Official Grand Central Terminal Tour

Highlights

  • Uncover Grand Central Terminal on this exclusive tour.

  • Explore lesser known areas with an expert guide.

  • All major sites are included on this official tour.

  • Gain insight into one of the world’s major transit points.

  • Get a peek at the Grand Central Market, a true foodie haven.

Summary

Discover Grand Central Terminal on the only official tour. See what makes this New York icon tick on an exclusive journey exploring the known and unknown treasures Grand Central Terminal has to offer. 

Tour info

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
20
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
$35.00
Child: (2-14 years)
$30.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
$0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Tour Information Booth, Grand Central Terminal

Dropoff location

Transit Museum, Grand Central Terminal

Why take this tour?

Join the only official tour of Grand Central Terminal. A bustling and historic hub of life in New York, Grand Central Terminal holds uncounted stories within its iconic halls. With an expert guide to lead you, this is an exclusive opportunity to see what makes the world's most famous train terminal tick. Hear the tale of Grand Centrals founding, discover hidden treasures, and get a new appreciation for it’s almost magical scale.   

You’ll begin your tour in the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Here, you’ll meet your guide and a small group of no more than 20 fellow visitors. Hear about Cornelius Vanderbilt, the railroad tycoon behind the ingenious design of Grand Central, and how it took three versions and a mixture of tragedy and innovation to bring about its final design. Many years later, you’re walking under the main concourse’s beautiful beaux-art style soaring arches that have become a cultural touchstone, and a path tread by a number of Hollywood heroes and villains. 
 
Afterwards, you’ll step into Vanderbilt Hall. Years of neglect and disrepair motivated New Yorkers to restore Grand Central to its former splendor. See the famous Tiffany Clock outside in Pershing Square as well as a statue built to honor Vanderbilt’s memory. Next, walk the ramp down past the Oyster Bar – Grand Central’s first restaurant, with a diverse menu reflecting the cultural identity of New York. 
 
You’ll continue uncovering a side of Grand Central most visitors never experience as the tour continues. Lay your eyes on one of the largest lost and found departments not only of any railway terminal but anywhere in the world! You’ll come out on the lively Lexington Avenue where you’ll have a perfect view  - and photo op - of the majestic Chrysler Building. Going back inside, Grand Central Market awaits, boasting over 160 seafood varieties and 400 types of cheeses, meaning you’ll be spoiled for choice.  
 

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off

  • Gratuities

Things to know

Before you book

  • Masks are required to be worn inside Grand Central Terminal. Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to New York government guidelines for the most up to date information

Before you go

  • This tour is conducted in English only.

  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.

  • Please allow plenty of time to arrive for your tour. Transportation in NYC whether by taxi, car, or subway is notoriously slow and can often be unreliable

  • Masks are required to be worn inside Grand Central Terminal. Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to New York government guidelines for the most up to date information

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point ready for your tour - prior to arrival use the bathroom and ensure you have eaten.

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no-shows are non-refundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted.


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.