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Statue of Liberty Tickets

It is the undisputed symbol of New York. From Liberty Island it watches over the city and receives every day thousands of visitors willing to explore it and enjoy its views. Do you want to know how? I'll tell you how to get tickets.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

10 min read

Statue of Liberty Tickets

Views of the Statue from the ferry | ©Hellotickets

If there is an icon that represents New York, it is the Statue of Liberty. Visiting her or circling her by boat is an experience not to be missed on your trip to New York, if only for the postcard views of Manhattan from Liberty Island.

Buying your tickets in advance will save you two lines: the one for the ferry to Liberty Island and the one to access the statue. Here are the best ways to visit the Statue:

The best option
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small-Group Tour

Access to the Statue's pedestal with guided tour

Perfect if you want to visit the Statue of Liberty without having to worry about transportation and waits at the ticket office. An expert guide will accompany you during your visit to the Statue's pedestal. You will also visit Ellis Island. Ferry and entrance fees are included.

Duration: 4 hours
From $ 62 at Hellotickets

One of the points I want to emphasize (and that applies to this option as well as any other that takes you there) is that the views of the Manhattan Skyline from the ferry and from Liberty Island are spectacular. Once you get to the statue, inside, you can visit the impressive museum dedicated to the history of the construction of this iconic monument, and look out over the viewpoint from which you will see Manhattan in the distance as if it were a postcard.

The first thing you should know is that the Statue of Liberty is on a small island south of Manhattan and the only way to get there is by boat. Therefore, what I like most about this entrance to the Statue of Liberty pedestal is that, in addition to access to the pedestal and the Immigration Museum, transportation is included.

You will then take the ferry to Ellis Island and visit the Immigration Museum. One of the strong points of this tour, in addition to the historical context that your local guide will give you with his explanations throughout the visit, is that you will not have to wait in line at the ferries since you will have priority access.

Why I like this option: this is the best value for money option I have found. Being a complete experience, with access to the pedestal, the price is very economical.

Recommended if... you are thinking of going to the Statue of Liberty and want to enjoy it without having to spend a lot of money, but with the convenience of having transportation included and being accompanied by an expert guide.


The economical option
Circle Line Manhattan Island Cruise

Take a ferry ride to see the Statue up close

If you want to see the most famous lady in the city without having to spend a lot of time and money, take a boat ride to the Statue to get the best pictures. The views of Manhattan from the ferry will make the trip worthwhile.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
From $ 44 at Hellotickets

This may be your best option if you are visiting New York for a few days with little time or if you have already been there and just want to take a relaxing cruise around the Statue of Liberty to reminisce about your previous visit and enjoy the views.

Although this tour does not include access to the Statue, for me the advantages of this activity are clear: you won't wait in line, you won't have to spend extra time disembarking and boarding again and you can enjoy the best views of Manhattan while taking a nice boat ride. If you go during the cold season, don't forget to dress warmly so that the low temperatures don't fog up the tour and you can go out and take good pictures.

Why I like this option: this is the most economical tour to get close to the Statue without having to pay for the entrance fee.

Recommended if... you don't want to give up the chance to see it up close even if you don't have the time or budget to go inside.


We compare the two options


Buy tickets for the Statue of Liberty at the box office

Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets
Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets

The big disadvantage of buying tickets on the spot is that you will have to wait in line and you may also have to wait for the next ferry if there is a large crowd of tourists.

Access the Statue of Liberty with New York Pass and other city tourist passes

Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets
Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets

The attraction of the Statue of Liberty also makes it an indispensable attraction in the main tourist passes of the city. If you still don't know what they are, how to use them or whether or not they suit you, I invite you to read my article on New York Pass and other passes.

Anyway, if what interests you is to get to the point and see which passes include the entrance to the Statue of Liberty, I leave here a list of what they are and by the way, I link you to the practical guide I have prepared about each of them. I'm sure this will help you decide which one is the one that best suits your trip!

How can I climb the Statue's Crown?

The Crown of the Statue of Liberty| ©Erik Lindgren
The Crown of the Statue of Liberty| ©Erik Lindgren

You can climb the Crown of the Statue of Liberty by paying a supplement or by purchasing a specific ticket. The fun of climbing the crown of the Statue of Liberty is more to see the monument itself built on the inside, as the views from the top are not as spectacular. If you opt for this option, I recommend you book your tickets well in advance, as they are the first to sell out.

The ferry to the Statue of Liberty

The sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty, as seen from the ferry.| ©Hellotickets
The sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty, as seen from the ferry.| ©Hellotickets

If you are thinking of going to Liberty Island on your own, you should know that there is only one company that operates ferries to the Statue of Liberty, and that is Statue Cruises.

Boarding points

  • Battery Park, which is located south of Manhattan. As the main pier, it is the most crowded with visitors, so again, try to go early in the morning. To get there, it is best to take the subway to Bowling Street or South Ferry.
  • Liberty State Park, which is in New Jersey. If you don't want to wait in a long line for the ferry, or are staying nearby, this is a good alternative option.

Schedules

There is a ferry to the Statue of Liberty every 25 minutes. When you arrive at the Battery Park pier, if you have already purchased your ticket, you simply go through the security checkpoint and directly onto the ferry. The ferry will take you directly to Liberty Island in about 15 minutes, and little by little you will see the Statue of Liberty closer and closer.

At the end of your visit, you can take the ferry to Ellis Island (where you can visit the Immigration Museum) or return directly to Manhattan. Visiting Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island will take you about 5 hours. This will seem obvious, but try not to miss the ferry back! The Liberty Island guards will have to order a special pick-up service for you, and guess who they will make pay for it?

Practical information to visit the Statue of Liberty

Photo with the Statue of Liberty in the background| ©Hellotickets
Photo with the Statue of Liberty in the background| ©Hellotickets

If you already have one foot mentally on the ferry and are looking forward to the day of your excursion, take note of some tips that will come in handy before organizing your visit.

How much does it cost to visit the Statue of Liberty?

Prices to visit the Statue of Liberty can vary depending on whether you choose to purchase a standard ticket or a guided tour, but tours usually start at 50 Euros and include entrance fees, ferry and an expert guide.

If you prefer to go on your own, you can find tickets starting at around 20 Euros for the pedestal, but you will have to buy separate ferry tickets and pay for a guided tour if you choose to visit the Statue and Liberty Island with a guide.

When to go to the Statue of Liberty

As you might expect, the Statue of Liberty is one of New York's most popular attractions, so it's hard not to encounter a good number of tourists. That said, try to get there as early in the morning as possible. If you manage to get to Liberty Island before 10 a.m., you'll save yourself some serious crowds.

Logically, most visitors go to the Statue of Liberty on weekends, so if you can, try to go Monday through Friday. If you still can only go on weekends, Sundays are the best day in terms of tourist concentration.

Can I bring a backpack or luggage?

When you arrive at the Liberty Island pier, you will walk a bit and arrive at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. Before accessing the statue's pedestal, you will need to leave your belongings in a locker (except for your cell phone, camera and wallet) at the lockers at the base of the statue. They cost 25 cents per locker, so remember to bring loose change (or bills for the change machines).

To climb the crown of the Statue of Liberty, you will have to leave all your belongings at the ticket booths except for the ticket and your camera. For this reason, I recommend that on this visit you go with the essentials and nothing else.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island as seen from the ferry| ©Tania Fernández
Ellis Island as seen from the ferry| ©Tania Fernández

As I mentioned before, once you're done visiting the Statue of Liberty, you can return to the Liberty Island pier and, if the beautiful views of Manhattan allow you to get away, you can hop on the ferry to Ellis Island.

At Ellis Island you can visit the Immigration Museum, with more than thirty rooms with exhibits about the times when New York received immigrants from all over the world. Something that I found quite interesting about this museum is that it has an ancestor search service where you can see if someone from your most distant family ever lived in New York.

Where to eat when you visit the Statue of Liberty

Inatteso Pizzabar Italian Menu| ©Inattesopizzabar.com
Inatteso Pizzabar Italian Menu| ©Inattesopizzabar.com

When it comes to planning where to eat on your visit to the Statue of Liberty, you have two options: eat before or after your visit, or go to the cafeteria at Liberty Island or Ellis Island, where a menu usually costs between $12 and $15, with options such as salads, burgers, and sandwiches.

If you heed my recommendation and visit the Statue of Liberty early in the morning, you will return to Battery Park just in time for lunch and that is why I recommend a few restaurants that will make your mouth water. Anyway, if the following list doesn't convince you, check here the best places to eat in New York.

  • Inatteso Pizzabar - a popular Financial District pizza spot where you can find salads, meatball dishes, pasta, and pizza, all looking delicious and authentic.
  • Toro Loco NYC - a Mexican-inspired restaurant with a menu of tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos that is outrageous. Perfect for a quick bite to eat in or to take away and continue exploring New York.
  • Café 11 - here you will find sushi, wraps, and vegetarian options, mainly to go, if you prefer to have a light and healthy meal. On the downside, they're not open on weekends, so keep that in mind before you go.
  • Luke's Lobster - the lobster roll, one of the essentials of the American sandwich repertoire, is the specialty of this restaurant. Basically, it is a brioche sandwich filled with lobster meat and sauce. It is not for all tastes, but if your mouth is watering when you read this, don't think twice and try it!

Alex's Traveller Tip

Beware of the hawkers you'll find around Battery Park offering you tickets: most of them are fake!

Other interesting activities in New York

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

If you want to see the Statue of Liberty from a different point of view, there are many places in the city that will give you the best views of the Statue of Liberty.

But it is also possible to fly over Manhattan by helicopter: a flight of about 15 to 20 minutes over the Hudson would bring you closer to see not only the Statue but also the most imposing skyscrapers of Manhattan. Sounds good, right? If you want to read more about this option, I recommend you my article on how to take a helicopter ride over Manhattan.

Whether it's your first time in New York or you are already a frequent visitor, you will know that the city is huge and the offer of attractions, things to do and points of interest is enormous. Taking a guided tour is essential to get to know the most important things and understand the history and customs of the city. I leave you here my chronicle about these two tours, which for me are the most complete: Upper and Lower Manhattan Tour and New York Contrasts Tour.

If on the other hand, you have plenty of time and you feel like leaving the city to discover its surroundings, I leave you here my article about 5 Day Trips from New York so you can explore all the options.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where is the Statue of Liberty?

    The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island, which can be reached via ferry.

  • Is it possible to access the inside of the crown of the Statue of Liberty?

    Yes, but you will need to reserve a special ticket to access the crown.

  • What are the visiting hours of the Statue of Liberty?

    The opening time for Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty begins at 8:30 am. The last ferry leaves the island at 17:00.

  • How can I climb The Crown of the Statue of Liberty?

    Passes to the Statue do not include access to its crown, but only allow you to enter its pedestal. To access its Crown you can only get tickets from the official website of the Statue of Liberty and the quotas are very small, so they usually sell out very soon.