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9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:20 pm

Hi!

I am scheduled to "enjoy" a nine hour layover in EWR in September. I'll be arriving late from DCA and leaving early to MSP. Now, I was wondering if anybody can give me some advice as what to do. I will have a laptop with me, so I guess I can kill some time that way. Otherwise, is it recommended to go to Newark. It will be during the week, so I guess there wont be much going on. And going to NYC is rather pricey and the connections don't seem too great for my plans either.

Any suggestions are welcome.  Smile

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:00 pm

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
Otherwise, is it recommended to go to Newark

I've never heard of anybody recommending Newark...and that's from people living in NJ. Just walk around the terminal and enjoy the view  Smile
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:03 pm

Well the chances of a 9 hour layover are slim...

Either:

A) your first flight will be delayed and you will have a 3-5 hour layover

or

B) your 2nd flight will be delayed and you will have a 12+ hour layover
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:12 pm

There is little in downtown Newark to engage you in daylight hours (good Art Gallery,small Museum), and many good reasons not to be there in the dark, though it is perhaps not as bad and dangerous as it used to be (all relative). If you do not want to go into NYC, then the nearby IKEA might kill an hour or so, but this is not a location with much nearby.
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:25 pm

LOL, the nearby IKEA is a good one. I'd rather recommend the Anheuser-Busch plant,not sure if they offer tours, never asked..  Big grin

"Downtonw Newark" - you should not step outside Newark Penn Station and/or the Hilton Hotel. . On the other hand , 9 hours is time enough to take NJT to Penn Station in the city. The area around Penn Station is interesting enough and NY always reloads ones batteries. Last time I did that round trip was about $$25 IIRC and that's a steal at today's x-rate, especially when you compare that to Heathrow Express.

If you don't eant to do that, watching planes and trains at EWR is interesting and there is wi-fi in the terminal as well.



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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:35 pm

go roam around midtown manhattan it is only about 20 minutes away u can take a bus or train round trip for under $25 bucks (you can get to the city a lot cheaper but it requires a little work and know how ie #62 bus then the PATH to the village or d'town) u are in your early 20's that is what i would do just give yourself a cushion of time to get back in the am..(make sure to check your luggage except for a back-pack of stuff to carry with u)

nothing in d'town newark to see.

or change your ticket to the same day connecting.
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:37 pm

An overnight layover in Newark...  yuck 

You're so close to NYC you might as well go in for a few hours as there will be much more happening here than at the airport.

I would take the airport Airtrain (Monorail) to Newark station and then take a New Jersey Transit Train into New York Penn station on 34th street. From there walk (or take a cab or subway) to 42nd street and Times Square. There are many late night attractions to keep you occupied for a few hours there.

Here's a representative weekday schedule off the NJT web site for trains leaving Newark to New York Penn station late night:

LEAVE ARRIVE
NEWARK NEW YORK
10:51 PM - 11:23 PM
11:34 PM - 12:16 AM
11:50 PM - 12:25 AM
12:41 AM - 01:13 AM
12:50 AM - 01:22 AM
01:31 AM - 02:03 AM
02:00 AM - 02:38 AM
...so on...

And returning early in the morning:
LEAVE ARRIVE
NYC NEWARK
04:20 AM - 04:45 AM
04:44 AM - 05:06 AM
04:54 AM - 05:18 AM
05:21 AM - 05:42 AM
05:38 AM - 06:03 AM
...so on...

Fares are $15 each way (which should include the airtrain charge). Buy the tickets at a NJT Ticket Machine in Newark airport at the entrance to the Airtrain.

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:42 pm

I have been to EWR on 6 occasions, but all times as a transit passenger so I've never been to the city itself. I once missed my CO connecting flight to LGW and CO paid for me to spend the night at a hotel near the airport - and honestly, I looked outside my room and felt like I was in the "ghetto". I don't think I would want to wander around there. Another reason why I wouldn't go out is because of the security hassles of coming back in - I win the privilege each time to go through "selective screening" because apparently I have  bomb  written all over me.

My advice is just stay in the airport, there are lots of restaurants and shops in terminal C. Consider purchasing a one-day wifi and use it to kill some more time.

