Newark Penn Station

Newark Penn Station

Rail Station
Newark Central Business District, Newark
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    Karran S.
    "Cops will wake you up if you try to nap while waiting for Amtrak..."(12 Tips)
    George H.
    "NJ Transit connection plans are unrealistic during rush hour crowds."(10 Tips)
    ᴡ A.
    "Zaro's has the #best #coffee !"(6 Tips)
    Nikki
    "The popcorn is delicious, freshly popped, and only $1.50 per bag."(23 Tips)
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  • Maria K.
    Maria KolakowskaApril 18, 2014
    NJ transit trains have power outlets behind the seats immediately next to the stair case (only one side of the aisle), and below one of the corner seats in the in-between handicap seating areas.
    Upvoted Mar 29
  • Trina S.heart icon on user image
    Trina S. 💞March 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Greyhound waiting area is where funk and stink take up residence . Also the seating area near the Dunkin Donuts has sockets on top of it. You can charge your devices there while waiting.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Letty R.heart icon on user image
    Letty RodriguezMarch 10, 2015
    Buy your tickets online on the NJTRANSIT site but don't activate until conductor gets to you!!
    Upvoted Apr 1
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BernardJune 30, 2013
    You can not understand anything being announced when at platform level with all the echoing and competing PATH announcements. You're better off just reading the monitors/signs. Good luck...
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Exit on the east side and check out the Ironbound neighborhood. Get a sub at Hero King and a pastel de nata (custard pastry) at one of the Portuguese bakeries.
  • Jonathon 🌎 A.heart icon on user image
    Jonathon 🌎 Alencar ✈️July 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Somehow Newark Penn makes me feel a little more at home! Only downfall, unlike the MTA, nj transit don't have bums riding the express and locals.
  • ThaGATANegrra: [REDACTED]
    ThaGATANegrra: [REDACTED]December 19, 2013
    I did so much travelling through here going from photo shoots to writing sessions to performances and appearances. My fave place to eat here is the pizza shop near Track 1. Check the popcorn guy out!
  • Errol V.
    Errol VillasantaJune 27, 2013
    Make sure to know the difference between the PATH train and the NLJ train o.O
  • Cindy G.
    Cindy GormanMay 22, 2013
    Really easy to figure out day 2. Fare share of visitors and sights. PATH is what we used and it worked for us! Clean and appeared to be business oriented. Only $2.50 each way.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MooreMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    When the cab lets you off at 1am in the front and you need the PATH, hitail your ass to the rear of the station before you get caught slippin' This is some BS!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff B.January 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Which is worse walking into the restroom, seeing a homeless guy washing his ass in the sink or the jerk in a nice clean suit standing behind him yelling for him to finish so he can wash his hands.
  • Sigalle B.
    Sigalle BarnessJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you find yourself with over 30 minute wait for a train after 7pm- head over to the market restaurant by the Hilton. Decent food, bar and you can park there for a bit.
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VelazquezOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're pretty, and you have to wait for a ride in the lobby, put a bag over your head to avoid catcalls from the countless bums.
  • NJ.com
    NJ.comMarch 23, 2011
    5-10 min. walk to Prudential Center indoors almost all the way - follow "Gateway Center" signs - you'll use a covered walkway to get across the street from the Pru Center - food and shops on the way
  • Chad R.heart icon on user image
    Chad RiddickMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Every bum in Essex county is pan-handling here like its a job, get used to the question... Can you spare something for train fare, I'm trying to get home... Riight
  • Augie R.
    Augie RayAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    To get to Prudential at Broad St, walk through the Gateway Center (and then two blocks down Clinton St for a total stroll of around a half mile) or take the subway/light rail to Military Park.
  • Marissa J.
    Marissa JonesJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Chances are, to get to your nice little cul-de-sac in your quiet suburb in central Jersey, you have to go through here. Get your shots, wear protection and God speed.
  • Beth Z.
    Beth ZSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the Amtrak waiting room instead of the platform level when waiting for your train. Beautiful!
  • Danny S.
    Danny ScottenMay 21, 2011
    Not a bad place @ 1:30 AM. The restrooms make me appreciate how good I've got it. Don't touch anything!
  • Jimmy K.heart icon on user image
    Jimmy KastnerAugust 7, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    If you take the Raritan Valley Line, get comfortable. You are in for a wait.
  • William C.
    William ChalmersOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    After leaving a train it will always be a mad rush getting down the stairs to the main entrance. Instead bypass all of the madness by taking market street or Raymond blvd exits.
  • Nikki
    NikkiMay 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The popcorn is delicious, freshly popped, and only $1.50 per bag. Get some and enjoy the tips while you wait for your train.
