Empire State Building

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The Best Views of the Empire State Building

Manhattan would not be Manhattan without its beloved Empire State Building standing tall above the city. We guarantee you'll fall in love with New York the moment you look up and first see it. Here are the very best vantage points.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get There / Hours

    The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street. It opens at 8am and the last elevator to the top leaves at 1:15 AM; the building closes at 2:00 AM. The nearest subway is the 6 train to 33rd Street; B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street.

  • The Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

    The views will be astounding day or night. If you go at night, you get the romantic city lights all around you. But by day, you get to see the geography and outline of the city below. It's up to you!

  • Skipping the Line

    The Empire State Building is known for its lines. Ticket lines, security lines, and then the line for the elevator up to the 86th Floor observatory. The best way to skip the ticket line is to buy one online in advance. You can even buy an express pass and fast track your way up on the elevator. Keep in mind you will need to go through security. No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:00 AM-2:00 AM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Between $30-40.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    The nearest subway station is 33rd Street - keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.
  • Additional information

    • No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed through security.

    • Don't forget your camera - you'll want to take some of the best photographs ever!

What people are saying about Empire State Building

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,475 reviews

With the New York Explorer pass, we selected the 7 most important sights. Then I started planning the days. I got to know the subway and bus transportation in New York and planned where and how to go. Now I’m nearing the end and enjoying it more and more. I’ve been to the U.S. several times, but I’ve avoided big cities by far so far. However, I was in almost every National Park. I think we will enjoy that too.

The online ticket purchase app made going to the Empire State Building a convenience. The whole experience from the initial entry into the building to the walk through leading up to the elevator ride to the observatory was as professional and the employees met with greetings that made me feel like was back home in the south. Overall a very enjoyable and memorable experience!

I live in New york but never went to the Observatory. Because of Covid, we close to the only people who were there. This was great except a few of the exhibits were closed and the large telescopic viewers were nit available. They did a great renovation job and I was glad I went. Don't pay extra for the skip the lines in the near future. That would be a real waste of money.

We visited early morning (9am) and there was no queue at all. Breezed through security and we were in. Amazing building, fabulous views. This has to be a must-do on everyone’s list.

Fue una excelente experiencia muy bonito todo muy informativo como se construyó el edificio. Impresionante la altura y la vista es espectacular.