickups, 24/7 customer service and our app.



Trip Duration

30 Min

*Rates may vary unless taxi is booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis and private shuttles are available 24/7 from Newark Airport.

Where do I get it from?

There are official taxi ranks located outside every terminal at Newark Airport, it is important to only take cabs from the ranks. You will need to queue and will be directed by the attendant to the next available taxi. Tipping is common but not expected, so feel free to tip your attendant small change if they were super helpful.

If you are travelling by private shuttle, you will need to arrange a pickup point with your driver.


Travelling from EWR to Manhattan by taxi or private shuttle is a comfortable and safe option and is usually one of the quickest ways to get into Manhattan from Newark Airport, offering a door-to-door service. However, taxis and shuttles are at the mercy of traffic, so keep in mind that you might be caught in traffic if you’re travelling within peak hours.

Editor’s Note

It is important to never accept rides from unlicensed drivers at the airport. It is illegal to operate outside of an official taxi rank in NJ and NYC.

Useful Tips

If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, it might be best to pre-book a larger taxi or private shuttle, as additional charges may apply.
Although drivers accept both cash and card, there is a $5.95 (€5.50) surcharge when using a credit card.
It is customary and polite to tip the driver between 15%-20%.
Always request and keep your receipt.

How to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan by rideshare

Aside from local taxis and private shuttle services, rideshares are another convenient way to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan, with apps such as Lyft and Uber being the most popular in NYC. It’s usually a similar or slightly cheaper price to a standard taxi. You’ll avoid having to search for a taxi upon arrival at the airport as you can just order one from the app as you wait for your luggage. The journey from Newark to Manhattan takes about 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions, however, traffic can cause delays. To avoid this, check the best times to travel in the taxi section above.

How much will a rideshare cost from Newark Airport to Manhattan?

Rideshare apps can be cheaper than local taxis, however, the price depends on which app you use, which type of vehicle you order and traffic levels. Rideshare prices for an Uber or Lyft from Newark to Manhattan range from as cheap as $50 (€46.30) to as expensive as $130 (€120.50). To give you an idea of the kind of prices you’ll get, a Lyft ride from Newark Airport to Manhattan costs approximately:

Lyft (personal ride): $55 (€51)

XL (supersized ride): $65 (€60.30)

Lux Black (luxury ride): $100 (€92.70)

Lux Black XL (spacious luxury ride): $130 (€120.50)



Trip Duration

30 Min

*Prices may vary depending on whether you use Lyft or Uber, as well as traffic conditions.

Value for Money

Uber and Lyft services are available 24/7.

Where do I get my Lyft or Uber ride from?

You can either use the app on your phone to order a ride or you can head to one of the designated pickup areas outside of the arrivals area of any terminal. Using the app is the most convenient option, as you can book your ride whilst you’re waiting for your luggage and let your driver know where you are. Just make sure you keep your phone on you so your driver can find you easily in the busy pickup areas of each terminal.


Rideshare apps are a reliable option for your EWR to Manhattan transfer, but the arrivals area can make it challenging to find your driver and you could end up waiting a while or even missing your ride. The best way to tackle this is to keep your app open and track your ride; you can also communicate with your driver to ensure you pick a clear meeting spot.

Editor’s Note

An Uber or Lyft ride is sometimes slightly cheaper, if not the same price, as a regular New York taxi.

Useful Tips

Toll fees and surcharges may be added to your final fare.
Remember that the initial in-app quote for your ride may not be your final fare.

How to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan by train

The train journey from EWR to Manhattan is the cheapest and fastest of the public transport options due to the avoidance of NYC’s notorious traffic. Having said that, there are more stops associated with taking the train, so if you are happy to make the transfers it is a good option for those on a budget.

You will need to take the AirTrain, which runs between all terminals, from the airport to Newark Airport Train Station, where you can connect with other train services out of New Jersey. From here, you can take the NJ Transit train straight to New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Double-check that you’ve selected New York Penn Station instead of Newark Penn Station as you could receive a fine for using the wrong ticket. You can choose from two lines to get to Manhattan, the North Jersey Coast Line and the Northeast Corridor Line. The journey should only take around 45 minutes including stopovers. Once you get to Penn Station, you can use the 1,2,3, A, C, or E lines of the subway to continue to your final destination.

How much is the train from Newark to Manhattan?

The AirTrain costs $8 (€7.40) to reach Newark Airport Train Station, however, if you purchase a ticket for the onward journey via NJ Transit to NY Penn Station, the price for the AirTrain is included. You’ll only need to use one ticket throughout your journey, costing $15.75 (€14.60) in total. Tickets are available for purchase at the airport station via ticketing machines.



