Newark Airport Parking (EWR Liberty International)

Parking at Newark Liberty

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Newark Liberty Airport parking

On-site EWR Airport parking includes short-term, daily and long-term economy lots and garages, which can all be booked in advance. Connected to the terminals by shuttle buses and the AirTrain system, all of them are just minutes away from the check-in desks. There is also some competitive value and convenience available from valet and ‘park and ride’ packages based at off-site parking lots.

All on-site parking includes access to electric vehicle charging stations, accessible parking spaces and assistance with flat batteries, flat tires, lock-outs and lost cars.

Picking up and dropping off

If you are coming to the airport only to drop off or pick up a passenger, a free cell phone lot can be found close to the Newark Airport entrance, just before the Marriott hotel. You can wait here for the call from your passenger in arrivals and then head to one of the pick-up and drop-off points outside the terminals. If you need to park and leave your car, short-term parking is also available in the lots and garages immediately opposite the terminal buildings, charged by the half-hour.

On-site short-term and long-term parking

The short-term parking lots are extremely convenient for quick access to the terminals, especially if you're flying on a short weekend break or business trip. For longer trips, there are two lower-cost daily parking lots just beyond the central terminal area, but they are still very conveniently located for Terminals A and C. These daily lots have AirTrain stops connecting them to each individual terminal.

An economy parking lot designed for passengers on long breaks is located just a few minutes away on the edge of the airport property Free shuttle buses run between it and the three terminals 24 hours a day.

For added convenience, Newark International Airport also provides valet parking services. Requiring no reservation, you simply drop your car with the valet team and take the AirTrain to your terminal. The valet will take care of parking and have your car waiting for you when you get back.

Off-site valet and park and ride services

Several off-site parking lots are also available and take the form of valet or ‘park and ride’ services. Off-site valets will meet you outside your terminal building to collect and return your car.

‘Park and ride’ is ideal if you're not too worried about being right next to the airport; just park your car at one of the lots a few miles away and take the complimentary shuttle bus to the airport itself.

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Guide to Newark Liberty Airport

Aerial view of Newark airport

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located just outside New York in New Jersey and transports around 40 million passengers a year, placing it amongst the 15 busiest airports in the USA. Alongside JFK and LaGuardia Airport, it forms the largest airport system in the country and second-largest worldwide behind that of London.

Almost 70 per cent of the passengers at Newark Airport travel on United Airlines, which bases its third-largest hub there. Around 50 other carriers also operate at EWR to provide routes to Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia, with the most popular destination being London Heathrow (LHR).

As the first major airport established in the USA and the site of the first major airline terminal, EWR has grown to become an important part of the New Jersey state economy. It directly employs 20,000 people and contributes almost $23 billion to it every year.

Location of Newark Airport

About 15 miles (24 kilometers) due west from central Manhattan, Newark Airport is located between Newark, Elizabeth and Union, just across New Jersey Bay from Bayonne and Jersey City. Road connections from NYC are strong with the I-95 and I-78 running immediately past the airport from the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel and George Washington Bridge.

Numerous rail and bus connections run from across the region; the Newark Liberty AirTrain shuttles between the terminals and Newark Liberty Airport Station. This is a calling point for Amtrak trains traveling between Philadelphia and New York and local NJ Transit trains running between Trenton, New York and Newark.

Bus services run from Philadelphia on Trans-Bridge Lines and go from the airport on the Newark Airport Express Bus, running to stops in Manhattan at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

History of Newark Airport

Developed on reclaimed land from the Passaic River in 1928, Newark Liberty International was the first of New York’s passenger airports and one of the world's busiest until 1939 when many airlines moved to the newly-opened LaGuardia Airport.

Utilized by the US Army for logistics operations through World War II, Newark International Airport returned to civil use in 1946 and carriers slowly returned, albeit with a primary focus on domestic routes, as international traffic went through LaGuardia and JFK.

EWR finally began to reclaim more of its early popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, as a series of new terminal buildings were constructed. Introducing non-stop flights to London and attracting routes from People Express and Virgin Atlantic, it began to challenge JFK International as New York's primary air gateway.

