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Ellis Island was the most active American immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954 making it the first piece of land millions of immigrants set foot on in their new home. Today it remains a landmark where that hope for a better tomorrow remains.

Ellis Island Ferry

Ellis Island Ferry

Getting there is half the fun! A $18 ticket will take you on a humbling cruise through the Upper New York Bay to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

Ellis Island Museum

Ellis Island Museum

Bonus: head to the information desk for a complimentary tour at the top of the hour for a guided tour, no ticket required.

Statue of Liberty Tour

Statue of Liberty Tour

Take the ferry a little further north to visit Liberty Island and experience the nation’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, up close and personal.

Ellis Island Hospital Complex

Dive deeper into the experience of arriving at Ellis Island with a 90-minute hard hat tour of the Hospital Complex. Purchase tickets in advance.

Fun History Facts

Fun History Facts

Did you know, for example, that a 1998 ruling by the Supreme Court determined that most of the island belongs to New Jersey, not New York?

Our insider tips

How to get there?

You can get to Ellis Island by taking a ferry operated by Statue Cruises from either Communipaw Terminal in Liberty State Park or Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City. Reserving your tickets ahead of time is recommended.

How long does it take?

Generally you won’t need more than a couple hours to take in these sights, but you can set your own pace visiting Ellis Island and Liberty Island - the ferries depart every 20 minutes.

How much does it cost?

The $18 ferry ticket grants access to both of the islands.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary throughout the year, so make sure you plan ahead and note the first and last ferries! Closed Christmas.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just $18 and go upwards depending on tour packages and perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is a great idea to help you understand the historical context of this iconic American monument.
  • How to get there
    Public transportation to the ferry departure points at Battery Park and Liberty State Park is recommended!
  • Additional information

    • Visitors and their belongings are subject to screening before boarding the ferry.

    • A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow for the visit on a first come, first service basis.

What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 9,999 reviews

Easy way to get great views and history of these important landmarks!

We had a great time but we were the only English speaking on the tour. Somehow we wound up with a Mandarin speaking tour group. It was still fun but just kind of odd.

We had a great time, at the right price.

This activity was very informative and entertaining, everyone was happy to help and guide, we definitely had a great time.

Bonnie our guide was absolutely brilliant!

Bonnie is such a wonderful lady - felt very lucky to have had her as our guide. Full of life and interesting facts and is such a great characters with brilliant energy. Did her best to get us to the front of queues and ended up doing a 7 hr tour due to the fact it was SO busy due to memorial weekend. So glad to have had Bonnie - best guide I have ever had. Very interesting tour and 9/11 memorial site very powerful indeed Only negative was we had to buy a further 20 usd to gonup Pedestal which I had thought was included.

A truly amazing way to experience uniquely American story!

I booked a tour on Memorial Day weekend when my parents were visiting from out of town. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and helped us navigate the lines with ease. We had a truly great day experience the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Highly recommended!

Well worth it! Fantastic guide and tour!

Emmanuel Hadar was our tour guide and he was fantastic! So knowledgeable and personable, he made the wait times informative and interesting. Getting Amigo Tours was a great investment. Huge lines but not for us, much, MUCH shorter wait times with the tour. If we ever make it back to NYC, we will definitely seek out Amigo Tours again.

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