Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
4.5
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 AM - 2:00 AM
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5:15 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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  • AS2021
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom30 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 July 24, 2023
  • Trips NTips
    Canada65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    Definitely worth a stop if you are in New York City. We probably spent half an hour wandering around. Beautiful old architecture, the clock is worth seeing. We wandered through the different shops. Very busy.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • LS_GoingPlaces
    Greensboro, North Carolina224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic landmark
    Love this train station. So pretty, and full of people watching. We didn't take the train anywhere this time but enjoyed the many shops and food places inside. The energy here is fantastic too. it's the real NY.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful station! Iconic!
    I loved it! The station is so iconic and beautiful. The architecture is incredible! There is also so many shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and stands here as well as a market! There was also a trumpet player who sounded amazing and made the vibe so much better. I highly recommend coming here!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
    Long Island, New York16,137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Train Terminal 🚉
    This was my first ride on the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Terminal. The station has a very long escalator that brings passengers to the street level. It's beautifully decorated with high end tile and marble. The restrooms had the same beauty as the common areas. Very clean with higher end finishes and fixtures. Make sure you stroll through the high end market. It's absolutely stunning.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 11, 2023
  • MIB-53
    Larkhall, United Kingdom650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A New York Icon
    Just to walk into this building, scene of so many film etc, was fabulous. The architecture is stunning and it is in pristine condition. A busy bustling place that need to been see by an tourist to NY. Was one of the first on my list of stops and I was not disappointed. Well worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 16, 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Central Architecture!
    We didn't use the trains so can't comment on those but you MUST visit just for the architecture and history of this magnificent building. The tall ceilings and the hustle and bustle is just fantastic to watch and observe. Felt it could have more seating in the main public area just for that very reason.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Veronica J
    Cadiz, Spain255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must to stop by NYC
    Feeling for a moment in Europe. A place to admire, enjoy and eat. From having a lobster roll 🦞, enjoying fresh oysters to end with a sweet from Magnolias. Grand Central Terminal is a must stop in NYC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Danielle P
    Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful facility
    Customer Service: 5 Cleanliness: 5 Location: 5 Affordability: 5 There is public restrooms available for their customers. This has been on my BucketList for awhile, so finally it's done! The train station is a architectural marvel, lots of history, food, shopping. The ceilings, lighting, old train tracks definitely took me back to the past. I used to visit train stations while living in Europe. Easy to navigate, walk around and around and read about the history. We stopped by the Grand Central Terminal this afternoon, while we were visiting the Manhattan area. The facility was maintained to the highest standard of cleanliness. The staff was very friendly and professional. This is a popular attraction for travelers and for the locals who usedaily. So it stays very crowded and busy. There is plenty of security inside and outside. @glampedlife
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • James H
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    What a great train station . Well worth walking round and see the hustle and bustle of everyday life here. Station itself is amazing and so beautiful and clean. Well worth having a look if your passing buy the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
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Lockjawal
Bridgeport, CT51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Nice looking train terminal. Recently renovated both interior and train signage. Easy to navigate. Biggest issue: Barely any place to sit.

The downstairs level used to have ample seating for waiting. Now they seem to have gotten rid of 95% of the seats in order to put in food establishments and to discourage squatters. These food establishments strongly discourage sitting in THEIR seats unless you are buying from them. When they are closed, the seats are put up & chained to prevent usage.

The few open seating areas that are available are pretty much taken up by the homeless who are camped out there all day. Even if there is a seat available, the smell will drive you away. There is one small "official" waiting area on the upper level that is supposedly "for ticket holders only." Unfortunately,it is usually half filled with homeless folks as well. Sitting on the steps is generally discouraged and fuggetabout sitting on the stairs to the Apple Store. They will chase you off.

I guess the lack of seating is due to GCT's attempt to stem the tide of homeless folks from camping out in the terminal. Unfortunately, it inconveniences the actual traveller & makes for an unpleasant wait.

If you have issues standing, I recommend that you arrive to your train no more than 20 mins before departure time. By that time, the trains are usually beginning to board passengers and you can sit in the cars.

