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Newark overview

Newark City is the most populous city in the State of New Jersey in the USA. The City is a major air, shipping, and rail hub in the United States of America. With more than 285000 population, it is USA’s 70th most populous municipality. Newark is located 13 km west of lower Manhattan. It is the 2nd largest city in the New York Metropolitan area.

The city was first settled by the Puritans from New Haven Colony in 1666, making it one of the oldest European cities in the United States. Newark is located at the mouth of River Passaic, making the city’s waterfront an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Port Newark is the main container shipping facility for New York Metropolitan area and the larger part of the East Coast. Newark Liberty International Airport was the first municipal commercial airport in the United States, and also remains one of the busiest airports in the USA.

The city hosts the headquarters of many companies like Panasonic Corporation of North America and higher education institutions like Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Local cultural venues found in Newark include the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, Newark Symphony Hall, The Prudential Centre and the Newark Museum.

The Branch Brook Park is the United States oldest country park and is home to the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States.

Places to Visit in Newark are diverse and varying from modern places of interest to the more culturally inclined locations. The tourist attractions to visit in Newark City include:

Prudential Centre

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

New Jersey Performing Arts Centre

Newark Museum

The Outlet Collection, Jersey Gardens

Red Bull Arena

Branch Brook Park

Ironbound

Military Park

Newark Public Library

Newark Penn Station

Gateways to Newark: Portraits

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey

Newark Symphony Hall

Newark hosts a mix of cultural activities, traditional festivals, and sporting events that make up the city’s busy annual schedule. Particular highlights of such yearly festivals and events are:

African American Heritage Festival

Lincoln Park Music Festival

Newark Black Film Festival

Newark Festival

Golden Door International Film Festival

Portugal Day Festival

Sounds of the City

Mayfest

Best time to book a flight to Newark

The best time and usually the peak time to visit Newark is during the Spring and early summer. During this time of the year, Newark is bustling with tourists, hence the flight fare and hotel price is high. Flights during summer are best booked at least 54 days early to save cost.

To enjoy cheap flights, Newark is best visited during the off season of Autumn and early Winter. Visitors to Newark during this off season will enjoy cheaper hotel rates, cheaper flight fares and avoid the  bustling crowd.

Best time to visit Newark

Like The Whole Of The United States, Newark City Experiences 4 Major Climatic Types Which Determine The Best Time To Visit The City. The Climate Is Characterized By Warm, Humid Summers And Frigid, Cold Winters. The Temperatures Are Moderated By The Atlantic Ocean Near Newark.

Spring: Spring Season Occurs From March To May And Is Quite Unpredictable With Its Temperature Ranging Between 1 And 23.5°C. The Weather Is However Pleasant Making It A Good Time To Visit.

Summer: Summer Occurs From June To August In Newark. It Is Hot, Humid And The Sun Can Sometimes Be Scorching, Especially In July. It Is Often The Season When Visitors And Tourists Visit Newark.

Autumn: The Autumn Season Has Average To High-temperature Range From 8.9°C To 24.8°C. The Sun Is Up In Newark In Autumn.

Winter: Winter Occurs From November To February And The Temperature Is Very Low. Winter Is Damp And Cold With Occasional Snowfall. Tourists Visit Newark The Least During Winter.

The Best Time To Visit Newark Is Usually Spring And Early Summer When The Temperatures Range From A Mild 16°C To 18°C. July Is Usually The Hottest Month In Newark During Which The City Experiences Average Daily Temperature Highs Between 25°C To 32°C.

Airlines operating flights to Newark

London (Heathrow Airport), Tel Aviv, Toronto, Frankfurt, Paris, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Cancum, Brussels, Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Stockholm, and Amsterdam are the busiest international routes to Newark.

Airlines operating scheduled flights to Newark include:

Aer Lingus

Air Canada

Air China

British Airways

Cathay Pacific

Delta Airlines

JetBlue Airways

La Compagnie

LOT Polish Airlines

Lufthansa

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Open Skies

Porter Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines

Spirit Airlines.

