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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
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$35.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A must experience at Grand Central
The tour was very interesting and informative. The guide, John, was excellent…personable and charming.
Elizabeth_A, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Grand Central Station
barbwintx, May 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Bob was an excellent guide Learned so many interesting facts about Grand Central Station! Highly recommend this tour
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History at home
Robert_O, May 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
We travel abroad to see historical Treasures. GCT, is all of the above in the US. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and friendly - incorporated history of the city/country with this grand structure. Do not miss this opportunity to enhance your nyc stay.
star-5
Interesting tour
Jeffrey_B, May 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Interesting facts, plus the photos shared by the lecturer. Learned many behind the scenes things about the building
star-5
Great tour
Brian_F, Mar 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central - Private Walking Tour
John was an outstanding tour guide..would highly recommend both him as a guide an the tour—extremely interesting and informative.
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Grand Central Station tour
Mary_Z, Apr 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
I got into Grand Central Station for the first time and having a guided tour made it special getting into all the nooks and crannies.
star-5
Well worth the time and money!
Debra_F, Apr 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
We really enjoyed hearing about so much of the history of GCS and of course trying out the area with the acoustic tiles and talking to each other from opposite corners!
star-5
Knowledgeable and v pleasant guide
Edward_A, Mar 2022
Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour
Excellent tour. Knowledgeable and engaging. Next time I’m in NY I’ll do one of Ben’s other tours. Can’t wait.
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Excellent guide ...
Michael_M, Apr 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Excellent guide Learned a lot Perfect length Good time to have the tour Would recommend Elaine Mike and Jae
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Excellent tour
All_A, Apr 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Great tour the Docent was excellent and had a great deal of information about GCT. The information was excellent and very engaging
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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!
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Historical Life of Grand Central Station
suhani622, Mar 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Jonathan, was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. He even had extra pictures to show us that explained the historical life of what is Grand Central Station today. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Learn more about your city.
Cheryl_G, Apr 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
I purchased 2 tickests in advance online, but then we met a friend in the City for lunch who wanted to join us. The tour guide allowed a "walk-up" and she was able to pay and take the tour. We also met nice people from California in our group and from the town next door on Long Island. Wow! Our guide herded us around the busy station with ease, told stories, answered questions, and made the entire experience a delight. We loved it and would recommend it to locals.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
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