Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Newark Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
The seats aren’t that comfortable, but a staff member came around handing out blankets and pillows to anyone who wanted them. -a traveller
EWR Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Newark Liberty Airport.
What to Expect
Newark Airport (code: EWR) is spread over three large terminals. The free AirTrain Newark connects all terminals, running every 3 minutes during peak times. Once inside your terminal, anticipate lots of walking to reach your gate and other facilities.
Travellers often report on long, slow security lines, so arrive earlier than normal for peace of mind. On the plus side, you’ll find plenty of eating, drinking, and shopping establishments to pass the time and a couple eateries stay open 24-hours. WiFi is free and unlimited. Several airport lounges offer fee-based entry to economy class travellers who want to upgrade their layover. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
Sleeping in Newark Airport
As a major transit hub, long layovers at Newark airport are the norm. Overall, the terminals are cold and seating is very limited. Plan to sleep on the floor or prop yourself up on opposite seats. If you’re looking to stay the night, all overnight campers will be relocated to the pre-Secure landside areas until early AM. For daytime resting, travellers like Terminal B’s airside for quieter corners and a few armrest-free benches. We’ve heard from some travellers that the airport has cots, blankets, and pillows for use in cases of severe weather delays. Explore our guide to sleeping in Newark Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips. For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located within a 3-minute drive, including a hotel on airport grounds. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal A, after security, toward gates 30 through 39. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines flight • Lounge membership programs.
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Location: Terminal A, Airside, after Security Checks, near Air Canada Departure Gates. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Passes Art & Lounge – Location: Terminal B, Landside, Gate Level, between B2 & B3 or Gates 50 & 60. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Delta Sky Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, near Gates 40 to 47. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
United Club – Multiple Locations: (3) Terminal C, Airside, (1), Terminal A, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – Location: Terminal B, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Airline Lounges (members only)
If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge – Location: B2 Satellite, Airside • Lufthansa Senator Lounge – Location: B3 Satellite, Airside (x 2 locations) • SAS Lounge – Location: B3 Satellite, Airside.
USO Center – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal B, Level 2, Room 9.
Related Pages: Newark Airport Lounges
Newark Airport Hotels
Nearest Hotel: On airport grounds
Sleep Cabins or Pods: No
Day Rooms: No
Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes
When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there are options for those of you who are looking to sleep at Newark Airport in comfort. While there is no transit hotel, there is a hotel on airport grounds and many nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles.
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott – Located on airport grounds. Free airport shuttle service to all terminals. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim.
Hotels near Newark Airport with free shuttles
The Hotel shuttles pick-up passengers from Station P4 unless you are advised otherwise.
- Holiday Inn Newark Airport
- Wyndham Garden Newark Airport
- Hilton Newark Airport
- Hampton Inn Newark-Airport
- Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
- Best Western Plus Newark Airport West
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Newark Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging
Free and unlimited WiFi is available at Newark Airport. Connect to the “_Free EWR WiFi” network.
Power outlets for mobile charging are located both Landside and Airside in all Terminals.
Airport Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover
Duty Free & Shopping – Multiple locations of Duty Free shopping are available in all Terminals. In addition, a good variety of stores selling everything from clothes, to books to convenience items are available.
- Family washrooms – Equipped with diaper changing tables, family washrooms are available throughout the airport.
- Nursing rooms – If you are travelling with an infant, nursing rooms are avaialble to mothers who wish to breastfeed in private:
- Terminal A – Near Gates A10 – 18 • Near Gates A30 – 39 • A1, after Security • A2, adjacent to “Earl of Sandwich” • A3, between Gate 32 and center.
- Terminal B: Airside – B1 at Gate B47 • B2, near Gate 51 • B3 near Gate 66.
- Terminal C: Airside – C1 near Gates C90 • C2 near Gate C104 • C3 near Gate C123.
Food & Drinks – There are many dining options landside and airside. Subway (located in Terminal B, landside) is open 24 hours. Dunkin Donuts (located in Terminal C) is not open 24 hours, but almost. A reader tells us it opens at 2:00AM, so it might close for a few hours during the night.
Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the Welcome Center for assistance located in the Baggage Claim level of every terminal. Hours: unknown.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – A reader tells us that there was luggage storage in Terminal C, baggage claim, near baggage belt #1. Rate $15.
Mobile Charging – see “Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging” above.
- ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
- Currency Exchange – Travelex kiosks and/or ATMs are available in all Terminals, both landside and airside.