Swiss International Airlines

United Airlines

United Express

Virgin America

Virgin Atlantic

WOW air

How long is a flight to Newark

Popular Cities Airport Average Flight Time
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport 16 hours 37 minutes
Abuja Nnamdi Azikwe International 22 hours 25 minutes
London Heathrow International Airport 8 hours 5 minutes
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport 11 hours 55 minutes
Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport

 

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

1 hour 35 minutes
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport 12 hours
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport 20 hours 24 minutes
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport 15 hours 55 minutes
Cancun, Mexico Cancun International Airport  
Brussels, Belgium Brussels International Airport 31 hours 50 minutes
Munich, Germany Franz Josef Strauss International Airport 9 hours 5 minutes
     

Newark airport

 Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Airport opened on October 1, 1928, making it the United States first major Airport.  The airport started International flights in the 1970s. It was renamed Newark Liberty International Airport in 2002 after a San Francisco bound United Aircraft from Newark was hijacked in the 2001 September 11 attacks. The new name was chosen to pay tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks and to the nearby Statue of Liberty Landmark.

Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) is an international airport serving the city of Newark, Elizabeth and New Jersey in the United States. The airport is located about 24 km South-west of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The airport is jointly owned by the Cities of Elizabeth and Newark. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leased and currently operates the Newark International Airport.

By passenger traffic, it is the 2nd-largest airport in the world and the largest in the world in terms of total flight operations. Newark served a total of 40 million passengers in 2016.

50 carriers use the Airport has a hub, and it is United Airlines 3rd largest hub after Chicago-O’hare and Houston-International Airport. FedEx Express is the 2nd largest tenant of Newark International Airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport has 3 passenger terminals and 3 runways.

Airlines and average fares for some popular cities

Popular Cities Average Fares (Round Trip) Airlines
Lagos $1223 Delta Airlines, Ethiopian Lufthansa

 

British Airways

London $779 Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Lufthansa

 

British Airways

Tel Aviv $972 United Airlines

 

El Al, Lufthansa

Toronto $234 Air Canada, Air Canada Airlines, Porter Airlines, United Airlines
Frankfurt $581 Air Canada, Lufthansa, Austrian
Hong Kong $707 United Airlines, Delta, Cathay Pacific, American Eagle
Mumbai $1254 Air India, United Airlines, Jet Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic
San Francisco $434 United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Virgin America,
Orlando $236 United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest
Los Angeles $524 Spirit, United Airlines, Virgin America, Skywest
Chicago $303 American Eagle, United Airlines, JetBlue
Atlanta $247 United Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue
Houston $302 Spirit, United Airlines, American Airline.

Airlines operating in Newark Liberty International Airport

Terminal A handles domestic and Canadian flights operated by

  • JetBlue
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Southwest
  • Air Canada
  • Air Canada Express
  • American Eagle

Terminal B only handles foreign carriers and flights to the Caribbean through

  • JetBlue
  • Delta Airlines
  • Delta Connection
  • Elite Airways
  • Alegiant
  • Spirit Airlines.

Terminal C is exclusively used by United Airlines and its regional carrier United Express. United airlines carry over 60% of the total Newark airport passengers.

London, Toronto and Tel Aviv are the busiest international routes. The busiest domestic routes are San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orlando.

Getting from Newark airport to city centre

Newark Liberty Airport is equipped with well-developed public transportation system which moves travellers to the Newark city from the various terminals in the airport.

AirTrain

The AirTrain is a free rail system connecting The 3 terminals with the train station and other airport facilities such as parking, car rental locations, and bus shuttles.

AirTrain runs to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. Passengers can connect to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, Penn Station, Stamford Staton n Stamford Connecticut, and Union Station in New Haven, Connecticut.

Private Shuttles

There are various shuttles that operate between Manhattan, Newark, JFK, LaGuardia and other destinations.

Bus

Express Bus runs from Newark Airport to New York City 24 times a day. The Buses depart from Terminal A, B, and C and stop at Grand Central Station.

NJT buses

They provide service to Irvington, Downtown Newark and Newark Penn Station. Passengers can then connect with the PATH rapid transit system and the rail lines.

go bus 28

Itis a bus rapid transit line providing services to Downtown Newark, Newark Broad Street Station and Bloomfield Station.

Olympia Trails

It operates express buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Taxi

There are taxis operating from within the Terminal to several destinations within Newark. Ensure you reach an agreement with the driver before departure. The taxi rates depend on the destination. Tolls and tips are included in the taxi rates.

