Empire State Building Tickets - Skip The Line
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Empire State Building Tickets
NEW for 2019! A new way to see New York with special interactive exhibits.
Experience the construction exhibit where you will be in the middle of the action as ironworkers move steel beams in to position and more.
The Otis Elevator is a replica of the buildings original mast car that will take you on a virtual ride from the 86th to 102nd floor.
See KING KONG right outside the window with the new 4D experience!!
This iconic building needs no introduction. Empire State Building tickets guarantee you incredible, uninterrupted views of New York and beyond from its world-famous 86th-floor observatory!
Skip the Lines with the VIP Express Pass
Who wants to wait in the long queues to get to the top of the Empire State Building?
No one does! So if you want to skip the line, have your own special queue for the elevators and get faster access to the main observatory deck, make sure you book the VIP Express Pass!
- Skip right to the front of the ticket line, passing by the hordes of people with regular tickets.
- Just show your wristband to the officers who will make sure you get to the top with priority.
- This ticket is particularly useful during busy periods and on rainy days, when the queues are at their longest!
At The Top: The Empire State Building Observatory
Discover what the Big Apple looks like from 1,050ft (320m) high at the top of New York's most iconic skyscraper. Just some of the incredible sights you’ll get to see include:
- Chrysler Building
- Times Square
- Hudson River
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Statue of Liberty
- Central Park
- ...And many more!
The Observatory has a 360-degree outdoor deck and indoor viewing galleries, so you can enjoy the views rain or shine, day or night.
Zip right up to the 86th Floor Observatory in convenient high-speed elevators.
Searching for that perfect Empire State Building souvenir? You’re bound to find something memorable at the Gift Shop, located on the 80th Floor.
See the views by Day and by Night with one ticket!
The Day & Night ticket lets you visit the Empire State Building Observatory twice in one day! See the spectacular views of New York during the day and the glittering skyline at night after 9pm.
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Download the Multimedia Tour Guide App
A free Multimedia Tour Guide of the Empire State Building can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store. It serves as your own personal tour guide, taking you all the way from the ground floor to the 360° open-air views of the Observation Deck.
The guide is available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and German.
Holiday Opening Hours:
The Empire State Building operates different opening times on special holidays such as 4th July and and New Year’s Eve. Please contact the building directly for exact opening and closing times.
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*Important* Guests are required to make a reservation for specific date and time of visit Reservation Link
Opening Days & Times:
- The Empire State Building Observatory is open 7 days a week, all year round.
- Opening hours are as follows
May 27 - May 31
June: Monday - Thursday
June: Friday - Sunday
July 1- July 31
Aug 1st - Aug 31th
Sept 1st - Sept 30th
Oct 1st - Oct 31st
Nov 1st - Nov 24th
Thanksgiving Nov 25th - Nov 28th
Dec 1st - Dec 16th
Christmas Holiday Week Dec 17th - Dec 31st
- On special holidays (such as 4th of July and New Year’s Eve) the Empire State Building’s hours of operation vary. Please enquire with the building for exact opening and closing hours.
The main entrance to the Empire State Building is located at 20 w 34th street, New York, NY 10118
Length of visit:
There is no time limit as to how long you can spend on the observation decks during operating hours. The average length of stay is about 45 minutes – 1 hour.
What to take:
We recommend that you arrive prepared with seasonal clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses if you intend to visit the outdoor section of the observation deck.
The Observatory is wheelchair accessible.
If you wish to go up to the 102nd level you will need to pay an additional fee - you can do this at the front desk when redeeming your e-ticket.
The Empire State Building is pretty hard to miss, located in the centre of mid-town Manhattan. It is 5 minutes walk from Macy's, 10 minutes walk from Madison Square Garden, and around 14 minutes walk from Times Square.