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NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

From US$ 45.73 per person

Ascend to the 86th floor for incredible panoramic views across 6 states from the highest 360-degree open-air vantage point in New York City. Skip all the lines by choosing the Express Ticket Option.

About this ticket

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 45 minutes
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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy 360-degree unobstructed views of New York City from the 86th floor Observation Deck - located in the very heart of NYC
  • Upgrade to the Express Ticket option, skip all the lines and enjoy the red carpet treatment
  • Experience two attractions for the price of one – the Observation Deck on the 86th Floor and the Interactive Museum on the 2nd Floor
  • Admire the architecture of the Empire State Building, including the newly designed Art Deco lobby and Observatory entrance featuring a grand staircase
  • Learn from a complimentary self-guided tour in 9 languages with a free app
Full description
Choose between a General Admission ticket and the Express Ticket option. General Admission allows you to skip the ticket purchase line, whilst the Express Ticket option gives you an upgraded VIP experience. With an Express Ticket you'll be able to skip all lines, including the ticket purchase line, security line and the elevator lines that take you up and down. The New Empire State Building Experience not only gives you access to the legendary New York City landmark, allowing you to soar 1,054 foot (320 meters) high and enjoy magnificent 360-degree open-air views of New York City and beyond. You'll also see Grand Staircase with a two-story architectural model of the building and newly renovated interactive galleries that take you on an incredible journey from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. Explore the site in the 1920s, Construction, Opening Day, Modern Marvel, Otis Elevators, World’s Most Famous Building, King Kong, and Celebrity exhibits. The 80th Floor also features a range of exciting artistic exhibits. Be sure to see the building's iconic Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observation Deck is the highest 360-degree open-air observatory in New York, outfitted with heaters to keep the cold at bay. The Empire State Building is more than a spectacular view - it is the most Instagrammed landmark in the USA. Your entrance also includes a downloadable multimedia experience, available in 9 languages. This app also includes videos, image galleries, quizzes, and maps showing nearby points of interest. Be sure to see the building's iconic Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby as you exit this remarkable building
Includes
  • General or skip-the-line ticket depending on option selected
  • Access to the 86th Floor Observation Deck, interactive immersive galleries, 2-storey architectural model of the building
  • Art Deco Lobby
  • Downloadable multimedia app featuring audio guide in 9 languages
  • Free WiFi in the building
  • State of the art air purification system that regulates the air quality
  • Booking fees and sales tax
  • Transfers
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Glass objects

Know before you go

  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, exhibit components that require close facial contact have been disabled
  • All guests must pass through airport-style security to access the Observatory. Please avoid glass items, sports equipment, marking instruments (paint/markers) & any packages/luggage
  • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and is wheelchair-accessible. Service dogs, motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted
  • Free entry for children under 5 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 5597 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Updates and remodel are amazing. I remember the old days of long lines in what seemed to be the basement. Love the uniforms of the staff, all staff were friendly and helpful. The new look made for an unforgettable experience for my son,as this was his first visit. Statues of the workers brought the experience to life...excellent experience.

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August 2, 2021

We have done the tour a few times over the years and this time was the best. The line was short and there was many new thins to see and do along the way. We almost wished there was a line to slow us down so we would have to look at all the displays that have been added

July 28, 2021

Our tour was held on 7/7/21 and we were fortunate to have Liz Days as our tour guide! The tour was everything and more for what we expected. We were able to see various sites to include the Trinity Church, financial district, 9/11 Memorial and we also got the ferry to Statue of Liberty. Liz did a great job with providing knowledge and feedback about the various sites. We loved Luz’ enthusiasm and excitement when providing information about these icons. We have a young child and she mentioned how Liz really made the tour “fun.” Our group was pretty laid back and it was nice conversing with new people and Liz during the tour. We encourage anyone and everyone to book this tour to learn about these various sites and most of all to have some fun. It was a walking tour, so comfortable shoes are a must! Thank you Liz for all that you do! It was truly an unforgettable experience that we very much enjoyed. You made our trip to New York so much fun!!!

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July 13, 2021

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