Between 1980 and 2000, passenger numbers leaped from 10 million to 30 million and Newark Liberty invested in a people-mover, airport parking lots and a new international arrivals facility to keep up with demand. People's Express gradually merged into United and, as they began to expand their operations at the airport, flight caps had to be introduced to limit congestion. The caps were lifted in 2009 as further development plans were outlined to expand terminals, gates and parking garages to handle over 40 million passengers a year.

Airport facilities

The Newark Liberty concessions program offers a good range of airport restaurants and stores to pick up last-minute travel essentials. You can find an up-to-date listing of the retailers in each terminal on the Official Newark Liberty International Airport Website.

Many additional passenger services are available and one of the most useful is the volunteer Travelers Aid team, who can answer questions and help passengers find their way around the airport. Private-hire bespoke Meet and Assist services are also available from Air General Traveler, Airport Butler and Airport Concierge.

If you have any inquiries in advance of traveling through Newark Airport, contact customer service on (+1) 973-961-6000.

  • Short-term parking
  • Long-term parking
  • Valet parking
  • Reserved parking
  • Covered parking garages
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Bicycle parking
  • Cell phone lot
  • Accessible parking
  • Train and bus stations
  • 24/7 free airport shuttle buses
  • 24/7 free AirTrain service
  • Rental car center
  • Global Entry and TSA Precheck
  • On-site airport hotel
  • Nearby hotels
  • Hotel shuttles
  • Airline lounges
  • USO lounge
  • Shopping
    • Duty free
    • Fashion and apparel
    • Cosmetics
    • Gadgets, technology and entertainment
    • Books and newsstands
  • Drinks
    • Coffee shops
    • Juice bar
    • Bar
    • Wine bar
  • Food
    • Restaurants
    • Fast food and snacks
    • American, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean &
      Mexican food
    • Bakeries and desserts
    • Food markets
    • Deli, sandwiches and subs
  • Spa
  • Nursing rooms
  • Quiet room
  • Interfaith chapel
  • Pet relief areas
  • Travelers Aid and Meet and Assist services
  • Medical Center
  • Wheelchairs
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • WiFi
  • Lost and found

Newark Liberty Airport hotel and parking

Off-site parking is available at the hotels around Newark Airport, which is ideal if you're traveling from out of town or have an early-morning departure or a late-night arrival time.

Several airports located next to EWR and nearby in Newark, Elizabeth and Woodbridge Township offer convenient hotel and parking packages. They offer up to two weeks of free parking in the hotel lot to anyone spending at least one night at the hotel.

Hotels include familiar names like Ramada, Holiday Inn and Best Western, as well as local independent hotels and budget options like Motel 6. All are based just a few minutes’ drive from the airport and provide free 24-hour shuttle buses directly to and from the terminals. You will need to book in advance to take advantage of the offers, but most will allow free cancelations if your plans change.

Top things to do in Newark Liberty Airport

Sample delicious New York food

A recent terminal improvement program brought many new restaurants and chefs to the airport, including some stand-out New York favorites, especially in the ultra-modern Terminal C. French bistro, Saison, serves up stunning food from a menu by legendary chef, Alain Ducasse, the Happy Clam delivers Italian-inspired seafood from the New York Torrisi restaurants group and the Little Purse Dumpling Den makes gorgeous Asian food from TV-star chef, Dale Talde.

If you feel like adding a little chance to your meal, Daily promises a different menu every day made from the freshest local ingredients. The true local option, though, is the Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse, which is an upscale take on a Jersey favorite with excellent pasta.

Relax in the Departure Spa

Flying can be stressful, but the Departure Spa in Terminal C has a perfect range of relaxation and beauty treatments to ease all your troubles away in time for your flight.

The spa offers chair massage, foot massage, aromatherapy, facials, hair-styling and a wide range of manicures and pedicures. Billing itself as the world's first eco-friendly airport spa, Departure is a great place to unwind before eating or relaxing in one of the airport lounges.

