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Empire State Building General Admission Ticket

Empire State Building is New York City’s most recognisable and celebrated attraction and with a real ticket in hand you can skip the long ticket queue and head straight to the security check and elevator. Ascend to the 86th Floor Observatory for some of the best 360° panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond.

Know Before You

  • Go Pre-book to guarantee entry - Anyone wishing to visit the Empire State Building Observatory must pre-book a time slot to ensure entry on your chosen visit date.
  • Guests will be sent an open-dated Empire State Building Observatory Ticket, you do not need to commit to a visit time/date when booking.
  • It's easy to reserve your time slot - on receipt of your Empire State Building Observatory Ticket(s), simply follow the detailed instructions on how to reserve a time slot.
  • Empire State Building Observatory time slotes are subject to availability.
  • Guests are required to wear a face mask.

Full Details

The World’s Most Famous Building is a must-see for its rich history, distinct Art-Deco style and world-famous Observatory offering spectacular 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan.

New York’s most iconic attraction soars to nearly 1,500 feet above Manhattan and has featured in numerous Hollywood productions including King Kong, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory offers some of the best 360° panoramic views of Manhattan and Beyond – on a clear day you can see for almost 80 miles, with five states in view - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Observatory has a heated, glass-enclosed area, which is surrounded by an outdoor open-air terrace, equipped with high-power binoculars.

You will be sent a flexible, open-dated Empire State Building Observatory Ticket which can be redeemed at any time during your stay in New York, allowing you to plan around the weather and visit at any time of your choosing. Visit during the day and see the New York in all its glory or for a more romantic experience, visit at night and see the illuminated city sparkle.

With a gate-ready Empire State Building Observatory Ticket in hand, move directly past the ticketing and voucher redemption queues at the entrance. However, you will still need to join the line for the elevator and mandatory security check. The elevator line can be long at peak times (normally 11.00am to 1.00pm, and one hour before and after sunset). If you wish to avoid the crowds, we recommend you visit outside these times.

Location

Located at the center of it all, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

Opening Hours

The Empire State Building Observatory is open daily, year round. Start Times: 8.00am to 2.00am. Last elevator to the top goes at 1.15am.

Experience Includes

  • General admission to the Empire State Building 86th Floor Observatory
  • Bypass the ticket/voucher queues at the entrance and head straight to the elevator queue!
  • Print your tickets in advance or simply present on your smart phone for instant access
  • Fully Flexible Ticket - tickets are open-dated and valid to use at any time within a year of purchase; you are not restricted to the date selected at the time of booking
  • Panoramic views of up to six states from the surrounding open-air promenade or climate controlled viewing galleries from the Heart of New York City
  • World-renowned Art Deco masterpiece fully modernized with exciting Dare-to-Dream exhibit
  • Signage and app available in nine languages

Departs

The Empire State Building Observatory is open daily, year round.

Departure location

The Empire State Building Observatory entrance is located at 20 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue).

Start times

8.00am to 2.00am. Last elevator to the top goes at 1.15am.

Terms & Conditions

  • To help control capacity, all guests must pre-book a time slot before visiting the Empire State Building Observatory. You will be sent an open-dated barcoded gate-ready Empire State Building Observatory Ticket – simply follow the instructions on your ticket to book your time slot on your chosen date. Time slots are subject to availability, so it is recommended you do this as far in advance as possible.
  • Your Empire State Building Observatory Ticket will enable you to move directly past the ticketing and voucher redemption queue. However, you will still need to join the line for the elevator and mandatory security check.
  • The Empire State Building Observatory Ticket does not include access to the 102nd Floor Observatory (these tickets can only be purchased at the Empire State Building itself. Current price $30 per person).
  • A free multimedia tour APP is included with every admission to the Empire State Building. Download the APP for free from either the Apple Store or Google Play, or connect once on-site via the free Wi-Fi. The self-guided multimedia tour app is available in 9 languages
  • Cancellation Policy: Tickets can be cancelled for free until they are downloaded from your customer account. Once tickets have been downloaded, ticket is non-refundable.