I am flying into Newark airport (NJ) on Tuesday and should arrive about 5:45 pm. I will need to get to a hotel that is pretty close (5 min walk) to Penn Station. What is the best/easiest way to travel from the Newark Airport to the Penn Station vicinity at that time of day.
Two days later, when the conference is over, I'll need to travel back to the airport as well. My flight departs at 11:45 am, so I should be to the airport no later than 10:15 am. If there is any reason I should use a different method of transportation at this time of the day, please let me know.
I have done some basic research and know that the options are generally a taxi and public transportation. I think I'd like to avoid the taxi due to traffic & cost. But there are so many options with public transportation that it's confusing.
I thought the NYC Airport Shuttle might be a good idea:
But then I looked up the Yelp reviews and decided against it. One of the Yelp reviews recommended the AirTrain:
which seems like it would get me to Penn Station (which is my goal) with a train transfer. However, the "transfer" part makes me hesitate a bit, I'm not sure what to expect with that.
So, what I'm really looking for is someone who has experience traveling in New York, with these various methods, and can speak from experience about the best mode of travel to/from the locations described at the times described.
I will only have my backpack, no other luggage, which I understand might influence the decision.
I'm asking ahead of time because I've always lived in areas of the country where traffic was minimal and we drive almost everywhere we go. So, having to rely on public transportation is new experience for me and I'd like to have a plan in place and know what to expect.