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Contrary to popular belief, JFK and Newark (EWR) are just about equivalent, for all intents and purposes, as long as you're traveling to Manhattan. Reasons to prefer Newark: It is slightly more convenient to the West side of Manhattan It is way more convenient if you are traveling to New Jersey or Philadelphia If you are flying United. As a United hub, it ...


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Even without immigration and an infant it would be very tight on most airports. The time immigration takes does depend on the time of day and day of the week but also on your relative location in the queue/line and with a baby everything takes more time. I have been in an USA immigration queue for more than an hour with it being just one plane, different ...


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There's a bunch of confusion here still, so I'll try to lay out all the steps in more detail. One note first. Airlines offer an "unaccompanied minors" service, where airline employees will escort your daughter from the time you drop her off to the time she is picked up by an authorized adult. This service is mandatory for children 15 and under on United (...


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It sounds like your travel agent is using hidden city ticketing. It is true that you will claim your checked luggage at Newark to go through customs, and there won't be anything to stop you from just leaving the airport after that. However, the airline's contract of carriage says you are not supposed to do this. See Is leaving airport at a stop before ...


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There's the Newark Marriott, which while not inside the airport is about as close as you can get. It's on the other side of the parking areas from the terminal as shown in the Google Maps image below. The $195 tag marks the hotel location across the parking lot from Terminal B. They do have a shuttle to the airport, though on the couple of occasions I've ...


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My guess would be the Mohonk Mountain House, "Around the last bend, a Victorian castle rises above Lake Mohonk, surrounded by carefully landscaped gardens and pristine wilderness. Inside you discover a warm interior that is reminiscent of the beauty outside – extensive woodwork, fireplaces constructed from Shawangunk stone, and expansive windows that frame ...


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As a New Yorker, the subject line alone made me cringe. That is not a transfer I’d be happy to attempt. And doing it the Sunday after a Friday New Year’s? That sounds like a recipe for disaster. Realistically, four hours should be enough time, for either option, but when customs and checked luggage starts cutting into that time, and you have holiday traffic.....


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That's really quite tight and not something I'd be comfortable with, especially with checked bags and an infant (I might give it a shot with Global Entry, no checked bags, and no infant, but that's not your situation here). The minimum connection time is about 70 minutes, so you're right around the minimum the airline will even let you book. Keep in mind ...


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They are both really easy to get to. As Artem noted, you can take NJ Transit from Newark to NY Penn Station, which is more comfortable than the subway. You can actually do an almost identical trip from JFK: you take the AirTrain from your terminal to the Jamaica stop, then you can transfer to any Penn-Station-bound Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train. You ...


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You will need to collect your baggage when you arrive in Newark for customs purposes anyway, so you may end your journey there.


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Immigration and Customs is not easy to judge in the US. It all depends on flight arrival time, number of immigration staff on desks, any delays experienced to all incoming flights, if you get of the plane first or last, number of people to process, types of visas etc etc. In my experience I have waited between 30 minutes in line and 3 hours in line. If I ...


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United Airlines operates out of all 3 terminals at EWR - terminals A, B and C - although the majority of flights arrive and depart out of Terminal C, and it's highly likely that both of your flights will be out of that terminal. All 3 terminals are connected air-side by a shuttle bus. When using this bus, there is no need to re-clear security as it is air-...


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It appears that the minimum connecting time according to the airlines is 40 or 45 minutes between Terminal A & C, so you should be just fine. If you're flying United, they run a transfer shuttle between Terminals A & C inside security, so you don't have to go through security again.


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There's also an option of a direct shuttle connection. ETS Air Shuttle has scheduled minibuses between JFK and EWR. The cost is $32 each way and, depending on the traffic, it takes 60-90 minutes. It may seem expensive, but it's a direct terminal to terminal connection without any additional transfers or requirements to drag your luggage around.


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Starting from London, the quickest option is to take BA1 from LCY to JFK on the "babybus". That undergoes pre-clearance at Shannon in Ireland whilst refueling, and so lands as a "domestic" flight. Hand baggage only, you can get from jetty to cab/taxi in under 5 minutes (3 isn't impossible!) Next quickest from the arrivals perspective is to fly from London (...


