New York Penn Station

New York Penn Station

Train Station
Hell's Kitchen, New York
  • Omar a.
    "You should always use amtrak express trains | Wireless + faster!"(102 Tips)
    Michelle K.
    "The best bagels in the morning are at zaro's near NJ transit"(61 Tips)
    Tinkerella66 T.
    "Acela lounge"(24 Tips)
    Christy C.
    "For how annoyingly crowded it os, Penn Station is very efficient."(22 Tips)
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  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenAugust 25, 2014
    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
  • 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.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanMay 20, 2015
    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!
    Upvoted Jun 19
  • Eddie
    EddieApril 17, 2015
    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.
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis B2 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Becka S.
    Becka SimonJuly 1, 2013
    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!
  • Scott N.
    Scott NeubergerAugust 10, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluApril 21, 2014
    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.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJanuary 30, 2013
    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.
  • Laura
    LauraJanuary 12, 2013
    If someone gets on your train claiming they lost their wallet & need money for a ticket to help their kids, it's a scam. Their story is the same every day, although sometimes the number of kids varies
  • 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
  • John M.
    John McSharryMarch 25, 2014
    Use NJ Transit's Departure Vision website to know what track your train is on before getting to Penn. If running late, you might still catch the train even if the track is taken off the monitors.
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RothbellFebruary 20, 2015
    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.
  • Maggie
    MaggieJuly 21, 2012
    Womens restroom across the LIRR track board. Go to the first section of stalls on the right. It looks like only 5 stalls but there are 10 more in the back section that no one knows about. Go there.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyApril 8, 2011
    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.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LinkApril 14, 2011
    Get there early. It's kinda complicated reading the boards if you don't get there early. It costs about $15 round trip. There's plenty of food and seating to wait at the Penn Station terminal.
  • Akash op A.
    Akash op AuroraMarch 13, 2013
    Train stations get allocated 10-15 mins before departure - as long as you are there by then you wii get your train :). Buying a ticket using the amtrak app on the way to the station is a fly..
    Upvoted Apr 27
  • 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.
  • John M.
    John McSharryMarch 25, 2014
    If you take NJT NEC or NJCL local trains past Newark Penn and you miss the train, express trains within 3 minutes generally arrive at Newark first. You can still catch your train there.
  • Talal
    TalalJuly 22, 2013
    Dont even think of leaving your stuff inside the train to grab a coffee, coz they will close the door at the departure time despite your presence. I lift my back bag and had to chase it till Wash.
  • Jaclyn L.
    Jaclyn LehrerNovember 15, 2010
    All water bottles are $2 at Penn expect Carlton cards, which is $1.50 (I know it's not a big difference but I buy one pretty much everyday and it's saved me almost $3.50 a week!)
  • 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.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJanuary 30, 2013
    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.
  • Katie T.
    Katie TuohyAugust 8, 2014
    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!
  • Elias F.
    Elias FriedmanNovember 25, 2010
    Don't wait upstairs in the crowd! Go down the stairs under the big board. There are monitors down there with train arrivals/departures and you can walk straight down to the track without waiting!
  • Walter F. R.
    Walter F. RodriguezJune 22, 2013
    Avoid the NJ Transit writing room at rush hour if you can. It's packed, smelly, and not at all fun. Keep an eye on the gates from outside the room, there are alternate ways to get to most of them.
  • Shannan L.
    Shannan LiebOctober 31, 2013
    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.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneSeptember 27, 2011
    Once the most palatial train station in the world, the original Penn was bulldozed and replaced with this rat's nest in the 60's so developers could build another bland office block, and current MSG.
  • Auric
    AuricFebruary 26
    Avoid bottlenecks by boarding off West wing gates (8th ave) for NJ transit trains, instead of East gates. Especially if your train is departing off track #7 or 8. That gate is an engineering failure.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GormanDecember 21, 2012
    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'
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LaskyNovember 28, 2012
    Don't wait for the train's gate to be posted on the big board, instead look for your train on one of the arrivals screens around the station. That narrows it down to one of two possible entry points.
  • 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.
  • Jodi-Kay L.
    Jodi-Kay Lofters®April 27, 2012
    If you think New Yorkers are weird, then catch the random spurs of talent (and fashion) here... Not a tunnel/underground person but I recommend a it... Get a Metro card, it costs about 4 dollars
  • Sage R.
    Sage RodriguezApril 1, 2011
    Papaya has draft beer for 2.75 can't beat that!! Drink it up and whatever u don't drink bring on the train..FYI don't ever share a cigg with a bum smoke as far away from Penn as possible
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJune 13, 2013
    If your shoelaces are untied as you go up the escalator you will get sucked into the dungeon below the station and you'll be forced to turn a large wheel that powers all the ticket machines
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CliptonAugust 18, 2012
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  • Edward F.
    Edward FordJuly 27, 2013
    NJ Transit commuter tip: rushing for your train? Departure Vision on your smart phone to see your track number. You have an extra minute to still make the train when they take it off the board.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoeftApril 22, 2012
    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.
  • Helen Y.
    Helen YuFebruary 20, 2014
    Got luggage & riding NJ transit? Stay away from gates closest to 7th ave (across from Duane Reed) where the escalators to the tracks rarely run. There are elevators to tracks 1-8 across from Tiecoon.
  • Alexander R.
    Alexander ReaJuly 12, 2012
    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.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MostranskyFebruary 17, 2010
    depending on where you are in Penn / there are two Starbucks, one nearer the ACE (close to Rosa's Pizza) the other down towards the 123 (past K-Mart) - both on the LIRR level
  • Jim R.
    Jim RossMarch 22, 2011
    If, like me, you are coming from far and have large luggage then dear God carry it. If you wheel it, it will be an absolute nightmare (in my case just as Knicks v Celtics was finishing...)
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneSeptember 27, 2011
    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!
  • Dan H.
    Dan HoodAugust 8, 2013
    The Main Gate Area is seriously the worst place you can wait for an LIRR train here if you actually want to get a seat. You are better off waiting by the Central Corridor (by Kmart) or anywhere else.
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