RootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4180 posts, RR: 43 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3637 times:
I am writing this thread on behalf of a friend i have who has some sort of business. He is planning on flying to NewYork from Paris and would like to know if its quicker to get to downtown manhattan via JFK or EWR . He plans on getting to the center either via a cab or via the train . what would be best for him. thanks in advance
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UnitedRhapsody From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3618 times:
In my experience, JFK is much quicker by road, Just my experience.....EWR is not that far away from Manhattan, and usually doesn't take that long. However, with New York traffic it's pretty unpredicable.
You can take a train to/from JFK or EWR into/out of Manhattan.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
From EWR, take the airtrain (the monorail system that connects the terminals) to the train station. From there, either NJTransit ($12 each way) or Amtrak (more than $12) will take you into Penn Station in Manhattan. Buses are available, but they can be subject to traffic delays. The trains are much more reliable.
There has been talk at JFK of getting trains out to it, but I have not done it. JFKLGANYC, if you have an update on the train situation, I'd like to hear it. I don't know if it is complete, or if a required train change at Jamaica, Queens, is necessary.
As for the airports themselves, both have undergone renovations, and are both great airports (there - no one can start an EWR vs. JFK war now!!). Both are equally able to process their passengers in a timely fashion, so the choice is up to you.
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AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
From JFK the cab to the city with traffic around the LGA area is about 45 minutes.
From EWR to NYC it is about a 30 minute drive. From Nyack, New York it is only a 25 or 30 minute drive with some traffic to the city, and a 35 minute drive to EWR. So it has to be shorter then that from EWR!
JFKLGANYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2960 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3409 times:
Actually, the JFK rail link is far superior then the EWR one.
Once you get to Jamaica you can take the subway "E" Line for $2. Stops at Van Wyck, Union Tpke, Continental Ave, Roosevelt Ave, Queens Plaza, Ely Ave . . . and then Lexington Ave MANHATTAN. From Jamaica this is 20 minutes to Manhattan because it is an Express Train.
Add on the $5 and 15 minutes for the AirTrain portion and you get a total of $7 and 40 minutes to Lexington Ave on the East Side of Manhattan.
This is by far the CHEAPEST and MOST EFFICIENT mass transit trip from any of the three airports into Manhattan. Keep in mind that the subway runs every 3 minutes at rush hour, every 5 min throughout the day and every 15 min at night--24 hours a day.
If you want to spend a few more dollars you can hop on the Long Island RR from Jamaica and be in Penn Station in Manhattan on the WEST SIDE in 20 minutes. If you catch an Express train (no stops at all between the two stations) you will be there in less then 20 minutes.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16559 posts, RR: 52 Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
"Actually, the JFK rail link is far superior then the EWR one."
While the JFK light rail system technology is superior that's where the advantage stops, the layout of the EWR system is smaller and more conveinent.
The Newark Airport Airtrain has it's own Rail link station for Airport passengers only, everyone boarding or exiting are heading for the airport. There is no street or foot access, also the Rail link station (where Airtrain meets Amtrak/NJ Transit) is less than a 1/4 mile from CO's Terminal C.
The Newark Airtrain station sits on Amtrak's Northeast corridor, while not the French TGV the Northeast corridor is superior to the LIRR's tracks. NJ Transit EMU's offer vastly superior performance and reliability compared to the LIRR's which use third rail technology and slower performing EMUs.
Newark Airport can be reached directly by rail from as far North as Boston and Springfield Mass, as far West as Harrisburg PA, and as far South as North Carolina.
Amtrak offers hourly service to Newark airport from all along it's Northeast regional network, NJ Transit offers direct service from NY Penn, Trenton, Princeton, the Jersey Shore as well as connecting service from Rockland and Orange Counties NY via Secaucus Transfer.
Newark Airport Rail link station, Amtrak HHP-8 pulling a Northeast Regional train on the left. On the Right an NJ Transit Arrow III EMU heading South/West bound towards Princeton and Trenton.
There are other options from Newark. If you take the NJ Transit train one stop north from EWR to Newark Penn Station, which costs $6.80, you could then switch to the PATH train (stands for Port Authority Trans Hudson, a separate subway system which connects NJ to Manhattan). It offers quick service to the World Trade Center (or where it once was, still the name of the station) for $1.50. The PATH trains also serve several stops on the lower West Side ending at 33rd Street (just south of Penn Station).
Lrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
Quoting RJpieces (reply 21): JFK generally features the flagship services of many airlines where as EWR is just any other N. American station.
The last time I checked Air France flies into BOTH EWR and JFK, plus EWR has CO and AI too. I would actually consider EWR more of a flagship. AFTER ALL, Singapore Airlines' longest flight in the world is to EWR (NOT JFK) ...speaking of flagship, I think they settled it!
Typically flights to EWR book first and they try to push you to JFK for the lowest fare.
I would take AF to EWR so you get an A340, since they use 777 into JFK....STRANGE but that is the way they do it. If you want the 777 you can still go to Newark, but take CO. If you want a 747, take Air India to EWR.