Getting from Newark airport to city centre

Newark Liberty Airport is equipped with well-developed public transportation system which moves travellers to the Newark city from the various terminals in the airport.

AirTrain

The AirTrain is a free rail system connecting The 3 terminals with the train station and other airport facilities such as parking, car rental locations, and bus shuttles.

AirTrain runs to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. Passengers can connect to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, Penn Station, Stamford Staton n Stamford Connecticut, and Union Station in New Haven, Connecticut.

Private Shuttles

There are various shuttles that operate between Manhattan, Newark, JFK, LaGuardia and other destinations.

Bus

Express Bus runs from Newark Airport to New York City 24 times a day. The Buses depart from Terminal A, B, and C and stop at Grand Central Station.

NJT buses

They provide service to Irvington, Downtown Newark and Newark Penn Station. Passengers can then connect with the PATH rapid transit system and the rail lines.

go bus 28

Itis a bus rapid transit line providing services to Downtown Newark, Newark Broad Street Station and Bloomfield Station.

Olympia Trails

It operates express buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Taxi

There are taxis operating from within the Terminal to several destinations within Newark. Ensure you reach an agreement with the driver before departure. The taxi rates depend on the destination. Tolls and tips are included in the taxi rates.

Staying in Newark

Downtown Newark is the commercial and cultural heart of the city. Visitors can tour the Downtown Newark which hosts the major cultural venues like the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (NJPAC), the Newark Symphony Hall, Prudential Center, the Newark Museum, Military Park, and the New Jersey Historical Society. The head offices of companies in Newark are also located within the downtown area which also houses all the different shopping opportunities along Broad and Market Streets.

The area around Newark Liberty International Airport has many diverse hotels with prices ranging from luxury and mid-range hotels to discount hotels and budget accommodations. Newark hotels are generally less expensive than hotels located within New York City. In addition, all the diverse attractions of New York and New Jersey areas are easily accessible by travellers staying in the Newark hotels.

Great places to visit Newark

New Jersey Performing Arts Centre

The NJPAC is one of the largest and most prolific performing arts centres in the United States. The NJPAC showcases various live entertainments and performances both from abroad and home-grown. The institution also hosts stand-up comedians, jazz jam sessions, R and B gigs, classical ensembles; all drawing whopping great crowds from both New York and the larger United States.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Centre also hosts regular festivals such as Newark’s jazz festival in November and the sounds of the City-a non-profit event held in summer.

Branch Brook Park

Branch Brook Park is one of the most visited parks in Metropolitan New York City. It has more than 14 different species of blossoming trees and more than 4000 individual trees. Each Spring, visitors can enjoy the largest collection of cherry blossoms in the nation with over 4300 cherry trees.

Visitors can explore the wind paths in the park every other time of the year, cross elegant bridges, and even view the looming Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart beside the Eastern parts of the gardens.

Newark Museum

 Newark Museum is the largest museum in the New Jersey State.  The exhibitions in the museum include the Masterworks of American realism and curious relics plucked from the far reaches of the Tibetan plateau.

The Buddhist treasures at the Newark Museum is considered to be one of the finest Sino-Tibetan exhibits in the world. It contains 5000 artefacts including an altarpiece blessed by Dali Lama himself.

There are also science rooms that enthral visitors with the planetarium and hands-on exhibitions about energy and waste.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

 The Gothic Cathedral is on the edge of the blossoming Branch Brook Park. The colossal church is one of the largest basilicas in the United States.

Construction started on the building in 1898 and it took 29 years to complete, as the designers tried fitting Anglo-style flying buttresses and French Medieval spires.

The cathedral is a great place to visit and listen to soothing music, a great place to wonder at the ambitious building project with its 71-metre-tall towers, and the architectural styles that differentiate it from other cathedrals around the world.

 Riverfront Park

 Newark’s Riverfront Park near the Passaic River is the best spot for sunset watching and seeing the lights go on after dark. The Riverfront Park has been dressed with new boardwalks, picnic spots and public sunbeds for summertime bathing. Summer months brings with it oodles of street entertainers, rowing races on the river and festivals.

City without Walls (cWOW)

It is situated on Crawford Street and is the leader in showcasing cutting-edge art and creativity in Newark. The cWOW provides space for contemporary artists working and living in the city to showcase their pieces.

