You'll find Ticket Machines all around Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station as well as at all the subway stations around New York.
*Make sure to buy your tickets before hand because you will find there is a penalty to buy tickets aboard the train, usually $2.00 more.
**There are two types of machines a gray one that is full service - they offer all types of options. The red machines are designated for daily tickets.
It's so simple to use, here's what you need -
* Destination - know where you are and where you are going.
** Money - cash / major credit cards / debit cards
1. You start with touching the screen and choosing your langauge: English, Spanish or Foreign languages.
2. Choose what you need, what type of ticket - a metro ticket (a rail ticket), a subway ticket (Metrocard), round trip tickets, weekly and monthly options too.
*Also, find out if you are traveling on high peaks times or off peak times for Metro RR tickets. It is often more money during rush hours, check with information on these designated hours.
3. Select your payment method. Swipe your credit/debit card. Insert your money.
4. Wait for your ticket/ round trip card and receipt.
Congratulations, that's it!
The busiest commuting hours in NYC via Grand Central Station is 6:30am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
Avoid what is called the "rush hour", hang around the City for a bit longer and enjoy the freedom of open sidewalks and non crowded stores, as most New Yorkers are traveling home for dinner. Plus the City is so much calmer in the early evening. It has a quiet calmness around 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
I prefer to walk around myself after all the hustle and bustle has died down. The old cliche about New York City is very true-A City that Never Sleeps.
Grand Central Station (GCT) / Penn Station (Penn) /NJ Transit / Subways / Taxi Cabs
This tip is meant for travelers who want a guide on what time its safe to travel in/around NYC transportation. I would say as a general rule its totally fine to take any means of transportation (mentioned above) safely until about 12:00am. Then it gets a bit dicey and you need to be very aware of what is going on. Don't fall asleep!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would not be nervous at all on the Metro Trains up till that time, meaning GCT or Penn. Anyone taking in a Broadway show is just going home between 11pm and 12am so its always full of families and tourists scurrying back home or to their place of stay. Anyone who went into NYC for dinner is probably getting on the trains at this time as well.
I'm not that comfortable on NJ Transit, so I would say its probably okay to travel on the bus lines until 10pm and 11pm.
Subways are usally full with all types of people until around pretty late..probably 11pm and 12am. They run all night long but the bums are often out roaming around and the drunks are out too.
Taxi Cabs are okay for short destinations in NYC anytime, never heard of any problems except for bad driving!
Of course if you are traveling with a group, it would be okay to travel later than what I listed, this guide is more for maybe two or three people and women especially (traveling alone).
I would use this guide for anyday during the week. On the weekends you may find the trains more packed, but the same guidelines should apply.
Grand Central Station is Manhattan's main train interchange.
It was first opened in 1913, and has recently been renovated to its former glory.
It is fabulous! I have never seen such a station. There is a huge marble central hall, with atrium dining areas. There is also a large food hall below this and numerous shops and great bars.
It is certainly a whole lot more than just a train station!
Grand Central Station seems to have more local trains but if your traveling locally or in NY state check out the train schedules.. but regardless if your taking a train or not.. be sure to check out the station :)
GCT (in addition to Penn Station) is the hub for commuters. If you are heading north of the city to get away to the country then this is your starting point. Unfortunately, once you get to your destination unless you have someone picking you up you will need a car. Trains run frequently and the tickets are reasonable.
People watching in Grand Central is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! I recommend sitting down at one of the bars with a friend and spending a good hour there.
I've always called it "Grand Central Station," but technically it's a terminal because trains both originate and terminate here. The Metro North Railroad operates from here and trains connect NYC to the northern suburbs and Connecticut.
You can also catch the subway from here.
The Metro North is an express train that has 3 lines. They take you to Harlem, then various points in the Bronx like Botanical/Gardens-Bronx Zoo, then upstate to Rye Playland. The weekend fare from Manhattan to the Bronx has just been reduced to 2.50.
I had a friend that lived in Poughkeepsie, NY for a while and we took the train in from there to Grand Central Station for mere dollars. It was nice to see, because you could see the sprawl of New York City suddenly grow as you approach the station. You go through the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. The age of the city and that urbanesque feel really hits you. This is the only town I've ever been in outside of Europe that reminds me of Europe by means of its train system.
I found getting around in NY fast and easy with the 1-Day Fun Pass
Cost: $7, reduced fare not available
unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 a.m. the following day. Sold at MetroCard Vending Machines
Esp. between E Broadway, Canal St, and Centre St, Manhattan
Subway Services: J, M, Z, N, R, 6 to Canal St; B, D, Q to Grand St; F to East Broadway
Bus Services: M9, M15, M22, M103, B39, B51
14 St to Houston St east and west of Washington Sq, Manhattan
Subway Services: A, C, E, F, S, V to W4 St; 1, 2 to Christopher St; N, R to 8 St; 6 to Astor Pl
Bus Services: M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11, M14, M21, M101, M102, M103
North of 110 St, Manhattan, Manhattan
Subway Services: A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to 125 St
Bus Services: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M10, M11, M18, M60, M100, M101, M102, M103, M104, M116, Bx6, Bx15, Bx19, Bx33
Esp. along Mulberry St, btwn Broome and Canal Sts, Manhattan
Subway Services: J, M, Z, N, R, 6 to Canal St; B, D, Q to Grand St
Bus Services: M1, M103, B39, B51
Between Houston and Canal Sts, Lafayette St and Av of Americas, Manhattan
This trendy historic district is the greatest concentration of cast-iron architecture in the U.S. and vibrant home to art galleries, restaurants and shops.
Subway Services: F, S, V to Broadway-Lafayette; 6, C, E to Spring St; N, R to Prince St
Bus Services: M1, M5, M6, M10, M21, M103
Grand Central Terminal (GCT) is indeed very grand! It, and nearby Penn Station, are the main access points for all trains to/from NYC.
GCT offers a host of shops, restaurants, and other services. A wonderful place to visit, even if you're not taking a train!
Train to 34th Street/Penn Station, Grand Central, or 125th St. Terminal. Three great airports!!
Definately the subway. If you lived here like me, you'd get used to it. DON'T GET ON THE WRONG LINE!! IT CAN BE DANGEROUS!!
The photo is taken in the Central Station, one of the center of train & metro. Beautiful there...:)
Well, I'm sure everyone before visited NYC, must imaginedthe traffic here...mmm...That's true.:) The best way getting around here would be Metro, but please do HOMEWORK on it or better have some native New Yorker take you around. The Metro is SO complicated, so many lines, so many different kinds of trains....Even the native will get confused sometimes....:P
Build in 1903 - 1913 situated in East 42nd Street at Park Avenue
Known as one of the grandest Railway Stations in the world
Exceptional Beaux-Arts design...
This reminded me again of Europe, it is a beatiful station. I wish I had more time to take pictures, but we had to run to the city as I only had 2 days in NYC.