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Vessel Hudson Yards – tickets, prices, discounts, what to expect

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The Vessel at Hudson Yards is a spiral staircase with 2,500 steps, 80 landings, and 154 interconnecting flights of stairs.

It provides visitors with a 1.6 km (1 mile) vertical climbing experience with fascinating views of midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River, and beyond. 

The Vessel, which resembles a hive, is a steel colossus created by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio. 

The Vessel has become a popular attraction in New York City and has been featured in many photographs and social media posts.

In this article, we share everything you must know before buying tickets for Vessel at Hudson Yards. 

Vessel at Hudson Yards

What to expect at Vessel

The Vessel in Hudson Yards is New York’s latest tourist attraction and a popular selfie spot among locals and tourists. 

IIf you want outdoor fun, book your tickets to Hudson Yards’ Vessel immediately!

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Vessel Hudson Yards tickets

Visitors can buy only the Vessel tickets or the Edge + Vessel combo ticket

The Edge is an observatory on the 100th floor of one of the Hudson Yards buildings. 

Where to buy tickets

You can get your Vessel Hudson Yards entry tickets at the venue or buy them online much in advance.

If you get them at the attraction, you will waste around 15 minutes in the ticketing window queue, depending on the crowd.

Buying Vessel Hudson Yards tickets in advance saves you from waiting by skipping the ticket counter queue. 

That is why these tickets are also known as Vessel skip-the-line tickets.

How online tickets work

Vessel’s online tickets get delivered to your inbox as soon as you purchase.

On the day of your visit, show the ticket on your smartphone and walk in. No need to take printouts!

You must be at the attraction at least 10 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.

Vessel’s ticket prices

The Vessel at Hudson Yards ticket costs $10.89 for all visitors six years and above. 

Entry to the Vessel is free for kids five years and below, and you don’t need to buy tickets for them. 

The Vessel doesn’t offer seniors or student discounts. 

Vessels skip the line tickets

Since Vessel’s tickets are timed, you must choose your preferred time of visit while buying them.

You must be at the attraction within the time mentioned on your ticket. 

If you reach late, the Experience Ambassador will accommodate you during the next available entry slot. 

There are no time limits on your visit – you can explore the New York attraction for as long as you want. 

Ticket price (6+ years): $10.89

Vessel + Edge tickets

Vessel and Edge are the two most popular attractions of Hudson Yards, the most fashionable neighborhood of New York City. 

While Vessel is an enormous bronze honeycomb structure that stands 15 stories tall, Edge is an observation deck.

You save 10% of your ticket costs when you purchase these tickets together.  

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How to reach Vessel at Hudson Yards

The Vessel is the centerpiece of Hudson Yards, New York, right on the bank of the Hudson River. Get Directions.

You can board the No. 7 Subway line to get to 34 St Hudson Yards

MTA Bus Lines M34-SBS, M12, and M11 can also drop you closer to the attraction.

Penn Station is just two blocks east between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues. 

Car Parking

Hudson Yards has ample parking at 10 Hudson Yards, Abington House, and One Hudson Yards.

All these parking places are along West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Click here to know about the nearby parking lots.

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Opening hours of Vessel

From Monday to Saturday, the Vessel at Hudson Yards is open from 10 am to 8 pm and on Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

The last entry is one hour before closure.

The Vessel is open for visitors all through the year.

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Best time to visit Vessel at Hudson Yards

If you want stunning views from the top landings, sunset is the best time to visit the Vessel of Hudson Yards.

You can reach the attraction half an hour before sunset to give yourself enough time to reach the top.

Since the Vessel tickets don’t have a time limit, you can stay on until the sun goes down, even if you reach early. 

Tip: Sunset times get crowded, so it is better to book early.

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How long does it take at the Vessel?

Most visitors spend around 45 minutes exploring the Vessel at Hudson Yards, New York. 

Visitors who climb up during the sunset tend to stay on for half an hour more to take in the views. 

Because the attraction doesn’t even take an hour, some tourists combine it with a visit to Edge in Hudson Yards, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.

If you also plan to visit nearby attractions, book the combo ticket to save 10% of the ticket costs. 

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Visiting Vessel for free

Free, same-day tickets are available daily from 9.30 am in the shops and restaurants at 20 Hudson Yards.

These free tickets are available only during the first hour of operation and are first come, first-served.

Unless you are on a budget holiday, we don’t recommend this because they fly off the shelf fast. 

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Visiting Vessel at night 

To jump to the part about night visit, skip to 1.50 minutes of the video.

The Vessel at Hudson Yards is open till 8 pm, and the last entry is one hour before closure.

If you have the time and the money, we suggest you visit the Manhattan landmark twice – once in the morning and once at night. 

If you can’t, we recommend going up just before sunset to get the best of both views.

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Elevators at Vessel

The Vessel at Hudson Yards has an elevator, and visitors with disabilities get priority access.

Every 15 minutes, the elevator goes up to the accessible floor levels 5, 7, and 8. 

Visitors can get priority access tickets from the ticket office much in advance if they prefer. 

The single elevator provides a smooth ride with extraordinary views of the Vessel’s interior. 

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Restaurants near Vessel

No outside food and drink are allowed at Vessel in New York. Visitors can only bring water to drink in clear plastic bottles.

Glass bottles are strictly prohibited. 

If you prefer a fine dining experience, check out Peak on level 101 above Edge Observatory of 30 Hudson Yards. 

Peak offers an excellent dining experience alongside fascinating views of New York City.

You can choose from more than 25 restaurants within the Hudson Yards retail area. 

What to wear
The top of Vessel Hudson Yards in New York is fun, but you must indulge in some climbing to get there, so wear comfortable shoes. It is also open to the elements, and the weather on the top differs from what you experience on the ground. Come prepared.

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Other attractions at Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, and usually, visitors hang around in the area before or after going up on the Vessel. 

There are many things to see and activities to do at Hudson Yards. 

Edge Observatory

Edge is on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards building and is New York’s latest observation deck after the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, and One World Observatory. 

It is 345 meters (1,131 feet) tall and is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.

If you want to try both the attractions at Hudson Yards, we suggest the Edge + Vessel combo ticket, which comes with a 10% discount.

High Line Park

The High Line is a 2.4 km (1.5 miles) long iconic urban park built on a historic, elevated rail line 30 feet above street level.

High Line runs the perimeter of Hudson Yards along the west side of Manhattan. 

The main entrance of the High Line is on 30th Street by 10 Hudson Yards, and visitors can experience nature, arts programs, performances, niche music shows, exhibitions, etc. 

If you want to explore High Line, you can opt for one of these tours – Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour or High Line & Hudson Yards Walking Tour.


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