Short-Term Luggage Storage in New York City

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New York City Short-Term Luggage Storage

New York City has several short-term luggage storage providers. With a few exceptions, most are clustered in the triangle formed by the city’s three largest transportation terminals: Grand Central Terminal, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station.

Some reasons to consider short-term luggage storage include:

  • You have a long layover and would like to sightsee
  • You arrive in the morning, but cannot check-in to your hotel until the afternoon
  • Your bus, train or flight is delayed
  • Your “light” backpack is no longer light, but you don’t want to go back to your hotel
  • You are coming directly from the airport to meet someone, but do not have time to check-in to your hotel

Although they vary in appearance, these short-term luggage facilities all offer a similar service: providing a safe and worry-free way to store your luggage when you want or need to have your hands free.

If you really want your hands free of luggage, however, we recommend the services of Luggage Free, with whom TripHoney has partnered. Luggage Free will pick up your luggage at your door and deliver it to your final destination, even if it’s on the other side of the world. Door-to-door service. Now that’s hands-free traveling.

For your convenience, we suggest first viewing this map to determine which short-term luggage storage facility is most convenient for you. Click the colored symbols for location names. For a larger view, click the square in the top-right corner of the map.

Private Companies Offering Short-Term Luggage Storage

For the most accurate prices, schedules and location information, please click on the name of each company below.

Short-Term Stow

Perhaps the most elegant location and among the friendliest. They have computers and printers available for your travel-related tasks.

They are located on the 3rd floor of a building without an elevator, but don’t worry. Ring the bell twice if you need assistance. Someone will come down to help you. Ring the bell once if you do not need assistance. The door will simply open.


To our knowledge, Vertoe is the short-term luggage storage provider with the most locations in New York City. And they’re growing.

This peppy start-up is what entrepreneurs call a market disruptor, meaning they enter an established industry, but do things completely differently.

Traditionally, short-term luggage storage providers have operated their own company-run stores. In Vertoe’s case, they have no stores of their own.

Instead, they focus on creating a varied network of small businesses that rent their extra space to travelers needing short-term luggage storage.

You, the traveler, benefit from this in two ways: 1. The number and geographic diversity of locations expands 2. Lower overhead means lower prices for you.

CBH Luggage Storage

If, for some reason, you need to access your luggage outside of normal business hours, this company will accommodate you. There is an extra fee for this, of course, but you effectively have 24-hour access to your possessions.

This is also the only company that offers a clothes-changing area. You do not have to be a luggage storage customer to change clothes there, but there is a fee.

AIE Business Services

They are located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. This may be a convenient option if you are closer to the East Side than Midtown.

AIE’s primary businesses include shipping, copying, printing, scanning, internet, mailbox rentals and other business services. Luggage storage is a secondary business for them, but as with the others, they are a safe and reliable option.

Luggage Keeper

Luggage Keeper epitomizes the essence of a short-term luggage business: it is a space where someone receives and watches over your luggage until you return for it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Schwartz Luggage Storage

The largest and most well-known short-term luggage storage company in New York, Schwartz now has three locations. Two in Manhattan and one adjacent to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in Queens.

The JFK location offers pick-up and drop-off service.

City Co-Pilot

City Co-Pilot is the only short-term luggage storage business in southern Manhattan. This is the most convenient option if you are staying or moving about in lower Manhattan.

Image of two rocks cut to resemble suitcases. The tops of the rocks have handles. Image is used to illustrate how heavy luggage can become when carrying it around how beneficial short-term luggage storage can be.
Short-term luggage storage is probably the best thing you can do for your arms, back and enjoyment of New York City. Otherwise, your luggage will start to get heavy very quickly. This image, “Heavy Luggage,” is used courtesy of Maruice Koop, via Flickr. See Photo Credits section for link to license.

Short-Term Luggage Storage At NYC Transportation Terminals

Grand Central Terminal

No storage services

Penn Station

Luggage storage available for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit passengers. Must present ticket. Fee charged for each bag.

Open from 5:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Located on main level, to the far left of the Amtrak/NJ Transit ticket counters (if you are facing the counters).

Port Authority Bus Terminal

No storage services

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)

JFK  has 3 storage options:

JFK Airport Option 1

  • Location: Terminal 1 Arrivals, 1st floor, close to Olympic and Alitalia Airlines
  • Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $4 to $16/day (depending on luggage size)
  • Phone: (718) 751-2947

JFK Airport Option 2

  • Location: Terminal 4 Arrivals, 1st Floor
  • Hours: 24 hours
  • Cost: $4 to $16/day (depending on luggage size)
  • Phone: (718) 751-4020

JFK Airport Option 3

  • Location: Terminal 8, American Airlines
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Picking up luggage before 6 a.m. is possible, but call for details)
  • Cost: $8 to $18/day (depending on luggage size)
  • Phone: (718) 995-9292

*Reminder: Schwartz Luggage, a private company (see above), has a location next to JFK Airport as well.

LaGuardia Airport

No luggage storage

Newark Airport

No luggage storage

You can, of course, completely avoid the hassle of traveling with luggage by letting Luggage Free do the heavy lifting for you. They charge by the pound and have agreements with transportation companies that benefit you, the traveler. Take a look and compare.

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