Newark, New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey is located ten miles southwest of New York City. It is best known as the location of the Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the three major airports serving the New York City area.

Northern New Jersey is primarily a commercial and industrial area interspersed with residential neighborhoods and shopping centers. Much of the area around Newark is flat marshy lands traversed by a complex of interstate highways, roads and intersections. Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey are the two communities adjacent to Liberty International Airport. Newark is a mixed community with some commercial and industrial areas and a lot of ethnically diverse residential neighborhoods. A few of the inner-city neighborhoods are rather impoverished and possibly insecure. The parts of Newark and Elizabeth adjacent to the airport are fairly decent neighborhoods but not scenic. Liberty State Park is just a few miles from Newark Airport. It offers some nice views of the Statue of Liberty and provides ferry transportation to Liberty Island for up-close viewing of the statue.

Most of the hotels are situated adjacent to the Airport or along the nearby roads. These hotels are typically moderate to budget priced and are far less expensive than hotels in Manhattan. When driving to New York City, I usually prefer hotels in Secaucus as they are closer to the city and the commute is quicker, but the hotels near Newark Airport are also suitable alternatives to staying in Manhattan.

Newark Map

When Driving to New York City…

If you are driving to New York City or flying in via Newark Liberty International Airport, the hotels in this area are less expensive alternatives to accommodations in Manhattan. Rooms cost approximately 25% to 50% less, and you can save as much as $35 per day in parking. There are even suites and short-stay apartments available for reasonable prices.

Newark airport is convenient to anyone driving north from Philadelphia or Washington DC as it is located adjacent to I-95 the main north-south corridor along the eastern coast of the USA. It is also convenient to anyone driving along I-78 east from central Pennsylvania. You can easily stop and stay at a hotel near Newark Airport and avoid the drive through the tunnels into Manhattan where traffic is fierce, parking is expensive and hotels prices are often exhorbitant. There are several convenient and inexpensive transportation alternatives into New York City from the Newark Airport area.

Save 20% on your reservation at Travelodge

Transportation to Manhattan

From Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal, there is a choice of transportation alternatives into New York City. Taxis and Limos are available, but they cost about $35 for a commute into Manhattan. Shuttle busses leave every half hour or so and they can take you to various locations in downtown or midtown Manhattan. The cost is a more reasonable $10 fare. The least costly method of transportation into the Big Apple is via the New Jersey Transit trains. In the airport, you can hop onto the free AirTrain that connects the various terminals and take it to the Liberty International Airport Train Station. There, you can purchase a ticket from the vending machines for $7, then ride any train into Manhattan at the Pennsylvania Railway Station.

If you are staying at one of the hotels near the airport in Elizabeth New Jersey, you can always return to the airport terminal via shuttle bus or car, and take the train or other transportation into the city. You can also go directly to one of the train stations by car or by walking, and take the train into the city. The train stations in Elizabeth and in North Elizabeth both have commuter parking lots nearby where you can leave your car. The Liberty International Airport Train Station has no parking.

Hotels near Newark Liberty International Airport:

Howard Johnson's Newark Airport Howard Johnson's Newark Airport
Howard Johnson's Newark Airport is a budget priced hotel located just a half mile from the airport terminal. It offers a free shuttle service from the airport and high speed Internet access. All rooms are equipped with coffee makers.
Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark
Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark is a family oriented budget hotel just across the street from the airport terminal. It features an outdoor pool, a fitness room, Internet access and a free shuttle service to the airport.
Best Western Newark Airport West Best Western Newark Airport West
The Best Western Newark Airport West is a budget-priced hotel located very near the airport terminal.
Newark Airport Marriott Newark Airport Marriott
The Newark Airport Marriott is a first-class hotel located right on the airport property. It provides a swimming pool and health club as well as wireless Internet access at moderate prices.
Spring Hill Suites Spring Hill Suites
The Spring Hill Suites provide studio suites complete with mini-refigerator, microwave and coffee service for a moderate price. They also provide complimentary breakfast, indoor swimming pool and exercise facility.
Newark Country Inn and Suites Newark Country Inn and Suites
The Newark Country Inn and Suites is located adjacent to I-95 in Elizabeth New Jersey just two miles from the airport. Amenities include and indoor pool, spa and fitness center plus a complimentary breakfast buffet and free shuttle to the airport terminal. All the comforts of spacious living for a modest price.
Search for other Newark Area Hotels
Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: ©
Photo Description: Liberty State Park is just a few miles from Newark Airport.