Grand Central Terminal

42nd St. & Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017- Map It
(212) 883-2420

AAA Editor Notes

Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St. between Lexington and Vanderbilt aves., is the city entrance through which half a million commuters pass every day. The 1913 Beaux Arts terminal, often—and mistakenly—referred to as Grand Central Station, serves the MTA Metro-North Railroad and has a subway stop connecting it to city destinations. The terminal fell on hard times with a decline in rail travel in the 1960s and the city's financial crisis in the 1970s. A dramatic restoration project in the 1990s returned the terminal to its former glory, particularly the 120-foot-high ceiling in the cavernous main concourse, a painted skyscape ablaze with constellations. Shops, restaurants and gourmet fresh food markets are on the premises. MTA, in conjunction with the Municipal Arts Society, offers daily 75-minute public tours during which docents share inside knowledge and discuss the terminal’s design, history and operations. Self-guiding audio tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and German. Guided tours are available. Food is available.
Public tour $20; $15 (ages 0-9, ages 65+ and students and military with ID). Audio tour $9; $7 (ages 0-18, ages 65+ and students and military with ID). Free (Fri. tour).
Hours: Public tours are given daily at 12:30 (tickets are available at the GCT Tour window on the main concourse). Private 1-hour walking tours are available by appointment. Audio tours are available daily 9-6 from the GCT Tour window on the main concourse. Public and audio tours are not offered Thanksgiving and Christmas.