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

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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.
18 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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Debbie D
London, United Kingdom
"NOT HELPFUL* NO AFTER SERVIC BEWARE"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
I purchased an online ferry ticket and about one second later realized I had ordered the wrong date of travel, May, and not July, which is the month I will be in New York. I immediately wrote to their customer service explaining what had happened and requsting they send me a new ticket with the correct date. I have received no response, nor did I ever get a confirmation letter to say or confirming my request have been received. I am very dissapointed and annoyed and frustrated that a simple human error which could have been easily corrected has so far just been ignored by them.
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advcards
Reno, Nevada
"Cattle car"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
They move a lot of people but very efficient and courteous of wheelchairs. Overall easy way to do the tour.
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Steve-and-Andie
Lancaster, United Kingdom
"No queue on a rainy day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
We booked our tickets for an 11 o’clock sailing a few months back. Unfortunately the weather was really bad but as we had been before but not spent much time on Ellis Island, most of our visit was going to be indoors. No queue for the crossing and we were through security in a matter of minutes and got an earlier ferry than we planned. Not much seating on the ferry and there is a small snack bar but as the crossing is only 15 minutes or so, that’s not a problem. Would certainly recommend booking online to skip the long queues on nice days as our last visit included an hour plus wait in line.
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karemore
Hudson Valley NY
"Allow extra time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
We booked over three months in advance to get Crown access tickets. I wasn't clear if the time I was reserving was when we were due at the Statue of Liberty, or if it was the time for the ferry departure. I wrote to Statue Cruises and received a timely and helpful reply that the time was actually when we were admitted into the security line. They recommended arriving early to pick up our tickets prior to the time we reserved. Once you pick up your reserved tickets and go through security, there is no set time to enter the pedestal or the crown. We arrived around 8:30, there was no line to pick up our tickets, then we went to the security facility. A tour group entered just before us, otherwise we would have walked right through. Even with the group, it didn't long to have our belongings scanned and to line up for the ferry. Thankfully, I thought to check the ferry schedule before arrival. They only come every 40 minutes or so, if you miss one by a few minutes, it's a long wait. We were able to board the 9:15 ferry for Ellis Island. I was nervous that we wouldn't get on due to the size of the crowd already waiting, but it was amazing how many people fit into the ferry. The ferry itself was fun. They had restrooms, water fountain, snack bar with a few souvenirs for sale, and a tv screen on one deck. There are several decks with plenty of room for everyone to get photos and good views. The crew was courteous and efficient. We weren't sure at that point if we could come back to Ellis Island if we skipped it, so we got off there first. It turned out we could have stayed on the ferry and gone to the Statue first. Once you are on either Island, you can travel back and forth as many times as you want, nobody pays any attention. We wished we had more time to spend at Ellis Island, and ended up coming back later in the day after we went to the crown. We knew the ferry schedule from Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty, and got in line about ten minutes before departure. It was exciting to approach the Statue from the ferry, plenty of photo ops. After touring the Statue, we decided to take the ferry back to Ellis Island. From Ellis Island, we enjoyed the return trip past the Statue and on to NJ. The ticket building closes at 4pm, so restrooms were not available when we returned. There are two lanes for traffic to exit the parking lot, so there was a back up of cars leaving. We chose to enjoy the park and have a picnic rather than wait in the line. The ferries were all clean, the crew for the most part were professional. Considering the number of people they move each day, I thought everything ran remarkably well. The important things to remember are to know when the ferry leaves and allow enough time to board.
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panthony25
"Several very long queues"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
Liberty Island and Ellis Island were very interesting but be prepared for it to take all day. We had reserved tickets but had a queue to get them. Then we thought we would just get the boat as it was the allotted time but no! They then put us in a massive reserved tickets queue which was parallel to a non reserved tickets queue. The two queues then merged and then reduced down to one or two at a time to get through a door to the security area. Then is was a queue for screening. Then it was another massive queue to get on the boat. With just one gangway for everyone. Then when we arrived it was another queue to get off the boat. We then had four more queues before we finally got back to Manhattan. A queue to leave Libery Island, a queue to get off the boat at Ellis island, a queue to get back on the boat at Ellis Island and finally a queue to get off the boat at Battery Park. 6 1/2 hours and 9 queues. Too much. They need to sort this out.
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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.