Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour in New York, NY

Statue Cruises17 Battery Place New York, NY 10004
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Overview

When visiting NYC, you must make a stop at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. This one-of-a-kind Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour offers multiple departures throughout the day in addition to unparalleled views. Tour guests receive access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Islands along with in-depth audio narration throughout the experience.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Ferries depart from Battery Park or New Jersey.
  • Be prepared for airport-style security.
  • Arrive early for fewer crowds.
  • Audio tours are available.
  • Bring a camera.
  • View Lady Liberty up-close and personal.
  • Self-guided tours of Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Description

from Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
No visit to the New York City area is complete without a trip the world’s most famous landmarks – the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Statue Cruises offers departures throughout the day from New York or Jersey for the convenience of out-of-town visitors and local residents alike.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a memorable experience for people from all over the world. Today, the statue is visited by millions of people a year and continues to remain an icon for freedom as well as a welcoming symbol to immigrants arriving in America.

Statue of Liberty Flex ticket provides:
  • Round trip ferry service.
  • Access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
  • Access to the grounds of Ellis Island.
  • Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Island included.


Statue of Liberty Reserve with Pedestal Access provides:
  • Reserved time with round trip ferry service.
  • Access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
  • Access to the Pedestal.
  • Access to the grounds of Ellis Island.
  • Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Island included.


Departure points are located in The Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York or Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Ferries depart from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. approximately every 20-35 minutes. All guests must go through a mandatory airport-grade security screening prior to boarding the ferry vessel.

Audio tours are included with every ticket purchase. The Audio Tours are available for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. The Audio Tour is available in different languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

Please Note
As of May 16, 2019, commercial guided services are not permitted inside the Statue of Liberty National Monument (Pedestal Observation Level), the new Statue of Liberty Museum and inside the National Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island with the following exception: During the colder months from November to March, and periods of inclement weather (i.e., lightning, rain, snow, sleet, hail) commercial tour guides may provide a brief site orientation for their group in the first-floor Baggage Room of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

New York City Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
David Stutzman
Urbanna, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful for Foreign Student, Inspiring for US Citizens"
July 2016
We took our exchange student trip on a trip around NY, PA & VA. She was very impressed with the Statue of Liberty, not so much with Ellis Island. For us, Ellis Island was more emotional. Our print at home tickets were excellent and got us directly onto the boats. We really liked the efficiency and friendliness of the crews and the flexibility of no fixed time to board. Overall, an excellent deal, but we didn't plan ahead far enough to get pedestal or crown tickets.
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Tip: Order tickets at least six weeks or more in advance to get pedestal or crown tickets. Print tickets at home for better flexability!

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Megan A.
20 Reviews
"A must do for visiting the Statue of Liberty!"
May 2016
We went in April at a 10am time, they were so busy from Spring Break. Luckily, we bought our tickets in advance and avoided a massive line. I would highly suggest reserving a specific time before you arrive. You have to go through what seems like airport security to board the boat. They have beverages and snacks on the enclosed lower deck for purchase and an upper open deck for better views. If your boarding from the NY side, they go to the Statue of Liberty first.. then Ellis Island. If you can reserve the Pedestal or Crown tickets, do so. You have to go through security again to get into the pedestal. This is certainly a full day experience to see both islands. I had no idea the museum and all things to look at Ellis Island would be so big, be prepared to walk. This is a must do if you have never been!
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Tip: Purchase tickets online to avoid massive lines. It takes a full day to experience everything on both islands. You can take the subway to get there.

