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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
4.4 / 5
based on 9,356 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable and very informative. Carla was awesome!

Carla was very thorough/knowledgable and gave more info and explanations than I could possibly have done on my own. She had seemingly boundless energy and happily answered endless questions from all of us. She engaged all the participants throughout the morning and kept us all on track. Great experience!!

This visit was never more relevant that in the days that we now live

The lessons of the past and the courage of our forebears is brought to our consciousness at a time when we need to know it most. The importance of our immigrant past and how it shaped our present helps us to understand that these are enduring values not outdated clichés. May we, as a nation, never forget how immigrants sustain our liberty not imperil it.

Informative enjoyable interesting educational.

Remy our guide was excellent. He had outstanding people skills and was informative knowledgeable and funny! A very worthwhile enjoyable and memorable experience!

Wonderful trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

I would highly recommend the guided tour and Amy was wonderful. Well worth purchasing the guided tour.

Leann is amazing! She is so passionate about the history and stories.

This was hands out the best tour experience ever. There are so many complicated logistical pieces transferring ferries and walking and the entire tour felt simple and comfortable and so engaging. Leanne is amazing at sharing all sides of the viewpoints and putting you in the shoes of the people involved. Everything took on more meaning and you felt the feelings of the historical figures.

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