It seems like a cab would be the fastest way, but traffic could potentially screw this up, so what's the fastest train route?

  • It's a gamble either way. If there's little traffic, a cab or Uber/Lyft would be faster than a train. What is the scheduled arrival time at EWR?
    – DTRT
    Aug 23, 2016 at 13:25

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You don't have much in terms of options there is The Northeast Corridor line and the NJ Coast Line of NJ Transit that service the Newark Airport and Amtrak's Northeast Regional. The best possible one is NJ Transit since it runs more often and the only possible difference between the 2 is possibility of a single 2 minute stop in Secaucus.

Of course the other option would be to catch a cab or a bus to Newark Penn Station and then you get many many options such as practically every line of NJ Transit, AmTrak, and also PATH which gets you to 33rd and 6th which is 1 block away from the Penn Station.

Personally I prefer the bus which goes to Port Authority $15 every 15 minutes. Which normally would take 30 and in the worst case in my experience 45 minutes to get from Newark to Port. But choice is ultimately yours.

  • I'm catching a train at Penn Station. Are the PATH trains any faster than NJ transit?
    – Zach
    Mar 23, 2012 at 12:19
  • How long between arrival and the train? Ultimately you never know since there have been several issues in the last month one of which delayed all trains for over an hour.
    – Karlson
    Mar 23, 2012 at 12:55
  • Are you by chance trying to catch Acela? Or are you going to LI?
    – Karlson
    Mar 23, 2012 at 13:04
  • I'm trying to catch the Acela at 1pm. I'm dropping a rental car off at Newark at 11, which I'm assuming will be done at 11:30.
    – Zach
    Mar 23, 2012 at 13:13
  • @Zach Why not just catch Acela out of Newark Penn instead? Train #2160 leaves Newark at 12:30pm. And Newark Penn is at most from what I drove 15-20 minutes away from the airport.
    – Karlson
    Mar 23, 2012 at 13:48

NJ Transit is the most straightforward way. Several trains every hour depart and arrive at NY Penn Station and the third stop from NY Penn station is the Newark Liberty Airport (EWR). The trip takes a bit less than 30 minutes, it is very predictable as you don't depend on traffic, and it and costs $12.50 one-way.

  • Wrong direction.
    – Karlson
    Feb 11, 2013 at 3:56
  • @Karlson: I said both arrive and depart (at NY Penn). The trains go in both directions. So, as the OP wants to go from EWR to NY Penn station, this is the train.
    – Kanadsky
    Feb 11, 2013 at 19:00

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