Statue of Liberty ferry – tickets, prices, schedule, how & where to board

Statue of Liberty ferries

Visiting Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences of a New York holiday.

The only way to get to Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island is the ferries operated by Statue Cruises.

The ferry tickets include access to the massive Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

In this article, we share everything you must know before booking your Statue of Liberty ferry.

1. Ferry from New York
2. Ferry from New Jersey
3. Route from Battery Park
4. Route from Liberty State Park
5. Duration of the ride
6. How to return by ferry
7. Statue of Liberty ferry schedule
8. How to board Liberty ferry
9. Price of Statue of Liberty ferry
10. Statue of Liberty ferry tickets
11. Guided tour + ferry ride
12. About Statue Cruises boats

Where to take Statue of Liberty ferry

Statue Cruises is the only official ferry operator for Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty ferries set sail from two places – Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey, all through the day.

Liberty Island is approximately 3.2 kms (2 miles) by water from both Battery Park and Liberty State Park. 

Statue of Liberty ferry from New York 

Most of the tourists visiting Statue of Liberty board their ferry from Battery Park, New York.

Mostly because the visitors are already holidaying in New York and because Battery Park is better connected by public transportation.

Statue of Liberty ferry address: Battery Park has no street address. However, if you plan on using Google Maps, you can enter ’17 State Street, New York, New York’.

Or click here for direction

Getting to Battery Park, New York

Since parking lots are limited in Lower Manhattan, we recommend public transport to get to Battery Park.

By Subway

It is best to take a subway to Battery Park.

Once you get off the subway, you can walk to the Statue Cruises ticket office in Castle Clinton.

Local 1 and R trains stop at South Ferry/Whitehall Street Station, a New York City Subway station complex in the Manhattan neighborhood.

A five minutes walk can get you from South Ferry Station to Castle Clinton. 

South Ferry Station to Castle Clinton

EXPRESS (Lexington Avenue Line) trains 4 and 5 stop at the Bowling Green Station, and a brisk two-minute walk can get you to the Statue Cruises ticketing counter. 

Bowling Green Station to Battery Park

By Bus

Get on to M5, M15, or M20 and get down at South Ferry stop.

You can’t miss the sign for the Statue of Liberty ferries.


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Statue of Liberty ferry from New Jersey

If you prefer to board the Statue of Liberty ferry from Jersey City, you must get to Liberty State Park. 

Liberty State Park has ample car and bus parking at the ferry area, however its public transportation connectivity isn’t as good. 

Parking at Liberty State Park is $7 per car. 

Statue of Liberty ferry address: Liberty State Park, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ. Get Directions

Getting to Liberty State Park, New Jersey

Because of the lack of good public transport options, fewer tourists board the Statue Cruises ferry from Liberty State Park.

By Light Rail

Get on to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, which runs through the Jersey City and New Jersey area and get down at the Liberty State Park station.

This station is 1.6 KMs (1 Mile) from the ferry location, and since there is no public transport option, it is best to get an Uber.

Liberty State Park station to CRRNJ Terminal

For approximately 13 USD, an Uber can get you to the Statue Cruises ticket office in the CRRNJ Terminal.

However, if you drive to the Terminal, you can park your car at the free Statue of Liberty Parking and take a brisk seven-minute walk to get to the CRRNJ Terminal.

Parking slots near the Liberty State Park’s ferry dock are paid, and it costs $7 per car.

Follow the link for a more detailed article on taking the Statue of Liberty ferry from New Jersey.


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Statue of Liberty ferry routes

Depending on where you board the Statue of Liberty ferry, the order in which you visit the tourist attractions vary. 

In this section, we explain the route the Statue of Liberty boats take and the stops they make.

Ferry route from Battery Park, New York

All Statue of Liberty Cruises, which sail from Battery Park in New York, first go to the Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty stands in all its glory.

Then they sail to Ellis Island and finally back to Battery Park.

Route of Statue of Liberty ferry starting from New York
Route followed by Statue of Liberty ferries starting from Battery Park, New York. Image: Statuecruises.com

In short, when you board the Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park, you get to see the Statue of Liberty first and then the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

When you start early on a summer day, this order is better because the Statue of Liberty is an outdoor attraction, and you get to explore it before it gets too hot.

And by the time the sun is at its peak, you are inside the Ellis Island Museum.

Check out the video to see how your trip to Statue of Liberty pans out when you start from Battery Park, New York.


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Ferry route from Liberty State Park, New Jersey

All Statue of Liberty boats sailing from Liberty State Park in New Jersey first go to Ellis Island – the island with the Immigration Museum.

Then they sail to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty monument is on display, and finally back to Liberty State Park.

Route of Statue of Liberty ferry starting from New Jersey
Route followed by Statue of Liberty ferries starting from Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Image: Statuecruises.com

If you start early during the summer months, this order may not be as comfortable because you will be exploring the Statue of Liberty monument when the temperatures are high.

