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
About
Avoid the traffic of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge by taking the free ferry to Staten Island, where you can marvel at the beauty of New York’s coastline along the way. The iconic orange ferry sails right through New York Harbor and is one of the best ways to see the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. Snap photos, watch life pass by, and even look out for the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance. Upon arrival in Staten Island, be sure to visit the National Lighthouse Museum and the Empire Outlets mall, located right next to the terminal. – Tripadvisor
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Address
Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • South Ferry • 1 min walk
  • Whitehall St – South Ferry • 4 min walk
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  • girlyguide
    West Sussex, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free boat ride - statue of liberty.
    Free boat ride, good view of the statue of liberty and some outlet shopping at the other side. All good really. 5 stars. We travelled outside at the rail but plenty of seating inside and out.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • northpawblack
    183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must on a tour of NYC
    It’s a must. Try to go on one of the newer ferries I think as the older ones have less observation spaces. Board on the right if you’re leaving Manhattan to see lady Liberty. What’s not to love ? It’s free !!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Dave Haldane
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Staten Island Ferry Ride
    Ferry itself was great. Second time I have done it. Was a huge crowd waiting to board the ferry and was all a bit of a rush for the best observation spots. Was same on the way back. Understandably they make everyone get off on arrival and you have to reboard to make the return trip but it would have been nice to stay on board. Photo opportunities of the Statue of Liberty good as well as of course the New York skyline. Warning to visitors unfamiliar with New York is that if you come from the commercial ferry side there are many ticket touts who are rather convincing that the only option you have is a ticket on one of their ferries. Believe a lot of people are caught out not knowing the Staten Island free ferry options. Yes perhaps you don't go right up to and around the island on the free option but in reality you will get almost as good a view as the paid commercial ferry option.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • KMFTW1
    Twickenham, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free! A great way to see the Statue of Liberty
    If you're not bothered about the immigration museum then there is no need to pay for a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Just take the free, every 30mins ferry to Staten Island for great views and not too busy. Just beware of the street entertainers outside the ferry terminal who con you for money - they promise a lot but are scammers.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Jacqui J
    Stenhousemuir, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in NYC
    One of the best free experiences we did in New York. Excellent views of the statue of liberty and skyline of Manhattan. An absolute must, my family thoroughly enjoyed and the ferry waws so frequent. One point I would make though is directly outside the ferry terminal are sales people for the statue of liberty tours. They tried to put us off the ferry by telling us "this ferry takes you to another borough, is this really where you are looking to go, I am just offering this as free information for you, the boat takes you to a completely different borough". If I wasn't aware of this type of sales tactic from previous reviews it may have swayed me to wonder if it was the right ferry. I thanked them for their free information but told them I was happy with the trip I was taking.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the few free things to do in NYC - excellent
    Although I have been to the Big Apple on a number of occasions over many years I have never taken the famous Staten Island Ferry. So, back in June my son & I decided to correct this and we headed down to the terminal at the southern end of Manhattan and joined the crowds of people in the terminal moving slowly but surely onto the next ferry (they come every 15 - 30 minutes or so during the main part of the day outside the rush hour periods). What everybody likes is that this is free. And the ferries are quite big so even when there are a lot of people you can still find a place to sit down. We did so and made sure that we sat on the starboard side so that we could get a good view of the Statue of Liberty. The crossing over to Staten Island is just over 5 miles & doesn't take so long really, ca. 25 minutes or so. I'm so glad that we finally made this trip (and back of course). Another thing ticked off the bucket list...
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jess T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Ride
    Awesome free ferry. Short ride to nyc and had amazing views. We also got to see the Statue of Liberty. The ride back at night is amazing as well. The city looks so beautiful full of lights.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Nathan W
    Sheffield, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free ferry to Staten Island which gives you good views of the Statue of Liberty!
