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Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Free admission
89 E 42nd St, New York City, New York, 10017

The Basics

Built in the early 1900s, Grand Central covers a massive 48 acres (19 hectares) and is full of architectural treasures such as opulent chandeliers and a “whispering gallery” with unique acoustic properties. People come and go through the station at all hours, making it one of the best spots in Manhattan for people watching.

Take a guided walking or audio tour to discover hidden platforms and rooms, learn the meanings of the different murals, and peruse the terminal’s many eateries. City tours often stop by Grand Central Station en route to other New York attractions such as Times Square or Central Park.

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NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
star-4.5
$35.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour and guide!
The guide was interesting and well-prepared, and had a deep knowledge of Grand Central and communicated the magic of trains. The immensity of the terminal and its history and many functions over the 109 years of its existence--including the home of CBS television from the days of Edward R. Murrow to the late '60's-were grandly explain in this superb tour!
Lee_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Grand Central Terminal tour
Teresa_S, Oct 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central - Private Walking Tour
My husband and I did the tour of Grand Central Terminal and it was wonderful! Our tour guide Beth was amazing! We loved her stories and knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
The Heart Beat of New York
Stacey_B, Sep 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
I had never been to Grand Central Station the many times I have visited New York. This tour was a pleasant surprise to learn the history of what was the past and how it goes into the future. I loved our tour guide who was quick with his knowledge and if he didn't know, he found out. This is the heart beat of what New York was in the beginning. Interesting to see how things have changed and why and how so much has not changed.
star-5
In-depth tour doesn’t disappoint!
Jacqueline_L, Oct 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Knowledgeable guide who took time to answer questions and delve into the interesting history of Grand Central!
star-5
Wonderful!
ElizabethSproles, Oct 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
The tour was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and charismatic. I would recommend!
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Definitely recommend
CJ_W, Aug 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Our guide John was an excellent tour guide!!! Extremely knowledgeable with a wonderful personality. As a New Yorker, Grand Central Station has always been iconic for me but I knew nothing about its history and cool secrets. Learned so much about Grand Central Station. I went with my partner, his 15 year old son and 21 year old daughter. They also loved the tour. Hurricane kept us from doing outdoor activities so we decided on an indoor tour and so glad we did! Thanks John!!
star-5
A Fun and Informative Adventure
Ellen S, Jan 2020
NYC Secrets of Grand Central - Private Walking Tour
Our book club just finished a book whose setting was Grand Central Station. So we decided to take a tour. It was very easy to book our tour online. We opted for a private tour and we loved it. Alison was very knowledgeable and personable. She showed us lots of "secrets" and then some! We would definitely recommend taking this tour.
star-5
Incredible Day at Grand Central
Sandra_H, Dec 2019
Grand Central Indoor Food Tour
My sister and I had an exceptional tour guide in Kevin. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Grand Central Station and had some wonderful photos of days gone by. We would highly recommend this tour be added to anyone's outing in New York!
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Extremely nurturing !
Leila_L, Sep 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
We did the tour with John and he was AMAZING ! He knows the history of the station and answered all the questions the group had
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Grand Central Indoor Food Tour
Mary_P, Dec 2019
Grand Central Indoor Food Tour
Very interesting tour of Grand Central Terminal. Our tour guide, Nancy was great and it was really nice sampling treats along the way.
star-4
Lots of information provided about this great landmark
Annalise_I, Oct 2019
Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour
Ben provided a good overview of Grand Central terminal giving lots of historical information. We really enjoyed learning more about the place and the bagel at the beginning was a great touch!
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All aboard…
Elizabeth_S, Aug 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
My sister and I decided to go on this tour spur of the moment due to a forecast of rain in the afternoon. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. We had lunch at Grand Central before the tour. John, the guide, was very knowledgeable and shared interesting bits of history with the group. I would recommend this tour!
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Grand Central
Susan_S, Aug 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Guide was informative in an entertaining way. His love for his city is obvious and infectious. Totally worth it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The station and its restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Don’t miss the monumental ceiling mural of the night sky over the main concourse, which features 2,500 stars.

  • Keep an eye out for the secret platform, No. 61, which has an elevator connecting directly to the Waldorf Astoria hotel and was used by Franklin D Roosevelt.

  • The Grand Central/42nd St. subway station is Manhattan’s busiest, so be prepared for crowds.

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How to Get There

Grand Central Station is on 42nd Street at Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Lines 4, 5, 6, and 7 at the Grand Central/42nd St. subway stop and the 42nd St. Shuttle, which runs between Grand Central and Time Square, plus numerous buses serve it. It’s also accessible by foot, taxi, or as part of a walking tour. Metro-North Railroad commuter trains arrive here from suburban New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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When to Get There

The station is open from 5:30am–2am; hours may vary for individual shops, cafés, and restaurants inside. The main concourse gets very busy with commuters during morning and evening rush hours, so plan your visit outside these times.

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Grand Central’s Food Market

Grand Central has its own European-style food market under the main terminal, between the Graybar building and the 4/5/6 subway lines. Vendors sell fruits and vegetables, handmade chocolates, fresh bread, gourmet meats and cheeses, and more.

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