Central Terminal is very alive at all times. Grand Central Terminal is the hub for all Metro-North Services as well as providing subway, bus and airport bus services.
There are lots of shops inside there too, including the discovery channel shop :) and a fresh food market. Naturally, there is also starbucks!
We didn’t really go there to take any train (bus was the winner, read my previous tip), we went just because we’ve read that it’s an architectural masterpiece that was built in the beginning of 20th century (1913).
It’s a huge station that was reburbished in 1999, actually it is one of the greandest railway stations in the world but I think most of the people use Penn station (Amtrak train stop at Penn only) to take trains but from Grand Central you can catch the Metro North(for Hudson, Harlem, New Haven etc) or some subway lines (S,4,5,6,7).
We spend some time in the station, checking the gorgeous ceiling but I forgot to take a picture of it!! So, the other pics I have are from what we did after inside there and that was to visit the market of Central Terminal (pic 2) where we bought tasy fresh bread some great cheeses.
If you plan to use Metro North Railway use the MNR machines at the station because on the train you will pay more.
Address:89 East 42nd at Park Av, New York, NY 10017
Grand Central Terminal is home to MTA's Metro North and is a subway hub, serving commuters both to and from the northern suburbs. (If you want to go to New Jersey, you have to go to Penn Station.) For information on specific stops, go to the round information booth in the middle of GCT, or ask one of the ticket booth attendants in the main lobby. Be aware that there is a hefty surcharge for buying your tickets onboard the train, so either use the machines or stand in line in the lobby to get your tickets beforehand. Discounts are available, including for seniors and the disabled, children, and multiple ride tickets (can be combined for more than one person per trip - ie buy a discounted 10-trip and the conductor will punch one trip for each person in your party).
Metro North trains all stop at 125th Street in Harlem, but from there, they diverge into three separate lines, so be sure you're on the correct train. The scenic Hudson line follows the Hudson River north along the western edge of Westchester, ending in Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County. The Harlem line goes straight up through Westchester, into Putnam County (ending at Southeast station, formerly Brewster North). The New Haven line goes through the eastern side of Westchester into Connecticut, all the way to New Haven.
Grand Central Station is beautiful. Its nice to see its classical style preserved, unlike Penn Station.
The Metro North runs to Grand Central Station from the suburbs north of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. There are also a number of subway lines that are avaiable from the station.
The immense size of Grand Central also means that it is home to numerous shops that sell everything from donuts to coffee to printer cartridges.
Grand Central is a good place to start a trip to the Catskill Valley or to Connecticut. Make sure to check timetables, there are employees of the Metro North who are willing to help all over the main area of the station.
There is some talk of moving the LIRR to Grand Central in a few years, but I dont know if this is really going to happen.
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.
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
WELL, IF YOUR IN A RUSH TO GET TO MIDTOWN - MANHATTAN, YES, YOU CAN TAKE THE BUS WHICH DROPS YOU RIGHT ON 42ND STREET WHICH IS CALLED GRAND CENTRAL STATION. THE COST OF ONE WAY FROM JFK TO GRAND CENTRAL STATION IS $15.00. THEN IF YOU HAVE THE TIME TO SPARE AND WANT TO SAVE FEW BUCKS, LIKE $10.00, THEN YOU CAN TAKE THE AIR TRAIN AND HOPEFULLY YOUR LUGGAGE IS'NT TOO HEAVY, AS WHEN YOU GET TO SUPHIN BLVD. YOU WILL NEED TO DRAG YOUR LUGGAGES / LUGGAGE INTO THE METRO "E" TRAIN WHICH TAKES YOU DIRECTLY TO MIDTOWN (EXACTLY WHERE IN MIDTOWN IT WOULD BE THE EAST SIDE. NOW IF YOU WISH TO GO WEST MIDTOWN THEN YOU WILL NEED TO EITHER GET OFF ON LEXINGTON AVENUE OR 51 STREET. AND SHIFT TO A CROSSTOWN BUS TO GET TO THE WEST SIDE. LET'S JUST SIMPLIFY IT'S EAST SIDE MIDTOWN, FROM 51ST STREET AND LEXINGTON YOU CAN GET OFF (WHICH IS THE CITICORP BLDG. NOW IF YOU WISH TO SAVE A BIT MORE MONEY. YOU CAN EASILY SPEND ONLY $2.25 (BE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH COINS FOR THE BUS) GO TO TERMINAL 4. TAKE THE Q3 AND TELL THE DRIVER YOU WISH TO TAKE THE F TRAIN AS YOU NEED TO GET TO MIDTOWN. TELL THE BUS DRIVER IF IT IS THE EAST OR THE WEST SIDE, AS THE F TRAIN FIRST STOPS ON 66TH EAST SIDE THEN IT WOULD SHIFT TO 59 STREET AND COLUMBUS AVENUE WHICH IS THE WEST SIDE....(A HANDY TIP: ONCE YOU HAVE SETTLED IN AT YOUR ACCOMMODATION, BEST TO PURCHASE A WEEK METRO TICKET, AS IT IS THE UNLIMITED BUS/AND METRO OR SUBWAY...HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY AND SAFE HOLIDAY IN THE BIG APPLE. I HOPE I WAS ABLE TO HELP AND WELCOME TO THE BIG APPLE.
Grand Central Station isn't just a train station. It is an architectural masterpiece. You can catch the Metro North to parts of Upstate New York and Connecticut( Harlem, Hudson, New Haven line) . Also you can catch the subways as well (4,5,6,7).
Please show up at the station with enough time to buy your tickets and get on the train. The trains do leave on time.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
Grand Central Station is a very historical train station, not too far from 5th avenue. It's huge and absolutely gorgeous, if you can take the train in here then definitely do.