About Newark International Airport (EWR)
Address: 25 Newark Airport Bldg 25, Newark, 07114 3707, Nj, Nj
One of three major airports serving the New York Metropolitan Area, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of downtown Newark, and 9 miles (14 km) west-southwest of Manhattan. Airport car rentals are accessed via AirTrain. Dollar, Budget, and Alamo are located at Station P2. National, Hertz, Avis and Enterprise can be found at Station P3.
Most visitors use the city of Newark and the airport as a convenient and efficient gateway to New York City and to a lesser extent, the Philadelphia-Trenton area (50 mi/ 80km south). The fastest route from the airport into Manhattan is US-1/9, which is a toll road and a straight shot across Hoboken into the city. Otherwise, you can wrangle a more complicated route via the New Jersey Turnpike, which isn’t free, either. Regardless of your destination, rent a car with GPS.
Getting around Newark itself isn’t much different than driving in Manhattan, at least in terms of flow and best practices. Major city road rules apply. The weekday morning commute into the central business district is unrelenting congestion. Parking is as expensive, if not, more expensive than Manhattan. Meanwhile, much of Newark is a ghost town after dark.
The outstanding characteristic of driving in this part of the world is driver competence. If you don’t know what you’re doing, people will not cut you a break. Although getting around the New York-New Jersey area is best with your own wheels, an experienced driver will have a better time of it.
Choosing your car
Most of your driving in and around Newark will be on highways, major roads, and city streets. Therefore, it’s important to consider some additional contingencies. Nissan compact cars are ideal for navigating the streets and squeezing into tight spaces. If you need more room for people and luggage, Chevrolet and Hyundai standard cars have room for 5 passengers, and won’t get pushed around on the highways. Toyota intermediate and fullsize 4-door sedans are perfect for road tripping to the city or the shore. Jeep intermediate SUVs are great for all conditions, and the Kia 7-9 seater minivan is the people carrier of choice.
Tips and advice
The two most common crimes in Newark are auto theft and car jackings, followed by home invasions.
If you’re planning to stay in Newark and commute to Manhattan for the duration of your trip, be advised that crime rates spike after dusk — especially in the North, Central, and South Wards. Check your hotel’s location on a map before settling into a dicey neighborhood.
Hotels very near the airport are sufficient in number and quality, but the nearby city of Elizabeth, 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Newark International Airport, which offers safer accommodation at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, may be a better home base for NYC day trips.
Speaking of day trips from Newark, the infamous Jersey Shore is well within reach, including Asbury Park (46 mi / 72 km), Seaside Heights (70 mi / 112 km), and Atlantic City (130 mi / 208 km).
Foreign nationals must present a driver’s license in English, or an International Driver’s Permit, which must be acquired in your home country.
Some Newark airport car hire companies have restrictions for drivers over the age of 65. You may be required to prove competency before renting a car.