Hope it helps,

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:09 am

Downtown Newark reminded me of the movie "Assault on Precinct 13".
It was definitely "twitchy bottom time" as Sir Alex Ferguson famously said, around the bus-station!

I'd defo go to Manhattan isof being stuck in EWR.
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:17 am

Speaking as someone who worked in Downtown Newark (Halsey Street) there's not much going on downtown, the Newark museum is really great but I would not trek all the way to Newark to see the Museum at night. I would not go downtown unless you had a car and knew where you were going, some of the best Portuguese/Spanish restaurants outside the Iberian Peninsula are in the Iron Bound section of Newark, again I would not go there without a car.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:20 am

Unfortunately you are probably getting in too late but The Spanish Tavern just outside of downtown is a great place to eat. IIRC as you take Highway 2 into downtown you will see signs at each stoplight on the train overpasses to your right that say "X number of blocks to Spanish Tavern."

Get the Paella Valencia if you get to go.

Quoting Airbuske (Reply 7):
I looked outside my room and felt like I was in the "ghetto".

You were in a ghetto. The area around EWR is a dump to say the least.  stirthepot 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:21 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 4):
watching planes and trains at EWR is interesting

Only problem is there is no one location to do both!

Quoting Airbuske (Reply 7):
I once missed my CO connecting flight to LGW and CO paid for me to spend the night at a hotel near the airport - and honestly, I looked outside my room and felt like I was in the "ghetto

Sounds like Elizabeth rather than downtown Newark!

Definitely don't go to downtown Newark, especially carrying a laptop!

I found a great bar in Manhattan last week - Smith's on 8th Avenue just down from Penn Station. Go in the back part of the bar, lots of tourists in there and some nice eye candy barmaids!

Or take a helicopter flight over Manhattan. I did that for the first time last week, and would definitely reccomend it!
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:30 am

I would not recommend setting foot anywhere outside the airport. Newark is not the safest of cities. As for going to New York, the trains are not always reliable and I would hate to see you miss your connection due to that. There are many shops in the C terminal that you can visit. I find Newark a very good place for spotting. At one point I was able to see the planes take off and land from terminal C.
Having your laptop with you is a good idea to save you from boredom. Enjoy EWR.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:30 am

I would have suggested a day pass for CO's Presidents Clubs at EWR, but they all close by 11:15 pm and don't re-open until 5:00 am.

Laptop with some DVD's to watch, try to find a small pillow..... most of those shops probably close by 10:00 pm or 11:00 pm I'd bet too....

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 2):
....nearby IKEA might kill an hour or so

Ikea closes at 9:00 pm weeknights:
http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...1001&langId=-1&StoreName=elizabeth

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 4):
I'd rather recommend the Anheuser-Busch plant,not sure if they offer tours,

No tours at Newark facility:
http://www.anheuser-busch.com/beer/beer_breweries.html

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:38 am

Newark sucks so spend as little time there as possible. Head into Manhattan for a bit to kill some time. EWR is to be avoided as much as possible.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:01 am

If I'm understanding you correctly, you're arriving late into EWR from DCA and then departing early the next morning to fly to MSP. Rather than worry about getting to and from NYC, why not just get a hotel room for the night right near the airport? They all have free shuttles, and it will be a lot more stress-free to be able to go to your hotel room, relax, and sleep, rather than try to deal with getting to and from the city.
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:08 am

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 21):
Rather than worry about getting to and from NYC, why not just get a hotel room for the night right near the airport?

I doubt he would like to sleep next to the correctional facility that surrounds EWR...

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:47 am

Quoting N844AA (Reply 20):
Not sure if you're saying that in a disbelieving sense, but no, it isn't, not in in the last 15-20 years or so. Right now it's the safest big city in the United States. So it's definitely suitable for a tourist to visit.

That study was probably based on a 5 block radius in the West Village during the hours of 9Am and 11AM on alternate Tuesdays. Crime flows through the streets of any big city and NYC has its fair share of problems. Obviously there are areas that are safer than Newark as a whole but to say it is a safe city is by no means accurate. And that doesn't even take the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Queens into the mix.

