Interior of Grand Central Station, New York
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Grand Central Terminal

Updated by Pat Dorri on February 22 2024

Iconic Transit Hub and Architectural Marvel in the Heart of Manhattan.

Address: 89 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, United States

Vintage Clock and American flag in Grand Central Station, New York
With stunning surroundings, it's no wonder many movies were filmed in this beautiful station.
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💲 Free public access

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options throughout the terminal

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Grand Central Terminal?

Grand Central Terminal is found at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

It's not just a transportation hub but also a historic landmark known for its magnificent architecture.

Why should I visit Grand Central Terminal?

Visiting Grand Central Terminal allows you to experience one of New York's most iconic buildings, with stunning architectural beauty, intriguing history, and a variety of shops and dining options.

What are the opening hours at Grand Central Terminal?

General opening hours

Monday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Tuesday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Wednesday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Thursday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Friday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Saturday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Sunday - 5:30am - 2:00am

Closures and holidays

Individual stores and restaurants have varied hours, so check the official website for details.

Aerial view of the Chrysler Building at sunset, New York
Admire the Chrysler Building which is just a stone's throw from the terminal.
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Where should I park when visiting Grand Central Terminal?

Limited street parking is available, although there are several parking garages are located nearby.

However, given its central location and connectivity, using public transportation is highly recommended.

Is Grand Central Terminal accessible by public transportation?

Grand Central Terminal is easily accessible by public transportation.

This major transit hub is accessible by many subway lines (4, 5, 6, 7, S) and Metro-North Railroad trains, making it easily reachable from various parts of New York City and the surrounding suburbs.

When is the best time to visit Grand Central Terminal?

Visiting early in the morning or late in the evening can help avoid the crowds, but anytime is good to admire its architectural splendor and bustling atmosphere.

What are the best things to see near Grand Central Terminal?

There are plenty of great places close to Grand Central Terminal to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • The New York Public Library - Just a short walk away, offering majestic reading rooms and free exhibitions.
  • Bryant Park - A nearby green oasis with seasonal activities like outdoor movies in summer and ice skating in winter.
  • The Chrysler Building - An Art Deco architectural masterpiece, located just a stone's throw from the terminal.
Exterior of the New York Public Library
While you're in the area, walk up the famous steps of the New York Public Library.
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Common questions about Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal promises an awe-inspiring glimpse into New York City's history, with a jaw-dropping famous celestial ceiling in the main concourse. Wow. Here is what else you can expect.

Is Grand Central Terminal accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Terminal is fully accessible, offering elevators and ramps for easy navigation.

Is Grand Central Terminal free to enter?

✔️ Entry to the Grand Central Terminal is free, but there are fees for guided tours.

Is Grand Central Terminal pet-friendly?

✔️ Pets are allowed in Grand Central Terminal, but must be contained or on a leash. Service animals are welcome.

Is Grand Central Terminal child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Terminal is a great place for children, with good dining options and spaces to explore.

Is Grand Central Terminal a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Terminal is open throughout the year and offers seasonal events and decorations.

Are refreshments available at Grand Central Terminal?

✔️ Yes, Grand Central Terminal has a wide range of dining options from quick bites to fine dining.

❗ The Dining Concourse offers a variety of food choices, suitable for all tastes and budgets.

Are there restrooms at Grand Central Terminal?

✔️ Yes, public restrooms are available for visitors at Grand Central Terminal.

What else is useful to know before I visit Grand Central Terminal

Consider taking one of the audio or guided tours to learn about the terminal's history and architectural details.

Keep an eye out for special events and exhibitions that are often held within the terminal.

The iconic beaux arts statue of the Greek God Mercury adorns the south facade of Grand Central Terminal
Marvel at the incredible architecture around Grand Central Terminal, including Greek God Mercury marking the south entrance.
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Where to stay near Grand Central Terminal

There are plenty of great hotel options in Midtown Manhattan, just a short distance from Grand Central Terminal.