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Ferry To Statue of Liberty

Arriving by ferry to the Statue of Liberty is a spectacle: you will enjoy the best views of downtown Manhattan as you approach the imposing Statue. I tell you details of schedules, prices and ferry stops.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

6 min read

Ferry To Statue of Liberty

Road to the Statue by Ferry | ©Jenny Marvin

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island, a small island south of Manhattan that can only be reached by ferry.

To ride one of the ferries that take you there, if you have not booked a guided tour but you already have your tickets to the Statue of Liberty I tell you what are the schedules, frequency and where are the ferry piers. All this and more, I'll tell you below, don't miss it!

1. Where does the ferry from Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty leave from?

Sunset on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets
Sunset on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets

The pier where you take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty from Manhattan is located in Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan, very close to the Castle Clinton ticket office where you buy and pick up some of the tickets to visit this famous tourist attraction.

If you are going to choose to take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty in Battery Park, I advise you to go there first thing in the morning because to pass the first security check there are very long lines and it can take you a while to get on the boat.

How to get to Battery Park?

To get to Battery Park, the fastest way is to take the subway being the nearest stations South Ferry (line 1), Bowling Green (lines 4 and 5) and Whitehall St (R and W).

Sometimes the New York subway can seem like one city under another so to get there without problems, I leave here a subway map and my New York Subway Guide to learn how to use it and get the most out of it.

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2. Is there a place other than Battery Park to take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty?

Manhattan from the ferry| ©Hellotickets
Manhattan from the ferry| ©Hellotickets

Yes, another place to take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty other than Battery Park is Liberty State Park, outside Manhattan in neighboring New Jersey City.

Most tourists usually choose to board in Manhattan but if you are visiting New Jersey or staying there it is also a good option to go to the Statue of Liberty, as its pier is less crowded and the queue for the security check will be more agile.

How to go to Liberty State Park?

To get to Liberty State Park by public transportation, take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) to the Liberty State Park stop. Then walk to the ticket booth area next to the CRRNJ terminal and continue a little further to the pier area.

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3. How long does it take to go by ferry to the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue from the ferry| ©Hellotickets
The Statue from the ferry| ©Hellotickets

From Battery Park there is a direct ferry to Liberty Island which takes about 15 minutes while going from Liberty State Park takes about 30 minutes because the ferry goes first to Ellis Island and then to Liberty Island.

We compare in the table all the options and their advantages

  • Ferry from Manhattan
  • Departs from Battery Park
  • Takes approx. 15 minutes.
  • Goes directly to Liberty Island
  • Main pier
  • Largest crowds of tourists
  • Ferry from New Jersey
  • Departs from Liberty State Park
  • Takes approx. 30 minutes.
  • Does not go directly to Liberty Island
  • Alternative pier
  • Less crowded with tourists

4. And how much is the ferry ticket to the Statue of Liberty?

Ferry to the Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets
Ferry to the Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets

The Statue of Liberty ferry ticket price is not paid separately at the time of the visit to the monument but is normally included in the Statue of Liberty entrance fee, whether you visit with a guided tour or on your own by purchasing tickets from Statue Cruises (basic, Pedestal or Crown entrance) or by using a New York City Tourist Card.

Can the MetroCard be used to take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty?

No, this is not possible. The MetroCard can only be used to ride the New York subway and bus as well as the Roosevelt cable car.

Do children and seniors have to pay for a ferry ticket to go to the Statue of Liberty?

Like other visitors, these groups must have their own ticket to visit the Statue of Liberty in which the ferry ride is already included, so no one has to make an extra outlay to pay for the ferry ride to Liberty Island.

Do I have to buy a separate ferry ticket if I want to visit Ellis Island as well?

It's not necessary. Statue Cruises ferries are the only ones that can visit the Statue of Liberty and their boats are en route to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island so there is no need to buy a separate ticket.

When you buy your tickets, they will allow you to travel between the islands throughout the day to make this visit but will not be valid to travel again by ferry once you arrive at the docks of Manhattan or New Jersey.

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5. What are the Statue of Liberty ferry schedules and frequency? Plan your visit!

Views of the Statue of Liberty from the water| ©Hellotickets
Views of the Statue of Liberty from the water| ©Hellotickets

From 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM ferries depart daily from the piers at Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey with a frequency ranging from 25 minutes (weekends) to 30 minutes (weekdays).

Since schedules change seasonally and their frequency can be altered during high tourist season, in order to better organize your visit to the Statue of Liberty, I recommend you first take a look at the ferry schedules where they are constantly updated.

6. Statue of Liberty Ferry Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

The Statue with Manhattan in the background| ©Hellotickets
The Statue with Manhattan in the background| ©Hellotickets

What does the time shown on your ticket mean?

This is the time to get in line at the first security checkpoint before boarding the ferry, not the time the boat leaves the pier. Once through security you will be able to board the next available ferry at Battery Park or Liberty Park State which depart every 30 minutes for the Statue of Liberty.

How far in advance do I need to arrive at the pier to board?

It is advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance and even 1 hour before in high season to quietly pick up your tickets at the ticket booths (for example if you are going to climb to the Crown) and pass the security check.

Do tickets to the Statue of Liberty include round-trip ferry transportation?

That's right, with your tickets you can go by ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island and at the end of the visit return to the pier from which you departed.

Are the ferries handicapped accessible?

Yes, the ferries to the Statue of Liberty are handicapped accessible but there are no wheelchairs available for passengers. If you wish to use a wheelchair during your visit to the Statue of Liberty, you can rent one free of charge from the National Park Service by showing a photo ID. Wheelchairs will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

If I board at a pier at the beginning of the tour, do I have to return to the same place?

Not necessarily. For example, you can embark in New Jersey and disembark in Manhattan but make sure which way you want to go before boarding the ferry because if you get the wrong destination you will not be able to use your ticket to embark again on these ferries and you will have to look for another transportation alternative.

Can I take pictures from the ferry?

Yes, the ferry has a covered and an uncovered part so you can take photos or videos during the tour of the sites you are seeing.