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NJT - Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station

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  • Tiffany P.
    "There aren't any up escalators if you go down on the wrong track!"(10 Tips)
    Drew M.
    "Sbarro is the best travel food"(6 Tips)
    Rich S.
    "Major stench from the surrounding Meadowlands."(5 Tips)
    Scott W.
    "Not a bad place, clean and not too crowded or confusing"(7 Tips)
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  • Jared
    JaredAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Stay to the right on stairs and escalators to let people by. It's common courtesy at train stations and airports.. If you block people from passing, you'll cause many to miss their connecting trains.
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimJanuary 23, 2015
    The single upper-level elevator to the street (right by the turnstiles) moves as slow as molasses. But it's still a lot faster than walking, which requires two long escalators.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SilvestriJuly 12, 2012
    Out of all the main train station hubs in the metro area, this is the most difficult one to navigate. You have to go upstairs to go downstairs to go back upstairs to get to your train.
    Upvoted Oct 17, 2016
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Neat views of Amtrak trains rushing through from the upper level platform (if only some of them stopped); downside is, too many guys use that space as a urinal (thanks, jerks).
  • Kathryn C.
    Kathryn CarrollSeptember 19, 2013
    Large signs with large lettering for train arrrivals and stations, as well as color-codes train lines- great if you are visually impaired.
  • Kerri W.
    Kerri WallaceAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stay to the right on the escalator to let cranky commuters pass. And don't stop at the top and bottom of the escalator there are people behind you! Happens at penn all the time.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CisekApril 17, 2015
    Best train station for getting to Penn Station nyc. Just about every train stops here. Never have to wait long.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyMarch 29, 2011
    Don't forget to take your train ticket with you. They make you use it to exit like in London. Only place I've seen do this in NJ.
  • Xristo M.
    Xristo MAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    why yankee candle hasnt released "Secaucus Station" yet is beyond me...it smells divine! like divine...rams piss and divine homeless and divine vomit
  • Joao V.
    Joao Veloso JrNovember 9, 2016
    Clean, crowded and no healthy food options. Stay on the right when on escalators and allow people to move on your left if in a hurry
  • London N.
    London NagaiAugust 5, 2014
    Hungry? Grab a slice at the authentic pizzeria located in the main lobby, sbarro is always good for a fresh slice.......
  • Ali F.
    Ali FehnJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Need an elevator to carry your bags down to track 3? Go through the gates opposite of Dunkin Donuts. There's a women's bathroom there that's pretty clean!
  • richard k.
    richard kashidaMarch 5, 2011
    Built by geniuses. You have to go upstairs to get downstairs and you need to have a ticket to get out of the station. Nice station though.
  • Noelle M.
    Noelle MoellerMay 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect for getting to and from Penn Station-trains back and forth every 10-15 min
  • Raisah S.
    Raisah ShakorrahMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stand on one side of the escalator. People do walk up, quit blocking them and MOVE...especially during Rush Hour!
  • Luna Park C.
    Enjoy the beach, the rides and the boardwalk! Take the train to NY Penn and the subway to Luna Park at Coney Island.
  • Kerri W.
    Kerri WallaceJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're suffering from a bad break up or feeling pretty blue, their choice of music may make you want to jump in front of a train. Bring ear buds those days!
  • Kristine T.
    Kristine T.August 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful of the taxis outside the stn. Most will try to add extra $ to the fare if you're not going far enough. Go with JJ Cab guys. They are the most decent and honest.
  • Daryn K.
    Daryn KobataFebruary 6, 2012
    You can put your ticket into the gate slot as soon as the person in front of you pulls hers/his out. No need to wait till they get thru the gate.
  • Rake
    RakeJune 29, 2012
    Don't use NJ Transit schedule for connections, especially on weekends. If you can make an earlier train do it. Early trains don't get held and usually an hour before the next one.
  • Craig
    CraigMay 25, 2013
    Welcome to Purgatory, where trains leave on time when you're running late, and leave late when you arrive early. Be prepared to wait a long time.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GentileMay 31, 2013
    It's big and there may be little time between your transfer, so you have to move quickly.
  • Oscar F.
    Oscar F.February 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Take whatever the earliest train is that stops in Secaucus from NYC. Chances are the one you're on is going to leave late, causing you to miss your next train.