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New York City Customer
14 Reviews
"Amazing Visit!"
May 2016
We went on a very cold and windy day. The lines were long but they moved very quickly. We had plenty of photo opportunities. It was a short ride from to the Statue and then other short ride to Ellis Island.
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Tip: Arrive at least one hour early.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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kph919
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Actual destination was great, a particular employee not so much."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
I’ll get this out of the way first and say the facilities on the boat, at liberty island, and at Ellis island were all great. I however did not enjoyed being yelled at by an employee. This was in security. I will admit that I am aware mace is not allowed and I understand they had to confiscate it. However, it was not something I had brought with me intentionally. I am a young woman living in New York who often travels alone and needs to have it for my own protection. I often carry it with me, and this day I had forgotten to remove it from my bag. An honest mistake. What the security woman COULD have said after dumping the contents of my purse onto the table was “sorry. you are not allowed to have mace. I need to confiscate this.” However, she did not choose to speak to me like a fellow human being, rather an ill behaved dog. What she actually said after waving the mace in my face was, “This? Gone!” I get her job is probably stressful and annoying, but if I’m being polite and apologetic for an honest mistake, she could have the curtesy to not speak to me in such a manner. This interaction honestly ruined the beginning of my experience.
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Antonio M
"Communication and directions suck"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
Can’t believe no one that works there can see how poorly the instructions, directions, and communications suck so bad. Said to be there an hour early. Had the 8:00 am boat on July 16. The email and website said to be there an hour early. Didn’t need to be there until 8:00. Thanks for getting me up at 5:30. Signage does not say where to line up, go to get tickets, or what to do if you have e-tickets. Lined up right in front of the building to enter security and told about 20 minutes later to line up at the front of the castle at the beginning of the cattle fencing. Getting on and off the boat is very bad. Be careful if you are unsteady as the waves move the boat frequently. Almost forgot, before they load you on the boat the first time, you are waiting in an enclosed area like sardines. Luckily, we were there in the morning so it wasn’t hot yet, but you could smell the musty people.
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2356san
"Boat Cruise with super friendly Jason from Top View Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
1st time visitors to NYC from New Zealand and met Jason who works for the company, Jason was scaning the tourist tickets prior to boarding the boat to a trip out to Statue of Liberty. Jason was incredibly friendly. The boat was running late and he explained the reason why it was behind schedule which all the tourist appreciated as it was incredibly hot and sticky today whilst standing in the queue waiting for the boat. Staff like Jason are valuable to a tourist operator as it is a crowded market and you need to be sure that who you employ represents the company in a proper manner. Thank you Jason you are brilliant. Kind Regards Sandra Craze New Zealand.
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QueeenBeee3
Sterling Heights, Michigan
"Don't go by their schedule on their website - Liberty Landing Cruises"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2019 NEW
This is for Liberty Landing Cruises. Their website says Statue Cruises. I used their ferry on 4th of July. I called the week before as I had tickets to go inside Statue of Liberty from the New Jersey side and I had to enter from the New Jersey side. I told them I would be going on the 4th, gave them my time, they assured me that taking the Liberty Landing Ferry to Liberty State Park and then getting on Statue Cruises would be the easiest to avoid subways, trams...etc. They failed to tell me that the 4th is considered a weekend time. We got to the marina to take the 7:45 ferry and the 1st ferry didn't arrive until 9:15. Try keeping 4 kids entertained early. We left our hotel at 6:45 to take the subway, then walk for 12 minutes, only to wait 1 1/2 hour. Very disappointed that they did not tell me this information on the phone and no where on their website does it say that holidays are considered weekend schedule.
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AndyMM1963
Coventry, United Kingdom
"Easy and Frequent"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 08, 2019 NEW
Getting to Liberty island, Ellis Island every 20 minutes. You can get food and gifts on there too. Very well organised and if you have pushchair or wheelchair crew members happy to help.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

How do I redeem the E-ticket?
The admission tickets can be picked up at the office Will Call window (at either the New Jersey or New York ticket office) by the ticket purchaser. You can tell them the confirmation number (separate number than the Reserve Direct order number) or present the E-ticket provided, must present a valid Government Issued Photo ID.

Are Pets allowed on the ferry or in the park?
No. Pets are prohibited from using the ferry system and being on Liberty and Ellis Islands. However, documented service/assist animals are exempt from this policy. Please contact Statue Cruises.

