Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
4.5
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05:15 - 02:00
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05:15 - 02:00
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05:15 - 02:00
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05:15 - 02:00
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05:15 - 02:00
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05:15 - 02:00
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05:15 - 02:00
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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  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada308 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 26 April 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 27 April 2023
  • mummybear-Stoke
    83 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 8 May 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 9 May 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 9 May 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 14 May 2023
  • Parker Sturbridge
    999 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 4 June 2023
  • Stacie B
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina318 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 8 June 2023
  • kawkaw k
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favourite NYC buildings
    Grand Central Terminal is beautiful. I fantastic building to be in. Always enjoy spending time here and admiring the architecture, seeing the hustle and bustle. It has many eateries, the whispering wall is fun, and it's a great place to catch trains from!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 June 2023
  • AS2021
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing too exciting here
    We stopped in on Grand Central as we were passing. It's an iconic building that was nice to see but it's very much a working terminal and apart from the whispering wall (which was pretty cool!!) there wasn't a huge amount to see here. I wouldn't recommend making a special visit to this place but worth looking in on if passing by.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 24 July 2023
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Kawana C
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
After visiting Summit next door, we stopped at this iconic terminal. I was in awe of the architecture and design, but the cleanliness of such a busy place caught my immediate attention. Staff were kind enough to answer questions. There were plenty of food options downstairs. Next time, we hope to hop a train just for the experience.
Written 14 April 2024
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George M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Jonathan was an informative and personal guide. He repeated our names often, showing he wanted us to know he wasn’t mailing it in. We saw all the things you might miss without a guide, heard the history and development of the building and overall had a delightful tour.
Written 13 April 2024
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Peter H
Fredericksburg, VA985 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Before my visit, I had heard on TV, that some very significant changes were being made to Grand Central. I’m not sure if I even noticed much difference except the iconic lobby area with the clock in the middle. I seem to recall this area being very open and spacious but now I thought it felt cramped. I don’t remember all the shops and cafes being in the iconic lobby area and the assumed domed ceiling was much lower? I’m having a hard time giving the upgrades 5 stars.
Written 10 April 2024
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Momof4Girls23
Washington, IN238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I don't really know what I expected, but it was underwhelming. We stopped and had about 20 minutes to explore. I think 10 would have been sufficient. It's more like a place to go to just to say you've been there. I'm a tourist so I am sure it is very different for native New Yorkers. The ceiling was pretty, but that was about it.
Written 9 April 2024
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True W
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Brilliant for anyone to see an amazing building. Lovely chandeliers and an amazing concourse a must see for photographs. A wow building.
Written 8 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,570 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Arguably one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Beaux-Artes style architecture with an elegant interior but also so much history. Opened in 1913, it remains one of the busiest train stations in the world. Centrally located so very easy to pay a visit if you are in Midtown Manhattan and very much worth a stop.
Written 2 April 2024
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Sammy M
Nairobi, Kenya279 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Grand Central is a stunning landmark that simply cannot be missed. The unique shops, eateries, and the constant buzz of people create an energetic vibe, while the Beaux-Arts-style architectural details, like the gorgeous marble floors and stairs, exude a timeless grandeur. Great place to visit.
Written 30 March 2024
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,697 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Grand Central Station has breathtaking architecture and it is worth just taking a little time to sit (or stand) and watch the hustle and bustle going on around you.
Written 22 March 2024
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield, UK1,471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Always worth a visit, even if just to take a few selfies! Looks great from the outside and it's fabulous inside. We explored everywhere and went down to the track for the first time.

Iconic building.
Written 19 March 2024
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Patty
Margate, FL112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Wow the beautiful grand central station of New York is such a beautiful place! Perfect for stop by walk around and take pictures!
Written 11 March 2024
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