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Grand Central Station
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
Beautiful Grand Central Station.
We enjoyed learning the history, seeing some of the more hidden places like the tennis court and whispering gallery and the detailed decorations.
Carol_W, Sep 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Architectural phenom
John_C, Sep 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Experiencing the interesting routes of Grand Central station from within and the exterior as well were simply astounding and remarkable to view. The tourist guide: Ginny was excellent and very knowledgeable about the station and the architectural masterpieces that were on display.
star-4
Jonathan!
Judy_C, Sep 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Great guide! Jonathan quickly developed a relationship with each of the seven on the tour, often personalizing his comments .. We left with a sense of Grand Central’s story brought from origin to today. He even found spots to comfort my weak back. Having toured worldwide, we would place Jonathan at the top of any list! Perfect combination of knowledge and customer service!
star-5
Detailed about people and history
Cathy_C, Sep 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Very thorough tour of the history and architecture. Took us to all locations in the building and outside.
star-5
Highly Recommend
Victoria_R, Jul 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central - Private Walking Tour
Our tour guide Jeremy was very knowledgeable and gave us a great tour of Grand Central!! Highly recommend!!
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Having passed through and...
Sam_R, Sep 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Having passed through and used Grand Central Terminal thousands of times since 1985, it was really wonderful to actually learn so much about a place I have taken for granted all these years. But what truly made the experience was our guide, Jonathan. He was not just exceedingly knowledgeable but also very entertaining, polite and fun. We would certainly take a tour with him again.
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Extremely interesting...
Catherine_R, Jul 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Extremely interesting tour of Grand Central Station. Before and now photos. Would definitely recommend
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Worth the 90 minutes
Brian_B, Sep 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Very interesting information and history. John the tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating.
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.
star-5
Wonderful discovery
kuniko_k, Aug 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Very nicely done. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We learned a lots of things we didn’t know. The tour conductor was execellent!
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.
star-5
A different view of GCS
Maria_B, Jun 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Luis was a great guide. He shared rich history and stories about the Grand Central Station. Would highly recommend the tour.
star-5
10 out of 10!
Advin_I, Aug 2022
NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour
Had an amazing time. The tour guide had stories from his own experience like meeting Jackie Kennedy and other influential people. I love that he showed vintage images and cool facts that no one will know unless you do this tour. 10 out of 10! Thanks
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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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