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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
Grand Central on New Years Eve.
So much history. Beautiful art, architecture, and insider stories. John is an excellent tour guide. He made everything very exciting to our tour group.
Jay_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Learned a lot!
Olivia_E, Dec 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
The tour guide we had was very sweet and taught us a lot about the history of Grand Central! Would reccomend.
star-5
AJ was great. Very...
Amy_V, Dec 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
AJ was great. Very knowledgeable and he made it interesting. Answered lots of our Questions. And made the tour very fun.
star-5
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!
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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.
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Behind the scenes of Grand Central
Jeffrey_B, Dec 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
The fascinating history of New York railroading from the early 1900’s. Loved the architecture that remains today and the story behind it.
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.
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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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Inside look at Grand Central
sheila_e, Dec 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
my husband and I loved this tour! TONS of interesting insider-only tidbits. Very interesting and worthwhile
star-5
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!!
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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!
star-5
Our tour guide was very...
Heather_T, Dec 2021
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. I enjoyed the stories of the past and the small details of remembrance. I would absolutely take this tour again

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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