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Empire State Building Premium VIP Tour

Get an in-depth and intimate tour of this iconic building whilst taking in the views of a lifetime.

Empire State Building Observatory Updates - Know Before You Go

  • All guests aged 12 years or older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the Empire State Building Observatory.
  • Proof of vaccination must be presented when entering the venue. All guests 18 years or older also require a photo ID in addition to proof of vaccination.
  • It is encouraged guests continue to wear face masks throughout the experience, although it is not a mandatory requirement.

Full Details

Avoid any lines at the Empire State Building with a small-group tour that gets you V.I.P. priority access throughout the iconic skyscraper.

On this 90-minute tour you’ll be accompanied by an ‘Observatory Ambassador’ to hear behind-the-scenes stories and get spectacular views across the New York City skyline, all without spending a New York minute waiting in line.

And to top it all you receive a commemorative, souvenir photograph to encapture your experience forever.

Experience Includes

  • Admission to the Empire State Building 86th Floor Observatory on a small-group guided tour
  • Access to behind-the-scene areas not accessible to the general public
  • Priority access
  • Souvenir photograph
  • 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
  • Free admission for children 0-5
  • Signage and app available in nine languages

Experience Excludes

  • Admission to the 102nd Floor Observatory (these tickets can only be purchased at the Empire State Building)
  • Please note, once downloaded, this ticket cannot be cancelled, refunded or exchanged.


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, 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Terms & Conditions

  • The meeting point for this tour is the 5th Avenue lobby on 350 5th Avenue
  • Your Empire State Building Premium Experience ticket allows you to access the Empire State on your chosen day and time only. You will need to join the line for the elevator and mandatory security check. This tour is on request.
  • 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 $20 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
  • All sales are final. This ticket cannot be cancelled, refunded, exchanged or used in conjunction with any other offer.