Pet Relief Area – Take your pet for a potty break in one of these areas: Terminal A – Outside, A courtyard on the west side of the terminal • Indoor pet relief area currently under construction. Terminal B – Outside, B courtyard on the south side of the terminal • Indoors, three locations – South side of FIS Hall, B2 – Gate 57, B3 – Gate 65. A fourth is under construction. Terminal C – Outside, C courtyard on the east side of the terminal • Indoor pet relief area currently under construction.
Prayer – A chapel is available. Location: Landside, Terminal C, between between gates C70-99 and C101-115
Rest & Relaxation
- Cots – If you have been stranded at Newark airport due to a storm, airport officials will bring out cots and blankets for stranded passengers at night. If you are trying to decide whether to book a room or stay the night, ask someone in a red coat when the cots will be coming out.
- Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
- Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
- Rest Zones – There is a quiet room available to relax. Location: Terminal B, Landside, near British Airways ticket counter. Also in Terminal B, you will find Relax & Recharge area. Location: Landside, Level 3, Door 1.
Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones. In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them. Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.
Showers – Showers are available at the United Airlines Lounge (pay at door access with proof of United Airlines ticket). See Airport Lounges above.
Spa – Departure Spa. Locations Terminal C, Gates C70-99 and C101-115. Hours: unknown.
Traveler’s Aid – This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Location: Terminal C, 1st Floor, Welcome Center, near exit door # 6. Hours: 11:00AM – 9:00PM.
WiFi – see “Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging” above.
Related Pages: Things to do on a layover at Newark Airport
The airport is open 24 hours.
Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.
Newark airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Canada • Air China • Air India • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Delta • El Al Israel Airlines • Elite Airways • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Eurowings • Icelandair • JetBlue • La Compagnie • Level Airlines • LOT • Lufthansa • Porter • SAS • Singapore Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country • Swiss • TAP Portugal • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Go Airlink provides an ride-share airport shuttle between EWR airport and New York City. Service is available 24-hours per day. Once you arrive at the airport, head over to the ground transportation desk and present the desk agent with your shuttle voucher. The agent will direct you to your scheduled shuttle. Your shuttle driver will know when your flight is scheduled to arrive, so you won’t need to worry about missing your ride if your flight is delayed. For more information, visit the Go Airlink web site.
Operating 24 hours a day, AirTrain is an elevated railway system that serves the Newark Airport, connecting the airport complex with New Jersey Transit and major rail lines along the northeast and the coast. This allows for an easy connection between the airport and New York City or Philadelphia and beyond.
Passengers can travel around the airport complex for free on AirTrain, which makes frequent stops between the terminals, central parking lots, hotel shuttles and rental car facilities. AirTrain also travels to Newark Liberty International Airport Station, where passengers can connect to NJ Transit and Amtrak.
The Amtrak Station is located on airport property and can be connected to directly via the AirTrain system. If you already have an Amtrak ticket, the ride will be free. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a monorail ticket from the agent on site.
Newark Airport is served by NJ Transit Bus Lines GO 28, 37, 62, 67 and 107. For schedules and fares, go to the NJ Transit website.
Newark Airport Express offers express bus service between the airport and New York City (3 different drop-off locations). Buses run from 5:00AM – 1:00AM.
Trans Bridge Lines offers daily bus service between the airport and Pennsylvania.
Most of the onsite car rental agencies are accessible via AirTrain. The following agencies are located at Station P3: Avis • Enterprise • Hertz • National. Station P2 offers additional car rental kiosks: Alamo • Budget • Dollar. Advantage • Payless • Thrifty are also available onsite.
Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Hotel shuttles depart from P4 station on the AirTrain route. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. See Airport Hotels above.
Northern and Central New Jersey are served by three major airports: Newark, JFK and LaGuardia. Aside from taxis, limousines and hired car services, All County Express and ETS Air Shuttle also provide shared ride service between all three airports. Contact your service provider of choice for schedules and fares.
Shared Ride and Private Car Service
Several companies provide door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between the airport and destinations in the Newark/New York City metropolitan area. If you don’t have a reservation upon arriving at the airport, you can book services at the Port Authority Welcome Center located in the Arrivals area of all terminals. 24-hour self-service kiosks are also available nearby.
Taxis are available in front of all terminals. Ignore offers of transportation or assistance with baggage from solicitors inside of the terminal as this is illegal and they may be unlicensed and uninsured. To obtain ground transportation information, visit the Port Authority Welcome Center in the arrivals area of each terminal, where uniformed staff will assist you.
Note: from 6:00AM – 9:00AM & 4:00PM – 7:00 (Mon – Fri and 12:00PM – 8:00PM (Sat – Sun) there is an additional $5.00 surcharge on rides to anywhere within the state of New York.
Last updated: 2020-10-21
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.