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Empire State Building: Tours & Tickets

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The Best Views of the Empire State Building

Manhattan would not be Manhattan without its beloved Empire State Building standing tall above the city. We guarantee you'll fall in love with New York the moment you look up and first see it. Here are the very best vantage points.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Should you go to Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) or Empire State Building to get the view? At the Top of the Rock, you get to see the Empire State Building as part of the view. Simply the best.

From the Streets of the Flatiron District

From the Streets of the Flatiron District

Head to the Flatiron Building and stroll through Madison Square Park. Stand in the pedestrian island on 5th Avenue at 22nd Street, and you’ll have your picture perfect photo.

From a Cruise around Manhattan

From a Cruise around Manhattan

Book a cruise around Manhattan, and you’ll get a panoramic view, seeing just how beautifully the Empire State Building stands out among its surrounding skyline.

East River State Park, Kent Street, Williamsburg

East River State Park, Kent Street, Williamsburg

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the beautiful East River State Park provides some of the best skyline views of Manhattan. Bonus: the park holds food and flea markets on the weekends.

To the Top of the Empire State Building

To the Top of the Empire State Building

Head to the Empire State Building itself. Astounding views of Manhattan await you from the observation deck. It will take your breath away, we promise.

Our insider tips

How to Get There / Hours

The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street. It opens at 8am and the last elevator to the top leaves at 1:15 AM; the building closes at 2:00 AM. The nearest subway is the 6 train to 33rd Street; B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street.

The Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

The views will be astounding day or night. If you go at night, you get the romantic city lights all around you. But by day, you get to see the geography and outline of the city below. It's up to you!

Skipping the Line

The Empire State Building is known for its lines. Ticket lines, security lines, and then the line for the elevator up to the 86th Floor observatory. The best way to skip the ticket line is to buy one online in advance. You can even buy an express pass and fast track your way up on the elevator. Keep in mind you will need to go through security. No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:00 AM-2:00 AM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Between $30-40.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    The nearest subway station is 33rd Street - keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.
  • Additional information

    • No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed through security.

    • Don't forget your camera - you'll want to take some of the best photographs ever!

What people are saying about Empire State Building

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 6,489 reviews

Worth it if you're committed to doing a lot of things!

We found the pass to be worth it when we added up the costs of what we did and what it would have cost to do them by paying separately. The pdf information the pass provided on the 100 included attractions was most helpful and maybe we could have gotten that from other sources but it worked out well for us to plan our itinerary from the list of things the pass would pay for. Not all of our activities that we did in NY were covered, but that still was OK. You need to calculate how much you think you're going to do on your trip to determine if it's good for you. We did not feel like we were running all over to do things to make it worth it, but we were busy most days all day long.

Empire State is a must for anyone visiting NYC

Great views obviously. A good orientation to the city. I recommend the express pass to those who can justify spending the money. Easily saved us an hour. With quick visits to a lot of sights, it is the only way o would do it again. A little annoyed by people who grabbed a spot and stayed their for 15 or more mins. I have 11 and 13 yr old, etc difficult to get them to be able to see at times. I think that is more of a function of when we went (sunset) and people thinking of themselves then the workers though I did hear one of them say they’d let too many people up. Overall, great experience friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Amazing experience from booking to the coffee after tour

I was reluctant booking our New York helicopter tour with Wings Air Helicopters because of the distance from our hotel (Lower Manhattan). Extremely happy I did use Wings Air Helicopters aviation and will strongly recommend to everyone who wants to see New York from the sky. It was easy getting to the airport (train form Grand central and then short Lyft ride). The staff was amazing, great communication before the flight, warm welcome when you arrive for the tour, unbelievable experience once in the helicopter. Wings Air Helicopters Team really knows how to make you feel special!

Private Helicopter Tour over New York for Couples Reviewed by

Expensive, but on a fine and crowded day, probably worth it.

The "skip the queues booking" is quite expensive but probably worth it on a busy day. Unfortunately the day we went (the only option for us) was very wet, windy and cloudy so there were no queues and the views were somewhat limited. Luck of the draw!

Interesting and fun; now we know where to spend more time on next trip

Jared was friendly, knowledgeable and very committed to ensuring we got the best tour possible. While relaxed and took in the all the sights with wonder, he took responsibility for setting expectations and keeping us on schedule.

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