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 21):
why not just get a hotel room for the night right near the airport? They all have free shuttles, and it will be a lot more stress-free to be able to go to your hotel room, relax, and sleep, rather than try to deal with getting to and from the city.

Might I suggest the SpringHill Suites by Marriott on the north side of the field. They have a shuttle and are right in a row with the Courtyard and a Fairfield Inn for different price choices if needed. Nothing nearby to walk to but as has been said you might not want to do that anyways.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:07 am

The 'Jersey Gardens' outlet shopping mall is near EWR, with some new motels near it. The mall has resturants, a movie theather. Here is a link to the mall: http://www.jerseygardens.com/index.cfm
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 19):
The 'Jersey Gardens' outlet shopping mall is near EWR, with some new motels near it. The mall has resturants, a movie theather. Here is a link to the mall: http://www.jerseygardens.com/index.cfm

Read the OP's post if you don't mind. He is arriving late in the evening and flying out the next morning. The mall will be closed when he is there.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:34 am

If you don't want to spring for a hotel room, then I would definitely just hang out at Newark (Airport that is) I mean just the pain in the ass of lugging around a laptop in Manhattan, you're young, you go into a bar, have a few, play some darts, flirt a bit, take an early train back to EWR and then, and ONLY THEN, do you realize in your boozy foggy state that your laptop is still in McGurk's tavern on 33d st.

Yeah I would just stay, it would be interesting from a sociological standpoint to see how empty or busy a large airport terminal is at 3:00 AM.

Not for nothing, but DCA -> EWR -> MSP with an overnight layover at chateau EWR is *that* much cheaper than a NWA non-stopper or even a connection at a normal hour? I assume frequent flier miles not blacked out, right? Obvious conclusion.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:47 am

Hotels in Newark - Hampton Inn (not friendly) Hilton (pricy), Doubletree (worn out but OK), SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard, all good Marriott hotels. Never been to the Marriott at the airport, but I pass it all the time. Algarve is an excellent Portguese restaurant in Elizabeth - terrific food, and nice friendly people (follow the signs on 1/9 to IKEA, it will be on your right)
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:13 am

As someone who lives right under an EWR flightpath I can strongly advise you that you want to spend as little much time in Newark City as possible. Getting into Manhattan though, is a breeze from EWR. Just hop on airtrain and get on NJT which runs every few minutes. It makes only two stops and you'll be in midtown within minutes. Once there you can roam around visit time square, it's extremely safe, clean, and easy, with lots of good food.

If you're not interested in NYC you could get on a taxi and visit IKEA, where there's good food and amazing views of the airport.

Overall, good luck with a 12 hour layover, atleast it's a nice airport to be stuck at.
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:31 am

Go here: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/newark.htm
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:45 am

Quoting BigOrange (Reply 11):
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 4):
watching planes and trains at EWR is interesting

Only problem is there is no one location to do both!

From the platform at the airport train station, you get a good view of arrivals on 11.

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:36 pm

Yes you can at least go over to the Marriot and hang in their lobby with your laptop - I believe it is a wifi zone. Or the bar.

By the time you cab it around in NJ you may just as well hop the Skytrain to the Path station and go into Manhattan. Even if it is just for a few hours. I would certainly do that. There is so much to do within a few blocks of Penn Station. I would even find tinkering on my laptop for a while in a Starbucks in Manhattan much more enjoyable than stuck in one of the terminals. Then head back to the terminal and maybe snooze for a while.
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:18 pm

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
Otherwise, is it recommended to go to Newark.

I've been to EWR a ton of times, and would not venture near Newark!

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 2):
Well the chances of a 9 hour layover are slim...

Either:

A) your first flight will be delayed and you will have a 3-5 hour layover

or

B) your 2nd flight will be delayed and you will have a 12+ hour layover

HAHA! Very true!