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The answer is from official New Jersey transit: http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TripPlannerItineraryFrom The Average regular price $15.25 from Newark Airport Rail station to New Brunswick And from New Brunswick to to East Brunswick, according to rome2rio the other 2 possible options either bus line 811($2 to $4) or Uber ($9 to $...


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How large is your suitcase? Amtrak's carry-on rules, historically speaking, are loosely enforced compared to the airlines. They announced a stricter policy as of October 1, 2015, but it is still quite generous— two bags weighing up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) each plus two personal items weighing up to 25 pounds (11.3kg) each for free, then $20 for additional ...


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The answer depends not only on the airport, but also on the airline (as there are multiple immigration/customs areas in each airport) and the time of day. The US CBP has a website where you can check the historic wait times for each airport at various times of day - both average and maximum wait times. http://awt.cbp.gov/ Select your airport/terminal, and ...


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Firstly I think you have your terminals a little mixed up. Although United has on occasion used terminal B for international arrivals, it's very rare. Almost always flights like UA51 will arrive in terminal C. Your outbound flight will also probably depart from terminal C, so you won't need to change terminals. There is a chance it will depart from ...


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The bus is after security ("airside"), the Airtrain is before security ("landside"). As you're connecting between flights, you'll want to take the bus, as to use the train you will need to re-clear security. 1 hour should be plenty of time for that connection presuming your inbound flight is on time.


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I think JFK is considered to be a nicer airport, but I find it awkward to get to. If I remember correctly, you can take the subway, but you will have to transfer and it might be difficult with luggage. The advantage of Newark is that you can take a NJTransit train right from the airport to Penn Station in NYC (around 33rd and 7th, so pretty well located in ...


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United has two terminals at Newark, A & C. Your flights are both likely but not guaranteed to land at/depart from C. Even if you do have to transfer, there's a shuttle that does not require you to go through security again. The good news is that if United sold you that connection as a single ticket, it's a legal layover. So even if you do miss the ...


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Google is giving me public transit times ranging from 1h 30min to 1h 55min for a trip from JFK to Newark, arriving at 5:30 pm this Sunday. If I were you I would look very seriously at the latest allowable arrival time in Newark. If you have checked bags, you will have to be there earlier. Checked bags will also delay you at JFK. In my experience, no ...


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When your flight lands in terminal B, you'll have to go through immigration to the front of the airport. From there, you'll see signs directing you to the Airtrain. Newark puts different airlines into different terminals so you won't be able to check your bag in terminal B. You'll have to go to terminal A to do so. Welcome to NJ! EDIT: Here's what you ...


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I have never seen two jetways at the front and the back at any US or EU airport. I have seen on occassion steps used by cheapskate EU low cost airlines but never jetways. So the answer is no. Edit: apparently, not only cheapskate airlines do this. Also note "front and back" -- double jetways are not unheard of (the premium passengers get a separate one) and ...


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All international arrivals to the US work the same: You first go through immigration. Then you claim your bags from baggage claim. You take your bag through customs and make any necessary declarations. Immediately past customs you drop your baggage for your connecting flight. You only need to talk to someone at the transfer desk if you haven't got the ...


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There is a large variety of options for travel from Newark Airport to Manhattan. I have assumed you're travelling to the Port Authority Bus Terminal (as per the bounty), a short walk from Times Square. I have listed them below in decreasing order of both convenience and price. Take a direct taxi - $55 plus tip, tolls ($8-10), baggage fees and a $5 rush-hour ...


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There’s a shuttle bus service between the New York and New Jersey airports. That’d be the easiest and cheapest (in terms of reasonable solutions). https://www.nycairporter.com/ourservices/laguardia-to-newark-airport/ Note that traffic in the NYC area can be unpredictable especially if there are road closures due to visiting dignitaries. You should plan to ...


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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 ...


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You can find complete information on the LIRR and subway at http://mta.info. Generally, the LIRR is faster, more comfortable, and more expensive. The LIRR takes 20 minutes from Jamaica to Penn Station. It is a commuter train with regular coach cars; there is a seat for every passenger and overhead racks for small bags. The regular adult fare is $9.50 ...


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