Enjoy the wait in an airport lounge

Newark Liberty International Airport can get extremely busy in the main public areas of the terminals, but many passengers don't realize that they can escape it with a day membership at an airline lounge.

You can find lounges in all three terminals by United, American and Delta, as well as the independent Art & Lounge. All offer comfortable spaces to wait for your flight and a variety of other services like complimentary food and drink, work stations, free WiFi and even showers.

If you have a long layover or delay or just want a bit of comfort and calm, an airline lounge is just the ticket.

Browse the airport shops

There's some fantastic shopping available at EWR, ranging from travel essentials to some high-end retail and fashion. You can pick up souvenirs and gifts from America!, books from Hudson and duty free from various stores throughout all the terminal buildings.

The widest shopping selection is found in Terminal C, where you can browse tech from InMotion Entertainment, fashion and accessories from Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss, Coach, Tumi and Marshall Rousso or cosmetics from L'Occitane and Body Shop.

Visit Weequahic Park

Although it's based just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the airport terminals, you can catch the AirTrain out to the mainline Newark Liberty International Airport train station and find yourself right next to Weequahic Park.

A big favorite with locals for running and taking the kids out, Weequahic is a lush green area around a lake with a rubberized running track, golf course and fishing and picnic areas. It’s perfect to get some fresh air and stretch your legs or, indeed, to wear out children or pets traveling with you. The park entrance is just a two-minute walk from the airport train station.

Top things to do near Newark Liberty Airport

The Newark skyline viewed from the river

Prudential Center

One of the top attractions in Newark is the multipurpose Prudential Center arena, home to the only major league sports team in the city, NHL's New Jersey Devils. There's always a packed and lively atmosphere on game days, but even if your time doesn't line up with fixtures, there's plenty more going on at the arena.

Minor league basketball team, the Seton Hall Pirates, play at the arena and there are regular special events like UFC and WWE fights. Music events are a huge part of “The Rock” covering a diverse range of genres and artists including gospel music, rock and pop., You can find the latest event listings on the Prudential Center Website. It’s only five miles (eight kilometers) from EWR.

Sat nav instructions: Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Statue of Liberty

Traveling from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, which is 11 miles (18 kilometers) from EWR Airport, the Statue of Liberty is just a few minutes away on the ferry - and it offers a fine view of the Manhattan skyline along the way.

Stood proudly on Liberty island in New York Harbor, the statue is an iconic symbol of New York, America and the ideals that bind the country together. It's quite something to stand at the bottom of the iconic statue.

Liberty Island also includes an information center, access to the crown, the pedestal and a museum, as well as beautiful views of the cityscape of New York.

Sat nav instructions: Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Newark Museum

Just a six-mile (9.6-kilometer) drive from EWR International Airport, Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. Including a planetarium and exhibits on science, sculpture, the ancient world and children's interests, there are also regular special events and performances in the gardens behind the museum.

Some of the most extensive collections at the museum include the artwork of Hiram Powers, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and Thomas Cole. The Tibetan art galleries are considered some of the best in the world, incorporating a Buddhist altar consecrated by the Dalai Lama and extensive collections from early 20th-century missionaries.

Sat nav instructions: Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Newark enjoys some noted architecture in the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco styles, but the real stand-out is the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. One of the USA's largest Gothic cathedrals, it is said to have as much stained glass as the Cathedral of Chartres.

Stunning in its scale and architectural detail, the cathedral is best experienced on a sunny day when the colors from the windows are at their most vibrant. The cathedral is a seven-mile (11.2-kilometer) drive from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Sat nav instructions: Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104

The High Line, NYC

A 17-mile (27.3-kilometer) drive into Manhattan brings you to the High Line; a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) long park built on a disused section of elevated railroad track. Running from the Meatpacking District to West Side Yard on 34th Street, development began on the High Line about a decade ago and the various plantings are now maturing and making it feel like a genuine walk-in-the-park suspended above the floor.

Free to access with various ice cream and snack vendors dotted along the route, it can get busy at weekends, especially when the weather is good, but stunning views of the city, the river and the architecture from amongst the trees make it more than worth it.