Let’s say if you start at 10 am, you are likely to be done by the Immigration Museum by 12 or so and you may be at Statue of Liberty when the sun is at its peak.

You can’t change the order, but you can change the time you start your tour.

During the peak summer months, if you board the ferry around 1 pm, you will be done with the Ellis Island Museum by 3 pm and be at Statue of Liberty by 3.30 pm.

And since during these months the Liberty Island grounds close at 6.20 pm, you will have around three hours to explore the Statue of Liberty.

Check out the video to see how your trip to Statue of Liberty pans out when you start from Liberty State Park, New York.


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Duration of the Liberty ferry ride

Wherever you start from – Battery Park or Liberty State Park, the ferry ride to Liberty Island usually takes 15 minutes or less.

However, during peak times, you may have to wait your turn and maybe even let go of a ferry because it was full.

But it is not much of a hassle because a Statue Cruises ferry boat sails out every 20-25 minutes.

The ferry ride from Liberty Island to Ellis Island also takes 15 minutes or less.

Note: During peak seasons (the summer months) you may have to wait for up to 60 minutes in the lines to board a ferry.


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Return Ferry: Battery Park or Liberty State Park?

You can get on a return ferry whenever you want – after exploring one Island or after exploring both the Islands.

You need not necessarily get back to the place you boarded the Statue of Liberty ferry from.

You can depart from Battery Park and return to Liberty State Park or depart from Liberty State Park and return to Battery Park – it is your choice. 

You have to be careful and use the correct boarding location on each Island. 

For instance, if you wanted to return to Battery Park and by mistake reached Liberty State Park (by boarding the wrong ferry), you can’t board the boat again to get back to your original departure location. 

Tourists who end up getting on the wrong return ferry use the Liberty Landing Ferry Service between Liberty State Park and Manhattan to get back.


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Statue of Liberty ferry schedule

Every 20 to 25 minutes, a ferry leaves Battery Park to go to Liberty Island and leaves Liberty State Park to go to Ellis Island.

Tourists waiting for Statue of Liberty ferry
Tourists waiting to board Statue of Liberty ferry. Image: Rob Young

Both Battery Park and Liberty State Park follow the same ferry schedule.

Ferry timings from the Mainland

During the mid-March to mid-October high season, the first ferry from both Battery Park and Liberty State Park set sail at 8.30 am.

During the low season, the first ferry starts at 9 am. 

And since the Statue of Liberty monument’s closing hours differ throughout the year, the timing of the last ferry from the Mainland keep changing.

Tourist SeasonFirst ferryLast ferry
Mid-March to Late May8.30 am3.30 pm
Late May to Early September8.30 am5 pm
Early September to Mid October8.30 am4 pm
Mid October to Mid March9 am3.30 pm

You must try and avoid being on the last Statue of Liberty ferry from the Mainland.

The last ferry departing from Battery Park won’t stop at Ellis Island. That is, you can only see the Statue of Liberty but not the Immigration Museum.

Tourists on the last ferry from Liberty State Park can choose which attraction they want to visit – Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island Immigration Museum. They can’t see both.

Last ferry departing Liberty Island

Timings of the last Statue Cruises ferry departing the Statue of Liberty Island also depends on the season.

Liberty Island starts closing thirty minutes before the last ferry back to the Mainland, to allow the visitors to get to the dock.

Tourist SeasonLast ferry
Mid-March to Late May5 pm
Late May to Early September6.45 pm
Early September to Mid October5.45 pm
Mid October to Mid March5 pm

Last ferry departing Ellis Island

Schedule of the last Statue Cruises ferry departing the Ellis Island also depends on the season.

Tourist SeasonLast ferry
Mid-March to Late May5.15 pm
Late May to Early September7 pm
Early September to Mid October6 pm
Mid October to Mid March5.15 pm

Need more details? Check out the detailed schedule.

When is Statue of Liberty ferry service closed

Statue of Liberty in New York is open all through the year except on Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Christmas (25 December).

On these two days, the ferry service remains closed from both Battery Park and Liberty State Park.


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How to go on a Statue of Liberty ferry?

To board the ferry, you need a Statue of Liberty ferry ticket.

Statue of Liberty Ferry ticket.jpg
When you buy your Statue of Liberty ferry tickets on the day of your visit at the Battery Park or Liberty State Park ticket counters you get a physical ticket (as in the pic). However, we recommend you buy your tickets online and much in advance because there are long lines at the venue and the Reserve and Crown tickets get over soon. Image: Wanderlustingk.com

All ferry tickets include the following:

  1. Ferry ride to Liberty Island, Ellis Island and back to the Mainland
  2. Access to Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island
  3. Access to Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island
  4. Access to National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island
  5. Audio Guide*

Since the Statue of Liberty is the biggest attraction, visitors also refer to these ferry tickets as the Statue of Liberty ticket. 

