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

Product ID: 6195
Ascend to the 86th floor with a flexible date ticket 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
Duration: 1 hour
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Look out on New York City from the 86th floor Observation Deck of the iconic Empire State Building
  • Upgrade to the Express Ticket option, skip all the lines and enjoy the red carpet treatment
  • Learn from a complimentary self-guided tour in 9 languages with a free app
  • Admire the architecture of the Empire State Building, including the newly designed Art Deco lobby and Observatory entrance featuring a grand staircase
  • Enjoy the benefit of a flexible voucher redemption policy. Visit whenever you like, within a month of your scheduled ticket date
Full description
Purchase your ticket in advance and take advantage of the flexible date feature, which allows you to visit the Empire State Building within one month of your ticket date. Perfect for planning your visit around the weather when you're in New York.

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
  • General or skip the line ticket depending on option selected
  • Access to the 86th Floor Observation Deck
  • Access to new interactive immersive galleries
  • Access to a two-story architectural model of the building
  • Art Deco Lobby
  • High-power binoculars on 86th Floor
  • Downloadable Multimedia App featuring Audio Guide in 9 languages
  • Free WiFi in the building
What’s Not Included
  • Access to 102nd Floor (tickets available on site)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Glass objects
Know before you go
• Open daily from 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM. Last entrance at 1:15 AM
• Peak entrance times are between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, as well as 1 hour before and 1 hour after sunset
• Tickets are valid for 1 entry to the Empire State Building any day within 1 month either side of your chosen scheduled ticket date
• 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.
• 102nd Floor Observatory: Upgrade (US$30+tax) available at the Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or 86th-floor kiosk, subject to availability
• 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 5345 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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We booked and paid for skip the line however when we showed our tickets they wouldn’t scan so we had to go through the normal queue. Luckily for us it wasn’t busy when we went at 10pm. Enjoyed walking through and learning more about the Empire State, there is also a King Kong replica where you can get photos as if he is holding you! At the top there are heaters all around so you don’t feel too cold. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend this.

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January 6, 2020

It was a good experience. The line was long but took only about 45 minutes and was indoors. The views from the 86th floor outside platform were excellent and allow viewing in every direction. You can see we’ll beyond the East and Hudson Rivers, and beyond the northern edge of Central Park. While other tall buildings block the views of many streets, you can see the 9-11 Memorial building and parts of the Rockefeller Plaza skating rink and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The view of the skyline was very interesting in each direction. Note that the elevator ride- a very fast yet smooth ride- only goes to the 82nd floor, which has only indoor viewing through windows, and it’s crowded. You have to take a staircase up to the 86th floor and back down. If you’re reasonably healthy, it’s well worth the effort.

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January 5, 2020

We planned to do both the One Observatory and The Empire State so we did the One Observatory during the day and the Empire State Building at sunset. I highly recommend the sunset view from The Empire State building if you plan to do both on your visit. The sunset on the horizon with the New York City lights lighting up the view below was absolutely stunning, and quite romantic. We also went to the 102nd floor but there really was no need. You didnt see anything different there except you're viewing it through glass so an unnecessary extra we thought.

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January 2, 2020

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