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 19):
The 'Jersey Gardens' outlet shopping mall is near EWR, with some new motels near it. The mall has resturants, a movie theather. Here is a link to the mall: http://www.jerseygardens.com/index.cfm

I'd go to the mall! Theres a free shuttle from P4 to the mall, and I think it runs half-hourly. Its $2 to take the shuttle back
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:24 pm

Quoting COEI2007 (Reply 27):
I'd go to the mall! Theres a free shuttle from P4 to the mall, and I think it runs half-hourly. Its $2 to take the shuttle back

But the mall will be closed when the OP is there. Had you read the post immediately below LTBEWR's you would have seen that. Doesn't anybody read anymore or do they just post willy nilly?  banghead 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:06 pm

Is there really any choice besides New York City??? I don't think so!

I have been travelling 15-20 times to NYC through EWR over the last 2 years and I can only recommend taking the coach (bus) service.

http://www.coachusa.com/olympia/ss.newarkairport.asp

The bus takes you directly from the terminal to either Penn Station (34th), Port Authority Bus terminal or Grand Central (42nd) in about 35-45 minutes and from my experience they are quite reliable as well as being an affordable option.

Trains are more of a hassle as you have to take the shuttle train to Newark Station and connect there to the city. It is much much easier taking the bus.

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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:56 am

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 2):
Well the chances of a 9 hour layover are slim...

Either:

A) your first flight will be delayed and you will have a 3-5 hour layover

or

B) your 2nd flight will be delayed and you will have a 12+ hour layover

I'm laughing, but its oh so true!!!  Smile
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:38 am

What time do you get in?

If you're in before the restaurants close, you could go over to the Ironbound section of Newark (mentioned above also) and have an excellent dinner there. We stayed at the Four Points EWR and went over there for dinner one night...it was a great experience. The neighbourhood is fine, you can walk around it easily and safely. I'm from a small Canadian city and I am nervous in unfamiliar urban situations but the Ironbound was just fine. This was a real treat for us, with Mr. Harlot being Portuguese and us living in the Seattle area where there is almost no Portuguese community and certainly no Portuguese restaurants.

It was indicated to me at the hotel that taking a taxi down that area would be fine, but that we'd be silly not to take our own rental car, which we did. It is quite close to the airport, only about 15 mins away.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:04 am

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
I am scheduled to "enjoy" a nine hour layover in EWR in September.

EWR is always mocked because of its close proximity to Newark, NJ.

Take it from someone who lives close by, while Newark isn't the greatest city, the airport is really cool.

There are tons of opportunity's to spot, a cool monorail system, lots of great restaurants and Wi-Fi everywhere.


Like mentioned before, Terminal C is the best, I highly recommend it.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:35 am

Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 26):
you may just as well hop the Skytrain to the Path station and go into Manhattan.

Actually you have to take the Airtrain monorail to the rail station, take NJT one stop to Newark Penn, then switch to PATH for lower Manhattan. Or just take the NJT train to Midtown.

Are your bags being checked through, or do you have to claim them? This could be a problem - as far as I know (and I'm there a lot), EWR doesn't have a "left-baggage" service. Actually, most American airports don't. If you have checked bags and have to retreive them (and if so you probably won't be able to check them for your next flight that far in advance), you'll have to haul your bags around with you

But if checked bags aren't an issue then I'd hop into Manhattan...there's always something to do!
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:55 pm

Well, thanks a lot for the large number of replies. The real reason why I am doing this, is because I have never been to DCA and it is by far the cheapest way to incorporate that airport into my travels. I guess I can make myself comfortable at EWR for the night. Does anyone know if CO has a late night check-in, since I just found out that I would have to re-claim my baggage, since the layover is longer than six hours.
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:28 pm

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Reply 34):

Huh, good question. I don't know, sorry!!!
However, I would assume so!
 
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RE: 9 Hour Layover At EWR, What To Do?

Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:46 pm

I believe that starting this fall, you can catch a NJ Devils NHL game in downtown Newark if you've got several hours to kill. They're a very good team with 4 Stanley Cup Finals appearances (3 wins) in last 12 years. Take the monorail to the airport rail station and NJT to Newark Penn Station and the new Prudential Arena is about a 2-block walk. And, unlike many who say otherwise, Newark isn't the most dangerous place on the planet. I was born there, am white, and over the years have returned many times with no problems.

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