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Connecting flights - can I leave the airport

Travel Forums General Talk Connecting flights - can I leave the airport

1. Posted by VKKP (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y


I am planning on going to Miami (from Europe) in May. When leaving Miami, the flight connects in Newark, and I actually have 9 hours before the flight from Newark to Oslo departs. Since the train is very efficient, I was looking into the possibility of getting some hours in NYC as well. But these hours would be a lot fewer if I had to pick up my checked in luggage, take it with me out of the airport, and then check them in again once I return from NYC. Or is it possible to actually leave the airport whithout having to pick up the luggage?

I am not a US citizen/resident.

Thanks for all help!


2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

No one can answer your question when you give no clue which airline(s) you're flying with on the two separate legs between Miami-Newark and Newark-Oslo, but I'll venture a guess that the Newark-Oslo leg is where you clear US CBP (Customs and Border Protection) to leave the US, so yes, you'll have to check-in with your luggage.

This is easy for you to confirm though, simply call your airline.

Have fun.


3. Posted by VKKP (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Thanks for your answer!

I can ellaborate: United is the airline for both flights. Is it not possible to clear US CBP on the first flight? And if I do, I would not be able to leave the airport in Newark anyway, right?

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

I think you've nailed it, but here's another thought...

When you land in Newark hunt down NBS to store your luggage. The desk is located between Carousel 1 and 2 in Terminal C. It has a United sign on it. Just go there and call NBS at 908-933-0503 and someone will show up in a few minutes.

Rates as of January this year were $10 for the first bag and $5 for the second, plus $5 per bag each day.

This will give you several hours for exploring before you have to check-in for your flight.

Important: Take everything of value with you, of course...

Good luck.