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.

Tripster 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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Tripster 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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joannepZ1303HW
Sydney, Australia
"More than expected "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
After reading some negative reviews I was expected less than what we enjoyed. Booked & paid for cruise & pedestal visit (recommend) the night before. Showed my eticket on my mobile - all went smoothly. Liberty Island & the pedestal visit were well worth it. The lockers were a quarter, which you got back, audio tour was good & we enjoyed the museum. Ellis island also very interesting. For US$18.50 each it was a great sightseeing day. We took our own drinks & fruit.
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19NT80
England, United Kingdom
"Liberty Island and Ellis Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
Statue Cruises is the only way to get on to Liberty Island (and get up close to the Statue of Liberty) and on to Ellis Island. The journey starts either from New York (from Battery Park) or from New Jersey. Standard tickets from New York were $18.50 for adults and give access to the grounds of both islands and to the museums on both. To go up Statue of Liberty to the crown, tickets must be booked well in advance – at the time we went tickets were only available for 3 months away – and I didn’t realise this until just before the trip. Tickets to the pedestral level can also be booked in advance, but also seem to be released the day before as well online. Although we didn’t get to go up the Statue of Liberty we didn’t really feel like we’d missed out on anything. The museum at Statue of Liberty was interesting and showed the history of the Statue of Liberty. There are food places and the food wasn’t crazily overpriced and was very tasty. Access to Ellis Island is via the Statue Cruises. The museum is very interesting and gave an interesting picture of the history of the nation and how immigration was a long time ago. In some ways things haven’t changed but the process that immigrants went through for access to the country has. I would recommend that all Americans visit. Be prepared for the crowds, particularly queuing to get on and off of the boats.
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John S
Blackpool, United Kingdom
"Good way to explore"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
The best way to get here is the open top bus as it stops near Battery Park.The statue cruises is a very good way to see the national monument of the Statue of Liberty. The boat drops you off on the Liberty Island. You can walk around the island taking breathtaking views of the statue in all her glory. It is just as good as going into the monument building itself, in fact you can see more of the building from the outside. The boats are very regular with not a lot of waiting time for the next boat. The next boat takes you to Ellis Island which was the original docking place for all immagrants entering into New York. There are lots of information boards and you will need at least 2 hours to take it all in. Finally the boat takes you back to Battery Park. Here you can hop onto the next bus for your next hop off location. You will need to allow half a day for your stop taking everything in.
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James F
Liverpool, United Kingdom
"The only way to truly see the Statue"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 30, 2019 NEW
Easy to book on-line & good value (think tickets were only $20 each). Booked pedestal tickets about three months before travelling. Try to book 6 months before to get very limited Crown tickets. Brilliant way to see the statue. Only disappointment was that we had a 2pm ticket. This means you can't go through security (like an airport) until 1pm. Got to Statue Island very easily & went up the pedestal. However, didn't really have enough time subsequently to get off the ferry & explore Ellis Island. Really try to get am tickets.
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SherylL_8780
Romeo, Michigan
"Disorganized "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2019 NEW
The cruise itself was fine, but the check in process was awkward and disorganized. You go through security similar to an airport but they also make you take off your watches. I got through the security but the rest of my party had to wait, which was weird. I couldn’t stand too close to them or I got yelled at, and I didn’t want to get too far away from them because you aren’t allowed to use your cellphone in the facility!!!! Once we all got through security we were in an organized line but then the employees tell everyone to bunch up and cram as close to the doors as possible. It was very hot!!! We were just doing the cruise part of the trip as we didn’t want to stand in line for the Statue of Liberty. I suggest if you are going to do that, get on the first ferry of the morning and on a weekday if possible. The cruise itself was really nice and a beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty and of the New York skyline.
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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.