7 reasons I should avoid flying out of Newark
Tomorrow I'm headed to Montreal for a few weeks of Canadian remote work before it gets too cold. I bought a flight out of Newark airport because it was extremely cheap, but I'm already regretting it. I was lured in by the sticker price, but in the future I'll have to consider so much more.
1. It takes forever to get there
By car or by public transit. There's *always* a ton of traffic, and the trains don't run as frequently as I'd like them to.
2. The public transit itinerary to get there needs to be carefully planned.
It's so much worse than JFK or Laguardia. Basically: train > GCT > Penn Station > Train > Newark AirTran > airport. And the trains don't run at all hours or even at regular intervals. ayayay.
3. It's expensive to get there
Again, by either taxi/ride-share or public transit. It'll probably cost $20+ for public transit alone, and that's not even for the direct bus from GCT.
4. The last time I was in the airport, the wifi didn't work and the terminal was in poor condition
Because of this, Newark has a demerit in my memory.
5. The airport isn't really fun
I love wandering around airports, but there's something lacking about Newark. I remember not liking the shops. Maybe it's been updated and I'll be wrong? One can only hope.
6. JFK and Laguardia have plenty of flight options, so there's no need to even consider Newark
It's not like I'm lacking alternatives. And in this case, the alternatives are so much better.
7. I have no idea if they accept TSA precheck
I got precheck earlier this year because I travel for work now, and I love using the precheck lane. However, I don't even know if they even have/use one at Newark.