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NJT - Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station

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  • Kerri W.
    "Stay to the right on the escalator to let cranky commuters pass."(10 Tips)
    Drew M.
    "Sbarro is the best travel food"(6 Tips)
    Rich S.
    "Major stench from the surrounding Meadowlands."(5 Tips)
    Phoenix
    "Best Dunkin Donuts coffee around."(10 Tips)
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.......
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GentileMay 31, 2013
    It's big and there may be little time between your transfer, so you have to move quickly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jay E.
    Jay EaglesonNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Huge train station that is very clean and easy to navigate.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • @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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Irina
    IrinaJanuary 18, 2013
    Eat prior if you have a layover here, limited food and drink options
  • Andrew
    AndrewApril 2
    Been here 100+ times
    Whoever decided that using barcode based passes is a good idea should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miguel X.
    Miguel XcalburNovember 12, 2012
    There is a Wells Fargo ATM to the left of The Junction bar. That is so clutch!
  • 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.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShillennJune 16, 2013
    Consistently the most piss-soaked station in all the land. An impressive feat.
  • 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.
  • Ali M.
    Ali MayAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Nice view of the city from some of the platforms. And sometimes the trains even run on time!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HynesMay 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Leave at least 15 mins in your schedule to park your car and walk to your train.
  • Linda C.
    Linda COctober 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're taking the train to the Meadowlands, leave extra early and pre purchase ticket if possible.
  • 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.
  • Lawrence C.
    Lawrence CoolwaterJanuary 2, 2011
    When you get upstairs, go to the table to the left of tracks G-H and look under the table top. I left a coupon for a free DD coffee!
  • 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. ;)
  • Richard P.
    Richard PorterFebruary 28, 2015
    One step closer to home... Love the eticket convenience to NYC.
  • 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!!!
  • TubaJoe E.
    TubaJoe ExleyMay 12, 2013
    Mmm, the fresh air of New Jersey!! Good Dunkin + pee rooms tho, Also a bar.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJuly 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep your head up, this place can be tricky to navigate.
  • 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
  • Danny P.
    Danny PalestineSeptember 16, 2012
    the main concourse is the perfect size/shape for an awesome dodgeball game
  • Autumn M.
    Autumn MansfieldJune 22, 2015
    I was here last night I go every Friday night into sunday night
  • Jim M.
    Jim McMullanDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The parking is so far from the terminal. It's not saving me time or $$
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WardJanuary 26, 2015
    On the weekend, you have to stand outside and wait for the train, because the station is closed ;)
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyMarch 29, 2011
    Don't forget to hold onto your train ticket as you need it to exit. Guess Secaucus thinks they are London now....
  • Puneet K.
    Puneet KumarApril 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep looking at the information. Keep your eyes and ear open. Your track can change at last moment.
  • Myrrah G.
    Myrrah GreyJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ppl are either friendly here or just too tired to stay awake :p
  • Jason M.
    Jason MeadJanuary 12, 2013
    Different clientele on the 630pm train compared to 630am. Noticeably more skanks.
  • Joe
    JoeMay 24, 2010
    The Junction bar is a friendly pace to wait for the train home. Friendly and generous
  • ilona l.
    ilona lyubashevskyAugust 2, 2013
    Beautiful station. Love transferring here :)
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 24, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Transfers are so inconvenient. Got to go up 2 flights to go back down.
  • Kristine T.
    Kristine T.August 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared to fight your way onto the elevator. It is so slow that people forget their manners and will push their way in, no matter if there was a line or not.
  • James
    JamesMay 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hug a garbage can. They are there when you need them.
  • Sam R.
    Sam RJuly 3, 2012
    Yes, it is true what they say about Secaucus: you can actually SMELL sadness here.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LazarusJuly 9, 2011
    Be amazed and ride the sloooowest elevator ever created. Takes 3 minutes to go 2 floors.
  • alissa s.
    alissa sOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    if you already have your ticket ready, take the elevator... it's quicker. p.s. this station REEKS.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LipariJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    NJ Transit should change their slogan to "We're never on time so you don't have to be"
  • Mark H.
    Mark HDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ah, how the lovely smell of urine eminates from the platform on a hot summer day!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SluberskiMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If it's the morning and the train is crowded it's going to NY.
  • Cari
    CariApril 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're here on the 10p train out of penn, get food/drink in NY. Nothing but junction bar open
  • Bobby B.
    Bobby BroadwayAugust 25, 2010
    If you commute to NJ from NY on NJ Transit in the morning on NY Penn Station to Trenton train. For whatever reason when delays happen it is usually after the 7:14am train
  • Rob G.
    Rob GillJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If Zombies come after you here, head to the marshes/swamps, zombies cannot move as fast through the sludge
  • Brian M.
    Brian MurrayApril 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Love the bar here! Great place for when you miss a train!
  • Terry
    TerryJuly 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The 5:36pm Bergen County Waldwick train usually leaves before its supposed to. Complain to the unhelpful customer service people upstairs.
  • Sergey C.
    Sergey ChernyshevDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Food vending machines now accept credit cards!
  • Jim O.
    Jim O'BrienApril 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 parking for nights and weekends, plus cheap off-peak round trips to NYC
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneMay 7, 2011
    Good luck finding the street/bus, & keep your ticket to exit! Jeez, brand new and already as much of a s-show as anything else in the NJT system. Why do they get to steal PANYNJ money again?
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BrownOctober 15, 2010
    there was a nice guy who let me use the bathroom and then come back out without having to get a ticket! Except for when I came back thru he was rude about helping me...
  • Craig C.
    Craig COctober 4, 2011
    Remember to save your ticket. You'll need it once off the train to exit the terminal
  • Gerard B.
    Gerard BaioJuly 21, 2010
    Cool place to waste time. But its njt whys do you need to be waiting for more than 10min here
  • Sergey C.
    Sergey ChernyshevJune 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    No money, no honey! One for you, one for me! The guy at the store is always funny and friendly ;)
  • Brian K.
    Brian KonashDecember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep your ticket near, you need it to enter the station!
  • Paul G.
    Paul GalvinNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Track F is number 1. Every other track is number 2 or lower.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DuboisMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tip the bartender well if drinking
  • Robert G.
    Robert GlassettSeptember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are complaining about the smell remember it's in the middle of a swamp.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MasilottiApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the only place I've "DISLIKED" on foursquare.
  • Vincent Q.
    Vincent QAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Longingly stare at New York while you try to forget that you're in Secaucus.
  • George M.
    George MejiasOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If u think u r lost u are! Ask for directions missing a train can blow.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 24, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't throw out ticket because you need to exit.
  • Oswaldo V.
    Oswaldo VidalSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    When the train doors open you get a nice smell if sweaty sea camel nuts
  • Sean B.
    Sean BrodyAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Wait for the lower level trains at eastern end of platform for quiet, nice breeze. Just get back when you see your train approach!
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