In this post, we provide several methods for luggage storage in NYC, including one that will pick up your luggage at your hotel and deliver it to the airport or train station and cover topics like insurance. Storage lockers in train stations and airports are things of the past. While there is no Grand Central luggage storage or lockers, several entities below have locations near Grand Central Terminal. The same goes for Penn Station luggage storage.
The companies listed below employ a similar system to Airbnb, but for luggage. They find convenient locations for travelers, such as souvenir and gift shops or convenience stores, that are open early and close late and have the capacity and the security to hold and secure your luggage. Each offers some amount of insurance, though they differ. The 1st company listed below offers a flat fee of $6/day/bag, with hundreds of reviews across Google and Yelp, while the other 2 companies have an hourly rate of $2/hour/bag with a $12 daily max charge per bag. The last company has the most locations throughout NYC.
These services are less expensive as the mobile pick-up services, which start at $15/bag, but you will need to drop off and pick up your bags on your own and at the same location.
Vertoe provides insurance up to $1000 and they provide complimentary tamper proof security seals at their locations. They have over 50 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and they are adding locations rapidly. And if you use coupon code freetoursnyc you will get 5% offof your storage fee. Bags cost $5.95/day (online price) and they have deals for groups. See their pricing page for more information. This is one of the cheapest options and they have 24/7 customer service. Click here to find Vertoe locations. Vertoe gets great reviews on Google and Yelp, having won ‘People love us on Yelp’ award for 2017, and we also like how Vertoe users get to rate and review each of their locations, reviews that you could read before checking your bags.
With Knock-Knock, you can easily find a safe location near you to leave your bags for a low cost. The cost is $2 per bag per hour with a $12 max each day, which covers up to $500 insurance. They use zip ties to secure your bags and scanners to register your bags so that the time used is accurate. Get the 1st hour free with code FREETOURS. You pay after you pick up your bags, so if you decide not to store your luggage after you have booked, you pay nothing. Their website is user-friendly. You can get an estimated price, find the location nearest you, and reserve a space. Take a look here.
As an added bonus, most of their locations, such as souvenir shops, offer 20% discounts to Knock-Knock guests on anything in their stores.
This company is already established in major cities around the world and has excellent ratings. LuggageHero offers a safe, convenient and cheap method of storing your luggage. With over 110 locations in NYC, LuggageHero currently has the largest number of participating storage locations. The rate is $2 per hour/per bag, with a maximum of $12. So you never pay more than $12 per bag for the first 24 hours. Then the rate is $12 per bag for additional days. Get the 1st hour free with promo code Free.
You also get $2000 insurance per bag. Each piece of baggage is sealed with a unique identification number to ensure there is no unauthorized access to your baggage. They offer online customer service 24/7 so you can always get assistance. You can book your luggage storage in advance or just go to one of the 100 locations. The website is user-friendly and has a map that shows all of the locations, along with their hours. They also have 24/7 online support. To find out more or to book, click here.
TIP: Many of the above companies have storage locations just a few blocks away from the starting point of some of our most popular tours. We’ve had guests take one of our two-hourpay-what-you-like tours just hours before their flight out of the city, trying to squeeze every last drop out of their time in NYC. Unfortunately, they’d have to drag their luggage along. You don’t have to do that now that it is so easy to store your bags with one of these above companies. You can easily find a short-term storage location within a block or two from these tours of ours:
The latest trend in luggage storage is pick-up/drop-off services. Rather than you bringing your luggage to a facility, these 2 companies will come to you and pick-up your luggage, store it securely for the desired amount of time, and then return it to you at any location you request. This type of storage is more expensive than Airbnb luggage storage services mentioned above. But for those who value convenience over cost, this type of service could be worth it. And since these services can drop off your luggage at airports and train stations, they also allow you to travel without carrying your bags. Expect to pay between $15 – $25 per bag per day (assuming 2 bags in an order). Pricing depends on where your bags are being picked up and dropped off and time. Read more about the two options below.
(A) Free Your Arms
Their secure van comes to you to pick up your luggage and then returns it to you when and where you like. They even drop-off/pick up from the three major airports, JFK, LaGuardia, and for an extra fee, Newark Airport. Just go to their website, enter pick-up & drop-off times and locations, get a price quote and make your reservation. You can also arrange a pickup by calling them. FYA operates 24 hours but an additional fee of $45 is charged for pick-up/drop-off between 7 pm and 7 am.
Prices as of January 2018 for pick up and drop-off in NYC (including JFK and LaGuardia Airports) are:
1 piece of luggage $34.99 + tax
2 or more pieces $19.99 per item + tax
Be sure to take advantage of promo code freetours for a 5% discount. Includes liability for lost or damaged items up to $400 per item. According to their website, they have never lost a bag! Book here.
Judging from the prices, it seems that this service is slightly more expensive than My Check Bag (see below) if you have your luggage picked up and dropped off in Manhattan, but Free Your Arms includes more insurance in their set price. For LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the cheaper option seems to be Free Your Arms (unless it’s between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am).
