MTA Metro-North Railroad, which operates the Terminal, has teamed up with Orpheo USA, one of the world’s most experienced producers of audio tours, to give tourists, travelers and locals alike a history of the Terminal filled with interesting details and insights.
Orpheo’s state-of-the-art audio device and headset comes with a map of the terminal for just $9 per adult and $7 discounted (seniors, military, students, kids).
Group rates are available by contacting: 917-566-0008 or by email: email@example.com
The audio tour is also available seven days a week (closed only on Thanksgiving day and Christmas day) at specially marked “GCT Tour” windows on the Main Concourse, hours are 9am to 6pm, but may be extended during the holidays.
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. Visitors will not see Grand Central with the same eyes after taking the tour.
Listeners can take the “local” or “express” tour. And if visitors are interested in more in-depth information, there are options for additional material at the push of a button. The self-guided tour can last as little as 30 minutes to just over an hour.
The tour is available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and German. Below, you can listen to a sample of the tour for English speakers.
The tour lasts 75 minutes and departs each day at 12:30 pm. The cost is $25 for adults or $20 for seniors (65+), students with valid ID, children under 10 years old, military, and MAS Members with valid ID. Group rates for 10 or more people, and private tours are also available. Call 212-464-8255 for more information.
Get tickets to the docent-led tour, or visit the ticket window marked “GCT Tours” located in the Main Concourse. (Space is limited.)
GET THE APP
The audio tour is also conveniently available as an app on iPhone and Android devices for $4.99. Visitors have access to all the same great features as the headset tour at the touch of their fingers. Like the headset tour, the app is available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and German.
The New York Pass
Looking for access to over 80 NYC attractions at one great price? With The New York Pass, you’ll have access to as many attractions as you wish—including the Grand Central Audio Tour—and you can redeem exclusive discounts. Each pass comes with a unique 200 page guidebook which provides all the information needed to ensure you are getting the most out of your time in New York.
You can choose a 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10 day pass. The New York Pass starts at $109 for adults and $89 for kids aged 4-12.