Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour

Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City’s most amazing historical attractions. Even though it can be quite touristy, we always find a way to tweak it into a behind the scenes experience for you! Book your spot at our Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour!


BTSNYC Experiences On Going Grand Central Terminal Secret Tour

If you’ve never been to New York, or if you’ve been here countless times, the city can be quite overwhelming with things to do and places to go!

Even though we are always covering the best hidden spots, events and upcoming brands, there are quite a few historical places that will never negate! The city is overflowing with history and our efforts in keeping it live are tireless and endless!

One of the most magnificent and monumental attractions is our beloved Grand Central Terminal! We always get lost in thoughts and emotions when we walk through it.

We definitely experience a timeless affair with it!

The story behind this grandiose landmark is more than amusing, but let’s starts with saying it’s name correctly, ok?

People have the habit of calling it “Grand Central Station”. But, the correct name is “Grand Central Terminal”! Why? Because a terminal is where train lines “terminate”. It’s the start and ending point for trains, hence, it’s a Terminal, not a Station. So, let’s start saying the name right!


In the past, the Grand Central Terminal was seen as an embarrassment to the city of New York, and you can’t even imagine why!

This behind the scenes Grand Central Terminal tour will take you through the common areas. In addition, it will also give you so much rich, unpublished and private information of things people don’t quite notice while rushing by!

But wait, we want to tell you more! You’ll also finally be told where the 4 Whispering Arches are, if you haven’t found it yet.

Want something ultra top secret!? Ask about the M42, a secret sub-basement. Why it’s completely blocked by security and why its exact location is so closely guarded! The story is thrilling!

During the 2nd World War, even Hitler tried infiltration spies to gain access to destroy it, but was thankfully unsuccessful. It does not even show in the Terminal’s blueprints and maps, due to is secrecy.

So, expect not only to see many of the traditional spots – with secret information, but also experience some quite unique places within the building!


  • Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways;
  • Locate its lost armchairs;
  • Learn about Grand Central Terminal’s backwards ceiling;
  • See its hidden tennis courts;
  • Learn many more of its secrets!

Price: $39 / person
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes.
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes. Please note that due to enhanced security measures, Grand Central no longer allows access to places like the M-42 basement, FDR train car or glass walkways to non Metro-North or MTA employees.
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!


To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoy this type of tour, be sure to check what the Underground New York Subway Tour is all about! Plus, for the music lovers, explore these secret music gigs that happen around town!

Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on Jun/2023.*

10 thoughts on “Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour

    • BTSNYC says:

      Hello Jeff! So, tripods need a permit. You can apply for one, but even if you get it, we need to keep the tour moving along, so it’s not ideal to do that during the tour. Hope you understand! Thank you!

      • Jeff Martin says:

        Hello Again!
        What is the average number of people in the tour? Is there a slow time of year with less people in the tour?


        • BTSNYC says:

          Hi, the max number is 10 per tour. It’s hard to say about slow times, since some months are supposed to be slow, then suddenly we just have lost of requests! 🙂

    • BTSNYC says:

      Hello Jim!
      There are a few steps here and there on the route of the GCT Tour, but if the person can take a few steps then that’s fine.
      The Tennis court has an elevator to take you down, that fits a wheelchair, so they’ll be fine. The guide will be able to point out where the elevator is and you can meet the group down there.
      If you decide to go, you can book online, but just let us know, so we can give a head up to the guide ok?
      It’s a great tour!
      Thank you!

    • BTSNYC says:

      Hi Denise! Yes! The group passes by Campbell, learns about it’s story and curiosities, but does not go in during the tour. You can definitely go back after for food and drinks though…! We truly love this tour. Grand Central Terminal never gets old, I guess! 🙂

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