Being that the Super Bowl will be held here, I thought I would make a post with some information that might help my Seahawk brethren.
This is pretty much for first timers travelling to the area.
Ok...So first of all, game is in East Rutherford, New Jersey. You can fly into EWR, which is Newark, NJs major airport.
EWR is about 20 mins from E. Rutherford. Cabs will prob charge 50.00 or more to go into NYC. NYC is accessible by train or bus
[Cheaper, but longer.]
You can also fly into JFK AND LGA, both major airports, located in Queens, New York.
Again, cabs will prob charge 50.00 or more to go into NYC.
E. Rutherford is approximately 15 to 20 mins from NYC [from 42nd street, the Port Authority building].
42nd street is midtown, the heart of the city, and is on the west side. This is what you always see when they show the bright lights
of NYC in commercials and movies, and such. Tourist heaven.
34th street also offers public transportation into and out of NYC. For information on trains running in NYC,
check out http://new.mta.info/
These two streets are the major transportation hubs in NYC, pretty much all trains [MTA] stop here.
MTA trains and buses are larger than the PATH, and go all over NYC, as well as the outer boroughs
[Bronx,Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, etc]
I would highly suggest you get MTA cards, it will save you time and you dont have to whip out your wallet every time you need to board a train.
There is no other way to physically get to the trains. NYC is generally safe, but trust me, there are pickpockets and people who hang around MTA card machines that will observe you and your cash. Also, some stops only offer MTA card machines, so you cant buy them from MTA agents, even if you want to.
I highly suggest the trains. The easiest way to move around NYC. Cabs will know if you are visiting and will try to milk the fare.
Not always of course, but everything is a business. You can go to these sites, and the trip planners tells you exactly where you want to go if you are doing the tourist thing.
You can always rent a car for NYC, but parking is ALWAYS horrendous, garages are pricey, and people are aggressive, insane drivers here.
Traffic into and out of NYC is a nightmare during rush hours is a nightmare, but from 10am to 3pm and 8 pm till 7am are the easiest times to drive.
If you are staying in NJ for super bowl, the reverse is the same. There are buses that go into NYC and will drop you off in the Port Authority building.
Check out http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo
. They have trip planners as well.
I read that parking in the Superb Owl venue will be 100.00 a pop, and traffic will be INSANE that day.
If you are staying in NJ [in the immediate area of East Rutherford], you could technically get around on your feet.
This all depends on your hotel, the restaurants and things to do, of course, but you could definitely get around the surrounding area on public transportation as well. This will be cheaper than staying in NYC, by how much, I am not sure. I, personally would do this, unless you get a great deal for a hotel in NYC. http://www.nj.com/
are great sites for info on New Jersey.
The closest towns to NYC from NJ are Guttenberg, West New York, Fairview, North Bergen, Cliffside Park, Weehawken, Union City,
Edgewater, Ridgefield, Hoboken, Fort Lee, Secaucus, and Ridgefield Park, NJ. I bring these towns up because these hotels here will be cheaper than hotels in NYC, probably not as fancy, but closer to game, and not far from NYC if you want to go visit.
To me, Jersey City is sketch, and Hoboken is considered NJs own little NYC. All these sites I listed have Super Bowl updates,
and are worth a read if you are making the trip.
Feel free to reach out, Ill be happy to help with any info I have. Ill try to add on here as I think of more things.