For the first time in its history, Grand Central Terminal has teamed up with the MTA Metro-North railroad to give self-guided audio tours of the building for anyone who is interested in the history of Grand Central Terminal
“Metro-North has seized the opportunity to offer an entertaining, official and inexpensive tour, while creating a new stream of revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,” said MTA Chairman Jay Walder. “We expect it to be a hit.”
The tour, which will be given in English, Spanish, and French, will focus on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, along with little known secrets, archival material, and anecdotes about Grand Central. The tour also features an introduction by Mayor Bloomberg.
“The demand for this service is obvious to anyone who uses the terminal regularly,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “Group tours of the Terminal are wildly popular and we often see huge groups of people huddled around a guide, struggling to hear.”
Listeners can choose to take the “local” or the “express” tour, and it can range from 30 minutes to over an hour.
The tour will cost $5 for adults, with discounts for seniors and the disabled at $4 and students at $3. Children under 12 will pay $1.