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<p>Okay this might seem like a frivolous topic, but I am pretty concerned. We live in Europe and will be visiting my mom starting next Sunday. We are flying from Frankfurt to Newark and our flight gets in at 3:30pm...meaning once we're through customs and immigration and have our bags, we will be going down the NJ turnpike <em>right</em> as a Giants game gets out of the Meadowlands. Egad! That, after a 9 hour flight, having to be to the airport 3 hours early, and two train rides to the airport...in short 13+ hours of traveling....with a 6 month old!</p>
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<p>We are headed to Connecticut. Does anyone have any advice about avoiding sitting in hours and hours of traffic? I was wondering if there was some sort of train to NYC and then the train from there to CT, but my mom said any public transport would be a bus, which will also be stuck in the same traffic. Are there any alternate routes or anything we can do short of sitting in the airport until nighttime to wait it out? I am very displeased with this situation, any ideas to help get us around it, or at least deal better with the inevitable, would be appreciated. TIA!</p>
 

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<p>I wouldn't sweat it. If you had to get on route 3 you might get stuck in bad traffic  but you should be ok just heading north on the NJ turnpike from the airport.</p>
 

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<p>You won't be heading down the turnpike, you'll be going north/up.  The area is actually very good at absorbing traffic, there are so many highways and outlets for traffic to disperse on, I'd be very surprised if you got stuck.</p>
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<p>Are you renting a car, or getting a cab somewhere? It doesn't seem clear in your post.  Trains from Newark train station (not near the airport) do go into NYC, but it would be a lot of hassle.  If you were going to rent a car and drive, I'd probably suggest you just stay at the hotel overnight before attempting that after 13 hours of traveling.  I am exhausted by the time I get to Newark from London, am always glad I don't have to drive home from the airport.</p>
 

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<p>Newark airport has an "Air Train" that connects you to a station where you can transfer to either Amtrak or NJ Transit trains.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-airtrain.html" target="_blank">http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-airtrain.html</a></p>
 

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<p>I'm sorry I wasn't clearer. I think my mom is going to hire a car and driver to pick us up. Her car (a Mini) is too small for all three of us and our luggage. We were all hoping the car service knows of the least traffic-ridden route. I checked Google maps, and it looks like Meadowlands is north of the airport (as is CT), but we could go south and then cross some bridge (didn't say which one) and go up through New York. We'll see....</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>P.J.</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282119/arriving-in-newark-right-after-a-giants-game-any-advice-for-avoiding-traffic#post_16079646"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'm sorry I wasn't clearer. I think my mom is going to hire a car and driver to pick us up. Her car (a Mini) is too small for all three of us and our luggage. We were all hoping the car service knows of the least traffic-ridden route. I checked Google maps, and it looks like Meadowlands is north of the airport (as is CT), but we could go south and then cross some bridge (didn't say which one) and go up through New York. We'll see....</p>
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<br><br><p>If you go south, you will either need to go either through the Holland tunnel into Manhattan, or travel quite a long way to the bridge to Staten Island.  Both those routes tend to be very traffic heavy.  Going past the Meadowlands won't cost you nearly as much time.  As long as your driver takes the eastern spur of, and not the western spur, s/he can pretty much avoid the Meadowlands while still heading north.</p>
 
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