Dakota
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What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:05 am

I am planning a trip in december from Brussels to Ecuador with a Connect time in EWR of 11 hours and 40 minutes.

Now I would like to know what is possible to do in this time? Is it easy to go to New York City, and would it be possible to only enter the USA for such a short time (I have Dutch nationality). I hope you can give me some advice!

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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:07 am

If you pass through customs and all that jazz, access into New York Penn Station (34th Street @ 7th Ave) is a breeze on both Amtrak and NJ Transit. I reccomend using NJ Transit though, as it is a much cheaper ticket.

Travel time is 20-30 minutes from newark airport to Penn, and Penn is your gateway to the entirety of New York City!

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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:08 am

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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:11 am

If you are there for 12 hours, definitely go to NYC. The link above describes AirTrain, which takes you to the NJTransit station, which takes you right to Penn Station in Midtown. Take NJTransit, as they are more regular and cheaper. Leave extra time, though, if you are returning in rush hour, as it can be mess, including delays.

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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:11 am

As JBLUA320 says, the Airtrain to New York Penn Station is very easy (I'm not from New York and I figured it out without any planning).

The NJ Transit is also the better price ticket as said. Penn Station will be right by Madison Square Garden and the block bounded by 7th Ave and 33rd Street.

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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:15 am

Many thanks for the fast replies! I'm really looking forward to visit the city! Any ideas about how long costums and security will take at EWR?
 
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:42 am

Quoting Dakota (Reply 5):
Many thanks for the fast replies! I'm really looking forward to visit the city! Any ideas about how long costums and security will take at EWR?

Depends on when and who you arrive with naturally, but I've gotten through customs at EWR in as little as 20-30 mins from aircraft to curb. I was only travelling with a carry-on, but it can be quick.
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:54 am

There is absolutely no place better in December than New York. In 12 hours you can catch the train to Penn Station then a cab to Radio City Music Hall and watch the Christmas Show it is something that you will always remember.
 
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:35 am

If you get into the city, walk up 7th Ave. to Times Square.
That area has really been cleaned up. You have all the Broadway
theaters in that area. You also have got to see the Xmas tree
in Rockefeller Center. Also, all the stores along 5th Ave. are all
decorated for the holidays. Great way to spend a day. NYC is
awesome during that time of year.
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:04 am

Other landmarks in the are of penn station include the empire state building (how can you guys forget to tell him about that), and if you walk over a couple blocks as you walk uptown, you can seen the NYC public library with the famous stone lions guarding the entrance.

Penn Station is a nice hub for subways on the West side. A subway will easily take you up to times square, to rockefeller center (and radio city), to the museum of natural history across from central park, to Lincoln center, etc. There's also the S train which connects with Grand Central, but it is such a walk to get there, you might as well just walk above ground.

I would assume you are arriving late morning and leaving late evening. That means you won't have to deal with rush hour in either direction. And there should be lockers available somewhere.

Anyone know if they will let him check his bags so earlier? When I was connecting in NRT between JAL and AA, AA said that outside of six hours was too much to recheck the bags, so I had to leave them in the luggage check room at NRT. I don't think EWR has such a service, though I never looked...
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:46 pm

Dakota, I did much the same thing in April this year. I arrived at EWR from LGW in the early afternoon and left later that evening to LIM. Simply go to immigration (maybe 20 mins but depends where you are in the queue), then pick up your bags (often already on the belt by the time you pass immigration), then hand your bags to the transfer people immediately outside the baggage hall. You can't miss it as there are signs and people asking you if you're connecting. As long as you're checked through all the way to Ecuador you should have no problem.

Take the monorail transit thingy to Newark International station, then hop onboard a NJT train to Penn station. On a weekday you shouldn't need to wait more than 20 mins or so.

Central Park is a good place if you want to stretch your legs. Just don't get lost...

I'd suggest allowing 3 hours to get back to the airport - if your bags went on the transfer belt AND you have your boarding pass for the Ecuador flight. Make sure the train you board at New York Penn Station stops at Newark International. This is a different stop to Newark Penn station and many trains go through Newark International non-stop. Check the gate number for your flight as it may have changed - mine changed twice since leaving London, arriving New York, and returning to the airport!

Enjoy your trip!

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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:45 am

Just make sure you don't need a visa!
 
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:51 am

Quoting BigOrange (Reply 11):
Just make sure you don't need a visa!

You don't need a visa - you'll be travelling under the US Visa Waiver Program I presume. Just make sure your passport is machine readable and fill the form in correctly in English.
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RE: What To Do At EWR In 12 Hours?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:52 am

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 10):
Make sure the train you board at New York Penn Station stops at Newark International. This is a different stop to Newark Penn station and many trains go through Newark International non-stop.

At NY Penn Station trains that stop at Newark International will have the three letters EWR identifying them on the train departure board and CRT displays. Trans that do not have EWR next to their identification do not stop at Newark International.

Also, NJ Transit trains depart from tracks 1 through 14 (mostly). Do not go to the LIRR concourse which is in the lower level (two levels down from street level) NJ Transit and Amtrak are both one level down from street level.