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

Statue Cruises17 Battery Place New York, NY 10004
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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.


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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Omaha, Nebraska
"Horrible company "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
This website has VERY poor directions. DO NOT GO NEAR THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY!!! There are a thousand people that want to sell you bogus tickets. And from there is it about a half mile walk to the actual departure. We finally found a security guard to help us after the sea of swindling pan handlers. The weather was atrocious and all the signs are mis labeled and everyone is telling you a different place to go. Go directly to battery park and find the security booth. Good luck cause it’s not labeled at all
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"Awful travel - fantastic destinations"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2020 NEW
Copy below of email sent to (and ignored by) Statue Cruises. "we took the Statue Cruises tour to the Liberty Statue / Ellis Island museum. The weather was beautiful and our destination points amazing. However the getting there was beyond awful. We asked our way to the terminal as there were no signs at Battery Park (at least not on the Ferry approach). The signage at Clinton indicated “tickets” one way and “boats” another. For the first time visitor one presumes Clinton is one attraction and boats are the other. Like others we joined one line, left joined the other before realising and starting over. This is obviously a common problem as they have employed extremely rude members of staff who order random people in the line to show their tickets. ( Why not employ helpful, welcoming staff at the head of the line? Why not have indicators for what the line is and how long waiting time is? Once in Clinton we were yelled at with line numbers to join like inmates. We eventually met with a young lady who issued us tickets the only pleasant person from that company we met all day. She confirmed that even with a Go Pass we would have to join the main line outside (so where’s the promised fast track entry in Go’s advertising? No “just hop on and off” for us then!). We lined up with a 6 year and 10 year child for nearly 2 hours, next to stinking garbage cans and street hustlers plying for cash. Our tickets were silently snatched off us and stubs removed before we headed for the screening area yelled at the whole time with confused customers also yelling at each other when they thought they were being cut in on. Finally we were barked at to get in fresh lines to go through screening manned by staff who behaved like it was an army check point. (It occurred to me at this point the irony of where we were visiting. Maybe it could be monetised as a chance to relive the experience of the original immigrants?) On a final note when we returned to Battery Park at the end of the day the disembarkation of a packed boat was in my opinion unsafe. The vessel was not fully secured to the moorings at the pier and passengers were repeatedly stumbling and falling as it pitched about. (Presumably so it could be quickly turned around again). In short it was like a badly organised internment camp, inhospitable and mercenary and yes I appreciate it will be very busy in good weather but the company should make better provision to cope. Instead of having an enjoyable day we just remained depressed by it all" UPDATE - As our tickets were technically bought from Go Pass we complained to them and asked for (and received) a 50% refund for our family. Go Pass btw saved us hundreds and their service was fantastic.
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Dublin, Ireland
"Quality service "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
Amazing service from start to finish. At first I had trouble on the site when our date for the crown tickets came around and my payment wouldn’t go through, I had to ring statue cruises from Ireland and the man on the phone couldn’t have been more helpful. I got my crown tickets and within minutes had my confirmation email. On the day, in Battery park ticket pick up was hassle free, so easy, no queues, staff were so helpful and polite the staff when we boarded the boat were the exact same. When we got to liberty island we headed straight to the statue and began our climb. The rangers inside the statue, in particular the two up in the crown couldn’t have been more helpful and nice to us. The pointed out things inside the statue that we would have missed, like the imprint of her face from inside (its hard to see without been shown exactly), they let us feel her “skin” and even how to get photo’s of the view of manhattan with bits of the statue in them and different angles of the book and torch. They went above and beyond to make sure we got 100% from the experience. Will 100% be back again when my daughter is older to experience this too.
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"Rude security"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2020 NEW
The only negative experience was security to board the ferry. Airport “like” security check? Worse.... the agents were so rude. Throwing and shoving the bins forward, barking orders, total hate their jobs feeling. There are many people that go through there that have difficulty with our language and dialect and to meet with pure lack of kindness must be terrible. It was for me and I live in NY.
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Sandra H
Warner Robins, Georgia
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2019 NEW
Do not...I repeat...DO NOT go to the Statue Of Liberty without a reservation/ticket! We did have a reservation and waited an hour...the line for people without a ticket was at LEAST 3 hours long!! It wasn't so much a wait for the boat, but for security.
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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.


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.


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.