PLEASE HELP: getting from Newark to JFK in <3 h? :(
My 20 year old daughter is by herself in Cape Town, SA doing an internship. Today she called me to say that she had a fall, shattered her elbow and needs surgery. I'm still weighing my options but I am looking into flights to go and be with her. I found a (relatively) cheap flight in a couple of days that goes from Toronto to Newark (arriving 8:00 AM) and the next leg leaves from JFK at 11:15 AM. Is this remotely doable -- (I am also Canadian so I think I will need to clear customs)? I know, super-weird question, but I didn't know where else to ask!
Thanks -- I'm a sad worried mom who is not thinking clearly tonight....
I *think* you can do it. I agree with AliCat—arrange for a car to wait for you at Newark and drive you straight to JFK. It won't be cheap, but it's the only chance you stand. The only problem is that at that time of morning, traffic going toward the city from Jersey might be rough. If I had my own car, I'd gladly drive you.
Yeah, I just realized she said she had to do customs again. Could be tough if there is a delay in flight or traffic. But it isn't that bad to get to JFK from EWR if she has a slightly larger window.
With "average" traffic, it should take under an hour. That time of the morning could be rough.
I fly in and out of EWR at least once a month, and so many of my flights are delayed. I swear, if a leaf falls off a tree 10 miles from the airport, they start cancelling things. With an international connection, I wouldn't risk it.
Best case scenario it will take you 45 minutes to get off the plane and clear customs, which will put you in the cab/shuttle at 9AM. You will have about an hour trip (best case) and get to JFK at 10AM. This would be cutting it really close for a domestic flight at 11:15, but for an international to SA? Will never happen.
I would not do it. Since you're going onward to South Africa, have you checked flying out of Baltimore, Boston, Atlanta, Philly or Hartford? Or I agree with the previous suggestion of fly in the day before, stay at an airport hotel for the night (or just camp out) and make your connection then.
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She is going to need to clear customs in Newark, and in 2 hours clear it, get a lift to JFK all the while dealing with traffic, THEN has to get to the international terminal, check her bag and make it though security at JFK. I would not do it all in one day. Fly into JFK the day before and spend the night at the Ramada on the airport grounds. Save your piece of mind.
Originally Posted by Tha Ridge
She should only need to clear customs in Newark, right? I don't think she'll need to go through again at JFK.
If by any chance you find something out of Harrisburg I'd be happy to put you up for the night (I'm like 50 minutes away) ...if it was at the end of the week I'd even volunteer to drive you from there to Newark (a trip, but right past my hometown/my parent's house, so I wouldn't mind).
Can you do the connections through Boston? I used to frequently fly to Europe/Middle East. We would drive down to JFK, then found in later years that going to Boston and taking flights from Boston to Europe was easier. Know you'd have to start in Toronto, but it might be an option. Good luck. Jingling for your daughter!
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Hey, no problem! It wasn't too long ago I was in college and if I got hurt I'd want my momma there ASAP! (...heck, I'd still want her to come take care of me if I was injured!)
Honestly, PM me if it's looking like you're going to have to be in the Harrisburg/Newark/anywhere in between area more than a day or so...my work schedule is pretty flexible and I'd be happy to help ya out!
If you leave from Toronto or Montreal, you clear US customs in Toronto or Montreal!!! you won't have to clear them in the US again in Newark... only clear immigration/customs before boarding to leave JFK.