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AirTrain Newark to NYC with a small dog

In an earlier post, I described AirTrain JFK, which connects a traveler arriving at JFK with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or with New York’s subway or bus system. Newark Airport too has an AirTrain (AirTrain Newark), and like AirTrain JFK, AirTrain Newark allows “small domestic animals in secure carriers” onboard.

AirTrain Newark will either ferry you between terminals or take you to Newark Liberty International Airport Station, where you can connect with NJ Transit or with Amtrak. Amtrak trains will take you to New York or Philadelphia (and intermediate stops); NJ Transit trains will take you to New York’s Penn Station and Hoboken in one direction, and Trenton in another. NJ Transit trains will also take you one stop north to Newark’s Penn Station, where you can connect with PATH and its trains.

The price is unbeatable — $15 to New York’s Penn Station by NJ Transit, for example — and it might well be speedier than taking a cab or a town car. Keep in mind, though, that if you’re traveling with a dog, the Amtrak trains won’t do you any good. NJ Transit and PATH, however, both allow small dogs in carriers on board.

Here’s what you do: “If you are leaving the airport, take AirTrain Newark to the Airport Station. When you exit AirTrain, follow the signs to NJ TRANSIT trains. Purchase your NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak ticket to reach your destination. If you are arriving at the airport, disembark at the Airport Station and follow the signs to the AirTrain platform.”

For other posts about traveling with dogs on public transit, take a look at Dog Jaunt’s handy guide!