Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is the world's largest train station and helped shape the history of New York and America

Taxi Cabs Lined up outside the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City
Taxi Cabs Lined up outside the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City cc licensed photo by Trodel

Over one hundred years old, Grand Central Terminal was instrumental in shaping the history of New York and America. Locally referred to as "Grand Central Station," the Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan is one of New York's busiest transportation hubs as well as a destination in itself complete with a wide range of shopping and dining choices. The Beaux-arts building built and operated by the New York Central Railroad is the largest train station in the world by a considerable margin.

Two levels of tracks offer passenger service for the Metro North Railroad with services to Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam in New York State and Fairfield and New Haven in Connecticut.

The century old Grand Central Terminal underwent a 12 year restoration to restore it to its former splendour from when it opened in 1913. The astrological ceiling mural in the Main Concourse was revealed after years of being obscured by residue. A small patch above the Michael Jordan Steakhouse was left untouched to demonstrate the extent of the environmental damage. Eagle eyed visitors will notice that the zodiac constellations appear in reverse; one explanation is that the artist based their rendering on a medieval interpretation of how the night sky would appear to God, while many others chalk it up to human error. The famous four-sided brass clock with its opal clock faces and many decadent gold chandeliers was also returned to its original luster.

One of Grand Central Terminals many oddities, the unofficial "whispering gallery" is located on the dining concourse near the Oyster Bar and Restaurant. The low dome ceilings create an acoustic anomaly; when two people stand opposite and whisper into the corner, you can hear them as if they are standing next to you making it a popular spot for uniquely New York marriage proposals.

Audio tours and walking tour brochures covering historically and architecturally significant features such as the Kissing Room, Grand Staircases, stain glass and wrought-iron installations as well as the Transportation sculpture are available from the Information Booth.

Nearby attractions: Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Grand Central Terminal Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 5:15 AM – 2:00 AM

Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

Phone: (212) 340-2583

Official Website: Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating I want to express my admiration for Grand Central Station. The architectural beauty and lively atmosphere of the station are truly captivating. The Apple Store inside adds a unique touch and ambiance, making it a must-visit spot. However, I have a minor complaint about the restroom facilities. Finding and accessing the restroom can be a bit challenging, especially for first-time visitors. Nevertheless, the station provides information signs directing to various destinations, which is helpful. Overall, Grand Central Station is an iconic destination that beautifully combines history, architecture, and modern amenities. It's a place where you can feel the pulse of New York City.
Can Yıldırım - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Beautiful place to go, it’s huge and a real pleasure seeing it. You can take a tour but your can also go for your own. It’s free and it’s near the Times Square. It’s great to see how some movies and tv shows where filmed there. There is no parking you will have to go walking. If your traveling in NYC your must go here! Take a time on your schedule you won’t regret
Slidma Pineda - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Do you like architecture? Do you need a ride somewhere? Then head to Grand Central. We stayed upstate during our visit and took the train into town. Everything was clean, lots of dining options and bathrooms were available. Standing the test of the, the stair treads were actual slightly dished down, from billions of people stepping on them. Even if you don’t need a ride, stop in here just the soak in the history. Heavy oak doors, brass fixtures, awesome lighting, stone work, and so much more. It was wonderful to see how well and old building is being maintained. We will be visiting here again on our next trip.
Jason Olson - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Must see for anyone visiting the city. Such an impressive and ornate building. It's fun to see in person the place where so many movies and shows have filmed. Subway and train lines are abundant, there is a dining concourse as well.
Nick Wanuch - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating I have been through this station probably hundreds of times but it definitely is worth stopping and looking around to appreciate the history and beauty of GCT. The GCT market is beautiful, not commenting on prices or quality because I don’t often purchase things here but it is a diverse market with fresh food and spices. The lower level has many food options but the Oyster Bar Restaurant is a must because of the history. It has been part of GCT for over 100 years, I think, and brings you back in time when you step through the doors. On the main level you need to stop and look up. You will look like a tourist but it doesn’t matter. The ceiling is grand. They have tours which I have never done but have always wanted too.
Kathy D - in the last week

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