New York Penn Station

New York Penn Station (NYP)

Train Station
Chelsea, New York
  • Jamay L.
    "The big Amtrak Departures sign is a great meeting spot."(106 Tips)
    Michelle K.
    "The best bagels in the morning are at zaro's near NJ transit"(60 Tips)
    Tinkerella66 T.
    "Acela lounge"(24 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "Very efficient (most of the time) in spite of how crowded it gets."(23 Tips)
1,533 Tips and reviews
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  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 9, 2016
    If you're new here and want an actual seat on your train, please understand that you must prepare to run (or at least walk like hell) at the exact moment that its track number comes up on the board.
    Upvoted Feb 18
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Did you know that leashed dogs are allowed in the station? You can take Fido on your next trip out East or to the Shore, but he must be in a crate when you board the train.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The food court on ticket level is actually quite nice. Lot's of choices at what New Yorkers call resonable prices...the rest of s call it expensive. Two Deli's here that are the real deal
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanMay 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    NY Penn Station famously does not announce tracks until minutes before departure. Skip frantic chaos by requesting redcap service. Redcap will seat you 10 minutes before track is publicly announced!
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie ClarkJuly 4, 2013
    Red Caps are awesome!!! Get on the train first and they load your bags. Even one full from a month away from home. Great, free service, but please remember to tip!
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RothbellFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    It's the only place I've been verbally assaulted multiple times for being in an interracial relationship. They throw salt in the wound by displaying pictures of the old, beautiful Penn Station.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyApril 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    PRO TIP: Waiting for Amtrak and hoping to get a window seat? Don't stare at the board like a zombie. Make nice with the info booth person. They'll tip you off of the track ahead of time.
  • emiliano c.
    emiliano calosJanuary 13, 2015
    They offer FREE wifi ! , if you are taking Amtrak thill will be your hub. They have fast food, pharmacies and security 24/7. Be aware some shady characters do hang around the lobby at night.
  • Eddie
    EddieApril 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Though most of the time it's quite busy, overall a easy way to commute to different places all over, which is a good thing. Most trains (LIRR) are on time and plenty of cops and national guard 2 help.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Hire a redcap in the Acela Lounge. For a $10 tip, you board 15 minutes before everyone else and get the best seat and luggage area in the quiet car.
  • Edward D.
    Edward DelfinoOctober 10, 2015
    I really like this place! There are so many food and drink options and its located near the heart of Manhattan. Public restrooms are pretty clean, all things considered.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GiaquintoDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're really polite and the employee is cool, you might get a heads up at the LIRR info window of your train's track assignment before it goes on the big board. Beat the crowd and snag a good seat
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluApril 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    As one of New York's major train stations, this place needs to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. It is one ugly train station, but our only public transportation option for commuting to Jersey.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TalendaJanuary 5, 2012
    If you stay here for any period overnight, like we did, make sure your in a chair. The Amtrak police come around at about 5:30 and tell everyone to get up off the floor, and its a mad dash to a seat.
  • Metropolis magazine
    Metropolis magazineApril 10, 2012
    Designed by McKim, Mead, and White in 1910. The original Penn Station was an outstanding masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style and one of the architectural jewels of NYC.
  • Metropolis M.
    Metropolis MagazineMarch 25, 2012
    Designed by McKim, Mead, and White in 1910. The original Penn Station was an outstanding masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style and one of the architectural jewels of NYC.
  • Chelsea G.
    Chelsea GarberMarch 10, 2013
    If your here early and the weather is fine sit outside across the street on the post office steps. You won't be able to board your train until ten minutes before departure anyway.
  • Becka S.
    Becka SimonJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There was once a study done to figure out the dirtiest places in NYC... Ended up the rubber handrails on the escalators in Penn are the dirtiest objects in all of NYC! Porous and touched by millions!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GormanDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    For Amtrak: take the escalators under the main departure board to the downstairs area. There's screens there and easy access to the tracks so you can avoid the 'Penn Station Shuffle'
  • NYC Pride
    NYC PrideNovember 29, 2011
    A proud sponsor of New York City Pride, Amtrak offers comfortable, convenient travel at an affordable price. Plenty of leg room and power outlets in every row. A great way to get where you're going!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoeftApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Taste D-Lite as self-serve -- my first time seeing that. At the Planet Smoothie across from LIRR ticketing & waiting area. Mix 'em up from among 6-8 flavors and toppings.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WhiteFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    For those new to NYC, when doors open "in" to a building, they are IN doors, those that open "out" are OUT doors. Here Endeth the lesson. Please choose responsibly.
  • Craige M.
    Craige MooreMarch 30, 2010
    Nowhere else in the world (except maybe Popcorn Land?) can you find so many different popcorn vendors to choose from. The best ones are lower level, the long, white bags (not Zarro's and not the movie
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    When your Amtrak train is departing, you can avoid the line by sneaking down to the LIRR mezz (use the center stairwells) and going down to your track from there. Viola! No line, choice of seats!
  • Mikey D.
