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Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

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Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

I'll be traveling from the Newark airport to Mahwah in a few weeks . I'm going to rent a car, either in Mahwah or in Newark.

How crazy is the traffic and roads getting out of Newark? Would it be reasonable to rent a car in Newark and drive the whole way? Or would it be a better idea to take the train to Mahwah and rent a car there? I'm not the most daredevil of drivers, but not a total chicken either.

Thanks.

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Pjk
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1. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

I wanted to see if it would have to be up Rte 1 which can be a mess depending on the time of day - rush hour. Mapquest has this

NJ-21 N 29.50 miles

37 mins / 38 mins based on current traffic Est. Fuel Cost

Calculate

Est. Reimbursement

$16.52

Garden State Pkwy N 31.41 miles

38 mins / 40 mins based on current traffic Est. Fuel Cost

Calculate

Est. Reimbursement

$17.59

NJ-17 N 30.99 miles

42 mins / 48 mins based on current traffic Est. Fuel Cost

If you rent a car at the airport going up the Parkway is probably best.

Pjk

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2. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

I prefer to rent at off airport locations. There os an enterprise in Mahwah. If you do take the train you will have to change at Secacus.

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3. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

Thanks, pjk and AERULES.

I'm not very concerned about costs or even time or changing trains...

Mostly I'm wondering if the highways will be total madness going in and out of Newark and would a person unfamiliar with the area be likely to end up as road kill.

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4. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

I would drive.

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5. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

I also suggest driving. I’ve seen more maddening traffic in some parts of Florida than what’s usual from Newark to Mahwah. The NJ Parkway should be your easiest highway ride, especially if you do it outside of the evening rush hour.

http://goo.gl/maps/KwoAQ

Enjoy & Travel Safe

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6. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

Thank you, Livesin NewJersey and Dave.

I will drive, then---- even though I don't live in one of those places in FL with insane traffic (thank everything!)

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7. Re: Car vs Train-- Newark to Mahwah?

Definetley follow easydave's directions and use the Parkway versus the NJ Tunrpike

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