EWR to Amtrak connection logistics?
December 31, 2012 11:00 AM Subscribe
Are either of these connections from Newark airport to Amtrak reasonable? Ground truths needed!
posted by Homeboy Trouble to Travel & Transportation around Newark, NJ (7 answers total)
I'm headed to Washington DC from Calgary. The airlines want to put me on a flight that has a 3 hour layover in Newark, then spend an hour flying me to BWI, which is nowhere near my actual destination. So I'm looking at flying just to EWR and taking Amtrak the rest of the way; Union Station in DC is a much better location for me to arrive at, and as a big dude, the larger Amtrak seats are more comfortable anyways. (The total cost is about the same whether I fly all the way or take the train, and it's on business so my company is on the hook.)
My flight would arrive at 6:55 on a Friday night, Air Canada (terminal A). I can book an Amtrak NE Regional train that leaves the Newark Airport station at 8:03 PM. Or I could head to Newark Penn Station and catch an 8:34 Acela or a 9:21 NE Regional. The Acela and the NER from EWR station both arrive at basically the same time (11:00); the 9:21 train arrives an hour and a half later, which is a little late but not unreasonable for me. I assume I can make that one without any real problems.
Because of preclearance, this is effectively a domestic flight (i.e. no customs/immigration) and I intend to only have carry-on baggage. I've gone from EWR into NYC before by AirTrain / NJ Transit, but the only thing I really remember is the journey taking longer than I thought it would, which is probably part of my worry.
So is 1 hour enough to make it to the Amtrak station? Or 1 and 1/2 hours to Newark Penn? Any other ideas?