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From Newark airport to New York

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After the "potholes in the clouds", I had no problem to pass customs controls (where I delivered the white form) and immigration (where it was enough to deliver the green form, a few minutes talk with an agent, leave my fingerprints digitally and that they would take a picture of me, so that they would pass me the entrance to the country). I did not have to suffer the dreaded queues, interrogations or review of the contents of my computer, and a few minutes later I picked up my suitcase and met my friend Alessandra, who had arrived on a previous flight, to leave the airport and head for Manhattan.

The International Airport Newark Liberty (In honor of the passengers and crew of the United 93 flight that took off from there on September 11), it is very well connected by public transport with the city of New York, and two are your main alternatives for price and duration of the journey:

Bus Airport express. It costs USD 15 for the single ticket, which can be purchased on board, and leaves the lower level of the “Arrivals” of any of the three terminals every 15 minutes during the day. It works 24 hours although it has a lower frequency of dawn. It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, depending on traffic, to leave you at any of the three stops you make in Manhattan at Bryant Park / 5th Avenue, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Grand Central Terminal.

Train Airtrain (inside the airport) more NJ Transit (outside the airport). A ticket, which can be purchased at the airport machines, one way from your terminal to Penn Station on the 7th. Avenida costs you 15 USD and is valid for one year. The Airtrain is a free monorail that connects the three terminals of the airport and in turn these with the train station (managed by New Jersey Transit) abroad (and getting there costs 5.50 USD that are included in the 15 that you have already paid) . The stop at each terminal is well signposted with signs indicating Airtrain Throughout the airport. It is important that you do not throw the ticket until you reach the destination, as the reviewer can ask you at any time. The journey, depending on the time and depending on when the next train passes from Newark Liberty International Train Station towards Penn Station, it takes about 30-40 minutes (three NJ Transit trains arrive every hour at the airport terminal every business day, from 6 am to 9 pm; two trains arrive every hour, from 9 pm to midnight and there is no service from 2:30 am to 4:30 am approximately).

Apart from these two forms of transport, there are others depending on your budget, available time, destination or number of travelers. You can go in helicopter (from 150 USD), limousine (from 50/60 USD), taxi (about 60 USD), shared van / minibus (from 20 USD) or combine buses from New Jersey with the PATH train to Manhattan (about 10 USD and an hour and a half trip As minimum).

As I was going to catch a bus at Madison Square Garden with Destination to Washington, D.C., my first option was the train. However, after buying the ticket we learned that all rail services had just been suspended (interruption caused by heavy rains that plagued the area). We saved the tickets for the return trip and went outside the terminal to wait for the next Airport Express, which arrived shortly and left us 45 minutes later at the Port Authority stop. From there, we only had a 15-minute walk to the bus stop that would leave us four and a half hours later in D.C.

Saturday was going to be a very long day!

Advisable websites: Airport Express, Airtrain to / from Newark and Spanish brochure (PDF)

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