  • DJ C.
    DJ CapobiancoNovember 21, 2012
    On a layover? If you have to pass through the gates to eat or use the restroom double check you're not going back to the same gate. If you are, ask an employee—if you don't, you might not get back.
  • Jillian J.
    Jillian JacksonSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't walk like a dummy. Just assume there is someone directly behind you, in a hurry, missing their train because of your lollygagging. MOVE OVER IF YOU AREN'T IN A HURRY.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HaughwoutOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Did you miss the gym this morning? Burn some calories by taking the stairs instead of the escalators when switching trains. It's a workout!
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PetersonMay 13, 2012
    If you're disabled or need handicapable access. Speak to a transit worker! There aren't any up escalators if you go down on the wrong track!
  • @MetLifeCentral
    @MetLifeCentralNovember 14, 2010
    Taking the train to the Giants game? Head in theough the MelLife Central gate and get a chance to win great prizes. Rodney Hampton will be signing autographs at 3!
  • Jay E.
    Jay EaglesonNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Huge train station that is very clean and easy to navigate.
  • j9
    j9April 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They could have built this abomination anywhere, but only in New Jersey could they get away with building a useless NJ Turnpike exit (15X) & a giant looping off/on ramp with it. Brilliant.
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CiancarelliAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice try with the Friday afternoon music this summer. Too bad the acoustics are horrible - they'd make Ella Fitzgerald sound atrocious!
  • Greg D.
    Greg DvorkenJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Need a better automated text-to-voice system as the computer-generated announcer at this major hub mis-pronounces most of the town names. Can probably find a free Android app to do a better job.
  • Ike Phillip R.
    Ike Phillip RuffinJune 18, 2012
    Probably the poorest design of a metro transportation hub I've ever been too. Don't lose your ticket or you won't be able to get out!
  • Alexis C.
    Alexis COctober 17, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    can't find a better deal with the $5 parking on weekend nights. and you can do valet so you don't have to walk as much.
  • Marc L.
    Marc LoSchiavoMarch 12, 2012
    Oh the smell you ask? That's just the Zombies in the swamp. No worries they don't ride NJ Transit. It's the living people in this station u need to worry about.
  • Ksino P.
    Ksino PaulOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    note to all the smell is the trains, they drain the urine and waste onto the tracks as they drive. So remember when a trains is going by stay clear, that little must you feel is someone else's urine
  • Jillian W
    Jillian WApril 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The Dunkin Donuts is a hit or a miss...be sure to check out order before you board your train.
  • Irina
    IrinaJanuary 18, 2013
    Eat prior if you have a layover here, limited food and drink options
  • Scott S.
    Scott SlotkinJune 3, 2013
    Going to pick-up or taxis? Kill 20 min by taking the elevator from concourse to street level. Alternatively, walk across the entire train station to end up below where you started.
  • Meaghan K.
    Meaghan KennedyMay 31, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Every night u here the horn as ur eyes close make sure u have the money for the fare ur get left behind.
  • Will S.
    Will StamatisJune 7, 2011
    Its always on time when you're running late, and always late when you're early/on time. Plan accordingly.
  • Miguel X.
    Miguel XcalburNovember 12, 2012
    There is a Wells Fargo ATM to the left of The Junction bar. That is so clutch!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongMarch 25, 2012
    You can get away with farting so easily here. Just stand in a crowd and nobody will know it was you!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StravitzNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My number one tip is don't miss your train after 8pm or you may be stuck forever.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BennettApril 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Stay to the right on the escalators or the angry commuters will eat you alive.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurkeOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Elevator takes forever. If you need one use the elevator behind the escalator. Best kept secret.
  • Les F.
    Les FrancoeurDecember 4, 2011
    If you ever want to get out of the city, you can take the train to Secaucus from Penn Station for free. Incredible.
  • Clayton G.
    Clayton GrayJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A great secret would be don't tell other people your secrets about getting a seat on the morning commuter trains. ;)
  • Paul K.
    Paul KantermanSeptember 5, 2012
    While waiting for your train on Track A, try to ignore the pee smell. You won't be able to, but try.
  • Al S.
    Al SalernoMay 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like urine your gonna love this place....I may just pee myself just for fun. We need to make a Urine App for Secaucus Junction!!!
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