My Bag Check
This is the only app-based, on-demand luggage pickup/delivery service. My Bag Check operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is very simple to use. Through the app, schedule your luggage pick-up time/location and delivery time/location. Enter a description of your bag(s) and take a photo. Confirm your request and at the designated time, a driver will come pick-up your bags. While you are out and about, your luggage is stored in a secure facility. It is returned to you at the time/location you requested. The flat-fee includes insurance up to $100. You can purchase additional insurance up to $500. Unlike Free Your Arms, which uses their own van, this service takes advantage of taxi-share programs, such as Uber and Lyft, for drivers.
Be sure to enter promo codeFreeToursNYC for a 5% discount. Prices below are for 2 pieces of luggage. Website.
$50 LaGuardia and JFK Airports (Pickup and/or Delivery origination)
Judging from the prices, it seems that this service is slightly cheaper than Free Your Arms if you have your luggage picked up and dropped off in Manhattan, however, you need to pay for more insurance over $100. For LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the cheaper option seems to be Free Your Arms (unless you are having your luggage picked up or dropped offer between 7 pm and 7 am.
Traditional luggage storage locations can be found throughout the city and we have listed them below. Some offer additional services such as computer/printer access and free Wi-Fi. Some of these facilities are located near the starting/stopping points for many of our pay-what-you-like walking tours so drop off your bags and come join us for a tour!
STS offers luggage storage, internet access (+ free Ipad use), printing options and other travel-related services. Whether you need to drop your bag off for a few hours before hopping on a train, use the internet to search for the next exciting event in NYC or print off entertainment tickets, STS is there to help.
Bags can be stored for $10/day, with additional days for $5; printing is $1 per service; WiFi is free! The store features a custom-designed shelving unit that can safely hold luggage and a lounge area, including two iPads for customer use. STS is conveniently located near Grand Central, Penn Station, Port Authority, Times Square and other NYC landmarks.
Reputable company with two prime Midtown Manhattan locations. Reservations are not necessary. You will need to show your ID or passport when you drop off your luggage. Both locations are open 8 am – 11 pm. As of January 2018, the price per bag/suitcase is $2.50 per hour with a maximum of $10 per day. Each additional day is $8.
(C) Schwartz at 357 West 37th St. Ground Floor (bet. 8th & 9th Aves). Located near Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal. Several subways are nearby (A/C/E line, 1/2/3 line) which can take you easily to our Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown Tour and our High Line Tour.
They have three locations around the city and each is open daily from 9 am – 7 pm. Late pick-up and/or drop-off can also be arranged. City CoPilot advertises itself as a reception service. Some of you may need to go there to pick up the keys to your apartment, for example, if you are renting on Airbnb. They charge $10 for each bag, including backpacks, purses, and small shopping bags. They also offer pick-up and delivery of your luggage for a $39 minimum charge.
Times Square 777 8th Ave. (bet. 47th & 48th Sts.) inside the Gray Line Visitor Center. (map)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 332 Hooper Street bet. South 4th & South 5th Sts. (map)
Lower East Side 166 Allen Street(map) (bet. Stanton & Rivington Sts.) A 5-minute walk from F Train (2nd Ave station) and J/M/Z Trains (Essex/Delancey Station). Perfect location if you are taking our Lower East Side Food Tour.
(F)Luggage Keeper 357 W 36th St. 2nd Floor (bet. 8th and 9th Aves.) Tel. 1-212-967-0026
They are located within walking distance of Penn Station, Times Square, and Port Authority Bus Terminal. They offer free Wi-Fi & printing. You can also charge your phone and other devices. Prices as of January 2018 are a daily flat-rate of $10 per medium/large bag and $7 per small bag.
Secure luggage storage very close to Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Times Square. They are open every day from 7 am-midnight. Prices as of May 2017 are: $2.50 an hour for each bag you leave or they have a daily rate. Regular sized bags cost between $8 to $10 max per day. However oversized bags are charged between $15 to $19 per day. If you need to pick up your bag beyond those hours, special arrangements can be made for an extra $49.
Other services offered: access to printers, free wifi & phone charging up to 15 minutes, a lounge area with TV for short stays, a package receiving services for $19, and up and key-exchange services.
Unlike other cities overseas, New York airports offer little or no luggage storage. This is for security reasons. To store luggage at Newark Airport, you must check with your airline carrier. LaGuardia Airport has no storage.
JFK Airport does offer a limited service. If you have a long layover arriving to and departing JFK airport, you can store your luggage for a small fee. As of May 2017, there are a few luggage storage facilities.
Terminal 1 located near Alitalia and Olympic Airlines in the Arrivals area, operates from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, also charges $4.00 to $16.00 per day depending on the size of your luggage. For more information, phone (718) 751-2947.
Terminal 4 in the Arrivals area, the facility operates 24 hours per day and charges $4.00 to $16.00 per day depending on the size of your luggage. For more information, phone (718) 751-4020.
Terminal 5 now has a Baggage Storage service in the Arrivals area
Terminal 8 by American Airlines operates from 6AM-10PM and the approximate cost, depending on the size of your bags, is $8 – $18 per day. For more information call (718) 995-9292.
Be sure to read our blog post on how to get to and from NYC airports. If you are considering an airport transfer, then keep in mind that these shuttles stop near a number of storage facilities.