    Free ferry to Staten Island which gives great views of the Statue of Liberty. It's busy and crowded but it's a short ride and you should be able to get a seat. When travelling from Lower Manhattan go to the right hand side of the ferry if you want to see the Statute of Liberty, and if travelling from the Staten Island end, then sit/stand on the left side of the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • digdeep0169
    New Mexico275 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Ferry to Staten why not
    Unreal. I can't believe how orchestrated 1000's of people got on/off this Ferry. Best of all: free. come to find out it's provided as part of the MetroCard fares. There is plenty of room for hundreds/thousands (5,000 max) per ride. Excellent views of the Statue of Liberty, Excellent views of west-lower Manhattan as you set sail to Staten. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge. Let me repeat: free. Otherwise you could pay up to $15 driving from Staten to Manhattan.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 15, 2023
  • James H
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free
    Cant see how anyone can complain about a free ferry really. Its totally free and your told buy security when you get there not to queue up yet people still do. You get great views of statue liberty also. Lots space once you get on . I did statue liberty tour also which is well worth doing but this is just nice extra. If you not got budget to do statue liberty tour id say do it this way as you will get a good view of it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
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Alexandre L
London, UK39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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2UMissVicky
Calgary, Canada12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In order to capture some of the City's majesty with your own eyes and through unforgettable photographs, plan to ride the Staten Island Ferry. It's FREE and you can either get off and spend some time on Staten Island, or simply disembark, walk around and get back on the ferry returning to Manhattan. It is about an hour round-trip. I love this ride at any time of the day, but especially at night.when the skyline is all lit up and the Statue of Liberty is silhouetted against the night sky.
Written February 11, 2020
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The travel guy 1990
London, UK149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Staten ferry was ok but nothing to shout about got to see quite a few sights and bits of New York you wouldn't by foot. So many people try to sell you overpriced tickets which is annoying and there is not much seating.

The tour guide is very afformative and tells you history along the way and landmarks.
Written April 28, 2020
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Frankie M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sak
New York City, NY41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a good free alternative to viewing the statue of liberty. But because it is pretty far from it, you don't get the same experience. The SOL looks kinda small. If you can afford it, I recommend getting a sale/groupon on one of the speed boats that take you closer to the SOL>
Written January 26, 2020
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Yau_Kantsi
Kano, Nigeria94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The ferry is neat, cruises smoothly and timely. you can view the famous statue of liberty from the ferry. Is good to visit during the late evening ours for you to see the beautiful lighting of the statue and the beautiful buildings and lighting of Manhattan on return. The good part of it is free of charge.
Written February 14, 2020
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Peggy M
Albany, New York74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Catch the Staten Island ferry near the Battery in lower Manhattan to sail past the Statue of Liberty if you are pressed for time and can't visit the statue itself. It's free, runs 24 hrs a day / 7 days a week. I've taken it twice: once is warm weather where i was outside on the deck and once last week in January where we were inside. It's a 25 minute ride to Staten Island. Once you dock, you get off and literally walk through the building to get on a returning ferry to Manhattan. The skyline is lovely and it's especially dramatic at night.
Written January 16, 2020
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Jenpen
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We took this ferry over to Staten Island and cannot believe it is free...yes free!
Great activity to do.
Please be aware when you first arrive near the ferries, we got appraached by several sales people who said there is no free ferry and it costs $100 plus, IGNORE THIS!!!!!!!
Keep walking past gthem all as there are quite a few of them trying to flog you tickets, keep going to the end of the street and go in the Ferry Terminal where you simply join the queue and board the ferry for free, we went on the top deck which was great.
You need to get off the ferry and re board to return, we visited the outlet shops to kill abit of time and re boarded.
Great little trip to see Liberty!!
Written March 10, 2020
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catalin s
Craiova, Romania266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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k8rew
Liverpool, UK384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took the SIF on a really sunny day so we could get a great view of the Manhattan skyline as well as Ellis Island and the SoL.
The ferry was very busy going over from Manhattan but not as busy on the return trip where we were lucky to get a great spot outside on the deck area.
This is a really good if you are travelling on a budget as it’s free to go on.
Once we got off we took a stroll along the waterfront to the Brooklyn Bridge and did that too.
Written February 9, 2020
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