Visitors to the cWOW can view the eclectic range of exhibitions all year round, with everything from Avant-garde sculpture pieces to installation works gracing the rooms.

The cWOW gallery is in charge of Newark’s City Murals project, which adorns downtown Newark with thought-provoking art murals, engage international artists for the creation of street arts, and teach kids urban mural painting.

Military Park

The military park is located in Downtown Newark, in between the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre and the New Jersey Historical Society. The Military Park is one of the oldest urban green spaces in Newark, as the space was formerly used to train Union soldiers during the American Civil War.
Huge edifices of Wars of America by Gutzon Borglum of Mount Rushmore fame is the pride of the Park. Regal busts of John F. Kennedy and the Doane Park to the North should also be visited to fully appreciate the beauty of the Military Park.
The Park currently has a restaurant and new pathways to ease touring the Military Park.

Jewish Museum of New Jersey

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey aims to celebrate and chronicle the more than 500000 Jews that have lived or currently lives in the State of New Jersey. The Jewish Museum organises cultural workshops, integration programs, inter-faith dialogues and artistic representation of Judaism.
Exhibits such as Jews of Assisi between 1943 and 1944, photographic collections from Jewish-American artists and assessments of the Jewish place in the American civil wars is the highlight of the Jewish Museum.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

The national historical landmark is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Newark. The national historical park is dedicated to preserving the life, times and works of Thomas Edison, one of America’s most prolific inventors and discoverers.
The park holds the first tested audio recording and all-new models of phonographs, batteries and even film cameras invented by Thomas Edison in the last decades of the 19th century.

Cost of things in Newark

Item Price
Bottle of Beer $4.13
Large Bottle of Water $2.41
Pair of Nike Shoes $102
Pair of Jeans $65
Local Beer $8.03
1km taxi journey $2.08
Imported Beer (0.33 litre) $9.37
Meal at McDonald’s & similar restaurant $11
Cappuccino $6.01
3 Course Meal for 2 $87
Cinema Ticket $16
Bottle of Wine $20
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes $10

Newark tips/advice

When locking your baggage for check-in, always use the approved Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Locks.

Be polite to everybody. Treat everyone with respect and dignity irrespective of occupation or service offered.

Don’t stare at people. Be punctual for any meeting as it is a valued custom in America.

Be punctual for any meeting as it is a valued custom in America.

Hitchhiking is dangerous and illegal in Newark. Hence, visitors should not hitchhike to avoid trouble with the local police.

Tipping is a common culture for customer services in America. 15 to 20% is the norm for taxi drivers, waiters, barbers, delivery guys and baggage handlers.

Always stand in a queue, and keep an arm’s length distance from the person in front.

Always remember to clear the tray and keep the tray in the designated bin of the fast food joints.

Cleanliness and hygiene are expected, hence be wary of your surroundings.

Almost all the hotels and most of the major public spots in Newark provide free WiFi.

First names is the norm in America, as first names are often used and patting the shoulder or arm is normal.

Don’t get involved in discussing controversial subjects.

Smoking is generally prohibited in public places.

Don’t buy or use drugs in Newark without doctor’s prescription as the penalties incurred may invariably be imprisonment or deportation.

Avoid taking the subway during the night, and be especially careful when walking alone at night.

Flight from local city to Newark

The following airlines operate scheduled domestic flights between other local cities in America and Newark City.

JetBlue

Spirit

United Airlines

United Express

Virgin America

American Eagle

Delta Airlines

Silver Airways

Southwest

Cape Air

ExpressJet Airlines

Mesa Airlines

Republic Airlines

Gojet Airlines

Local City Average fares (Round Trip) Average Flight Time
San Francisco $434 5 hours 19 minutes
Orlando $205 2 hour 38 minutes
Los Angeles $525 5hours 13 minutes
Chicago $279 2 hours 3 minutes
Atlanta $247 2 hours 15 minutes
Fort Lauderdale, Florida $238 2 hours 57 minutes
Houston $302 3 hours 27 minutes
Boston, Massachusetts $153 1 hour 26 minutes
Charlotte, North Carolina $230 1 hour 48 minutes
Denver, Colorado $324 3 hours 46 minutes

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