Airport Pro Tips: Getting to and from Newark, JFK, and LGA

Getting to and from the airport can be stressful—we want to change that. Improvements in technology and airport design are helping to make flying a more efficient and enjoyable experience. And with fares on average 50% less from Newark airport, getting to your final destination is easier on your wallet, too.

Take a look at our pro tips to help you get to and from your next flight smoothly, along with some tips for where to go if you’re looking for more than in-flight snacks.

NEWARK | JOHN F. KENNEDY | LAGUARDIA

Heading to the Airport

  • If you’re traveling for business and don’t have an Uber for Business profile, ask your company admin about setting one up to take the hassle out of expensing trips
  • Save time getting to the gate by applying for pre-check
  • Open up your Uber app around the same time you’re going to travel the day before to get an idea of how long your ETA might be for a ride
  • Leave yourself some extra time—there’s nothing fun about running to an airport gate

Heading to Your Final Destination

  • Keep your phone on Airplane Mode during your flight so your phone is charged up and ready to request when you touch down
  • Drivers can pick up from designated areas at some airports, so be sure to check you are requesting from the right terminal and pickup area
  • Keep an eye on your phone after you request in case your driver needs to contact you

NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (EWR)

(Known) Best For: Being less crowded

  • When leaving the terminal, follow signs for “Ground Transportation” and “Passenger Pickup”
  • When requesting, set your pickup location by selecting your terminal (A, B, or C) and pick-up door you are at. Pick-up numbers are on the walls outside of the concourse.

Fare Estimate*:

EWR to Jersey City: $16

Top-Rated Terminal: Terminal C

Airlines in Terminal C: United; United Express

Pro Tip: You can pay for food and drinks in the terminal with United Airlines Points

DINING

Over the past several months the food options in Terminal C have gotten first-class upgrades. The revamp includes 55 new buzz-worthy chefs and restaurants. Here’s our top picks:

Wanderlust Burger Bar

A 5-time Burger Bash winning burger, ample TVs to watch, and convenient iPad ordering makes for a great pre-flight bite.

Flora Cafe

This is the perfect place to take a phone call or write some emails while getting some great quality (and healthy) food. The menu is designed by NYC’s award-winning Mediterranean restaurant, Taim, so don’t miss the hummus and falafels.

Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse

Cheese boards, handmade pasta, and T-bone steak. If you’re craving Italian or need a spiffy place for a business dinner, this is your spot.

DRINKS

Caps Biergarten

Top Chef contestant Dale Talde’s bar has an impressive array of craft beers and cocktails to sip on before boarding your flight.

Proof Whiskey Bar

Described as a “whiskey oasis”, this is where to go if you’re looking for the “not-your-average-airport-bar” experience.


JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JFK)

(Known) Best For: International travel

  • When leaving the terminal, follow signs for “Ground Transportation” and “Passenger Pickup”
  • When requesting, set your pickup location by selecting your terminal number and the pick-up area you’re at. Pick-up area numbers are on the the walls outside of the concourse.

Fare Estimate:

JFK to Midtown Manhattan: $54 on uberX or $35 flat rate** on uberPOOL

Top-Rated Terminal: Terminal 4

Airlines in Terminal 4: Air Europe; Air india; Air Jamaica; Arik Air; Asiana; Avianca; Caribbean; China Airlines; COPA; Czech; Delta; Egypt Air; EL AL; Emirates; Etihad; JetBlue; KLM; Kuwait; LACSA; Miami Air; North American; Pakistan; Singapore; South African; Sun Country; SWISS; TACA International; Transaaro; Uzbekistan; Virgin America; Virgin Atlantic; XL Airways
DINING
Shake Shack

You can get a Shake Shack burger before taking off. And possibly the biggest upside to an early flight: You can get a Shack Shack breakfast sandwich.

Piquillo

It’s claim to fame: The 1st ever Spanish Tapas restaurant in a U.S. Airport. Order 3 for a short layover, or keep ’em coming if you’re gonna be awhile—with that type of flexibility it’s a wonder tapas restaurants aren’t in more airports.

Le Vie

The words “quaint” and “airport” rarely have a place together, but La Vie has managed to offer a refreshing cafe atmosphere paired with top-notch food.


LAGUARDIA AIRPORT (LGA)

(Known) Best For: Domestic travel

  • When leaving the terminal, follow signs for “Ground Transportation” and “Passenger Pickup
  • When requesting, set your pickup location by selecting your terminal (Terminal A, B, C, or D)
  • Depending on which terminal you are requesting from, the app will prompt you to select the crosswalk or pick up area from where you are requesting from

Fare Estimate:

LGA to Midtown Manhattan: $33

Top-Rated Terminal: Terminal B

Airlines in Terminal B: Air Canada; American; Envoy Airlines; Frontier; Jet Blue; Southwest; Spirit; United; Virgin American
DINING
Five Guys

It’s no Shake Shack, but if you’re craving a burger, this is a solid on-the-go option.

Artichoke

If you’re looking to sleep through your flight, a giant slab of Artichoke’s famous spniach, mozzarella, and cream sauce pizza might do the trick.

Figs

Treat yourself if you get to the airport early and have a meal at Todd English’s mediterranean restaurant.

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*Actual fares may vary depending on time of day, location, routes, tolls, and other factors. 

**Tolls may apply 

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