Stuck on a layover at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), in New Jersey? As one of the main hubs for Continental Airlines, Newark is a common layover destination. The airport is roughly 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New York City, which makes the city accessible for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Newark layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the Newark airport, there are a number of services available to help you bide your time on your layover. Wireless Internet service is available within most terminals provided by Boingo Wireless Company (for more information on connecting and rates, click here.) There are also shops and restaurants, and other services including banking, bars, travel aid and more — listed by terminal here.
For those looking to unwind, D_parture Spa is located in the airport in Terminal C, near Gate 92. There are tons of procedures to choose from including hair and nail, waxing, massages, and facials. For a list of the services and prices, click here.
The airport has a lot of nearby hotels at varying prices, and for a comprehensive list of Newark hotels, click here.
If you’re looking to leave the airport on your layover and want to ditch your bags, NBS Storage and Delivery is located in the Arrivals Level of the Continental terminal for Continental passengers only. They offer short-term luggage storage and operate 24 hours a day. For more information, call (908) 933-0503.
The AirTrain connects to the NJ Transit and offers a easy way to travel into Manhattan, without the hassle of traffic (for cost and tickets, click here). Taxi, car and van service is available from the airport. For a list of tips and rates to various parts of New Jersey and New York, click here. Bus service is also available through NJ Transit Bus Lines 37, 40, 62, 67 (for bus schedules and more info, visit this site). If you have your own car, and are looking for cheap airport parking, click here.
Layoverguide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A New York Layover:
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, to visit where roughly 12 million immigrants entered the United States. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Ellis Island. There are security checks, so make sure you don’t have any sharp objects. Don’t miss the audio tour at Ellis Island – it’s full of interesting history. You can check out ferry times and locations here.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
It’s hard not to visit New York without remembering the tragic attack on September 11, 2001. Head through the Financial District to Ground Zero to visit the location where the twin towers stood. It may surprise you how big the space was — about 12 million square feet. Check out the Ground Zero Museum Workshop.
Nothing says New York like Broadway. Book ahead online to save time and money at Playbill, Theatermania, and Broadwaybox.
Scott’s Pizza Tours
New York is known for their pizza, and for those who love a slice, there’s no better way to spend your day then trying the best pizza in the city. This tour includes the history of New York pizza, as well as visits to the city’s four top pizzerias. All tours start in Manhattan and visit pizzerias in the outer boroughs, so double check your timing back to the airport for your next flight.
Central Park is a great way to enjoy New York’s biggest park. You can enter the park at 59th and check out all the artists. Inside the park you can ride the carousel, skate at Wollman rink, visit the zoo, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, see Strawberry Fields and you can’t miss the ducks at the pond. You can also stop for a bite at the boathouse.
Rockefeller Center & Home Of The Rock Observation Deck
Rockefeller Center is where you’ll find the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, as well as shopping, restaurants, the NBC Studio Tour and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. If you need a quick view of New York, the observation deck is much less crowded than the Empire State Building, yet has great views. It is a 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors and you can enter on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.
Empire State Building
If you have the time to battle the tourists, don’t miss heading to the top of the Empire State Building
. It’s quite a sight, from 102 stories high. For those in a rush, a $35 “Express Ticket” gets you on the deck within 20 minutes.
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