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Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

9am-9pm (hours vary daily)
20 West 34th Street, New York City, New York, 10118

The Basics

Set in Midtown Manhattan, the 102-story skyscraper is a must for any first-time visitor to New York City. While it’s easy to catch a glimpse of the tower around the city, this attraction is best enjoyed from one of its two observation decks, where the panoramic views over the Big Apple are legendary. Tickets to one or both of the observation decks can be purchased solo, although the Empire State Building is also visited on many city sightseeing tours, which often also include stops at Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. If you plan to visit on your own during peak times, it’s a good idea to buy an Express Pass to skip the line all the way to the 86th floor.

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Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
$47.91 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Breathtaking Views!
Highly recommend doing the time closest to sunset. Absolutely beautiful. The views are breathtaking and overall the experience is a 10/10.
Midwin_A, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Even with COVID requirements worth the time.
Cathy_S, Dec 2021
Skip-the-Line to Empire State Building and Access to Self-Guided Tours in NYC
12/21-Empire State Building at night. Beautiful! Almost too warm for a coat. Definitely too warm for hat & gloves. Wonderful experience. Loved the elevator digital ceiling experience. Worth the time and effort even with all the COVID requirements. Thanks for a great trip.
star-5
We had an amazing time...
Lorna_L, Dec 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
We had an amazing time absolutely gorgeous views, I was a bit nervous with all the added stress of covid passports and proof of tests but downloaded to NYC covid safe app made it easier for the security at Empire State Building but the staff were so nice and helpful
star-4
Best 4 days ever and so much to see and do.
Loretta_M, Dec 2021
New York City 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off with Empire State Building Admission
The empire state building had breath taking views, 911 memorial, the information on the bus was great xx
star-5
Enjoyable and memorable experience
Robert_B, Apr 2022
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Reading the history and viewing the exhibits on the way up to the 86th floor. The cleanliness and the elevator ride up with the “above our heads” show was awesome.
star-4
Empire State Building - nice view butg no long queue
Joachim_N, Feb 2022
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Very good view, must see place, no queue that could bed skipped wit this ticket but that may be due to off-season and Covid
star-5
Use Viator for Empire State Building tour
Heidi_G, May 2022
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
The Empire State Building tour through Viator was totally worth it! We showed our tickets to the person at the entrance and she recognized them and got us to the line we needed to get in. They offer an express ticket for the tour but I don’t know if it was offered through Viator or I just missed it. We were just fine with regular admission.
star-5
Fabulous
Joan_W, May 2022
Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour with 86th and 102nd Floor Access
The tour guide Hugo was fabulous so knowledgeable and attentive.. views were magnificent. Well worth private tour expense.
star-5
Great experience but haphazard organisation
Aparna_N, Apr 2022
Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
Haphazard arrivals process as although it said we could skip the queues that was not immediately apparent. We had to join the main queue and some staff member walked up and down the line outside the building asking everyone if they had timed tickets. Since we did and the time was approaching we were tolls to run to the doors of the building. Not a calming experience. Other than that all else worked really well. Seeing the day and night views was magical.
star-5
Great experience!
Tammie_D, Dec 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
We had the skip the line pass which was a great way to stay socially distance. Staff was plentiful, polite, and helpful. Very clean. Fun and informative.
star-5
A great memorable experience
Sue_N, Apr 2022
Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour with 86th and 102nd Floor Access
Our guide was amazing and we learn’t so much more than we would have without the tour. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Lifetime experience
qmfr5z49sh, Mar 2022
The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building
Loved central park and The Rock 911 amazing experience but very sad. Of course Liberty island was amazing
star-5
Excellent experience
Sue_A, Mar 2022
New York City 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off with Empire State Building Admission
Was such a lovely day easy hop on and off lovely helpful staff (apart from one women at Times Square ) but well recommended and access to Empire State was amazing

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose a general admission ticket for standard entrance or a VIP Express Pass to skip the lines.

  • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and stroller accessible. Handicapped restrooms are located on the 86th floor.

  • Glass bottles, cans, and tripods are prohibited.

  • Lines for the elevator can get long, particularly during peak hours. Be sure to use the restrooms on the second floor before getting in line.

  • STATE Grill and Bar is the building’s street-level, signature restaurant. You’ll also find five other dining options, plus Starbucks.

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How to Get There

The entrance to the Empire State Building is located on 20 West 34th Street. It’s easy to arrive on foot from many other popular Midtown attractions, or by taking the subway to Penn Station/34th Street or 34th Street/Herald Square. The building is also a stop on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tours.

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When to Get There

Since the Empire State Building is one of New York’s most popular attractions, it’s best visited in the morning just after opening or late at night (the decks are open until 2am) when the lines are shortest. Expect longer lines for tickets, security, and the elevators on weekends, holidays, and just before sunset.

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Which Floor Should I Visit?

The 86th-floor observatory, known as the Main Deck, is the highest open-air observatory in New York. Its wraparound deck is outfitted with high-power binoculars, making it possible to see Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty from above. From the indoor Top Deck on the 102nd floor, visitors enjoy even more views (like Central Park in its entirety) and the chance to ride a manually operated Otis elevator. On the second floor, galleries house multiple hands-on exhibits.

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Empire State Building
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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