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

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Hours This Week:
  • 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

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

Phone: (212) 340-2583

Official Website: Grand Central Terminal

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Directions

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Take the 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central Terminal.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Grand Central Terminal Star Rating

5 Star Rating Little did we know about this gem and only discovered it as we were looking for the Apple store located in this majestic building. With dozens of shops & places to eat, this is so much more than a transportation hub. Definitely worth a visit!

Nadja - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the very few historic train stations left in the country. So very grateful to Jackie Kennedy for fighting to preserve it from the wrecking ball. Great dining options on the lower level concourse especially with the historic architecture of the Oyster Bar. It would be great though if they had more benches for people to sit down at while waiting for their trains though that other long distance passenger rail terminals have. Also need to cleaner bathroom facilities and get rid of the homeless people hanging around begging

Noah Langford - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place! So busy and the buzzing of the travelers and tourists alike are mind blowing! I love this place! The Northern Trains run from here. The architecture is amazing. Wish to explore it more on my next visit to Manhattan.

Carol Lakay - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful and busy train station which will impress you while entering! The station has an apple store upstairs, fantastic! You can sit and relax over there to check your e-mail. The staff is also very willing to help you. Relaxed ambiance while taking a bit of rest. You really should visit this place!

Rik Goedhart - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful place. Have seen it in many movie's final act. Looks even more amazing in real life. Remember to look up when you get there, and see the stars on the ceiling. It's a must see location if you are touring New York. There is a lot of people walking in an out all the time. But, it is also an experience that's worth waiting there and watching.

Sheen Mathew Jacob - 2 months ago

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This CNN video gives you an interesting overview of Grand Central's features and 100 year history

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