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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

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

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

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

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

Everything went perfectly, I didn't have any problem.

I booked the ticket at night for the next morning when everything went perfectly. I've found the woman with the tickets immediately with the application who gave me the tickets quickly and I could also enter the boat immediately. Many ships leave throughout the day so you can choose from many options, you can take your time and enjoy the journey.

Priority Statue of Liberty Ticket with Optional Pedestal Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/16/2018

FANTASTIC statue of liberty and Ellis Island tour and guide (Zach)

Zach was an amazing tour guide. I will recommend him to any and everyone. The tour was well worth the money spent.

This tour was awesome. Jen was very informative and fun tour guide.

Tour was excellent. Jen, our tour guide was great and fun. Kept things interesting. Suggest going to the 8:30 a.m. tour is less crowded. Tight security at the State of Liberty. Back packs with 2-straps must be placed in a locker for $2. Cross body type packs or purses are fine. Lockers can be confusing and take too much time to check-in and check-out. That area gets congested and can be frustrating. Only regret. . we were limited on time due to return flight and had to miss parts of the Ellis Island tour. Would go again and plan for all-day.

Incredible to see this beautiful icon up close and in person!

Everyone knows Lady Liberty... But nothing prepared me for what a work of art she really is, when you get to "meet" her in person. She's stunning! Book well in advance for pedestal access, it's absolutely worth it! Ellis Island is thought-provoking, the staff very helpful and knowledgeable. We were looking for an ancestor but unfortunately did not find him in the archives, but the staff gave us tips on where else we might try. The process of getting tickets from the Get Your Guide ladies was seamless. There were short waits here and there, but because we went early, they really were short! We were on the boat heading for Liberty Island by 10am, but by the time we headed on to Ellis Island at about midday, we could see the queues building up.

Priority Statue of Liberty Ticket with Optional Pedestal Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/09/2018

Owen was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour a memorable experie

We believe that we had the best tour guide possible. Owen was fantastic. He shared so many facts with us and made the tour a true experience that we will never forget!!

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