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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

My second visit to Ellis Island was even more inspiring than my first.

My second visit, after many years, was more informative & inspiring than my first. The photo & caption displays on the second floor were enthralling as they captured the essence of the times & feelings of America & Americans, who are among the most generous people on earth.. I would have loved to have interviewed the very diverse group of visitors & asked them, many of whom are (or were LEGAL ) immigrants. Of course, my question to them would be what difference do they see between then & now between the determination of immigrants then who were then deemed L.P.C. ( Likely to become Public Charges) & the illegals that are overwhelmingly & predominately at our southern border today?

NYC: Priority or Flexible Statue of Liberty Ticket Reviewed by Matthew, 04/13/2019

Outstanding! Nicola, our guide is one of the best guides I ever had.

It was an excellent tour, Nicola our guide was one of the best tour guides I have ever had, and I travel quite often. Very knowledgeable and witty. Did the tour as part of spring break vacations with my grandson and he kept his attention throughout the four hours. I highly recommend this tour. Janet Pesquera

Tour guide was energetic and full of great stories

Was worried the tour would be too long, but the time was perfect! Enough time to explore on our own with great facts and stories told by tour guide!

Great day and our guide Jacob was brilliant.

I would really recommend this tour. It was a great informative day. Went early morning so everything was easy. Our guide Jacob was fab, knew loads, kept us all upbeat and was a pleasure to hang out with!! Really enjoyable day!

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour Reviewed by Angelina, 03/04/2019

Miss the Lines! Get your tickets at GetYourGuide

On a recent trip to NYC, we wanted to make another trip to Ellis Island. the concierge at our hotel could not get us boat tickets. But I found GETYour Guide by Mistake...bought the tickets, went to Battery Park and found the hostess. Got the tickets, enjoyed the day at our leisure and got a bonus trip to Statue of Liberty! I HIGHLY recommend them. Easy, convenient, NO LINES.

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