Penn Station – Going somewhere? This is Your Best Bet
Handling a thousand people every 90 seconds, Pennsylvania (Penn) Station is one of the busiest commuter rail hubs in the country. Amtrak, the New Jersey Transit Rail, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), and the New York City Subway all run through Penn Station. Its size and popularity also makes it easy to find hotels near Penn Station.
Originally built in 1910, Penn Station was an architectural masterpiece until its demolition in 1964. This heartbreaking loss of a beautiful building led to new laws regarding building preservation in New York. Now relegated to live under Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is a shadow of its former self, while remaining a major transportation hub in New York City.
Trains and Subway Service
Amtrak and the New Jersey Transit run out of the upper level and branch off of the main concourse. The Long Island Railroad and Subway run on the lower level of Penn Station.
There are two subway stations at Penn Station. They are on opposite sides of the building and are not connected. Head for the lower level to reach the subway. On the Seventh Avenue side is the 34th Street – Penn Station stops on the IRT Broadway Seventh Avenue Line. On the Eighth Avenue side is the 34th Street – Penn Station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line. Both stations run express trains from the center platform in Midtown Manhattan and close late at night.
Taxi Service and Public Bus
Taxi stands are located at 7th Avenue and 32nd Street, and 8th Avenue and 33rd Street.
The M3, M10, M16, M20, M34, and Q32 bus lines all stop near Penn Station.
Dining and Shopping
Penn Station is dominated by fast food eateries. From Pizza Hut to Cinnabon, you can ease your craving for fast, easy, and filling meals. Should you need a book, newspaper, or a shoe shine, you are in luck. Bookstores and newsstands abound, mixed with the occasional GNC and a Duane Reade Pharmacy. There is a tourist information booth on the upper level main concourse, too.
Hotels Near Penn Station
Comfort Inn Times Square West is a 15 minute walk from Penn Station and is within walking distance to Broadway Theater District, Times Square, and many other major Manhattan attractions. With all of the comfort the name suggests, a stay here is budget-friendly and has all of the expected amenities, including free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfasts during your stay.
From Penn Station, walk about 10 minutes up 8th Avenue to get to Staybridge Suites Times Square. If you are staying more than a few days, Staybridge offers extended stay suites with Wi-Fi, and complimentary breakfast in a location central to New York attractions.
The Carlton Hotel is decorated in true art deco style. You have probably seen the Carlton, as it has appeared several times in movies and TV shows. With a renowned restaurant, wine bar, and lobby bar, you will be surrounded by modern elegance while you stay a 15 minute walk from Penn Station.
Fairfield Inn New York Midtown Manhattan/Penn Station is, as the name suggests, right around the corner from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast, at a good price, make this an excellent place to stay. Valet and self parking are available.