How to get from EWR Newark NJ Airport to Times Square NYC

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PATH Port Authority Trans Hudson
PATH Port Authority Trans Hudson



There are many options for transferring from Newark New Jersey’s EWR airport to Times Square on Manhattan Island in New York City.  Taxi fare is approximately $124. Uber X is approximately $55.84.  Newark Express (CoachUSA) is approximately $18.50. Bus plus train is approximately $4.35.

I looked into Newark Express (CoachUSA) but the reviews were horrifying! Shaakir Hasan wrote on Google Reviews: “Did not show up to the airport and I waited for 2 hrs. Just so unreliable.”  Zack Robinson wrote, “One of the worst services out there. Would be quicker to walk across the bridge than use this service. Save yourself the headache and just get a taxi.”  Clay Bradley wrote: THIS COMPANY HAS NO REGARD FOR THE NEEDS OF PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES. 2 out of 3 buses I attempted to board would not accept me, and I had to scramble to find an alternative.” Chris Kwak wrote, “Advertised coming every 45 minutes. Waited three hours and no bus came. Save your money and take the 62 bus to Port Terminal.” David R K wrote, “The shuttle bus never came and I was forced to take an Uber to get to the airport on time. After that, the company never answered any of my numerous emails so I wasted 18.50 bucks on a service that wasn’t provided. Totally unprofessional. DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE! I’d give it zero stars if possible.”  Andie Barber wrote, “If I could give this service less than one star, I would. We used this service today and were met with a mountain of problems. The bus came late as a start, which was a bit frustrating, but not the end of the world. We continued on our ride to have it break down multiple times on the way to the airport. The driver mentioned engine failure, inability to brake or accelerate, and more. It was frightening to say the least. The cherry on top of this mess was the driver, on call with a dispatcher, mentioned that the bus had these issues the day before. This is very disturbing that this company would knowingly charge for a service that is not only inconvenient and delayed travel, but is unsafe for passengers. We ended up broken down in the middle of a highway. We then had to exit the bus onto a busy highway to get on another which arrived 10 minutes later. This whole experience made us very late to the airport and caused tremendous stress. We will be looking for a refund and do not recommend this service.”  Subin Sahu wrote, “They falsely advertise that the bus comes every 20 minutes; in reality they have one bus every hour or so with no consistent timing. Their tracking system doesn’t work and the staff are outright rude.”

This made me dump the very idea of using Newark Express (CoachUSA).  So I tried the bus 62 plus train option.

After I got my bag, I went to the road to catch the bus in front of the airport.  As a disabled person, I paid 75 cents for the trip from EWR to Newark Pennsylvania Train Station. It took about a half hour.

Cross the street from EWR
Cross the street from EWR

A policeman will let you know when you are allowed to cross the street. He will hold up the traffic. The crossing is near the handicap drop-off area.  If there are no traffic cops, there are stoplights and crosswalk lights. These are outside level 1 of terminal C.   There are bus 62 pickup stops at A B and C.  A has the least people on the bus, C has the most people on the bus.

Policeman at EWR
Policeman at EWR

When you exit terminal C you will notice a handicap drop off area, and this lets you know you are in the right place.

Handicap drop off EWR C
Handicap drop off EWR C

Wait for bus 62 to arrive; it is part of the New Jersey Transit system.  One 62 goes south and another 62 goes north. Take the 62 bus going north. The bus does not give change. Bring quarters. Seniors and disabled people pay 75 cents.  Officially you are supposed to have a NJ Transit senior or disabled card, but I paid 75 cents because I use a walker. Some busses have racks for your luggage, others do not. It’s the luck of the draw.

Newark bus 62 New Jersey Transit
Newark bus 62 New Jersey Transit

About 20 minutes later you arrive at Newark (city) Pennsylvania station.

Pennsylvania Station in City of Newark
Pennsylvania Station in City of Newark

Now you have to switch systems and get on PATH.  The sole purpose of PATH is to transport you underneath the river into Manhattan Island. PATH stands for Port Authority Trans Hudson.  It is its own system. Tickets from New Jersey Transit or Manhatttan’s MTA cards do not work on this train system.

PATH Port Authority Trans Hudson
PATH Port Authority Trans Hudson

Walk from the bus stop across 2 lanes into the Penn Station building. There is an elevator to right of the front door. Take the elevator up one level to the plaza area. Walk over towards the McDonalds and there is an elevator out of sight, to the left of the escalators. There are no employees anywhere to be found. We saw a single police woman standing in a corner sending texts on her cell phone, but she wasn’t paying any attention to what was going on.  Beware of homeless people pretending to be PATH employees and showing you around. Their only purpose is to get you lost, and then ask you for money for all kinds of reasons. They are very aggressive about demanding money from you. Don’t speak to them.

Take the elevator near McDonalds up one floor.  This is the AMTRAK level. Turn right out of the elevator and walk 30 seconds to another set of doors. Go inside those doors and take the ramp up to the PATH level.  Buy a card for $1 to load your fares on. A fare costs $5.50 round trip, but I saw a ton of people jumping the line or going through the emergency exits without paying.  Your fare and the $1 reusable card can be purchased using a credit card. Seniors and disabled people pay $1.25 if you apply for the cards in advance.

Take the PATH Train to 33rd Street.  33rd street is where the Manhattan Mall is. When you exit PATH using the elevator, you will be facing a small gated park. The park has a statue of a man sitting.  Do not be tempted to cross the street. Everything you need is to your left as you exit the elevator.

Greeley Square Park PATH Exit
Greeley Square Park PATH Exit

When you exit the PATH elevator you are at the Manhattan Mall, facing Greeley Square Park. Don’t cross the street. Just look left/north.

Exit from PATH elevator
Exit from PATH elevator

You will have to walk two sets of a half block to get to the elevator for the Manhattan subway to Times Square (MTA). On a clear day, you will see the HM store, Bank of America, and maybe even Macy’s 34th Street. Walk left/north.  It is half of a  block until 33rd street, then another half block to the elevator entrance to Manhattan subway (The MTA).

33rd Street Bank of America
33rd Street Bank of America

As you walk north, you will pass Bank of America at the half-way point. Walk past it, but don’t go as far as Macy’s 34th Street.

Entrance to MTA subway
Entrance to MTA subway

Go down the elevator into the subway and take the Q N or R routes to UPTOWN (north). If you have an MTA disability or senior citizen card, you pay half price.  The regular fare is $2.75, or half price for disabled and senior citizens with the reduced fare metrocard (MTA) Reduced-Fare MetroCard (mta.info).  I saw people jumping the lines, or entering the subway system without paying by sneaking through the gates when a disabled person was exiting the subway. I don’t recommend this. You don’t want to start your journey by paying a hefty fine.

Exit the MTA by using the handicap elevator. You should see an HM store in front of you. Look left and you will see Times Square and the half-price Broadway Ticket booth underneath the bleachers where people are sitting and watching the crowds.  Do not wait in the long lines to buy Broadway tickets at the TKTS booth if you are handicapped and are using a walker or wheelchair – just go to the front and they will let you cut the line.

If you want to order Broadway tickets in advance, you can buy a one-month $4.95 subscription to Discount Broadway Tickets – Save Over 50% on Broadway Shows (nytix.com) . It is well worth the money, and will pay for itself the first time you win a ticket lottery.

The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman
The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman

 

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