The 14th-busiest airport in the US by passenger numbers, with around 43 million a year, Newark Airport is a pretty big and busy place.
It can be a little confusing to navigate too, particularly if you’ve never visited the airport before, and that’s why we’ve put together our top five tips to help you get around this often daunting airport! Just keep reading to find out what they are.
- Get the Newark Airport Express
If you need to travel from Newark International Airport to New York City — it’s around 18 miles from EWR to the middle of Manhattan — there aren’t many better options than the Newark Airport Express.
Every day of the year, the service runs from 5 am to 1 am, and it’s just $18 one-way. You can buy tickets online for convenience, and the service takes an hour at most as you arrive in Manhattan within just five stops.
- Get a Good Parking Space
What about parking at EWR?
There are a number of options if you’re looking to park your car at or near the airport. However, it’s often best to use the primary parking lots for the airport, particularly for long stays.
The P6 parking lot is the cheapest, but at the P4 lot you can leave your vehicle for up to two weeks, and there are charging stations too.
- Where to Eat
Most of the best food options are in Terminal C. Here, you’ll find everything from gourmet burger bar Wanderlust to Wabi-Sabi, a dim sum option, as well as Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse, Surf Bar Oases, and the French bistro Saison.
Aside from Terminal C, however, there are still plenty of choices. Terminal B boasts Salsarita’s Mexican Grill and Sora Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar, while Terminal A offers Jersey Mike’s & Manchu Wok and Currito Cantina.
You’ll also find chains like Wendy’s and Ruby Tuesday, so there’s something to fit every taste, budget, and timeframe.
- Where to Drink
When it comes to drinking, Terminal C is also your best bet, but make sure you check which terminal you’ll be traveling from beforehand — see more here to work it out.
Terminal C boasts Proof Whiskey Bar and Caps Beer Garden, while in Terminal B there’s Belgian Beer Café. If you’re in Terminal A, you can try out the drinks at Currito Cantino, or go to Tony Roma’s.
If you’d prefer a hot, caffeinated beverage, simply check the map — there are plenty of Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and World Bean Coffee outlets across the airport, and you’re unlikely to be too far away from one.
- Where to Shop
When you’ve got time to kill at an airport, is there anything better than looking around the shops? Ideally, you should get to EWR two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.
Terminal C has the likes of L’Occitane, MAC, and Brookstone. There’s Swatch in Terminal B, and Papyrus in Terminal A too — back in Terminal C, there’s also Departure Spa. Here, you can get a massage or have your hair styled if there’s quite a while until your flight.
Exploring Newark Airport
Once you’ve decided how you’re getting to or from Newark Airport, your time is your own. Get a Newark Airport map and see where you need to head, and then decide on how best to use your time — it’s up to you.
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