    Mikey DunnDecember 6, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    NJT Tips to save a life: use Departure Vision on your phone to see if your track's announced, use the Amtrak 8th Ave side if it's crazy busy, and if there are delays: PATH it to Hoboken, don't wait.
  • transiTALK Transportation Media Group
    Cross roads of 3 modes of transportation (Subway, Commuter Rail & Bus) and 3 separate transportation entities, NY-Penn is an underground city in itself that is not to be ignored. Check it out!
  • dancingqueen f.
    Irish Pub across the street is great way to kill time waiting for bus/train; always find most interesting local ppl-watching fm corner of bar, and you dont get harrassed while charging your ph.
  • Scott N.
    Scott NeubergerAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk toward A/C/E subway trains & go to the area directly in front of the Starbucks. They have ac vents in the front part of the hall, good to cool off with when its hotter than hell in Penn.
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie SikesSeptember 29, 2014
    8th Street entrance gets your right where you need to be. If you need souvenirs, go to the store in the middle the middle with the green sign that says New York.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    After a bad day you can cheer yourself up by yelling "tickets" as you enter each train car on your way to the bathroom. You'll get to see a lot of tickets. And a lot of annoyed people.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJune 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The paper your ticket is printed on is made from a mash of half eaten soft pretzels left between the seats on the train
  • Alexander R.
    Alexander ReaJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're taking Amtrak head downstairs from the big board and wait there for your track to be called. From there you can go straight to the track and avoid the elevator line upstairs.
  • City Food Tours
    City Food ToursMarch 20, 2012
    Whether u r a local, commuter, or visitor there's plenty 2 do in the Big Apple! Consider City Food Tours 4 a fun & filling way 2 explore. If ur stuck in the station, check out Tracks 4 food & drinks!
  • Shannan L.
    Shannan LiebOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There seems to be two of everything, so finding a unique meeting place is difficult. Krispy Kreme can work well though-there is only one and it's near the middle of the building.
  • jeffstyle ..
    jeffstyle .comApril 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're on the port washington drunk train (3:19), the craziness can be avoided most nights - walk 3-4 cars past the first cars with open doors. It's worth it.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DJanuary 20
    Been here 25+ times
    Amtrak? Go down the stairs in the center of the waiting area and there are status screens and a shortcut down to the trains. No need to wait in the mob to have your ticket checked.
    Upvoted Feb 18
  • Collectivus
    CollectivusSeptember 2, 2011
    Penn Station may be under-appreciated as a New York people-watching spot. Among the hustle and bustle and the masses worshipping the all-mighty Departure Board, there's a lot of humanity to take in.
  • Luna Park C.
    Historic Coney Island is less than an hour away by subway! Visit Luna Park and the Scream Zone, ride the world-famous Cyclone or grab something at the cafe while you watch the kids play.
  • Katie T.
    Katie TuohyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Really not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It gets the job done even if the whole place does smell a little weird...but that's a classic part of the New York experience!
  • David H.
    David HowlandAugust 28, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Everyone complains about Penn but once you learn where everything is it works pretty well. No great food options except for multiple Dunkin Donuts.
  • James L.
    James LaurentiDecember 24, 2011
    Taking the NJ Transit? Don't wait for your train in the main lobby area. Go to the lower level. Great way to avoid the crowd and get on the train and settled sooner.
  • Fred G.
    Fred GeigerSeptember 15, 2013
    Don't walk without a purpose here! You will get trampled! On the train the 2 seaters are really one seat so don't try to sit 2.Also the 3 seats are really 2. It's bad form to try to sit in the middle
  • Far C.
    Far CarDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a magazine, book, ipad, kindle or any form of entertainment. Buy your tickets ahead of time. $5 surcharge when purchased on-board. Children are free on weekends!
  • 👑 H.
    👑 HakimMay 12, 2011
    If your not having a blast w/ #NYC's variety of douchebags and angry cab drivers, Visiting the Penn Station Crackhead Museum won't be better for you. (don't feed the animals)
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CAugust 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If traveling via Amtrak, leave the waiting area 20 minutes before your scheduled departure and wait with the crowds in view of the large board. There will be a mad dash to the gate when announced!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The escalators here are actually a ride, for entertainment. To enjoy, spread yourself out across the width of a step and up across two steps. Then stand there the entire ride up and down. Repeat.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    That cool, calm, slightly husky woman's voice you hear announcing destinations belongs to Sheila Herriott, and she's been doing that since 1983:
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca StewartJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    I love this place! I love all the food joints and all the stores that are down here. Its absolutely amazing. We need more places like it.
  • Dale P.
    Dale Poserow-CowanAugust 9, 2012
    Make sure if your traveling and not commuting you get here early so theres no worry about moving fast and you can just take your time. Sit down, grab a bagel and coffee and people watch.
  • Gunnar A.
    Gunnar AasenMarch 1, 2015
    Taking Amtrak? The old TV screens on the lower floor next to the track entrances show the departure gates slightly earlier than the big board upstairs.
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