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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

Fantastic tour guide (David). Great history. Awesome monuments.

A must for every visitor. Get yourself booked with a tour guide for the complete experience. David was engaging and very informative.

Highly informative, excellent timing, lots of photo opportunities!

Definitely one of the best tours I have done. Our guide Jim was brilliant! Funny, informative but made sure we got through security checks quickly and still had lots of time to enjoy the location, the history and lots of time for photos. Would definitely recommend to anyone that is planning to visit New York!

Skipping all the lines alone would have made it worth it!

I really enjoyed our tour. Our guide Debbie was great. Our time in New York was limited and the tour allowed us to get the most out of time there.

An incredible experience, with life long memories!

The rep was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, most informative and professional. Long security line where you actually join the line you skip. My advice, if you’re going low season you won’t need a skip the line ticket, also if you want to do the crown, then definitely book about four months in advance. Take your own little headphones for the audio device because your arm can begin to ake, constantly holding the handset to your ear. Fantastic day with marvellous photo opportunities. Go early.

Excellent guide and wonderful sight seeing

Loved every aspect of this half day tour. Visiting the pedestal and museum and Ellis Island was very insightful of knowing the history of New York

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: 4-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/25/2018

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