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Ellis Island was the most active American immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954 making it the first piece of land millions of immigrants set foot on in their new home. Today it remains a landmark where that hope for a better tomorrow remains.

Ellis Island Ferry

Ellis Island Ferry

Getting there is half the fun! A $18 ticket will take you on a humbling cruise through the Upper New York Bay to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

Ellis Island Museum

Ellis Island Museum

Bonus: head to the information desk for a complimentary tour at the top of the hour for a guided tour, no ticket required.

Statue of Liberty Tour

Statue of Liberty Tour

Take the ferry a little further north to visit Liberty Island and experience the nation’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, up close and personal.

Ellis Island Hospital Complex

Dive deeper into the experience of arriving at Ellis Island with a 90-minute hard hat tour of the Hospital Complex. Purchase tickets in advance.

Fun History Facts

Fun History Facts

Did you know, for example, that a 1998 ruling by the Supreme Court determined that most of the island belongs to New Jersey, not New York?

Our insider tips

How to get there?

You can get to Ellis Island by taking a ferry operated by Statue Cruises from either Communipaw Terminal in Liberty State Park or Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City. Reserving your tickets ahead of time is recommended.

How long does it take?

Generally you won’t need more than a couple hours to take in these sights, but you can set your own pace visiting Ellis Island and Liberty Island - the ferries depart every 20 minutes.

How much does it cost?

The $18 ferry ticket grants access to both of the islands.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    March-May, Open daily, 8:30 AM-5:15 PM
    June-August, Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
    September-October, Open daily, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just $18 and go upwards depending on tour packages and perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is a great idea to help you understand the historical context of this iconic American monument.
  • How to get there
    Public transportation to the ferry departure points at Battery Park and Liberty State Park is recommended!
  • Additional information

    • Visitors and their belongings are subject to screening before boarding the ferry.

    • A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow for the visit on a first come, first service basis.

What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 7,587 reviews

Enjoyed our time so much! Everything was on time and the trip was beautiful. The ferry was spacious and not crowded at all and the destinations weren't crowded at all as well. The museum and Ellis Island were open which was great as well.

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour Reviewed by

it was a beautiful sunny day in the 80's and we had and awesome trip in the ferry to Liberty Island to view the Statue of Liberty. My husband and my 14 year old grandson were with me and they loved every minute of the tour

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour Reviewed by

We had an excellent time at the Statue of Liberty tour. Chris was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history. He was also helpful with photos. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

The experience was awesome definitely will be coming back with the rest of the family The tour guide person was great and very informative he broke down all the history and was a great funny host

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour Reviewed by

The tour guide was absolutely amazing and was very knowledgeable and insightful and made the whole trip a very amazing experience 5 stars for him and you guys thank you very much