Statue of Liberty

The ONLY Way
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Caveat Emptor!

Traveling can be unforgettable, but not always in a good way.  Circumstances can leave you frustrated, disappointed, or even cheated out of time, money, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation does not want this to happen to you! Read on to ensure a successful trip to Liberty and Ellis Islands!


Don't Get Fooled, Again

Unfortunately, every year visitors from around the world – and around the corner, because locals aren’t immune to ticket scammers – are cheated out of visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Sales for other attractions may be misleading, sending people to ferries that only sail around the Hudson River, never reaching the actual monuments. In some cases, the experience begins and ends with a bus ride from Manhattan to New Jersey, adding hours to the failed adventure.

Just ask Alec Baldwin! And read on…


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How to Purchase Tickets

  • Go to
  • Call 1-877-523-9849 (877-LADY-TIX)
  • In person at the Statue City Cruises ticket booths located in Castle Clinton in Battery Park (NYC) or at the ferry departure point in Liberty State Park in New Jersey (Link HERE for directions to Statue City Cruises ferries)

Ferry schedules change seasonally and during periods of high tourism. Up-to-date schedules are posted on the Statue City Cruises website. To guarantee entry, purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

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What's Included With Your Ticket

  • Round trip ferry service with stops at Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Access to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and the Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Audio tours, which can be picked up on each Island. Content is available in 12 languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. A family-friendly tour is also available, as are an American Sign Language (ASL) version and an Audio Descriptive (AD) version
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How to Find the Ferry

The Ferry at Battery Park
New York, NY

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Link to map of Battery Park 

By Subway:

  • Local 1 (7th Avenue Line) to the last stop – South Ferry
  • Express 4 or 5 (Lexington Avenue Line) to Bowling Green
  • Local R/W train from Brooklyn/Queens (Broadway Line) to Whitehall Street

By Bus:

  • M1, M6 or M15 to South Ferry (last stop)

By Car:

  • From the East Side take the FDR Drive South to Exit 1, South Ferry/Battery Park
  • From the West Side take the Westside Highway South (Route 9A) to Battery Park
  • NOTE: Street and private garage parking is limited in the Battery Park neighborhood

The Ferry at Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ

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Link to map of Liberty State Park 

By Car:

  • Take exit 14-B off the New Jersey Turnpike; follow signs to Liberty State Park
  • Ample parking is available in Liberty State Park, for a nominal fee

By Public Transportation:

  • Take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) to the Liberty State Park Station; walk or bike one mile along Audrey Zapp Drive to the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park
  • The HBLR is accessible via PATH at the Hoboken Station or Newport (Jersey City) Station

Liberty Island

Liberty Island is home to a beautiful park, an innovative museum, and America’s most iconic symbol of promise and possibility. As you explore the grounds, take in Lady Liberty from different angles noting her design details and how her appearance changes with the light.

The Statue of Liberty Museum is an experience unto itself. Full of incredible exhibits, the Museum gives color and context to the Statue and houses her original torch. Before you depart Liberty Island, be sure to visit the Liberty Vista atop the Museum for breathtaking views of the Statue and New York Harbor.

An additional ticket IS NOT needed to enter the museum.

Ellis Island


Visitors to Ellis Island are given a unique view of American history. Beautifully restored to its peak operating period, the Island allows park-goers to step into Ellis Island travelers’ shoes for a sense of the immigrant journey.

Interested in discovering your family’s connection to Ellis Island? Plan a stop at the American Family Immigration History Center, located on the first floor. Here you can explore the Ellis Island Database, a treasure-trove of 65 million passenger arrival records.  Make the most of this experience by completing a Family History Research Prep Sheet.

While walking the grounds of Ellis Island, take in amazing views of lower Manhattan and explore The American Immigrant Wall of Honor.

An additional ticket IS NOT needed to enter the museum.