  • edisonv 😜heart icon on user image
    edisonv 😜November 29, 2021
    Take the NJ Light Rail fr Newark Penn to Trenton or Long Branch or Washington to Newark Liberty Intl Airport One way fare: $10.75
  • Jeannette L.heart icon on user image
    Jeannette L.December 2, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Lots of transit options - NJ Transit Trains & Buses, Amtrak, PATH, Greyhound, Taxis, and Uber picks up here also. Busy station!
  • Letty R.heart icon on user image
    Letty RodriguezMarch 10, 2015
    But ur tickets w ur smartphone online when u get on train, save the extra $5 they charge for selling them to u, but don't activate til conductor gets to you!
  • Trina S.heart icon on user image
    Trina S. 💞February 21, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The main lobby of Newark Penn Station: the stinkiest place on earth.
  • Chel V.
    Chel VFebruary 18, 2019
    The popcorn is great best deal in town i shoved some down my pants before i went to the devils game!
  • E. Christopher T.
    E. Christopher TaliaferroApril 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try to avoid the Men's room whenever one side is shut down for cleaning. It gets a bum overload and next thing you know you're rubbing elbows with two guys arguing over who can do their drugs in the s
  • B W.
    B WoodsJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Whatever you do... NEVER take a train headed to NY from Track 2 unless it's an AMTRAK train. You will sit on the NJTRANSIT train for 30 mins longer no matter day or time
  • Jonathon 🌎 A.heart icon on user image
    Jonathon 🌎 Alencar ✈️March 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Smells like piss! I'd hold my bags and kept a sharp eye out on your personal belongings! Oh..... And if u dare take a nap! Keep one eye open 😜 lol just saying.
  • Kristen A.
    Kristen AzevedoMarch 4, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Zaros is great for a quick sandwich or cup of joe...
  • Ardvaarkheart icon on user image
    ArdvaarkNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The signage can be misleading, so you might end up on the wrong side of the street. Take a few minutes to look over the station map.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MusgraveFebruary 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegans: some clearly marked options in Chickpea
  • George R.
    George RemailyJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Two double cheeseburger special at McDonalds and the popcorn is that good. Plenty of officers in blue and other colors.
  • Arseny L.
    Arseny LebedevAugust 23, 2013
    When the world ends, it will resemble this place. Minus the popcorn.
  • Sherri R.heart icon on user image
    Sherri RaseSeptember 12, 2022
    Been here 25+ times
    PATH train currently departs from Platform H 09/2022. Follow detour signs. There is only one fare machine so load up ahead of time.
  • Emmanuel S.
    Emmanuel SimonMay 23, 2011
    PATH Riders, I'm working on best PATH app ever, but need your input. Tell me how to make it perfect just for you. Take my short poll please. Awesome! http://bit.ly/transitappsurvey [click more info] Read more
  • Ron C.
    Ron ColemanFebruary 1
    Been here 50+ times
    No real amenities besides some middling architectural charm. Not unsafe but station is in poor condition and not a place for the faint of heart to spend any more time than is necessary.
  • kevin g.
    kevin gAugust 10, 2013
    If you're on the train to Manhattan, make sure you notice this is New-ARK Penn station, not NY Penn station. Wait a more stops and you'll be where you want to be.
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan ButlerFebruary 15, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Trenton to Penn Station or World Trade Center stop here to get coffee and sweets.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TaylorDecember 12, 2013
    Get cash and before you arrive, buy some popcorn, then hide out in the (cash only) Blue Comet bar.
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    just be safe after it get dark. lots of suspicious elements. bathrooms not safe for the young.
  • Dylan L.
    Dylan LupoJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    "Newark, New Jersey. Gem of the Passaic, Apple of New Jersey's eye, this is Newark, New Jersey!" -Best conductor ever
  • Blink2HappyDaysheart icon on user image
    Blink2HappyDaysFebruary 9
    Been here 100+ times
    Too many homeless hanging out, causing trouble or begging for change. If you don’t work then you don’t eat, that’s the world we live in today!
  • Edgardo L.heart icon on user image
    Edgardo LaLindezJune 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Their is a man outside claims that he is stuck in Newark asking for money he does it almost every nite!
  • Cristina
    CristinaFebruary 12, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Amtrak to Washington DC usually departs from track 3 or 4
  • Gentleman C.
    Gentleman CultureDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have time, stop and get your shoes shined and pick up a bottle of wine while you're there...
  • Kate K.
    Kate K.June 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a great place to be a pretty young woman. Or an ugly young woman. Or any woman at all. Basically, assume you will be incessantly harassed for the duration of your stay in this lovely public space.
  • Janine M.
    Janine MackOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The PATH train runs every half hour late nights, weekends and holidays. It's nothing like filling in for the 5A.M. shift and having to leave at 2, 3 in the morning because of the timing!
  • David C.
    David CleinOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Can we get free WiFi coz other stations provide it, and also a place to charge our phones laptops and IPads
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