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, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and German.

Guided tours are available. Food is available.

Admission
Public tour $25; $20 (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).
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Station: Grand Central-42 St
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.
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