Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural Buildings
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
About
Grand Central Terminal is the most extraordinary public space in New York City. Opened to the public in 1913, this historic train terminal is a world-famous landmark in Midtown. Its rich history is a story of immense wealth and great engineering. Grand Central is one of the busiest train stations in the world, with approximately 750,000 visitors every day. It is the home of Metro-North Railroad, a subway station, iconic restaurants, shops, and the world's most alluring Apple Store. Some of the highlights to see along your tour of Grand Central include the opal-faced clock, valued at $20 million, above the Information Booth, the Largest Tiffany Glass Clock in the World below the 48-foot, 1500-ton Transportation statue overlooking 42nd Street at Park Avenue, and the mystifying acoustics of the Whispering Gallery in front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Audio and guided tours are available for those with a passion for history. More information regarding tours and ways to plan your visit can be found on the Grand Central Terminal website.
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Neighbourhood: Midtown East
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  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gigantic, gorgeous building
    Grand Central Terminal is first and foremost a transportation hub, being the first stop for several MetroNorth lines and a connection terminal for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). However, Grand Central is much, much more than a mere train station. This gorgeous, Beaux-Arts building is a major hub of activity for people traveling through the heart of the city and is a good place to people-watch. There's also a small food market, a space for art exhibits, shopping options, and a food court with plenty of eateries selling NYC staples. This station is exceptionally clean considering how busy it is, and it has several restrooms throughout the building.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Paul B
    Colchester, United Kingdom79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gotta tick the box.
    What a great spot to soak up a iconic building. Its classic but vibrant feel ia a must see when in NYC. Its a film buffs moment as well to take nore aa so many filma have used this place. Note to see it not just from inside but outside and from the street above
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice building
    I visited at night after going to Summit One Vanderbilt (which you reach from inside the Grand Central Terminal). It's free to visit and a beautiful building. It was a bit hard to find everything I wanted to see though, I wish they had maps available. The information booth people are helpful in answering questions.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • mturnbull
    Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge and spectacular
    This place is huge and spectacular. Loved the little food market inside all types of food going. We found the area outside oyster bar where you talk to the wall and opposite your partner can hear you. Staff on information were really helpful with trains
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2023
  • mummybear-Stoke
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a station?
    This for me was the high spot of New York, strange but true I simply adore Art Deco and this is probably the finest example of Art Deco architecture I have seen. We spent an afternoon wandering around this magnificent building Icould not believe we could go anywhere if this had been England we would have needed platform tickets. New Yorkers I just hope you appreciate what a fantactic building you have.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Cornwallgurl
    Gunnislake, United Kingdom196 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a station, it's huge, it's beautiful and there's a lot of marble!
    We left this as an option for our last day, although both wanted to see it for its Art Deco architecture. As it was raining biblically, and we could, after a brief walk in the rain, board the purple eastbound subway line direct to it, we went. It is truly magnificent and has been beautifully restored, but I'm glad we didn't pay $35 each for a "secret" tour. The marble! The ceiling! The facade! The fabulous signs for the food area. The clock (not as large as I'd envisaged, but very beautiful all the same) The lack of seats (see also JFK airport) - is this an American "thing"? Not feeling rich enough or inclined to sample the oyster/lobster bar, we grabbed a coffee and vainly looked for somewhere to sit. Issuing out into the still torrential rain to the signed taxi rank, there were no taxis. At all. A 25 minute wait ensued, and eventually by dint of rushing across the road and virtually hurling ourselves under the wheels of one, we managed it. It seems extraordinary that a vast station, with an advertised cab rank has none. Apparently it was due to the rain.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
  • dereksantiago
    Madison, Alabama244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Central Station
    The place is beautiful with marble all over, reasonable restaurants, chandelier, ceiling stars, and it’s a good place to people watch. The people that work there are very friendly and very informative. They tell you the best way to get anywhere. We bought the $30 metro card. Just make sure you take the right subway. If unsure ask the people with a smile. We asked the older people. The young ones have earphones. 😆 it’s the cheapest way to travel. The taxis are expensive.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Jim G
    Saint Louis, Missouri725 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile No-Cost Visit
    We visited Grand Central Terminal at evening rush hour. The architecture is fabulous with the celestial ceiling. We tried to avoid people racing for the trains. It is worthwhile no-cost site to visit. The tours closed while we were there but I would consider it on future visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Parker Sturbridge
    992 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parker says "Grand old Grand Central"
    Still Grand. Amazing architecture, expansive, imposing, impressive and much cleaner than when I commuted here in the 1970's. The food court has come back to life after a few tough years, and the selections are vast and diverse, just like NYC itself. Go down below and check out the new LIRR station that they almost secretly built!!! Very impressive and designed to be compatible with the old terminal. GCT is the heart of New York City, so even if you don't use the trains, it is well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Stacie B
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wowzers!
    Been to NYC many times but never made it to this beautiful building! Plenty of food & beverage options, restrooms & great spots for pictures. Just a cool spot even if you aren’t going anywhere!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
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Jennifer F
82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
When visiting the city I aways try to stop at Grand Central Terminal. It is a must see architectural gem. The terminal is a testimony to building preservation. There are several restaurants and shops in the terminal.
Written February 17, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Grand Central Terminal is one of the most beautiful train stations that we've ever seen and we love being able to come here. The Main Concourse is truly something to see and the constellation ceiling is just gorgeous. It's a clean station and it has lots of shopping and dining including the famous Oyster Bar. It's a beautiful place to visit even if you're not taking a train and it's one we would recommend to anyone visiting the city.
Written January 30, 2024
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Dan S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The soaring architecture is awe-inspiring, and the vibe is always buzzing with energy. It's like a city within a city. Grab a bite, shop around, or simply people-watch – there's a unique charm in every corner.
Written January 29, 2024
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SMiriah
Oldham, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This station is like no other… being from the U.K grand central is just beautiful. The whole of the station is clean, no litter, not overcrowded and the decor is beaut.

We went through here and also the went to simply look around and it didn’t disappoint. A must go to if a gossip girl fan but even if you’re not it’s worth stopping by.
Written January 22, 2024
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jason g
Wayne, NJ10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
AMAZING! This very a great tour. We saw a ton of interesting things. Even learned some secrets of Grand Central. Guide was very outgoing and lead a very nice tour. I live in NYC and much of this was all new to me!
Written January 18, 2024
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Rodalita B
Francisco I. Madero Municipality, Mexico216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Grand Central Terminal at New York City ( NYC) is one of the most famous -- visited destinations in NYC this historic world famous landmarks in Midtown. Manhattan...it was make a marble building with a nice view inside of the terminal..most visitors a must to visit this Grand Central Terminal. You must see the beauty of this place. Its a beautiful and very presentable. Come and visit the place you are not doubt it....
Written January 17, 2024
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sarah
York, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Beautiful ceiling. Make sure you stop by and check it out. Lost points for its soulless food court with little to no seating.
Written January 15, 2024
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA1,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
The one and only New York City Grand Central...the building is alive and breathing with people and activity. NYC icon, not to miss.
Written January 12, 2024
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claireyh23
Maybole, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a must to visit when you are in New York. Pictures do not do this beautiful place justice. It is massive and has lots of hidden gems in it.
Written January 2, 2024
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ShaneFinnPhotography
Norwich, UK238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Second visit but still amazes just has a certain atmosphere. First time didn't have too long here but this time we took it in more and looked up more at the architecture along with the hustle and bustle. Has to be seem on a NY visit
Written December 12, 2023
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