Grand Central Terminal:  
Tour This Jewel For Free!

Photobucket Grand Central Terminal (also referred to as Grand Central Station) is one of New York City’s major transportation hubs. It houses the Metro North railroad, several key subway lines, a
taxi station, and loads of commuters. You’ll also find fine shops, restaurants, and a host of events including wonderful holiday celebrations.

But, it is not just a “Train Station.” It a true tourist attraction in itself, a jewel, as it boasts a rich history and is architecturally significant. First opened in 1913, it is built in the French Beaux-arts (French for fine art) style. It underwent a massive 12-year restoration in 1998 which revealved the original luster of the Main Concourse's elaborately decorated astronomical ceiling. It’s an amazing sight! There are two peculiarities to the astronomical ceiling. Can you figure out what they are?

Grand Central Terminal has been used for many movies including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Carlito’s Way, I Am Legend, Men In Black, Revolutionary Road,The Taking of Pelham 123, and many, many more!

DON'T FORGET

Don't forget to check out all the other fantastic sightseeing attractions you'll want to see! Make sure to visit at least one great museum, take a walking tour, check out Ground Zero, and the The Intrepid, to name a few!

TOURS OF GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL:
THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN

Many tourists AND residents do not know about the best deal in town. Treat yourself to one of the many FREE tours of Grand Central Station. I promise that you will fully enjoy it and come away quite inspired and more educated about New York City in general! First step? Pick up your FREE terminal map and directory at the "I LOVE NEW YORK" information window in the Main Concourse.

Choose from the following:

  • Every Wednesday - 12:30 PM: FREE Guided Tour
    The Municipal Arts Society sponsors a daily tour. The 75-minute tour, departing daily at 12:30 p.m. from the Terminal’s Main Concourse, is led by MAS-trained docents and highlights the history, architecture and operations of one of the world’s biggest train terminals. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors, students, children under 10, members of the military, Metro-North riders bearing same-day ticket stubs, and MAS Members. Space is limited. Log on to http://docentour.com/gct/ for more information. I have personally taken this tour and absolutely loved it.

  • Every Friday - 12:30 PM: FREE Guided Tour: The Grand Central Partnership offers a free 90-minute walking tour of Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding area. Meet in in the atrium at 120 Park Avenue, located at the southwest corner of East 42nd St.
    and Park Avenue directly across from Grand Central Terminal. No reservations are necessary. For more information, log on to grandcentralpartnership.nyc/things-to-do/tours.

  • Download the app for the Grand Central Tour here.

  • Cheap Self-Guided Audio Tour: Metro-North Railroad (which operates the Terminal), has partnered with Orpheo USA, an experienced producer of audio tours, to give tourists, travelers and locals alike a history of the terminal filled with interesting details and insights. The audio devise and headset includes a terminal map for just $9 for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, and the disabled at $7. --Get the New York Pass The audio tour is available seven days a week, 365 days a year at specially-marked "GCT Tour" windows on the Main Concourse. Windows are only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Hours are Monday - Friday 9 am to 6:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 7:30 pm. The tour is available in English, French, and Spanish.

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    WHEN IS IT OPEN?

    Daily from 5:30 am to 1:30 am. Shops are open 8am to 9pm (although some retail schedules and holidays vary).


    WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

    Grand Central Terminal is located on 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

    BEST TRANSPORTATION TO
    THE TERMINAL

    By Subway:
    Take the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S subway lines to Grand Central Terminal. Need more help in determining how to best route out your trip? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!

    For information on subway fares, metrocards and more Click here!

    By Bus:
    You may take the M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M42, M98, M101, M102, M104, and Q32 buses! If you need more help in determining how to take the bus to Grand Central Terminal, Use this bus map to help!

    By Train
    Take the Metro North Railroad directly to the station!

    By Car:
    Need parking deals? You'll be amazed at the deals I've found. Click here for the best ones around.

    By Foot:
    Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to Grand Central Terminal.


    WHAT TO BRING

    When you venture out for a day of touring, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!


    TRAVELING WITH KIDS?

    If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your tour. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.

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