Travel options between Newark airport and Wall St?
July 17, 2017 8:39 AM   Subscribe

I'm flying into Newark on Porter Airline, arriving around noon. Our hotel is on Wall St, close to the Wall street subway station. I'm seeing a lot of stories about terrible commuter delays, including on trains between Jersey and Manhattan. Should we spend the extra money for a van between the airport and hotel?

I'm seeing some pretty scary things about trains and the subway this summer...lots of stories of delays, blackouts of up to an hour, fires etc. Both my husband and I are experienced public transit users in multiple cities, but there's an event happening in Queens later in the day that we would like to go to so I'd like to avoid too many delays. But on the other hand we aren't looking to spend an extra couple hundred bucks just on taxis.

Should we spring for some sort of chartered bus to take us to our hotel? Any recommendations? Would you also book it for the return trip? Our flight out leaves at 3 PM on Monday.
posted by deadtrouble to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (8 answers total)
 
Eh. I've traveled to NYC a few times this year -- including via Newark -- and yes, there are a lot of transport problems in the city, and yes, there might be some delays, but it isn't like the system has collapsed, and NYC traffic still sucks. Just plan to take NJ Transit, and if for whatever reason things are truly apocalyptic when you arrive, you can take a cab or an Uber and write it off to bad luck.
posted by eugenen at 8:43 AM on July 17


Unless the event is a wedding or something, the slight risk of being caught in a serious delay isn't worth the cost of hiring private transport. NJ Transit to Penn Station, walk a couple blocks to the 2/3 downtown to Wall Street.
posted by praemunire at 8:52 AM on July 17 [1 favorite]


A taxi really isn't that much more money. It's 60bucks or so as compared to 26 bucks for NJT or like 23 bucks for path + njt ( which is the combination that avoids the Hudson tunnels which is where the issues are -if you were really worried but probably shouldn't be.)
posted by JPD at 8:57 AM on July 17


There's a ~$15 surcharge on the way back, though.
posted by praemunire at 9:25 AM on July 17


You're probably hearing about the "summer of hell" when track work at Penn means that trains are canceled and some are terminating in Hoboken, etc. Even so, you could avoid it (mostly) by taking NJ Transit from the airport to Newark Penn and then getting on PATH.
posted by Automocar at 9:51 AM on July 17 [1 favorite]


You're probably hearing about the "summer of hell" when track work at Penn means that trains are canceled and some are terminating in Hoboken, etc. Even so, you could avoid it (mostly) by taking NJ Transit from the airport to Newark Penn and then getting on PATH.

Seconding automocar on here, skip New York Penn entirely. Take the PATH to World Trade from Newark Penn and then either walk or take the subway depending on how much luggage you have.

If you would prefer not to entirely, SuperShuttle is only about $20 pp so you're not looking at hundreds either way.
posted by TravellingCari at 9:56 AM on July 17


Thanks everyone, for both the advice and the reality check. Sounds like we will just build in a little flexibility into our plans and not stress too much.
posted by deadtrouble at 11:37 AM on July 17


New Yorker here. Our Subway system and Penn Station are in complete meltdown mode this summer. You could have no problem, you could also very easily be delayed by an hour or two.

The public transit option from EWR to Wall St. Area is also particularly difficult. It requires you to catch 4 separate trains. Namely: EWR airport monorail, NJ transit train EWR to Secaucus Junction, NJ transit train to NY Penn Station (not to be confused with Newark Penn Station!), then an MTA subway train to Wall St. Then a bit of a walk, depending on your address.

I would only advise it if you A. have a good time cushion and B. don't have much luggage. If either of those conditions is not true, I recommend springing for a Taxi, limo, or bus service instead.

Also, be aware that customs in Newark Airport can take a really long time. I flew Porter into EWR on Saturday, and it took an hour to get through customs and out of the airport. As a point of reference, we took a taxi from EWR to upper manhattan, and it cost about $100.
posted by Cranialtorque at 1:53 PM on July 17


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