The Roosevelt Island Tramway

The Roosevelt Island Tramway, New York City: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Roosevelt Island Tramway Reviews: 4.5/5

The Roosevelt Island Tramway

The Roosevelt Island Tramway
4.5
6:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
About
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
How to get there
  • Lexington Ave / 59th St • 5 min walk
  • 59th St • 5 min walk
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC233 contributions
Soaring Above the River in a Crowded Tram
Sep 2021
The Roosevelt Island Tramway is clearly the best way to get to Roosevelt Island. However, when we went, the cars were filled with as many people as they would hold - which made it a less comfortable experience. It would be better if they limited the number of people on each tram. Each tram generally had a police officer to remind people to wear masks and a driver. There is a bit of swaying if you have a fear of heights. The view is great over the river - though I wouldn't want to live in the apartments and condos that have big windows that open right on the tram.
Written October 9, 2021
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The Germaican Adventure
New York City, NY11 contributions
Unique city views experience
Aug 2021 • Couples
We included the Roosevelt Island Tramway in one of our Travel Vlogs and we want to be honest:
This unique way to see the stunning city views is certainly worth the way and at the price of a subway ride there is no reason not to go at least once. Enjoy!
Written September 12, 2021
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roj1281
Houston, TX377 contributions
Nice ride with views of the East river
Jul 2021
The tramway is just a short ride from Manhattan to Roosevelt island. The ride offers some nice views of the East River and the city so you can get some nice photos. I didn't stay on Roosevelt Island, just turned around and came back. I had a week long subway ticket and didn't have to buy a ticket for the tramway. Even so they are cheap.
Written August 11, 2021
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John S
165 contributions
A ride in the sky
Jun 2021
Nice side trip. Recommend taking the Astoria ferry from Pier 11 and finishing with the tram ride. Great views of the East river and east side of Manhattan.
Written June 6, 2021
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Jonathan Chan
New York City, NY150 contributions
roosevelt island tram
Feb 2021
For the price of a subway ticket, you can get a transit ride above ground instead of under, with amazing views all around Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the East River, and Roosevelt Island. Disembark onto the island and explore at your leisure, before getting back on the tram. There are also beautiful views up 1st and 2nd Avenue at the tram leaves from/returns to Manhattan.
Written March 10, 2021
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UNpeacekeeper
New York City, NY141 contributions
Scenic but wobbly ride
Jan 2020
We lived on Roosevelt Island before and usually took the tram across to Manhattan. It is a scenic ride. It was quicker than taking a bus to Astoria and another to Manhattan. The only other ways off the island are on the F train to Bryant Park or via car/taxi. Although, my elderly parents were a bit spooked when the tram seemed to wobble or stopped midway and when a tram worker jumped on top of it.
Written December 2, 2020
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA390 contributions
GreGreat views of both Manhattan & Brooklyn skylines + barge traffic on East River
Oct 2020
Great views of both Manhattan & Brooklyn skylines plus the barge traffic on the East River as you take the fairly brief ride to Roosevelt Island. While Roosevelt Island has a nice pedestrian walkway that circles the island (also with great views), there isn't that much to see on the Island after you get off the tram. A good way to spend ~1 hour.
Written October 27, 2020
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Portia M
Lake Ridge, VA21 contributions
Have always wanted to ride the tram and now I have.. :)
Oct 2020
Loved the scenic views!! Quick, clean and well priced ride. It has always been something I wanted to do in NYC and now I have.. :)
Written October 11, 2020
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hrobinson1114
Hopkinsville, KY2,421 contributions
Fun, inexpensive ride!
May 2020 • Business
A fun, cost effective way to see more of the city and to visit Roosevelt island. The island is also accessible by train, but the views on the tram are better! You can only pay with metrocard, which you can buy onsite. The cost is around 2.50-2.75 (you do have to pay both ways). It’s a fairly brief ride, but you get a cool view of the city and the river. I had plenty of room because rides were limited to 13 people while I visited due to COVID 19, but from what I understand, it can get fairly crowded. The trams run every 10-15 minutes, more often during rush times. Definitely worth taking a ride.
Written May 29, 2020
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WednesburyRoad
46 contributions
Why not?
Mar 2020
Took this brief trip on the tramway mainly because it's there. Would liked to have had a walk around the island but it was pouring with rain and I wasn't suitably dressed.
Very smooth and efficient service and a great thing for the island.
Written March 22, 2020
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