Penn Station
Penn Station
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 34th St – Penn Station • 3 min walk
  • 34th St – Penn Station • 4 min walk
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  • ANAND K
    Singapore, Singapore200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A grand old station - but charming
    Wonderfully built, spacious, airy, roomy and lots of light pouring in.. that's the Penn station hall. The waiting lounge is very large and the hall has several types of restaurants to choose from. Train arrivals and departures are very clearly shown in the large display board and the information counter is always there to help if one needs way around. It's a really nice station and walk around and inside you know how gargantuan it's.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,048 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good train station in the middle of the Big Apple
    The third party shuttle service usually taking people from hotels over in New Jersey to Times Square kindly made an exception and dropped off my son & I at Penn Station. This was so we could catch the Long Island Rail Road Train over to Jamaica on our way to the JFK airport and our flight home to Europe. We found this very convenient and certainly significantly more economical that taking a cab or Uber over there. Penn Station itself was perfectly functional & easy to navigate. With frequent trains to Jamaica. All good.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Grand station
    Penn Station is located beneath Madison Square Garden and also has an additional concourse in Moynihan Hall which is just across the road. It is served by trains on the Long Island Rail Road as well as Amtrak services which go further afield. I arrived at Penn Station travelling on an Amtrak service. The platform I arrived on had a lift as well as stairs. This was handy for me as I had a suitcase as well as my hand luggage so taking the lift was a blessing. From here you can get onto the concourse and take your onward journey into NYC. There are shops to buy smacks and drinks for you to take on your journey and a couple of places to buy books and gifts as well. There is a decent food court in Moynihan Hall as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • traveltheworld012
    Rochester, Minnesota13,851 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    January 1, 2024 traveling to Trenton, then on to Philadelphia.
    My wife and I spent 10 days in NYC, and were leaving via NJ Transit train. We arrived here the same way in December. Now on New Year's day at 8 AM it was not very busy at all. We were a bit more familiar with this station than we were when arriving. Signage is very poor, and the schedule for the train is not posted until 10 minutes before it leaves, then rushing to the platform it is usually late. NOTE: I read some to the reviews here, especially the negative ones... people complain about the homeless quite often. I wonder if they understand the term, "homeless" - it means they have no home, nowhere to sleep. Just where do you expect them to go? They need to stay warm at night and the train station is a public place that is open 24 hours/day. Not one person, homeless or otherwise bothered us. Besides, some travelers sleep on the floor or benches waiting for their next train. Negative people tend to exaggerate.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Peter H
    Fredericksburg, Virginia985 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice upgrades
    This review supersedes my previous review of 2019. The train was undergoing construction and it was difficult to find favorable feedback. However, it now looks very nice and the upgrades were likely worth the probably huge investment. Penn Station has the unfortunate predicament of having to compete with Grand Central Station.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 April 2024
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Peter H
Fredericksburg, VA985 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This review supersedes my previous review of 2019. The train was undergoing construction and it was difficult to find favorable feedback. However, it now looks very nice and the upgrades were likely worth the probably huge investment. Penn Station has the unfortunate predicament of having to compete with Grand Central Station.
Written 10 April 2024
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,851 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I spent 10 days in NYC, and were leaving via NJ Transit train. We arrived here the same way in December. Now on New Year's day at 8 AM it was not very busy at all. We were a bit more familiar with this station than we were when arriving. Signage is very poor, and the schedule for the train is not posted until 10 minutes before it leaves, then rushing to the platform it is usually late.
NOTE: I read some to the reviews here, especially the negative ones... people complain about the homeless quite often. I wonder if they understand the term, "homeless" - it means they have no home, nowhere to sleep. Just where do you expect them to go? They need to stay warm at night and the train station is a public place that is open 24 hours/day. Not one person, homeless or otherwise bothered us. Besides, some travelers sleep on the floor or benches waiting for their next train. Negative people tend to exaggerate.
Written 31 January 2024
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Louisa K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I gotta say my experience at penn station was awful I don’t travel very often especially in the city but the staff were so disrespectful and not helpful at all. I almost missed my train due to lack of help. I had one question “where do I go” nobody gave me a direct answer. Second of all I asked why the train didn’t say it was going to Baltimore the workers response was “it’s not a plane it makes stops”. It gets worse I kindly said “excuse me” to another worker and she responded with “WHAT”. She was at the costumer service desk, that is not how you are supposed to talk to people. Finally I had to go outside to ask a cop where Moynihan hall was. If someone had been respectful and given me a direct answer I would’ve been able to arrive at my train sooner, not 5 minutes before it left. Some people need to learn some manners because this was not ok.
Written 2 November 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Penn Station is located beneath Madison Square Garden and also has an additional concourse in Moynihan Hall which is just across the road. It is served by trains on the Long Island Rail Road as well as Amtrak services which go further afield.

I arrived at Penn Station travelling on an Amtrak service. The platform I arrived on had a lift as well as stairs. This was handy for me as I had a suitcase as well as my hand luggage so taking the lift was a blessing. From here you can get onto the concourse and take your onward journey into NYC.

There are shops to buy smacks and drinks for you to take on your journey and a couple of places to buy books and gifts as well. There is a decent food court in Moynihan Hall as well.
Written 21 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Glennis B
Whakatāne, New Zealand401 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Subway is the cheap and easiest way of navigating new York.
Once you figure out your lines and which tracks lead where. 2.60 for one stop or twenty.. good value.
Written 25 August 2023
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The third party shuttle service usually taking people from hotels over in New Jersey to Times Square kindly made an exception and dropped off my son & I at Penn Station. This was so we could catch the Long Island Rail Road Train over to Jamaica on our way to the JFK airport and our flight home to Europe.

We found this very convenient and certainly significantly more economical that taking a cab or Uber over there. Penn Station itself was perfectly functional & easy to navigate. With frequent trains to Jamaica. All good.
Written 14 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NormLWat
Waterloo, Canada877 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Taking the train from New York to Newark for a New Jersey Devils hockey game was an simple task. Penn station is easy to navigate and staff were helpful in identifying best options for traveling and directions. Busy station however, didn’t fell crowded.
Written 7 August 2023
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Nomad
258 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
A filthy vile dystopian setting filled with homeless (some of which are mentally ill), panhandlers, vagrants, and grifters residing in various nooks and crannies or otherwise simply laying on the ground in full view of law enforcement while tightly compressed packs of tired, sullen, and depressed commuters shuffle by on their way into the bowels of the dangerous subway system. Overall, it is a living hell. Renovations have been on-going for years, so your journey may be punctuated by the ear-spitting sounds of jackhammers and other construction noises. The pungent smell of dust, mold, body odor and urine also add to the overall atmosphere.
Written 26 July 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,014 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
It is functional. It is a very busy place with lots of people taking trains to Long Island. They are trying to make it work better and look better, but there are limits with this clunky space. Lots of quick food options. Very busy.
Written 28 June 2023
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ANAND K
Singapore, Singapore200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Wonderfully built, spacious, airy, roomy and lots of light pouring in.. that's the Penn station hall. The waiting lounge is very large and the hall has several types of restaurants to choose from. Train arrivals and departures are very clearly shown in the large display board and the information counter is always there to help if one needs way around. It's a really nice station and walk around and inside you know how gargantuan it's.
Written 26 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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