Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry
4.5
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Monday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Tuesday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Wednesday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Thursday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Friday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Saturday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
Sunday
1:00 AM - 12:59 PM
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The Ferry operates between the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. The trip is about 25 minutes long. The Ferry is free. The St. George Terminal is located at 1 Bay Street, Staten Island. The Whitehall Terminal is located at 4 South Street, Manhattan. Passengers using wheelchairs are encouraged to use lower-level boarding at both the Whitehall and St. George Terminals. All passengers are required to comply with applicable U.S. Coast Guard Security Regulations regardless of which level they board from. The Staten Island Ferry does not carry cars.
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Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • South Ferry • 1 min walk
  • Whitehall St – South Ferry • 4 min walk
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,855 contributions
May 2022
This ferry operating between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, is a wonderful way to get a glimpse of the famous New York City skyline. The ferry operates 24 hours, and is free to ride. The views of Manhattan are excellent from the ferry but the icing on top is the view of the Statue of Liberty when the ferry chugs along across the water. Lady Liberty looks regal when viewed from the ferry, which goes fairly close enough to capture a good look at the iconic New York City landmark. The ferries operate every half an hour or so. I would encourage you to hop on the ferry at sunlight or sunset, those would definitely be the best times to get good views of the water and the Statue of Liberty. You will have to deboard at the Staten Island ferry terminal and circle back to get on the ferry back to New York, unless you want to visit Staten Island but it is time well spent on the ferry, catching some scenic views of this legendary city.
Written July 18, 2022
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Frankie M
3 contributions
Dec 2020
As a life long resident of NYC, this is one experience that I don't let visitors miss. The ferry is free and has the best views of the NYC skyline, along with great views of the Statue of Liberty. DO NOT let the scam artists talk you into the paid ferry or sightseeing tours (unless of course you want to walk up the stairs of the statue. Best views are from the back of the boat when leaving the city towards Staten Island. Most of the ferries have a small outdoor space on the back of the boat where you will be able to take priceless photos of the city. Eventually most of the passengers will figure this out and the outside space will become crowded, but at the beginning of the trip you will likely have this area all to yourself. Also, the statue will be on your right if you are facing the front of the boat. Best seat in the house is in the back right corner. Also, once you've seen the statue and gotten your skyline photos, make your way to the front of the boat. if you can exit quickly and move fast enough to catch the next boat back, then the entire round trip will take you under an hour. If you miss the return trip you will have to wait another 20 - 30 minutes.
Written December 18, 2020
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catalin s
Craiova, Romania233 contributions
Aug 2021
Besides being an excellent commuting way between Manhattan and Staten Island – St. George, it is one of the best ways to see the skyline of the financial district and the Statue of Liberty. And it’s free!
A 25 minutes ride offers the best views of the most southern tip of Manhattan, Governors Island and Brooklyn Heights. Be sure to be on the right side for Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in St. George bound ferries.
If you don’t wanna take the trip to the Statue of Liberty, there’s no better way to see it.

Bonus: Empire Outlets Mall just outside the St. George terminal.
Another bonus: There are plans by NYC Ferry for a new route between St. George and Pier 79/W. 39th Street in West Midtown, with a stop at Battery Park City, starting August 23rd, for 2.75USD per adult/way
Written August 25, 2021
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Shana m
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Solo
If I could give it one star I would. Completely unreliable and inconsistent with boarding times, doors open anywhere from on time to 5min early and will only stay open for a few minutes. Never consistent.
Written June 11, 2022
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Eltjen
Woodway, TX229 contributions
Jan 2020
We took the ferry across so we could get a peek at the Statue of Liberty without having to pay for the statue ferry. It's a quick trip to and from but just enough time to take in the beauty of the statue and take pictures. The ride back gave us gorgeous views of the NYC skyline so that was a bonus. I recommend going at late afternoon/early evening as the statue is so beautiful when lite up.
Written January 20, 2020
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dma1969
Wausau, WI168 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Anyone who complains about the ferry should realize that this is an amazing way to see the skyline and Statue of Liberty for free. I’ve been to Liberty Island in the past and had limited time this visit so I thought this would be a great way to see the sights with maximum flexibility. It worked out perfectly! I do recommend you visit Ellis Island if you have time, the museum there is great, but if you are on a budget and don’t have the time I think this is a perfectly acceptable alternative.
Written July 19, 2021
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Clare F
London, UK45 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one thing recommended to do. If you want to see the Statue of Liberty but not pay $100 then this is the best alternate option, especially if your travelling as a family. This ferry is free, yes absolutely free, no charges. There is lots os standing and seating areas both inside and out on deck. It’s a great way to see the city from a distance Nd as it travels across the water you can get a great view of the Statue of Liberty. Plenty of time to get some photos. After approx 30 mins you arrive on Staten Island. There is not much to do there but it’s a nice boat trip and you can just join the queue, jump back on board and head straight back to Manhattan. The ferry runs frequently but it’s suggested that you avoid rush hour as it does get very congested. Definitely worth a trip especially as it’s free!
Written January 31, 2020
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sabearfan12
Buffalo, NY188 contributions
May 2021 • Family
You simply cannot beat the price of the ferry, its FREE!!! Plus the views are really good. We’ve been to New York many times and I have never take. The Staten Island Ferry before. My daughter suggested it because she had. It’s a super simple process to get on, picked a seat, which was easy because we were coming out of the pandemic so we got great seats going to the island with views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and coming back seeing all the bridges on south end of Manhattan and Governors Island. If you are visiting with a family, this is a great way to get some nice views of the city and sites with spending a lot of money or in this case any on a boat ride. Some cruises are at least $40 per person!
Written May 23, 2021
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Alexandre L
London, UK43 contributions
Dec 2019
A free service and a great way to see the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline.

Please be very careful and cautious of people standing outside the building and outside the subway station offering tours at a charge. Tickets for the Staten Island ferry are FREE. These people are rude and will try to push you to their services, even insulting you (as we experienced). There should really be some policing of them.
Written January 3, 2020
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StacieA915
Wisconsin Dells, WI122 contributions
Oct 2021
I really wanted to ride on the Staten Island Ferry and see the skyline from that view. The weather wasn't the greatest, but I really enjoyed it. See the Statue of Liberty of course was great. When we got to Staten Island we just stayed at the 'dock' and ate at a very nice restaurant that had great food and then headed back after we were done. Cheap trip that I am glad I did.
Written September 1, 2022
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