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

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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.
  • 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.
  • Pedestal access included with ticket.
  • Priority entry into the Boarding Queue.
  • Self-guided tours of Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

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


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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 for the convenience of out-of-town visitors and local residents alike.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island featuring the Wall of Honor is a memorable experience for people from all over the world.

Statue of Liberty Reserve with Pedestal ticket provides:
  • Access up to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Priority entry into the Boarding Queue which saves you wait time at the departure point.
  • Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
  • Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Island included.

Note: Pedestal access is limited and may not be offered during your visit.

Please be aware that the Statue of Liberty pedestal access requires a 215-step climb, with no elevator access.

The Flex ticket gives visitors flexibility in their departure time and date. The ticket is good for one use within 180 days of the date purchased. Pedestal access not included.

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.
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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.
16 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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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.
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Tip: Arrive at least one hour early.

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Theresa S
Lindenhurst, New York
"Wonderful day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
I booked online for crown tickets about 4 months in advance. When we got to battery park they let us into the security line about 45 minutes before the time on my ticket. Security line went fast and they got us right in the ferry. Security was a little more strict at the statue. Once at the statue was got right into the statue to begin our climb. Then a short line back on the ferry to Ellis Island. I was very amazed how organized and fast they got you on and off the ferries. It was a wonderful day.
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Jeff C
Anchorage, Alaska
"Not impressed"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2017 NEW
Booked the pedestal tour. The security screening process was atrocious - the people working our lane were seemingly unfamiliar with the scanner equipment. They allowed our valuables to go thru the machine and sit on the other side unprotected for several minutes. We sat on the lower level on the boat and none of the speakers worked - we couldn’t hear any of the announcements. Pedestal tour itself was ok - just too many people and tween kids with no concept of personal space.
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New Albany, Indiana
"Statue Cruises - Statue of Libery Cruises and Ellis Island - What to Know"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2017 NEW
Statue Cruises are the only boats that will land on Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Other cruises from other companies are just boat tours – no landings. I purchased tickets online (the day before) for 9 am on a Monday (I did not pay extra for pedestal access and crown tickets were long ago sold out). I chose the Will Call option but you can also print them out in advance. KEEP IN MIND, the time on your ticket is your designated time for going through security (which is close to airport style in that you pass through metal detectors and your bags are x-rayed). New York cruises take off from Battery Park. I actually arrived around 8:15 am. There was no line for tickets or for security. I picked up my ticket at Will Call. The clerk said I could have a pedestal entry ticket for free if I wanted. Of course, I took it. I went right through, got on the boat and almost immediately took off. I went to the top deck to get unobstructed views. Stand on the right side of the boat on the way to Liberty Island from Manhattan. The boat will make a pass in front of the SoL before docking on the side. Great views of her as you pass by. If you are quick on the shutter, you will have a few seconds to capture her with Manhattan in the background. Lady Liberty faces south east so she will be directly lit by the sun in the mornings. There is a snack stand on the boat. I didn’t use the rest room. There are seats on the top deck and inside but I didn’t sit at all nor did I want to. There is a sign posted on the island for departure times to Ellis Island. Made note of the times (took a picture of the sign). When I was ready, I got in line for the next boat and boarded (not a long wait). Stand on the left side of the boat for a second pass in front of her on the way to Ellis Island. After my visit on Ellis Island, I got back on the boat for the return to Manhattan. This time, I stood at the front of the boat for views of Manhattan. It was almost 12:30 when we docked. You can get the same cruise from the New Jersey side as well which I have heard is less busy. You can take as much or as little time as you need on both islands. If you are short on time and really just want to get much closer views of the SoL than what you would get from the Staten Island Ferry (which is free), you can just stay on the boat instead of getting off at the islands and you will return to Manhattan within an hour or less. Tickets are $18.50 for adults and this is a cheaper option than say the Circle Line Cruises which I believe are $30 p/p for the Liberty Express tour with no landing.
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Tim P
Chelmsford, England
"Great way to see the statue"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2017 NEW
If you want to get up close to the statue, this is a great way to do it. It wasn't particularly busy when we went, so it was a fairly swift trip through the airport-style security and on to the boat. The boat is nothing special, just a typical ferry boat, but there is a good top deck seating area where you can get great views of the city and the statue. We didn't get off at the statue but got off at Ellis Island and did the tour of the immigration centre, which was really interesting and highly recommended.
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Highland, Utah
"Should have gone to Jersey"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2017 NEW
Liberty Island was good and Ellis Island was exceptional, but getting to and from them was a real pain. The (slow) line to get tickets is inside the old battery, in the hot sun, with nothing to look at and staffed by really cranky rangers. To get to the battery from the subway station we walked a quarter of a mile or so along a shaded path with a great view of the ocean. Surely there must be a way to make that where the line forms. Then, after getting tickets, it's off to another long and slow line to get into the sweltering security shed before boarding the over-sold boat. At least the security was quick and polite. If I had another chance, I'd travel over to New Jersey and take their boat instead.
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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.