New York City

NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour

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Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Millions of travelers pass through Grand Central Terminal, but most never discover the secrets of this Manhattan showpiece. This tour lifts the lid: spotlighting the origins and evolution of the beaux arts train station from its heyday to disrepair and restoration. Spot detail and design quirks; and hear stories of its past that will give you a deeper understanding of the building than you could get alone.
  • Discover the secrets of Grand Central Terminal on a small-group walking tour
  • Learn about detail and design features not obvious to untrained eyes
  • Uncover surprising gems and historical tales you may not experience otherwise
  • Enjoy a tour capped at 15 that's ideal for history and architecture buffs

What's Included

  • Guided walking tour led by a local New Yorker
  • Ear pieces provided to each guests, ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly, even from a distance
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Grand Central Terminal
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

    The tour starts in front of Track 29, inside Grand Central Terminal's main concourse. Your guide will be holding an "Untapped New York" sign.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Grand Central Terminal

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Midtown (Pass By)

MetLife Building (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Campbell Apartment

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Grand Central Market (Pass By)

Graybar Electric Building (Graybar Rats) (Pass By)

New York City

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Manhattan Skyline (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour is in English
  • The tour starts in front of Track 29, inside Grand Central Terminal's main concourse. Your guide will be holding an "Untapped New York" sign.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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979 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Memorable tour
Mike_R, Apr 2024
Tour guide Johnathan’s knowledge of Grand Central Station and his engaging approach made this a very memorable tour. Great job, Jonathan.
Very interesting Behind the Scenes Tour of Grand Central
DisViatorAccount, Apr 2024
Our guide was very knowledgable about the history and books and crannies of Grand Central Station. He gave us ear pieces so we could hear him throughout. We went a little over the 90 minutes but it was worth it- jam packed with information and interesting tid bits. We went all through the station - up and down.
Very good
Sharie_W, Apr 2024
Interesting historical information and the guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and humorous. We brought friends who had never been to NYC and it was a highlight of the trip for them.
Educational and cultural definitely recommending this to friends
John_P, Apr 2024
It was great to learn about the history behind GCT and our tour guide Laura was excellent!!! I want to take other tours that you have available.
Book the tour!
Melissa_D, Apr 2024
Wonderful guide and entire experience:) Learning about Grand Central Terminal was informative & magical and helped me remember why I love NYC so much!
Get to know one of the great buildings in NYC
Jerry_D, Apr 2024
I have visited GST many times on my own but taking this fun informative tour enriched my visits past and future
Enthusiastic knowledgeable Guide
Patty_Q, Apr 2024
interesting tour, so much history. I like the way we were never stuck in the crowds of people. Very knowledgeable guide who obviously had a great interest which translated to a fantastic tour. I would highly recommend it’s definitely something different, you will learn new things along with the beautiful sights.
Fantastic tour!
Olivia_S, Mar 2024
We loved our tour guide Louis! He was charming and super knowledgeable. I’m a New Yorker of 13 years and I learned a lot of new secrets about the city and grand central. Would absolutely recommend to friends and family members! Especially with Louis!
Not what we expected
Larry_T, Mar 2024
Not what we expected. Barely saw and "secret " areas that aren't seen by everyone and anyone. Not exciting. We left tour before it ended.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Larry, thank you for leaving this frank review of your experience. And thank you for reaching out this weekend over Viator as well. The refund for your experience was processed as we offered and promised. We apologize you didn't enjoy the experience and as you can read for the hundreds of five-star reviews of our Grand Central Tour, we are don't hear this often. Perhaps you missed some of the areas the public doesn't normally visit before you left the tour as I know the ending had a few surprises. Thank you and be well!
Grand Central Terminal Tour Worthwhile
scott_l, Mar 2024
John was a great guide, constellation story, tennis courts, knowledge of the history with before and after photos--all made our tour memorable.
Insider View
BarbaraG_P, Mar 2024
Excellent tour with an excellent guide, Alexis. History, architecture, the story of the beautiful painted ceiling and the tennis court were totally entertaining .
A must do experience
Elizabeth_P, Mar 2024
Richard was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and obviously loves what he does. So fascinating!!! We will recommend him and this your to friends.
Everything you wanted to know about Grand Central Station and more!
Thomas_D, Mar 2024
Our host and tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on the beginnings and history of this amazing architectural building. Lots of interesting facts, and is a great storyteller of Grand Central Station. Terrific experience!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thomas thank you so much. Glad we were able to provide you with an amazing experience at Grand Central! Be well!
Great 90 minutes
Diane_K, Mar 2024
What a great way to spend an hour and a half. Got lots of insight into this old iconic building and I consider myself a local and I didn't even know them. Our tour guide was very well versed courteous and did a great job. I would definitely recommend this.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much Diane! We always appreciate the recommendation and would also be appreciative if you would let us know how this could be a five star experience for you. Take good care!
Things you never knew about Grand Central Station
Dorothy_B, Mar 2024
There are so many great stories about Grand Central Station that you would never know! This tour was terrific and the tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. He also made it fun. I would highly recommend this tour
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much Dorothy! We are always so appreciative of the recommendation of our tours to others and are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us. Be well!
Wonderful tour
AnnaRuth_B, Mar 2024
Our tour guide was superior. He had interesting information and could deliver it in a fun and clear way. I honestly don’t know how he could have done a better job.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We thank you for such a high compliment for our guide. We two think they are superior and we’re glad you thought so too. Thank you so much for leaving this review. Be well!
Great tour
Joanna_M, Mar 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was fantastic. We learned a lot and had a great time! We had no idea how much Grand Central had to offer! We learned a lot about the Vanderbilt family as well as the building itself. It was minimal walking and we used elevators and escalators which was helpful for some members of our group. Most of the tour was inside—so good for a “not great weather” day too.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you Joanna we appreciate the review and glad that you found the tour fantastic. The tour really is perfect for a rainy or snowy day. It’s always quite beautiful inside Grand Central Terminal. Be well!
excellent tour
Phil_S, Mar 2024
excellent quality of information given by tour quide. very knowledgeable, friendly and much interesting historical background
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much Phil! We appreciate the review and would love to know how we could make it a five star experience for you next. Please let us know at
Highly recommend tour. Sooooo interesting.
Sam_S, Mar 2024
Guide, who was a retired teacher, was extremely knowledgeable and provided tremendous insight. I forget his name, but he was outstanding. Loved the ear pieces that allowed everyone to hear the guide.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Hi Sam, I'm almost positive you mean Richard. Thank you for joining us and I'll be sure to let Richard know you enjoyed the tour. Take good care!
Fun tour!
sberman23, Mar 2024
Fun tour! Alexis was a great guide and learned some interesting things about the terminal. I would recommend VIATOR adding additional information in the “location” of the tour. Like track 29, under the flag, information clock. Something!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for the review and the suggestion. We actually looked into it and we discovered that if you booked through TripAdvisor they hide the Track 29 information under a dropdown menu. We do include it in our confirmation and reminder emails as well. We will work with TA to try and make it more obvious. My thanks and take good care!

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