Docent guide with attendees of the official Grand Central Tour in Grand Central Station

JOIN THE GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL OFFICIAL GUIDED TOUR

In 2013 to celebrate the terminal’s centennial, MTA Metro-North Railroad teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the terminal. The 75-minute tour is led by MAS-trained docents and highlights the history, architecture and operations of one of the world’s biggest train terminals.

Prices

  • Standard rate
    $30
    Adults
  • Reduced rate
    $20
    Seniors, students, children under 10, members of the military, Metro-North riders bearing same-day ticket stubs, and MAS Members

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Meeting point

The tour begins in front of the entrance to Track 29 in the Main Concourse.

Can’t make the 12:30 tour?

Try the self guided audio tour or download the app and do the tour on your own in the evening.

Grand Central self guided audio tour Orpheo mikroWe supply audio devices, headphones and maps. All key accessible areas of the Terminal are visited including the astronomical ceiling, the whispering gallery and more. No time reservations needed…just walk in with your paid ticket and start the tour. Enjoy coffee or a fine meal with our supplied discounts before or after your tour experience!

Adults 18-62 $12         Students 6-17 $11         Children 2-5 , Seniors 62+ $10

Mobile app

grand central tour mobile app - 76x150Discover Grand Central Terminal with its new official self-guided audio tour. The tour focuses not only on the architectural highlights of the Terminal but provides a real story about little known secrets, anecdotes, archival material and the history of the Terminal, with a capital H.

Meet the Docents

The docent guides are people from all walks of life with one thing in common: a passion for their city and especially Grand Central Terminal. They share their enthusiasm and the hidden secrets of the station with curious visitors wishing to do more than just pass through.

Robert Depczenski

Robert Depczenski

Former college professor

As a former college professor, leading Grand Central tours is a natural extension of Robert’s passion for teaching. While living in NYC, he has observed firsthand the accomplishments of MAS and its commitment to elevating the... read more

Emily Nonko

Emily Nonko

Writer and editor

is originally from Colorado and came to New York to study journalism. She is now a writer and editor specializing in New York City news, real estate and architecture. She loves sharing the stories of Grand Central, especially... read more

Jerry Bruno

Jerry Bruno

Member of the Municipal Art Society

Originally from Miramar, Florida, Jerry moved to New York City and fell in love with its built environment. His enthusiasm for architectural design, historical preservation... read more

Bridget Gramling

Bridget Gramling

District coordinator for Open House NY

Bridget moved to NYC in 2010 from Kansas City, MO. A former dean of admission, she has been giving tours since she was 19, first of college campuses, now of New York landmarks, includ... read more

Curtis B. Wayne

Curtis B. Wayne

Architect

studied architecture and urban planning at the Cooper Union, in New York City, and has been active in the City’s cultural life as a practicing architect for over 35 years. His approach to GCT tours highlights the delightful blend of... read more

Discover more docents profiles on the Docent Bios page.

Tour Highlights

The East Staircase

The Celestial Ceiling

The Grand Central Terminal Clock

Since 2013

31 520

Visitors

2987

Tours attended

35

Passionate
docent guides

Frequently asked questions

When is the public tour offered?

The public tour is offered at 12:30 PM every day of the week. MAS’s daily public tour is offered in English.

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available online at www.grandcentralterminal.com/toursor in person at the Grand Central Terminal at the ticket window marked “GCT Tours” in the Main Concourse. There are a limited number sold each day and tickets will not be sold after 12:25 PM.

How late can I buy my ticket online?

Online ticket sales end at 10am the day of the tour. If purchasing your ticket between 10am – 12:25pm the day of the tour, please make your purchases at the ticket window marked “GCT Tours” in the Main Concourse.

How much does the tour cost?

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for seniors, students, children under 10, members of the military, Metro-North riders bearing same-day ticket stubs, and MAS Members.

Are there group rates?

Yes, please call 212-464-8255 for group info.

How long does the tour last?

The tour lasts 75 minutes.

Where does the tour begin?

The tour begins in front of the entrance to Track 29 in the Main Concourse.

What will we see on the tour?

This tour covers all of the publicly accessible areas of the terminal and also travels outside to discuss the building’s exterior and its context within the neighborhood. Each docent designs their own tour and no tour is exactly the same. However, each docent does include information on the Main Concourse, the Lower Concourse, Vanderbilt Hall, the Campbell Apartment, the Whispering Gallery and Terminal City.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the terminal has elevators to use if necessary during the tour. While there are many ramps throughout the terminal, they are not ADA compliant.

Read more Frequently Asked Questions ont the FAQ page.

OTG Orpheo audioguide Wireless radio systems for groups

All our tours are operated with Orpheo Wireless radio systems for groups