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

Statue Cruises17 Battery Place New York, NY 10004
View on Map

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.

Discover More With Us

Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Raquel S.

It is helpful to have $1 bills handy for lockers at security since backpacks are not allowed at the Statue of Liberty.

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 to 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.


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.

Reserve 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.
Read More
Tip: Order tickets at least six weeks or more in advance to get pedestal or crown tickets. Print tickets at home for better flexability!

Was this review helpful? Yes

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!
Read More
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Reserve 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.
Read More
Tip: Arrive at least one hour early.

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
crv423
PA
"be prepared to wait in a disorganized mess"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2018 NEW
The whole process getting out to the statue is a nightmare. Poor signage coupled with people trying to sell statue boat rides, make the process of buying a ticket confusing. The tickets are actually sold inside an old fort. Be prepared to wait about 45 minutes for grounds only tickets, as all other are sold out. Then be prepared to wait over two hours in security lines, like I did. Why are the lines so long? Because a portion of them are not roped off and people just keep cutting into the line ahead of you. I'm here to see a statue, not to be a police officer. The airport style security took forever. If each security line had its own metal detector, instead of two lines sharing one, the process would move much faster. The actual boats out to the statue look like they should be in a museum. They look very old and there is only one entrance/exit. This makes boarding and unloading very time consuming. The statue is a must see, but the whole process of getting there is so inconvenient and inefficient, that it just has to be a government managed operation.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
silhouete2
Pleasanton, California
"The only way to get to Liberty Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
Statue Cruises is the official ferry line that takes you to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. You cannot get on Liberty Island to the Statue unless you go through Statue Cruises. They have 2 locations to board the ferries--one in Manhattan in Battery Park (Clinton Castle) and the other in New Jersey in Liberty State Park. We boarded the ferry in Manhattan. We took the subway from Midtown to Bowling Green station. When we exited, there were people right there guiding you where to go to purchase or pick up tickets. We had Crown access tickets and went to the Will Call window. The lady at the counter was friendly and helpful. We asked some other people who worked there a few questions and they were also helpful. We had to pass through security before getting on the boat. The first stop is Liberty Island. When you are done there, you wait to board a boat which stops first at Ellis Island. You can either get off at Ellis or stay on and return to Battery Park. Once you exit at Battery Park you cannot get on again. The boat operators were efficient and kept the line moving so people got on quickly. The ride was smooth and didn't take very long. There is a place onboard the boats where you can purcahse snacks and drinks if you need something.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
coachmichaelalogue
Delray Beach, Florida
"Lady Liberty is gorgeous up close!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
My husband took me on a trip to New York City for my birthday this year and we decided to do the tourist view of downtown Manhattan. Of course this includes visiting Lady Liberty and Ellis island! We got lucky with a gorgeous partly sunny day and the boat cruise itself was glorious. Keep in mind the boat's boarding process is a bit hectic, not organized at all, however, once you are on the boat and find a good seat, the view is spectacular. Upon reaching Liberty Island, seeing the Statue of Liberty up close really reminds you of your patriotism. I actually got emotional seeing her up close! There is a sense of pride that washes over you. It was spectacular. Ellis island was very interesting as they go over the history of all the people who came through there hundreds of years earlier. You feel the energy of those "huddled masses" when you visit. It's a must do if you come to New York City as a tourist.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Coralie M
"Super"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
The ferry stops at Liberty Island and Ellis Island. I recommend you stop on both islands. On Liberty Island you have access to an audio guide (free and in several languages) explaining very well the history of construction of Statue of Liberty with some small stories. But ATTENTION it does not give you access to the inside of the Statue of Liberty, for this you have to book in advance (1 to 2 weeks). This is another ticket. Then the museum at Ellis ISland is really very interesting. There are 3 exhibitions. The most interesting lasts almost 2 hours I would say, the others can be done faster. Here too there are free audio guides and in several languages. There is also a restaurant inside. I took the boat around 9am, there was nobody so the security check was done quickly and very little wait. But past 10am we can see the boats with more and more people. Don't forget your camera!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
S_Singer2104
Jacksonville, Florida
"Worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
The four best tips for this cruise are: 1) If you want to go to the Pedestal or Crown, book your tickets months in advance. 2) Booking online ahead of time, will save you a significant wait. 3) Consider purchasing flex tickets carefully, that had the longest lines. 4) Wear sunscreen during summer months. The top level is open to the elements.
Read More
Star Map Pin Icon
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is located at Statue Cruises17 Battery Place New York, NY 10004
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

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.