Trip Duration

45 Min

*There can be up to a 15 minute wait for the train.

Value for Money

The AirTrain is available 24/7 and the NJ Transit Trains operate from 05:00-02:00.

Where do I get it from?

You can catch the AirTrain from any terminal at the designated stations, just follow the signs. NJ Transit trains depart from the Newark Liberty International Airport Station, reachable via the AirTrain.


Taking the AirTrain and NJ Transit to get from Newark to Manhattan is a great budget option and among the faster routes. The downside is the transfers between stations, which can add extra stress if you’re carrying around heavy luggage. Trains are likely to be extra packed during weekday rush hour as well, but they also run more frequently.

Editor’s Note

You must always purchase a ticket before boarding. The only time that you are able to purchase onboard is if there are no available machines on the platforms. You can be fined for purchasing on board if a prior option was available.

Useful Tips

There are multiple trains that take the route to NY Penn Station, however the Amtrak trains are generally much more expensive.
The machines that sell tickets in the station are named 'Quick Trak' machines.
The frequency between trains increases in peak-times. You may have to wait for only 5 minutes between trains.
The AirTrain arrives and departs every 3 minutes between 05:00-21:00 and every 15 minutes during the night.

How to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan by bus

The Newark Airport Express Bus runs between EWR and Manhattan, travelling between each terminal at Newark Airport first and then directly to Manhattan. The bus stops at three major bus stations in the city, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal (close to Times Square) and is subject to traffic conditions, making the approximate journey time around 1 hour in normal traffic.

How much is the bus from Newark Airport to Manhattan?

The bus ticket costs $18.70 (€17.40) but you can save money by purchasing a round-trip ticket. These can be purchased in advance on the express website or from the bus station at the terminal.



Trip Duration

60 Min

*There is a 30 minute wait between buses.

Value for Money

Buses run every 15 minutes between 09:00-11:00 and then every 30 minutes the rest of the day, between 04:00 and 01:00.

Where do I get it from?

The Express Bus from Newark to Manhattan stops at all terminals before heading toward NYC. For Terminal A, the bus stop is located outside on level 1, curb 3. If you’re exiting from Terminal B, you’ll need to exit the terminal on level 1 and find bus stop 2 and for those coming from Terminal C, bus stop 4 is located outside on level 1. We recommend checking which of the three stops in NYC is closest to your accommodation to ensure a smooth transfer.


The only direct public transportation option, the Express Bus departs directly from Newark Airport to Manhattan which is very convenient. Despite this, the traffic can affect how ‘express’ the bus is. As well as this, the price of the ticket means that it is not any cheaper than taking the train.

Editor’s Note

There is another option to take a local bus - however this involves taking two trains to get to Penn Station Newark before taking the bus.

Useful Tips

Discounts are available for seniors, youth, students, military, and disabled passengers using the Express Bus.
The express bus is in operation 365-days a year.
Taking the express bus will allow you to avoids tolls.
Tipping is not expected when taking the bus, however the drivers always appreciate a little gratitude, so feel free to tip them some small change as you hop off the bus.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from EWR to Manhattan?

Taxis from Newark Airport to Manhattan are metered and therefore likely to be affected by traffic and peak hour surcharges. Taking a taxi in normal traffic should cost around $55 (€51), including tolls and surcharged such as a $5 (€4.65) surcharge to all points in the State of New York, an airport access fee of $1.75 (€1.60) and fuel surcharges that could cost up to $15 (€13.90).

For a fully personalised premium transfer with no hidden fees, pre-book a private shuttle with Welcome Pickups and make the most of our meet and greet service, 24/7 customer support and travel extras.

How to get from Newark Airport to Manhattan?

There are 4 transfer options when travelling from Newark Airport to Manhattan. The most comfortable and convenient options are by taxi, private shuttle or rideshare. This option takes around 30 minutes to get to NYC in usual traffic conditions. If you wish to take the train,  the journey will be cheap and take around 45 minutes. Finally, there is an express bus available, which leaves directly from the airport and is reasonably priced.

Where is EWR Airport?

Newark Liberty International Airport is located in New Jersey, the neighbouring state to NYC. The airport is around 31 km away and a journey by car in normal traffic should take around 30 minutes.

When is the best time to travel from Newark Airport to Manhattan?

Thousands of New Jersey residents commute in and out the city every day, so if you’re taking a taxi or driving during weekday mornings and early evenings, expect congested roads and delays. The best times to travel on weekdays are: before 06:00, between 09:00 and 15:00 and after 19:00. Weekends and holiday peak hours are between 12:00 and 20:00, so it’s best to travel in the mornings.

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