Recommendations for cheap and safe parking at Newark airport (EWR)?
August 19, 2016 4:10 PM   Subscribe

Leaving my car at EWR while I go play in the Black Rock Desert dust for 2 weeks ...

Parking it this Wednesday around 4 AM (will need a shuttle from the lot to the terminal. Where can I park without breaking the bank, but still be reasonably confident of returning to an extant and intact automobile? Thanks!
posted by ZenMasterThis to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total)
 
I'll risk the ire, I apologize if you've already dismissed this, but Newark does have a long-term parking lot. Only they call it the "Economy Lot".

Newark Liberty Airport Rates & Information

As long as you're gone for less than 30 days, you should be fine.

Enjoy Burning Man!
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:11 PM on August 19, 2016


There are a few non-airport-run lots with shuttle service as well, for cheaper than the official airport parking. I've done the Parking Spot before with no incident, and they have frequent shuttles.
posted by damayanti at 6:17 PM on August 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


See how much a storage unit near the air port costs, monthly. It might be cheaper to lock the car in, and taxi over to the airport. It is 18 per day. That should be $275 with tax. The last time I rented a large storage unit, it was $125 per month. If you rented for two weeks it might be less.
posted by Oyéah at 7:55 PM on August 19, 2016


Recently, I was surprised by how little a one way/ one day car rental cost and I ended up taking a rental car from a nearby city to JFK airport. If there is a rental car location near you perhaps you can price this quickly. I think I paid 45$ one way. That could easily wind up less than 2 weeks of airport parking.
posted by jazh at 8:04 PM on August 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


I parked at EWR back in March and after doing my research settled on this place:

http://www.valueparkingnewarkairport.com/reviews/

There are 10% discount coupons floating about that might knock the price down a bit more. They were cheap enough to feel reasonable, but not so cheap that it felt sketchy.

My experience is a data point of one, but I was very happy. The driver's chatter on the drive to the airport was a bit too much of an over-share on details I didn't care to hear, but outside of that it was smooth sailing.

I got in really late (1 am or so), and there was no discernible delay for being outside of peak hours.
posted by devbrain at 8:05 PM on August 19, 2016


My wife and I used to use The Parking Spot on McClellan all the time. We never had any problems. One nice thing is that the shuttles are super distinctive when you're waiting for them outside the terminal on the way back.
posted by dondiego87 at 1:33 AM on August 20, 2016


A few years ago, I left a car in the "p6 economy parking" lot. Click on "view map" on this page. I wouldn't hesitate to leave a car there as long as the rules permit.

However, when I went to pick up the car while my family waited for the baggage, I inadvertently got on a highway to Newark and it took me a half hour to get to an exit and work my way back to the airport. My wife was not pleased. (Nowadays, we both have phones, but at the time, she did not carry one.)
posted by SemiSalt at 8:49 AM on August 20, 2016


The Newark economy lot is cheap, albeit a godforsaken distance from the terminal so allow 30 mins to bus over.

I want to report something nice about that lot -- yes, I had a good experience at an airport that surely qualifies as awful in most respects. About a year and a half ago I got in from a long international trip at some ungodly late hour and managed to leave my iPhone on the shuttle bus. I asked at the payment booth and they summoned a supervisor in a car who radioed the bus driver who found my phone and brought it to me on his next loop. They couldn't have been nicer, or moved more quickly to help me (all this at like 2am on a freezing night) and when I wrote an email to the manager thanking the staff I received back an effusive personal note of appreciation for doing so from the head of parking operations.

It's just a vast parking lot (and planes come in right over it so you're probably basting your car's paint in lovely exhaust fumes, and it's completely exposed to the weather and the spots are tightly packed, so it's not ideal if you have a fancy car).

But the folks who work there are nice and I've waited a long time to say so publicly in a contextually appropriate setting.

Off-airport parking in the NYC area is a pain in the ass. You can save bucks but all of them hand your car keys over to their lot attendants to park in very densely packed lots and complaints about damage to cars are very common.

If your car is special to you the indoor airport long term garage at EWR is really convenient and self-parked, but quite expensive.

You are advised to make online reservations for the airport facilities, sometimes several days in advance at busy times. That adds a small convenience fee (I think $5).
posted by spitbull at 2:40 PM on August 20, 2016


Based on this thread, parked at ABC parking last month for ten days. It was a positive experience.
posted by SunPower at 11:10 AM on August 21, 2016


The on-airport economy lot is $18 a day, you have to park your own car, and it's on the other side of the runways from the terminal so it is actually further away than many of the off-aiport lots. Really, the only positive is that no one else touches your car.

I usually use ABC. It can feel a little sketchy (their office is a trailer sitting in a parking lot), but that whole are of town is pretty sketchy feeling and I've never had a problem. Hardest part is finding the place which is a bit ironic since they have a very convenient location once you know where it is.
posted by smackfu at 5:35 AM on September 6, 2016


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