Where do the ferries depart from?
The ferries depart from Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

If I take the ferry from one side, must I return on that side?
No. You may depart from and return to different locations. Be sure to use the appropriate boarding location at each island. Once you disembark on the other side, you will not be able to board the ferries back to your original departure location. However, you can take the Liberty Landing Ferry between Liberty State Park and Manhattan for an additional fee.

What languages are available for the audio tours?
The Audio Tours are available for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. The Audio Tour is available in different languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

Are backpacks and food permitted inside the Statue of Liberty?
No. Before accessing the Pedestal and Crown areas of the Statue, all visitors with backpacks, food and drinks must place these items in key-secured visitor lockers. Lockers are located and can be rented in the security tent area for a nominal fee.

Are wheelchairs available for rental?
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis for no fee from the National Park Service. An identification card with a photo is needed to obtain one while visiting the island. Park staff are available to assist visitors at the information desk. There are no wheelchairs at the departure locations or onboard the vessels.

Do I need to purchase a separate ferry ticket if I want to go to Ellis Island as well?
No, our boats run to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; no additional ticket purchase is necessary. The ferry ticket provides round trip transportation to, from, and between the islands throughout the day but is not valid for reentry once a visitor disembarks at either the New Jersey or New York.

Can minors visit unaccompanied by an adult?
All minors (17 and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult 25 years old or older. If they arrive without an adult, they may be denied entrance into the park.

Children under 4 are free, but do I still need a reservation for them?
No. You may bring your children up to 4 years of age and they do not need a ticket to board the ferry.

I have a 2:00 pm ticket, will I be able to go to both islands?
If you have 2:00 pm or later tickets, you will only have adequate time to go to one of the two islands, whichever you choose.

ELLIS ISLAND

What programs are available at Ellis Island?
American Immigrant Wall of Honor - For families who choose to honor a member of their family by having their name etched in the external wall outside of Ellis Island.

Can I visit other buildings on the Island?
Visitors will have limited access the Ellis Island featuring the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.

Can people visit Ellis Island other than by ferry boat?
No, public access to Ellis Island is only via ferry boat operated by Statue Cruises. The docking of private vessels is strictly prohibited. The bridge to Ellis Island is not open to the public and is available to authorized personnel only.

How long do I need to visit Ellis Island?
The tour is self-guided and self-paced. The time spent on each Island is entirely up to the visitor and what they wish to view while visiting. Generally, one hour to two hours are enough time to visit Ellis Island. Ferries depart from Ellis Island approximately every 20 minutes.

Do I need a reservation to visit Ellis Island?
No. Your Reserve Ticket grants you access to Ellis Island.

Can I get a tour?
Ranger-guided tours are offered to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Program listings are posted each day on program boards at Battery Park, Liberty State Park and at the Ellis Island information desk and are available dependent upon staffing levels.
Audio tours for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are provided with every ticket purchase and provide a wonderful enhancement to your visit.

Are there storage facilities at Ellis Island?
No. Visitors must carry and keep personal possessions with them at all times.

If I’m using a car to get to the ferry, is parking available?
Ferries depart from Battery Park in New York City and from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. We strongly recommend visitors travelling by auto or bus to use the ample car and bus parking at the ferry area in Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Parking at Liberty State Park is $7 per car. Although private parking garages may be available to you near Battery Park in New York City, parking is usually very limited and can be costly.

LIBERTY ISLAND

Is the Crown included with my admission ticket?
No, this is a separate ticket type that we do not offer. Crown tickets book up far in advance.

What other programs are available at Liberty Island?
There are many scenic views for photos and guided tour opportunities. Liberty Island Ranger Tours are free outdoor tours which provide the opportunity to learn more about the history of Liberty Island and the Statue. Liberty Island Junior Ranger Programs are self-paced activities documented in a book on both Islands. Audio tours for the Statue of Liberty National Monument provide a wonderful enhancement to your visit and are especially useful for those with limited time.

Is the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island?
No, there are two separate islands, Liberty Island and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island.