Thirty years ago Newark was voted the worst city in America by Harper’s Magazine; luckily a lot has changed since then. Gentrification swept the area and helped to transform it into a desirable commuter base and an eclectic mecca for artistic types. Home to scenic parks, Art Deco and French Gothic inspired architecture, and a host of museums, Newark is also a great getaway spot in its own right.

Budget travelers flock to score affordable hotel rooms in Newark and enjoy a stay that is just 15 miles from midtown Manhattan. Getting in and traveling around Newark is a breeze providing that you do a little research. Read on to find out how to get around Newark by bus, cap, and train on the cheap.

Flying to Newark

Newark Liberty International Airport is located just five miles south of the heart of the city. Over 30 airlines fly from Newark to hundreds of destinations worldwide. Check out JetBlue Airways, Delta, and Virgin America for some low-cost flights to Newark.

Affordable Airport Ground Transportation

One of the most convenient and affordable ways to get from the airport to downtown Newark is to jump the NJ Transit Bus; be sure to check ahead of time for schedules and fares so you can plan your route. Registered taxis wait outside of the arrivals terminal, but pre-booking a shared shuttle will work out cheaper than a cab.

Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz all have booths in the terminal, and pick-up points can be found in Station P2 and P3. To avoid unnecessary fines, make sure you check with the car rental company about toll charge policies.

Light Rail and Subway

The Newark City Light Rail service operates two lines from Newark Penn Station. One line is five miles long and runs to Bloomfield, while the other runs to Broad Street Station. You must purchase tickets before boarding the train or subway. Fares cost just $1.50 for a one-hour ride on the system to any destination.


Newark Penn Station doubles as the city’s bus terminal, where NJ Transit buses and Greyhound operate services to locations in the city and beyond. The economical BoltBus connects passengers to cities like Washington D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia.


You can hail taxis in downtown Newark, but if you are staying on the outskirts you may have to call up and order one in advance. Most taxis are metered but on occasion fares you can negotiate with the driver. This definitely isn’t the cheapest way to get around the city, so public transportation is the best option for those on a budget.

Walking, Cycling, and Skating

You can explore each of the five wards by foot providing that you have good map. Rent bicycles if you want to explore the city on wheels. If you need a little help planning your trip, check out comparisons online for the best hotel and flights deals, and cheap airport transfer services are available.

Have you been to Newark? Share your travel tips in the comment section below. Happy travels!

Author Bio:

Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast or sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali.