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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

New York City, United States

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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Marvel at the 360-degree, unobstructed views from the Empire State Building and explore its Interactive Museum and more with this combo ticket. See NYC's landmarks from the 86th-floor observatory, enjoy the exhibitions and augmented reality viewfinders on the 80th floor; and explore the 2nd-floor museum’s immersive displays on the building's history. Upgrade for skip-the-line access.
  • Experience the views from the Empire State Building in the heart of NYC
  • Two key attractions for price of one: 86th-floor deck and 2nd-floor museum
  • Absorb the panoramas and chart the tower's history via immersive exhibits
In the heart of NYC
Unobstructed 360 degree view Observation Deck
Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
Revamped 80th floor featuring exciting, artistic exhibits
Free admission for children 5 and under

Departure Point

Empire State Building, 20 West 34th Street, New York City, NY 10118-0114
Make your own way to the Empire State Library in central NYC, bearing in mind the opening hours of 11:00am-11:00pm, every day of the year. The last elevator to the top runs at 10:15pm.

On arrival, head inside via the Observatory Entrance at 20 West 34th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Pause here to take in the stunning Lobby, which boasts restored art deco ceiling murals and one of the most famous images of the building above the front desk. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the building to add to your experience.

At the entrance to the 2nd floor, pass through a security checkpoint, and explore the interactive exhibits that tell the story of the ESB's construction to its place in today's pop culture. Watch short film clips through telescopes, use the touch screens, and step into a simulation of an original elevator for a virtual ride to the building's 102nd floor. Then, head to the surround-sound theater to see film and TV clips that feature this iconic tower.

Next, ride the elevator to the redesigned 80th floor, where you'll find exhibitions on the ESB's lights and light shows; together with stunning augmented reality experiences delivered by classic binocular viewfinders.

The final elevator ride whisks you up to the 86th-floor Main Deck: home to the highest open-air observatory in New York, and located right in the heart of Manhattan. Enjoy the 360-degree views of New York and beyond—Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and so much more.

Upgrade to the VIP Express Experience and skip the security, ticket, and elevator lines. This is the quickest way to the top of the Empire State Building, saving you valuable time for the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful during holidays and peak season. An audio tour is included, and all audio, signage and exhibits are available in 9 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
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Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait. There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher. VIP Express Experience Upgrade Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines or wait times at the building
  • Infant tickets for children 0-5 years are free and can be picked up at the ticket office upon arrival
  • Skip-the-line privileges are only available with the VIP Express Experience Admission Ticket option
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets.
What is the policy on sanitization during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets.
What is the social distancing policy during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets.
What is the maximum group size during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Make sure you have good night time photographic camera which can work on low light rather than zapping its harsh flash, if visiting at night time." See review
  • "If seeing in the winter, dress very warmly because it is freezing but the views of the city are the best." See review
  • "Dusk offers most magnificent views of Manhattan, so try to time your visit accordingly." See review


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A Must See
, Apr 2020
Skip the line was the best way to go. Not crowded on a Monday. The building and history is so beautiful and interesting. 82 floors is high enough, the views spectacular. Every NYC visitor should take time to visit the Empire State building.
Good when nice weather
, Mar 2020
The skip the line wasnt needed as it's very quite this time of the year, there was no queuing for this attraction.
Do it all
, Mar 2020
Second floor was awesome! 102nd floor was stupendous!! Team member Renita was Friendly, knowledgeable, and the best part of the experience!!!
Great experience but could have bought more inexpensive tickets
, Feb 2020
The Empire State Building was great and it was a perfect day! We didn't end up needing the skip-the-line tickets as we walked right through.. We went on a Monday, so I can them being more useful on a weekend.
Great experience
, Feb 2020
Amazing view, amazing experience. New York City is beautiful from this high. However one of the staff on top of the building has been rude to us, and kind of put down our mood during the visit.
Fun day in the city!
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful time! Buying the tickets ahead of time helped save time. The walk to the elevator was fantastic. The views from the 86th floor were fantastic!
Empire State Building visit
, Feb 2020
This trip was one of our highlights during our recent holiday in New York. On getting to the 80-something floor, my wife commented that 'it is a bit warmer than on the ground outside, must be due to us being nearer the sun'. She then noticed the halogen heaters mounted above the roof - you could have probably heard me laugh from the ground level!!! Great trip, very informative and would recommend to anyone with no fear of heights...
Empire State Building - a must do
, Feb 2020
Love NYC off season! No lines, great views, VERY friendly staff, well ordered in and out - a must do in the NYC area. Went with our triplet gals - just turning 16 - so much to see - loved the museum sections and animated "through the viewers" scenes.
Empire State building
, Feb 2020
Good value ticket price, certainly cheaper than direct, especially if busy as quick processing through security to lifts. Definitely our favourite trip as a family.
Well worth it - excellent tour
, Jan 2020
Excellent guide. Explained all the history of the Statue of Liberty including its construction and took photos of us individually with the Statue in the background. Also informed us which side of the boat was best for taking photos Very knowledgeable about the immigration process on Ellis Island & in common with myself had an ancestor who immigrated through there

Product code: 2194EMPIRE

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