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

Official Website: Grand Central Terminal

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Train Stations

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

Phone: (212) 340-2583

Reviews

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5 Star Rating Tours of Grand Central have now resumed, after a long hiatus during the pandemic. Tours are given seven days/week, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and lasting for 1... Read More

Susan L. Dec-02-2022

4 Star Rating Grand Central is just one of those places that you just have to stop by and see when you're visiting New York City. It's magnificent! Visit the food... Read More

Jeff W. Dec-03-2022

5 Star Rating Rating is for scenic views. I made a quick visit and did not utilize the train/travel functions. ** SPOTTED SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN ** just kidding. no... Read More

Julie N. Nov-22-2022

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4, 5, 6 or 7Grand Central Terminal0 minutes

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

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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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