*You can pick up the audio guide tour at the Audio Guide booth on both Liberty and Ellis Islands. The audio tour is available in 12 languages.

Tip: Backpackers and tourists on a tight budget, prefer to take in views of Statue of Liberty from Staten Island ferry. However, you won’t be able to land on the Liberty Island and explore the massive monument.


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How much is Statue of Liberty Ferry

‘Grounds only’ ticket is the most basic and popular Statue of Liberty ferry ticket and costs 25 USD for all adults (13+ years).

Kids 4 to 12 years get a discount of 10 USD on the adult price and hence pay only 15 USD per head. And seniors (62+ years) get a discount of 5 USD and pay only 20 USD.

If you plan to go up the pedestal of Statue of Liberty, your ticket will cost 27 USD for an adult, 22 USD for a senior and 17 USD for a child.

Kids below four years of age accompany for free.

To know the inclusions of these tickets, continue reading.


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Statue of Liberty ferry tickets

There are three types of Statue of Liberty ferry tickets you can purchase. 

While all the three tickets provide the same kind of access to Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, the way you experience Statue of Liberty is different. 

Types of Statue of Liberty ferry tickets

1. ‘Reserve’ ferry tickets

These are the most popular and widely available tickets and are also known as ‘Grounds only’ tickets.

These tickets also have the least amount of security checks. 

The ‘Grounds only’ ferry ticket gives you access to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty Museum.

But you can’t go up to the Pedestal or the Crown of the Statue of Liberty.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 61 years): 25.25 USD
Seniors ticket (62+ years): 20 USD
Child ticket (4 to 12 years): 15 USD

2. ‘Pedestal’ ferry tickets

A limited number of Pedestal tickets get sold per day, and these get booked very much in advance.

This ticket gives you access to the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, including the Statue of Liberty Museum.

There are two types of Pedestal tickets you can book:

Self-guided Experience

If you buy this ticket, you get a guide to help you navigate the security screening and ferry boarding.

They also give you a 30-minute pre-ferry tour.

But after that, you explore Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum on your own, with the help of an audio guide. 

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 61 years): 48 USD
Seniors ticket (62+ years): 45 USD
Child ticket (4 to 12 years): 40 USD

Guided Experience

This 4-hour guided tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is one of the highest-rated tours on this circuit.

Rated 4.8/5 consistently, you can take this tour early in the morning or in the afternoon. 

If you opt for the afternoon slot, there may be longer waiting periods for security screening and ferries.

You have the option of a 2-hour Express tour as well. 

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13+ years): 57 USD
Child ticket (4 to 12 years): 54 USD

3. Ferry tickets with ‘Crown access’

The Crown Access ferry ticket gets you to the top of the Statue of Liberty and you get to spend around ten minutes inside its crown.

You also get to explore the Pedestal and the Museum. 

These tickets are ultra-premium – during the peak summer months, only around 500 Crown tickets get sold per day.

These tickets are difficult to get, and during the summer months, they get booked six months in advance.

After all, only 0.4% of the day’s tickets sold are Crown tickets.

Because of this lack of availability, many visitors feel the Reserve tickets are better than Crown tickets.

If you really want to go up the Liberty’s Crown, we recommend reading up on how to score last minute Statue of Liberty Crown tickets.


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Statue of Liberty ferry boat

Statue of Liberty ferry boat
Image: Detailorientedtraveler.com

Statue Cruises provide Liberty & Ellis Islands Ferry service, and they own all the boats.

There are ten boats in the Statue Cruises’ fleet.

Name of the BoatCapacity
M/V Bay State437 tourists
M/V Freedom430 tourists
Lady Liberty870 tourists
M/V Ellis Island800 tourists
M/V Miss Freedom564 tourists
M/V Miss Gateway439 tourists
M/V Miss Liberty800 tourists
M/V Miss New York800 tourists
M/V Statue of Liberty800 tourists
M/V Miss New Jersey800 tourists

And depending on the schedule, you may board any one of these to get to Statue of Liberty.

Food & Beverages on the ferry

All Statue of Liberty ferry boats have snack bars selling healthy snacks and beverages.

The ferry ride is short, so you may not have the time to buy and consume it right there, but you can always take the food and drinks along with you on tour. 

These stands also sell Statue of Liberty merchandise. 

They accept all modes of payment – Cash, Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

Note: Evelyn Hill Inc. is located on both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, offering various food and drink options. 

Accessibility of the boats

Visitors who need assistance must contact the Ticket Office Manager as soon as they arrive at either Battery Park or Liberty State Park.

Managers will ensure such visitors get ample assistance during the security screening as well as boarding the Statue Cruises ferry.

All boats are wheelchair accessible. However, they don’t offer wheelchairs. 

Statue Cruises personnel are available to help visitors on wheelchairs get off at the Islands and get back on the boat after their tour. 

There are no handicapped-accessible restrooms on the boats. 

However, Ellis Island and Liberty Island bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

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