Grand Central Terminal

89 E 42nd Street, New York City

4.5

Grand Central Terminal is a commuter, rapid transit, and intercity railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It covers 19 ha area and has 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world. Its platforms, all below ground, serve 30 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though only 43 tracks are currently in use for passenger service. The total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100. Grand Central Terminal has intricate designs both on its inside and outside. In addition, it contains a vast interior main concourse. The terminal is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, with over 21 million visitors. Grand Central Terminal has both monumental spaces and meticulously crafted detail, especially on its facade. Its interior has restaurants, such as the Oyster Bar, and various fast food outlets surrounding the Dining Concourse on the level below the Main Concourse, as well as delis, bakeries, newsstands, a gourmet and fresh food market, an annex of the New York Transit Museum, and more than 40 retail stores. Among them are chain stores, including a Starbucks coffee shop, a Rite Aid pharmacy and Apple store.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    05:30 - 02:00, 00:00 - 02:00

  • Tue

    00:00 - 02:00, 05:30 - 02:00

  • Wed

    00:00 - 02:00, 05:30 - 02:00

  • Thu

    00:00 - 02:00, 05:30 - 02:00

  • Fri

    00:00 - 02:00, 05:30 - 02:00

  • Sat

    00:00 - 02:00, 05:30 - 02:00

  • Sun

    00:00 - 02:00, 05:30 - 02:00

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  • Anthony Baker

    5
    - 22 July 2018 -

    Grand Central Station always makes me feel awed. It is wonderfully decorated and is just great to behold. The architecture is awesome and way that it is layed out is a wonder. The combination of Marble decorated with Brass is exquisite. There are so many things of note there but my "favorites" are1) The Arched Zodiac Ceiling depicting Orion, 2) Grand Central Main Clock, 3) Marble Ticket Windows 4) The Massive Windows 5) The Reception Hall as well as Arches. Then there is Myriad of shops and eateries that just makes a visit Inspiring.

  • Cassandra Y.

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    One of the best train station I have ever been!! What a landmark in New York city. Everytime when I go there.... still can't get enough of taking pictures. Absolutely a historic building. Love the information desk in the middle of the terminal. They are so knowledgeable. Even though they have so many ticket box office but still long line all the time... that shows how many people in the city are using this public transportation. That is great!! Easy direction to all the gates. Love the food court outside the gates, can grab something quick and eat it on the train.

  • James Gibson

    5
    - 11 July 2018 -

    The main part of the terminal features a magnificent display in its ceiling depicting the constellations, as well as detailed carvings on the walls. The size of this huge room in the terminal is itself amazing. In addition to being a railway terminal, Grand Central Terminal features a wide variety of restaurants and stores. It's well worth taking time to browse though at least part of this marvelous structure during a visit to New York City, as I did during my June 2018 visit to New York City.

  • Kara M.

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    Grand Central Station is one of THE iconic New York landmarks! I hadn't been here in something like five years, but due to train track infrastructure work I was brought through here on a recent trip. It excited me to arrive in my favorite city and home state via this beautiful terminal. We are so fortunate that this amazing building was restored years back and saved from demolition. This is such an amazing place compared to New York's other main train station Penn, which is a vagrant filled dump. There is a neat food court here with lots of yummy looking eateries, perfect spot to grab a bite while waiting for your train. Even if you aren't taking a train it's worth poking your head in here to see the architecture of this stunning building. Be sure to take a peek at the ceiling too!

  • Nathan Ramirez

    5
    - 02 July 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning piece of architecture, this train station has so much character and history infused within its walls. Great place to people watch and to check out the shops and market, keep in mind it’s very busy here (after all it is a train station) so be mindful of the commuters if your just there check out the magnificent landmark. If you want to come and just snap photos you can, grab a bite to eat? No problem! Lunch various from $-$$$, it doesn’t seem big from the outside but once your there you could spend some serious time inside!

  • theaffablegeek

    3
    - 19 June 2018 -

    I was really wanting to come here but boy it was not what I expected at all. The building is so grand, despite the fact it is a train station at heart it doesn’t feel like one. It is a shadow of its former self I am sure, feels almost sad watching the hoards of tourists with nowhere to go but the apple store inside. Nothing like St Pancreas station in Kings Cross which has both the history and the grandeur but is also functional. Restrooms are conveniently located downstairs and are clean.

  • Kim Hegarty-Waters

    5
    - 13 June 2018 -

    So many stores and places to eat! Very easy to understand where to go, lots of helpful people who work there or are New Yorkers! Restrooms were Very Clean too!! We took a train from Boston to NYC and then back home to Boston from NYC....It is crowded so stick together if you have small kids or a bigger group of people....be aware that there are homeless people who will ask for money...they can be persistent, however there's a pretty good police presence...I always felt safe....

  • Thunder Birb

    5
    - 10 June 2018 -

    An amazing spot. There are food options which range from common to luxurious. There are also some very great spots to take some interesting photos/shots for any of you artists out there. The terminal is very clean inside and I felt very safe at night. The trains were mostly on time (within ten minutes usually). -TB

  • Kent Johnson

    5
    - 08 June 2018 -

    Every bit as a amazing as I hoped it would be, maybe more so in retrospect. Also had a lunch and dinner at the famous Oyster Bar, which I would certainly consider putting on my list if you are a visitor. A beautifully grand building from a time when public buildings really spoke of a countries faith in itself and its people.

  • U-roy Felix Agboli

    5
    - 06 June 2018 -

    This must be the busiest train station in the world. Lots of great spots relax for coffee and quick bites. Time flies when you’re here. I was also blown away at the nearness of the restroom here considering the traffic of people here. I just love this place.

  • Diane Sanderson

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Whispering gallery was cool!

  • Diane Sanderson

    - 27 May 2018 -

    From corner to corner you can hear each other talk!

  • Ehab salem

    - 28 April 2018 -

    So. Big station

  • Louise de Paus

    - 24 April 2018 -

    Indrukwekkend station

  • Cindy O'Connor

    - 09 April 2018 -

    Pay attention when you are walking around or you could possibly get trampled. In other words don’t have your nose is your phone.

  • May ♍

    - 31 March 2018 -

    Grand Central Terminal is the quintessential New York train station, shown in many movies and television shows with its interior grand central plaza surrounded by grand staircases & platform entrances

  • May ♍

    - 31 March 2018 -

    You may not need to visit Grand Central Terminal when visiting New York, but this iconic building is worth a stop just to take in a slice of local life and admire its beauty

  • Scott Kleinberg

    - 02 March 2018 -

    It smells like feet and vomit.

  • Benjy Weinberger

    - 19 February 2018 -

    Stand in the middle of the main hall, pull up the YouTube app on your phone, and watch the amazing Grand Central dance scene from The Fisher King. https://youtu.be/lASPrnWf6cA

  • Anna H.

    - 01 February 2018 -

    Extra Women's bathroom in the Police Station!

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