Getting from Newark Airport to Jersey City, late night and with kids in tow? Bonus question about car rental (oh, the joy!)
I did see this previous question
, but it was asked 5 years ago and I'm assuming some things may have changed? In any event, our situation is a little different: we (two adults, two kids ages 10 and 6) will be flying into Newark Airport next month. We will be arriving around 11:35pm on a Wednesday and would like to spend the night in Jersey City, see a little of NYC the next day (Thursday), and then rent a car to drive to a family reunion on Friday.
This is really two questions: First, what's the best way to get from EWR to Jersey City at ~12:30am Wednesday night/early Thursday morning? Is there easy, fairly direct public transportation at that hour, or are we better off hiring a cab or renting a car?
The second question is about renting a car: we will be driving from Jersey City to the Hudson Valley for this family reunion. Since we want to spend Thursday in NYC, and since NYC is easily accessible from Jersey City via PATH and/or ferry, it seems silly to rent a car Wednesday night only to have it sit in a motel parking lot for 36 hours. It seems like it makes more sense to get ourselves to Jersey City Wednesday night and then rent a car locally Friday morning. Except that I've heard (variously) that it's hard to rent a car locally, hard to rent a car away
from the airport, and even hard to rent a car from
the airport unless your flight has just landed. Any insight here? I'm all for saving some money when it's possible but we can afford to rent a car when we arrive if it's the best option. I just need some guidance as to what our real options are so I can figure out which is best.