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New York City's Penn Station (aka Pennyslvania Station)

Travelers traveling to NYC by train often find themselves at Penn Station

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New York Penn Station is primarily a hub for train travel in New York City. Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad all offer service from Penn Station. The NYC Subway runs through Penn Station and the PATH train is located one block away on 6th Avenue.

Penn Station itself is located below Pennsylvania Plaza and Madison Square Garden, making it a very convenient arrival/departure point if you're attending events at MSG.

Pennsylvania Station was once a beautiful Beaux-Arts building, but it was demolished in 1963 to make way for an office building and Madison Square Garden.

1. Where is Penn Station?

Pennsylvania Station
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Penn Station is located below ground between 33rd and 32nd Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues. There are entrances to Penn Station from various points on 33rd Street, 32nd Street, 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue.

Subway to Penn Station:

  • A/C/E to 34th Street/Penn Station
  • 1/2/3 to 34th Street/Herald Square

2. Attractions Near Penn Station

Madison Square Garden
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It is easy to get from Penn Station to other parts of New York City via subway, but within just a short distance, you can find:

  • Empire State Building - Popular attraction located at 34th Street and 5th Ave
  • Macy's - Huge department store located on 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Ave
  • Madison Square Garden - Popular entertainment and performance venue located directly above Penn Station

3. Food and Drink Near Penn Station

Although the area around Penn Station isn't known as a foodie destination, there are a number of options just a short walk from Penn Station where you can have a meal or drink if you want to stay nearby. Penn Station itself also has a number of fast food options.

More: Where To Eat Near Penn Station from Serious Eats
More: Pizza Near Penn Station from Slice
More: Penn Station Lunch Quadrant from Gothamist

4. Hotels Near Penn Station

There are a number of affordable hotels near Penn Station. Visitors will appreciate convenient transportation and services in the area, as well as walkability to Times Square/Broadway and Chelsea neighborhoods

5. Penn Station Tips and Advice

  • Approximately 500,000 passengers travel through Penn Station daily, so be prepared for bustle and crowds, particularly at peak travel times.
  • Since Penn Station has multiple train services, each has their own ticketing booths. You can't buy an Amtrak ticket from a NJ transit machine, and vice versa.
  • The 34th Street Partnership Information Booth is located near the Amtrak ticketing area in Penn Station. It's open from 9-5 daily and they can help you if you have any transportation-related questions.
  • Check out this Penn Station Floorplan from the MTA to better understand the layout and orient yourself before you head to Penn Station.
  • Penn Station has pretty good signage, as well as many officials (think police, National Guard, etc.) who can answer your questions.
  • There are several bathrooms located throughout Penn Station. Rumor has it that those near NJ transit are the cleanest.

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