Aside from that issue it's a nice Terminal.
Written January 1, 2020
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Kelly
London, UK778 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is just stunning every single detail is beautiful and exceeded our expectations. This place is a must see, it truly is as grand as you would expect. When I was there all I could picture was flash mobs I’d seen in the movies. Some people I had spoken to prior to visiting New York said the terminal is a bit overrated but I loved it and would recommend.
Written January 24, 2020
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LivMcGiv
Dublin, Ireland71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Grand Central Terminal is so much bigger than you expect it to be. Tracks and the subway go off in every direction and it is reasonably easy to buy tickets, find your track and know where you should be going.
The main concourse is absolutely fabulous with its huge chandeliers, beautiful ceiling and booth. I found the staff to be incredibly helpful.
If you want to come and take photos or videos of the terminal don’t try and do it during rush hour. I came for the touristy thing on a Sunday, but I had to catch a train during rush hour and it’s a totally different experience.....people are on a mission during rush hour and you will be in the way.
It’s so iconic and well worth a visit.
Written January 22, 2020
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SarahKP19
Bradford, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful building, lots of history. We did the audio tour which was $12 per person. We found it good, was easy to navigate yourself around the building using the map provided, very informative and you could go at your own pace. I loved the whispering gallery. Would definitely recommend visiting and doing the audio tour if you want a little more information.
Written February 9, 2020
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L3656JArichardf
Slidell, LA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was an amazing place to visit. It is one of the heart throb places to visit in New York. Many places to eat, got the famous chocolate/Vanilla cookie. Watch all the hustle and bustle of all the people heading for the trains that went all over was fascinating. From the Double Tree on Lexington we walked about 6-8 blocks up walk in to the Terminal Be prepared the bottom floor is amazing, I highly recommend this attraction.
Written February 11, 2020
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Christeen
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Had a great tour with our tour guide Bic. Bic was a great tour guide, answered many questions and ensure that by the time the tour was completed we would know many aspects of this magnificent building. So many things to see and do, including a tennis court on level 4 and a beautiful bar "The Campbell". Thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Bic.
Written February 29, 2020
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Piterknyn
Amsterdam, The Netherlands75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The ambiance is great. The oysters are great - just like elsewhere in NYC everything was quite expensive, but apparently that's no reason to avoid this location considering it was very very busy. With a party of four we had difficulty getting seated; luckily a very kind South African gentleman spontaneously moved over to a single seat at another table to make room for us.
We were here before and loved it because of the great location and food. However, this time we had an unexpected and very off-putting experience: the waiter did not agree with his gratuity and loudly and rudely said so and insisted on a greater tip as was suggested on the bill (this nowadays seems to be ubiquitous in NYC). So beware for this kind of behaviour as the gratuity stated on the bill is a recommendation only, but by no means mandatory and, in our opinion, should reflect the waiter's service and attitude towards guests. This experience made me give 3 stars and not 5.
Written January 6, 2020
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NewYorkToAsia
New York City, NY31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Once of the more magnificent spaces I have ever seen. The physical structure of space including the vaulted ceiling with the zodiac painted on it. And add the energy of the commuters scurrying back and forth to catch a train. Get some food in the lower level food market and you are good to go.
Written March 22, 2020
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Tug H
Dalcross, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited New York for the 3rd time this month and were fortunate enough to spend a little more time exploring the market street with in Grand central. The variety of shops and range of food was superb and it didn't seem to attract the premium that other shops seem to be fond of charging. The highlights were the Chicken Ceaser salad and creamy coronation chicken style salad from Dishes. The chefs choice sushi and the Carrot cake and the Chocolate cakes from NoGlu at Eli zebra bakery. If you are hitting the city in the summer then I would highly reccomend a shopping trip here for a picnic in Central Park or to take out to Coney island.
Written January 15, 2020
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Lets_Cruise_13
Ottawa, Canada1,559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On January 19th, 2020, my wife and I with other travellers of the Ottawa Valley Tours group stopped at the famous Grand Central Terminal (GCT). This scheduled stop was included in our New York City tour. GCT is a commuter train terminal that opened in February 1913 in Midtown Manhattan and is located at East 42nd Street and Park Avenue. GCT is one of the worlds most visited tourist attractions for its landmark designations, its distinctive architecture and beautiful interior design.

GCT’s main terminal’s concourse with its iconic four-faced opal clock above the Information Booth, is used as a meeting place for visitors and locals alike and has been featured in many films and television. Two years ago, GCT celebrated two landmark events, 40 years rescued, and 20 years renewed. On its lower-level concourse GCT has a variety of stores and food vendors, including a food court where our Ottawa Valley Tour group had lunch that day. We took many photos of the interior and exterior architecture and design.

We would recommend this landmark stop to family and friends.
Written February 13, 2020
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