Sat nav instructions: 91 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, affectionately known as The Met, is the largest art museum in the USA, with over two million artefacts in the collection. Ranging from modern pieces to almost every one of the European masters and the works of classical antiquity, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, armor, weapons and architecture.

It's the sort of place you’d need a couple of weeks to properly look around, especially as there are regular special events and exhibitions hosting visiting collections and displays. Located 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) from Newark Liberty Airport, close to the center of Manhattan Island, The Met is a must-visit if you have the time.

Sat nav instructions: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Empire State Building, NYC

Another truly iconic and instantly recognizable attraction, the Empire State Building is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) from Newark Liberty Airport in central Manhattan. Over 100 stories high, it was the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years and named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

The art deco styling was typical of the early 20th century and carries through into the impressive lobby area with gold-leaf murals and chandeliers. The Empire State Building’s main attractions, though, are the views; two observation decks at the 86th and 102nd floors offer incredible 360-degree views of New York City and while the queues are infamously long, you'll be glad you waited.

Sat nav instructions: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

Ironbound

The Ironbound district of the city, which is just five miles (eight kilometers) from EWR, has a rich cultural history, but is best-known today as a Portuguese neighborhood. An incredibly vibrant area full of great nightlife, bars and cocktail lounges, the reason most people come here is for the excellent Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian restaurants.

It’s regarded as one of the best places in the city for food (and New Yorkers love their food). There are plenty of interesting artisan shops to boot, which are filling up the old industrial buildings in a culture-defining way.

Sat nav instructions: Ironbound district, Newark, NJ 07105

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Housing a symphony orchestra and state opera, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center puts on a huge range of music, dance and theater as the sixth-largest venue of its kind in the USA.

Superbly designed throughout, the building is striking and offers excellent visuals and acoustics from every seat. The center is based about six miles (9.6 kilometers) from Newark Liberty Airport and you can find listings of all the latest performances and concerts on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Website.

Sat nav instructions: Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Which terminal?

Newark International Airport has three passenger terminals that are all set alongside each other in an oval pattern around the central parking garage and lots. The terminals are all connected by the free AirTrain system, which also connects to the daily parking lots and the nearby mainline Newark Liberty International Airport train station.

The terminals are loosely organized with North American carriers in Terminal A, international carriers in Terminal B and United Airlines only in Terminal C, which also offers the most extensive facilities, food and shopping.

A Travelers Aid team is available to help you find your way and to provide support with any special accessibility needs you may have; you can contact them in advance of traveling by calling customer services on (+1) 973-961-6000.

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Alaska AirlinesTA
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British AirwaysTB
Cathay PacificTB
DeltaTB
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Elite AirwaysTB
EmiratesTB
Ethiopian AirlinesTB
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JetBlueTA
La CompagnieTB
LOT – Polish AirlinesTB
LufthansaTB
Open SkiesTB
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SpiritTB
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TAP PortugalTB
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United (Domestic and international)TC
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How to get to Newark Liberty Airport

Car

Located 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) from central Manhattan in the 07114 ZIP Code, there are several options for reaching EWR Airport by car.

The I-95 can be reached by taking the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel or Holland Tunnel from Manhattan. It then runs south west directly past the airport. The I-78 can also be reached from the Holland Tunnel and takes a route through Jersey City before heading west, directly past the airport.

From further outside the Newark area, the I-95 connects most of the East Coast including Edison, Trenton, Philadelphia, Stamford and New Haven, whilst the I-78 is the best route in from Pittsburgh further west.

Whether you're arriving or departing from EWR, there are many additional road options, including taxis, limousines, rental cars and shared-ride shuttle services at the airport, across New York and online.

Shared-ride providers are the most straightforward way to get to Newark Liberty Airport from LaGuardia or JFK, with services from ETS Air Shuttle and All Country Express recommended by the airport itself.

Bus

There are bus drop-offs outside the terminal buildings, with many services running to the airport from the local region. These are supplemented by the nearest airport hotels providing 24-hour shuttle buses to and from the three terminals if you intend to stay a night before or after flying.

