Parking at Metro-North train stations is a challenge. You may have heard of the multi-year waitlists to obtain Metro-North train station parking permits. It’s true, Metro-North train station parking is a problem for both Westchester County and Fairfield County. Here is our Insider’s Guide to Parking at the Greenwich Metro-North Train Station.
Note: Parking regulations and fees do change, please check with Metro North to confirm the latest rates and regulations.
Greenwich Metro-North Train stations
Greenwich residents are lucky because there are four Metro-North train stations in Greenwich. The four stations are Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich. However, only one station has express trains to Grand Central and that is the Greenwich Metro-North station. Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich are all local stops on the Metro-North New Haven line.
How Long Does it take to get to Grand Central Terminal from Greenwich, CT?
Below you will find the approximate time it takes to take the Metro-North train from the various Greenwich stations to Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Generally, Metro North trains are faster and more frequent during peak times while Metro-North trains are slower and come less frequently during non-peak, weekend and holidays.
- Greenwich to Grand Central Terminal is approximately 42 minutes
- Cos Cob to Grand Central Terminal is approximately 51 minutes
- Riverside to Grand Central Terminal is approximately 52 minutes
- Old Greenwich to Grand Central Terminal is approximately 54 minutes
Annual Parking Permits at Greenwich Metro North Train stations
Like most Metro-North stations, parking at the Greenwich Metro North train station is a challenge. There are usually multi-year waitlist to obtain parking permits at the Metro North train stations. Greenwich is no different from the other Metro-North stations in Fairfield County. Of all four Greenwich stations, Cos Cob Metro-North train station has the shortest waitlist for parking permits while Greenwich Metro-North train station has the longest wait.
Greenwich Metro-North Train Station
Most people prefer to take the train to NYC from the Greenwich Metro-North station. It is the most desirable station because you can catch express trains to New York City. So it’s no surprise that the Greenwich Metro-North train station has the longest wait for parking permits. There are outdoor and indoor parking lots at the Greenwich station. The parking permit waitlist is approximately 5 years for the outdoor parking lot and approximately 10 years for the covered parking lot.
Cos Cob Metro-North Train Station
The Cos Cob Metro-North station parking permit has the shortest waitlist. Cos Cob Metro-North station parking permit has a 1 year waitlist. The good news is we’ve heard of residents getting their parking permit in a matter of months so there is a chance you can get your Cos Cob Metro North station parking permit in less than a year.
Riverside Metro-North Train Station
Riverside Metro-North train station parking permit waitlist is also long with an estimated 3-5 years waitlist. The nice thing about living in Riverside is that it is a walkable neighborhood. Depending on where you live in Riverside, you may be able to walk to the train station.
Old Greenwich Metro-North Train Station
Old Greenwich Metro-North train station parking permit waitlist also has an estimated 3-5 years waitlist. Like Riverside, Old Greenwich is also a walkable neighborhood and many Old Greenwich residents walk to the train station.
How to be added to the Greenwich train station parking waitlist
You should contact the Town of Greenwich Department of Parking Services. You can add your name to the waitlist here or call 203-618-3060. We’ve heard of new Greenwich residents adding their name to the Greenwich Parking permit waitlist the day of their closing! (It’s not a bad idea!)
Greenwich Metro-North Train Station Annual Parking Permits Renewal
Greenwich parking permits are issued on an annual basis. You must renew your Greenwich parking permit annually. Here is a link to renew your Greenwich parking permit or you can also renew by mail or in person with the Town of Greenwich Department of Parking Services.
Daily Parking at the Greenwich Metro-North stations
Luckily, you have the option to park your car in the daily parking spaces at the Greenwich Metro North stations. Many residents who are still waiting for their parking permits take advantage of this and park in the daily parking lots.
Daily parking is available at all four stations for $7.00 per day. Please make sure you park in the daily parking spot and not the permit parking spot. If by mistake, you park at a permit parking spot without a permit, you will receive a parking ticket.
Greenwich Metro-North Train Station Weekend Parking
Parking is free on holidays and weekends in all Metro-North train station parking lots. However, this excludes the Horseneck, Island Beach, Soundview, and Greenwich Plaza lots.
Greenwich Metro-North Train Station Parking Maps
Below are links to the train station parking maps for Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich train stations. You will get a better idea of where the permit parking lots are and where the daily lots are located. The closest lots to the Greenwich Metro North station are Horseneck Lot, Plaza Garage Level, Island Beach and Soundview Lot.
Final Thoughts on Greenwich Metro North Train Station Parking
I suggest adding your name to the Greenwich parking permit waitlist as soon as you can. Don’t worry if are still waiting for your Greenwich parking permit, just park at the daily lots near the stations. You should be able to find parking spots at the daily lots. Good luck!
Train Frequency Matters. Find out which Greenwich station has the most trains to NYC. Check out our article: Which Fairfield County Metro-North station have the most trains to NYC?
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