Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Through Newark Airport
New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which first opened its doors way back on October 1, 1928, is located just 15 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan. One of three major airports serving the New York metro area, EWR currently serves more than 30 airlines.
EWR lays claim to many aviation firsts, including the first paved runway, the first air traffic control tower in the United States, the first airport weather station, and the first airport post office.
Today, EWR handles millions of domestic and international passengers a year and, like New York's LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport, it is undergoing major redevelopment and upgrades. Here's everything you need to know about traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport.
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Newark Airport Terminals
Newark Liberty International Airport has three standalone terminals: A, B, and C.
Passengers can travel between terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttles, and rental car facilities on the AirTrain monorail, which operates 24 hours a day and is free to ride within the airport.
Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and JetBlue are among the airlines that operate out of Terminal A. Allegiant Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Spirit, and several international airlines fly from Terminal B.
United Airlines occupies all of Terminal C, with some flights operating out of Terminal A and Terminal B as well.
Terminal A, EWR's oldest terminal, is scheduled to be replaced by a new three-concourse, 33-gate terminal in 2022.
Newark Airport Map
Amenities and Services at Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport provides free Wi-Fi and free charging stations throughout the terminals. Nursing suites are available in each terminal. The AtYourGate in-airport order and delivery app allows passengers to have meals delivered anywhere in Terminals A and B (including post-security) and to the pre-security area of Terminal C.
Newark Airport Terminal A
Dining in Newark Liberty Airport Terminal A
Dining options in Newark Airport Terminal A include a pre-security food court with Cheeburger Cheeburger, Jamba Juice, Jersey Mike's, Manchu Wok, and Qdoba Grill. Travelers can also find Currito Cantina and Tony Roma's pre-security.
Post-security in Terminal A, the A1 Rotunda has Ben & Jerry's and Currito Cantina; the A2 Rotunda options include Earl of Sandwich and Auntie Anne's Pretzels; and the A3 Rotunda outlets include Ruby Tuesday and Phillips Seafood.
Shopping in Newark Liberty Airport Terminal A
Pre-security retail in Terminal A includes America! (with some New Jersey-themed souvenirs), Creative Kid Stuff, Hudson Booksellers, and duty-free shops. Post-security, there are newsstands and an InMotion Entertainment (Rotunda 1).
Newark Airport Terminal B
Dining in Terminal B
Pre-security food court options in Terminal B include Smashburger, Panda Express, Starbucks, and more. Additional pre-security options include the Belgian Beer Café and Budweiser Brewhouse.
Post-security, find Malone's Fish Market, Starbucks, Firehouse Subs, Sora Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar, and more.
Shopping in Terminal B
Pre-security, there are newsstands, a duty-free shop, and America! (gifts). Post-security options include duty-free shops, newsstands, and a Lick candy stand.
Newark Airport Terminal C
Dining in Newark Airport Terminal C
There are dozens of great choices for grab and go, fast casual, sit-down dining, and cocktails in United Airlines' three-concourse, 68-gate Terminal C. This guide includes some highlights, but we suggest a walk-through to consider all the options.
Check-out is self-serve in the pre- and post-security CIBO Express Gourmet Markets and in the central Global Bazaar. In restaurants and gate lounges, orders are taken via iPad and delivered by a server.
Fast-casual Dining Options
In the Global Bazaar food hall (Gates 70-99), the Melange Bakery Café bakes croissants, bagels, muffins, and other fresh treats on-site, around the clock; Kaedama noodle bar serves ramen, soups, and dumplings with fresh-pulled noodles; and Tsukiji Fishroom serves up well-priced, fresh sushi, nigiri, and poke bowls with fish flown in daily from Tokyo.
And, no, it's not the jet-lag: Many venues in the food hall change their names, their overhead signage, and their menus mid-day.
Best bets for sit-down dining on C1 (Gates 70-99) are Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse, Surf, and Daily, which has a farm-to-terminal menu that does indeed change daily.
On C2 (Gates 101-115), Vanguard Kitchen, Happy Clam, and Little Purse are enticing; while on C3 (Gates 120-129), Forno Magico and Saison are great options.
Tucked behind Saison is United Airlines' invitation-only restaurant called Classified. If you get an invite, go.
Oeno Wine Bar has more than 60 world-class wines by the glass and the bottle. Proof Whiskey Bar carries more than 150 types of whiskeys. Caps Beer Garden stocks almost 50 different domestic and international brews. And there are more than 200 different tequilas at Tacquila.
Shopping and Amenities at Newark Terminal C
The eco-friendly D_parture Spa offers manicures and pedicures, chair and foot massages, shampoo and haircuts, and facials and facial waxing.
CIBO Express Gourmet Markets (all concourses) stock unique gifts and gourmet food items. Other shopping options include Coach, Johnston & Murphy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Miles Shop, where passengers can trade United Airlines frequent flyer miles for electronics, toys, and other items, or earn bonus points for dollars spent.
Newark Airport Lounges
United Airlines has multiple lounges at EWR. In addition to the United Club in Terminal A, there's a Polaris lounge in Terminal C with rainfall shower suites, workspaces, day beds, and a table-service dining area. There's also a United Club by Gate C74 and Gate C93.
Newark Airport Transportation, Car Rentals, and Parking
Travel is possible between EWR and Newark or Manhattan by taxi, van, car, or ride-hailing services or on an express bus. A less expensive option is to hop on AirTrain Newark, which connects to NJ Transit and Amtrak stations.
Travelers can reach EWR on-airport car rental companies via the AirTrain (Station P2 or P3, depending on which company).
Parking at EWR ranges from $21 a day in economy lots to $44 a day in the short-term lots.