The Newark Airport Express Bus is one of the most convenient services from New York City, with shuttles every 30 minutes direct to the airport from Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

NJ Transit runs bus lines from across the state of New Jersey, with routes between Newark, New York, Trenton, Atlantic City and Philadelphia; EWR is well positioned centrally where many of the lines intersect.

Another bus service comes from Trans-Bridge Lines, which has routes connecting to Newark International Airport from Pennsylvania and the west, which run on into New York City.

Train

The free AirTrain service connects all the terminals and daily parking lots with the Newark Liberty International Airport train station, making the terminal accessible by rail from across the country.

Regionally, NJ Transit connects to Newark International Airport from across the state and between New York City at Grand Central Station and Philadelphia. If you're traveling from outside New Jersey, Amtrak connects from other states and stops at the airport station on routes between New York and Philadelphia.

Useful tips

Prepare for delays

Newark International can often be busy and chaotic and unfortunately suffers regular adverse weather conditions, which make it one of the worst airports in the country for flight delays and check-in waiting times. With relatively little to do at the airport and limited free WiFi, it's recommended that you take along some entertainment like a book to keep you occupied. If you're connecting through EWR to JFK or LaGuardia, make sure you leave at least two hours to do so.

Take care in Newark

Whilst most of Newark, particularly the tourist attractions, are safe places, the South Ward area immediately around Newark is run down and thefts are frequent. Even in the airport itself, thefts are sometimes reported by passengers sleeping in the terminals, so keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.

Try to get to Terminal C

Terminal C has had a substantial recent investment in concessions and facilities and offers far more choice for shopping and food than the other terminals. You may not be able to get the flight you need from Terminal C, but if you're spending much time at the airport, try to catch the AirTrain there to meet your food and shopping needs.

Traveler's Aid can help

Whether you're struggling to find your gate, don't speak great English or have found yourself stranded, the Traveler's Aid organization can help you out. You can find out more about the airport guides, social services and other roles at the Traveler's Aid Website.

Newark Liberty Airport FAQs

What time does Newark Airport open?

Newark Liberty Airport is open 24 hours a day, but effectively closes down overnight with few concessions open and airside (post-security) shut completely, so it's best to arrive early rather than stay the night. There is a Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott hotel located on the grounds with a free shuttle service to all the terminals, which is an ideal option if you have an early flight and want to sleep as close as possible to EWR.

How far is Newark Liberty Airport from JFK and Manhattan?

Newark Airport is about 35 miles (56.3 kilometers) from JFK International Airport in Queens. Traffic volumes can greatly affect travel times, but it can typically be driven in just over an hour. The Manhattan Midtown area is about 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) from EWR Airport; you go through Jersey City and take the Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan. The uptown area is more like a 25-mile (40.2-kilometer) journey taking the I-95 over George Washington Bridge into Hudson Heights.

Does Newark Airport have free WiFi?

WiFi is available in Newark International Airport, but it is only free for the first 30 minutes of use; beyond that, a premium service is offered to passengers, which is at least free of commercials. Signing in is simple; just select the “Boingo Hotspot” network from your WiFi networks list.

Can you smoke at Newark Airport?

EWR International Airport is now a completely no-smoking zone indoors, including e-cigarettes, but there are designated smoking areas outside the terminals before security (you’ll need to go back through security if you want to go outside for a smoke).

Can Uber pick up at Newark Airport?

Yes, Uber and Lyft drivers can pick you up in the designated areas outside the terminals. There are currently no plans to block their access to the airport.

Does Newark Airport have a cell phone lot?

Yes, it is located immediately to the left as you enter the airport property, next to Daily Parking Garage P4 and the AirTrain station. Simply follow the signs as you drive in from Routes 1 and 9.

Can you walk from Newark Airport to Marriott's on-site hotel?

Yes, the hotel is centrally located between the terminals and primary airport parking lots and garages, there are free shuttles available but if you want to walk, it only takes a few minutes to make the trip.

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