Don't take a train from Newark to AC, you will end up going way over to the western part of the state and then back across to the southeast, in a giant zig-zag. Instead, get to the Port Authority in New York City (train or bus) and take a bus straight to AC. You could also take a NJ Transit train to Red Bank or Long Branch and catch an AC-bound bus from there, but they are on a limited schedule. Go to NJ Transit's web site, and also check Academy Bus for their schedules.
Not sure what you are talking about.
I suggested the AIRTRAIN not the NJ Transit train.
broadwaynyc - I wasn't contradicting your 'airtrain' reference, I was just saying don't try to take any NJ Transit train to AC. BTW, there is no special airtrain, that's just a fancy name for the NJ Transit trains that stop at Newark airport. I wasn't sure if there are regularly scheduled buses departing for AC from Penn Station in Newark, that's why I suggested checking the websites. I would never embark on a trip like this one without having the facts straight from the source anyway, and I'm sure Hopeful-Beach-Bum will do their own research to find the route that best suits them.
Yes, Airtrain is a fancy marketing term for the monorail that connects the airport terminals to Newark Airport train station with connection to NJ Transit trains. The term is used extensively on the Port Authority of NY/NJ website which is why I used it.
The NJ Transit bus is #319.
Complicated but here it goes:
Option (B) Take the #37 bus going to North Terminal; transfer to the 107 bus to Port Authority, and take the 319 bus.
Option (C) Amtrak or NJT and SEPTA to 30th St Station in Philly and take NJT to AC. Probably easier, but quite expensive.
Having taking the bus from NYC to AC before (and doing much research on the best option) - I'll put in my two cents. ;-)
Even tho you are backtracking a bit to get to the Port Authority Bus station in NYC, I think it is worth it (it's not very far away). The buses leave every hour or so (so great flexibility), the round trip fare is only $30, and the casinos will give you some cash back when you get there, and you won't have to change buses or mode of transportation. (These are greyhound buses.) The buses go to several AC casinos, but different buses may go to different casinos, so make sure you get on a bus that is going to your casino of choice. When you are looking at your options on the greyhound site, put New York, NY to Ballys, NJ (or Caesars, NJ, or Taj Mahal, NJ, etc). Don't get off at the AC City bus stop or you won't get your casino cash back (and you'll have to walk/taxi a few blocks to the casino of your choice).
It's about a 2 1/2 hour ride from NYC to AC.