Newark Penn Station
Newark Penn Station
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BDZTravels
Pittsburgh, PA376 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We were asked by 3 beggars for money in an elapsed time of about 40 mins while waiting for our train. Keep both eyes and ears OPEN at all times as there are a lot of vagrants just waiting to catch you unaware. While traveling with my daughter, we had the idea to bring a panic alarm that can go up to 30 decibels if we got into trouble. It’s an effective yet legal thing to board a train with. I highly recommend getting one if going to this train station. Even though there is security present, they are sometimes to busy talking to each other to care or enforce designated waiting areas for paying Amtrak customers! Be firm with these poor people and give them a firm NO, and make sure you have both hands on the panic alarm just in case. Since we were staying at the Hilton just through the station to the skywalk, we didn’t have to even go outside the station, (thank god). The most helpful person there was actually another passenger that helped us get safely from the train to where we were going as Amtrak employees and security around the station were all less than useless. Check out schematics of the skywalk area if you have to go anywhere around the station as it is a very useful and SAFE passage.
Written April 6, 2023
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Terrence L
Egg Harbor Township, NJ10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Perfect for transportation but terrible for stuff like dirty pee and trash filled elevators. From the time you walk in the door there are homeless people sleeping in the doorway and blocking steps. I’m a YouTube blogger who was shooting videos from my camera and a man threatened me to stop filming or else. This was one of many vagrants and panhandlers throughout the building. The stench on the elevators was unbearable and had trash on them. New people need to step in and take over this place. Perfect for transportation, horrible for the vagrant problems.
Written January 24, 2021
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janis e
Edison, NJ161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I use to go to Penn Station every day at one time when I worked in Newark. I went yesterday and the station has taken a 360. There are not any people hanging out in station. The station looks very clean. I hope they keep it this way.
Written October 21, 2020
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Rebecca E
Grundy, VA92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Can you stay on the same PATH train from Newark to NY World Trade Center. If not how many times do you have to change trains?

Thanks R Elkins
Written April 30, 2019
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Pradeepgeorge
Taby, Sweden27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I am writing this as a warning to other travelers, especially transit passengers using Newark Penn station to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) using track 4.
This happened to me on 5th April 2019. On the way back from Philadelphia to EWR to take my flight to Stockholm, I have taken the Amtrak train till Newark Penn station and then taken the NJ transit train from there to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from track 4. Since it was slightly raining outside, I have decided to sit on one of the benches inside, after a while a lady (African origin) came and sat next to me and she was extremely polite and asked me how am I feeling. To make it short within the next 20 minutes, she has grabbed my purse from the right side pant pocket and walked away just before my train arrived!! I didn't had much money in the purse, but they have taken the credit cards and driving license along with the purse. According to me, she was not only the person involved in this. There were 3 other people, one young white girl who sat across us, another couple who sat diagonally opposite to us (South American origin) who were making all kind of distraction by talking and laughing loud while the lady sat next to me extracting my purse.

Even though I didn't lost much money and the cards are blocked immediately, it was such a nuisance to re-order everything. So be careful if you are transiting through Newark Penn Station.
Written April 12, 2019
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Lilbabyd
North Arlington, NJ12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Business
The worst train station around. It's so filthy and smells like piss everywhere. There are homeless people sleeping in benches or walking around haggling. The train platforms are so dark and Erie feeling that I wouldn't want to be caught in there alone with all of the homeless people walking around. I honestly didn't feel safe at all and next time I will go the extra distance to go out of another train station. I can't believe how much of nasty place that is. Newark already has a bad reputation, don't make someone first time to newark be the train station as their first expoerence because of Newark didn't already feel unsafe and dirty, it sure did now to someone passing through.
Written May 10, 2017
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Richjjohn
Munich, Germany234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We just used Newark Penn to get to Manhattan and it was quite easy. 20 minute ride for 10 dollars round trip.
Written August 16, 2019
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Annie
Chiba Prefecture, Japan7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
City centre, or downtown they call here in America, every one has same problems. Obviously evident as well in this train station like shabby looking people who live out in the open that harass train travelers.
Written June 28, 2022
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BeachGirl330
Manchester, NH88 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We had to spend a few hours here waiting for our train after getting off a cruise ship in Bayonne, NJ. It was horrible. Lots of homeless people, urine all over the floor in the bathrooms... we decided to get lunch at McDonald's in the station to help pass the time and there were people digging through the trash looking for food in the restaurant. Won't be traveling through that stations again anytime soon.
Written April 9, 2019
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BHUANG69
New Providence, NJ1,132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Had to come here to take the train to Boston. I was here two years ago and during day time, in the waiting area, you usually had to sit with non-passengers (some nearby people decided to sleep here) but on this time, during day time, I did not really had to experience it. There are staffs sitting near the entrance of the seating area to check tickets. While I sympathize those who had nowhere else to go and had to find a warm place but I do think this is better and more fair for the passengers. However, on my return at 9:30 pm, I found people sleeping there again and the staff were trying to wake them up and asking them to leave.

The bathroom is not very clean. I wish it was more clean. Also, though I typically advocate walking but not having an elevator or escalator to some of the platforms really is not great. I had to drag my luggage all the way up the stairs and it really was stressful.

The food choice was poor. There was a bagel bakery, a Mediterranean fast food place, a DD and a Mickey D. I really wanted to eat something healthy on the trip and so my only choice is the Mediterranean place. The food was okay.
Written October 20, 2018
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