If you're planning to visit Penn Station and you need a place to store your luggage, there are actually quite a few options.
Our New York Tour guides have given us a lot of advice on this subject, and we've used their suggestions to provide helpful information in this post.
We'll also include some tips from our New York Travel Tips group on Facebook, as locals and travelers frequently offer great recommendations about storing luggage in NYC.
- Penn Station Storage
- Luggage Storage Sharing
- Mobile Luggage Pick-up/Drop-off
- Hotels Offering Luggage Storage
- Tips From Locals and Travelers
- Where to Store Luggage in NYC
Does Penn Station Have Luggage Storage?
Due to increased security following the Sept 11th attacks, there are no longer storage lockers at Penn Station, nor is there a live luggage attendant.
The only option available for baggage storage inside Penn Station is with Amtrak.
At $10/piece for ticket holders, the service isn't cheap, but it's a reasonably affordable luggage storage option when you have no other choices.
Non-ticket holders can use Amtrak's luggage storage facility, but only when space is available and for $20/piece.
If you're interested in this option, head to the Moynihan Train Hall and look for the Amtrak Ticketing & Baggage Customer Service Office.
You'll find this office listed on the map above with an X right next to the location. It's across from the LIRR office and close to the Moynihan Food Hall.
While some travelers might find this to be the most convenient option, you can save quite a bit of cash by considering an alternative, and we'll go into those services next!
In the past few years, a new type of luggage service has arisen and quickly dominated the luggage storage market. It's the 'sharing economy' model used by Airbnb.
These companies connect with local businesses in convenient locations that can provide safe storage spaces, like souvenir and gift shops, restaurants, and even hotels.
They work with businesses that open early and close late that can hold and secure your luggage, all for $5.95/piece for 24 hours with insurance up to $5000.
Click on the map to search for locations or to book.
Companies such as Vertoe operate both a website and a luggage storage app.
In the image above, you can see Penn Station in the red rectangle with the closest participating locations denoted by suitcase icons.
While storing your luggage with Amtrak is the quickest and most convenient option, the Vertoe option is definitely the most cost-effective.
Some of Vertoe's storage locations are near transportation hubs such as Grand Central Terminal and Port Authority Bus Terminal, both within walking distance from Penn Station.
This is another big company that offers a luggage storage service via the 'sharing economy' model.
Bounce's prices start at just $4.75/piece per day, which is quite affordable.
There are over 380 Bounce storage locations in NYC, so you probably won't have to travel very far before finding a place where you can drop off your baggage.
In addition to this option, they also offer a 5% discount when you use the promo code FREETOURSBYFOOT.
Alternatively, you can also use the New York Sightseeing Pass and receive a 10% discount on this service.
This is another popular company that offers luggage storage services in the area of Penn Station. Rates begin at around $6/piece per day.
Although that might be a bit more expensive than their competitors, if you're planning to get a New York Sightseeing Pass, you'll get a 20% discount off these prices.
If you're looking for other luggage storage options, there are several companies offering luggage storage-sharing services in New York City.
While Vertoe operates like Airbnb, My Bag Check operates like Uber.
Rather than you bringing your luggage to a participating location, a car will come and pick up your luggage, store it, and then deliver it to your desired destination, including train stations like Penn Station.
- Manhattan Orders - $35
- Manhattan to Borough OR Borough to Borough - $50
- Borough (excluding Manhattan) to Airport - $80
- Manhattan to/from JFK Airport, Newark Airport, LaGuardia Airport (Order Origination) - $100
Hotels With Luggage Storage Near Penn Station
This is hardly the most convenient option for visitors who won't be in the area for more than a day, if you are planning to stay for more than 24 hours, a hotel could be one of the best ways to store your luggage.
There are several hotels near Penn Station that offer their guests luggage storage services. Usually, they provide this service for free to their customers.
The only hitch is that you have to be a customer, which means you'll need a hotel room!
Here are a few of the closest locations to Penn Station:
- The New Yorker
- TRYP by Wyndham
- DoubleTree by Hilton
- The Hotel at Fifth Ave
- Hyatt Herald Square
Each of these locations offers rooms starting at around $100-$150 per night.
That might seem expensive, but if you have more than 5 bags and you're not interested in the luggage storage apps, then working with Amtrak could be just as costly.
No matter what you choose to do, it'll be important to call ahead and ask what their rules are for storing luggage.
For more hotel options, check our post covering where to stay in NYC.
Tips From Locals and Travelers
If you still haven't found the details you need in this post, we recommend checking our New York Travel Tips group on Facebook.
Most of the members of our group are either locals or travelers themselves, and they have experience visiting locations such as Penn Station.
Marisol's question isn't an uncommon one on our group, and thankfully there always seems to be somebody who is ready to help!
Here are some examples of tips that our group members are frequently providing.
As Jennifer points out, most hotels offer luggage storage for their customers. If you've already got a room, most hotels will hold onto your luggage for you even if the room isn't ready yet.
While you might find it more convenient to keep your bags at Penn Station, the reality is that isn't the most affordable option, and most hotels offer this service for free!
Even if your concern isn't necessarily about where to store your luggage, our Facebook Group can be pretty handy.
This question actually comes up somewhat frequently, and it always seems to garner a few chuckles from locals.
Many New Yorkers will correctly point out that there are a lot of people walking around the city with luggage every day, and theft/crime of that sort is not very common.
If you're planning to use a hotel to store your bags, you'll more than likely be safe to walk a good 5-10 blocks without worry. If you're really concerned, a yellow taxi should be readily accessible right outside of Penn Station.
For more advice, make sure to check our New York Travel Tips group and perhaps even just asking our members for more help!
If you are looking to store luggage because of an early checkout or a late arrival, then you just might have some time on your hand.
Let us help you come up with some ideas for things to do in NYC.
Why not join one of our daily, pay-what-you-wish walking tours?
We offer roughly 12 guided tours a day including tours of Midtown Manhattan and the High Line both of which are within walking distance of Penn Station.
We also offer a dozen GPS-enabled, guided audio tours that you can use anytime you wish with a smartphone.
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- The Ultimate Guide for Things to Do in NYC.
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