Empire State Building Tickets - Skip The Line

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The Empire State Building Observatory

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What: Entry to the Empire State Building Observatory.

Where: New York, USA.

Availability: Daily.

Opening Hours: 8am to 2am.

Don’t Miss: The views over New York from one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

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Empire State Building Tickets

This iconic building needs no introduction. Empire State Building tickets guarantee you incredible, uninterrupted views of New York and beyond from its world-famous 86th-floor observatory!

Skip the Lines with the VIP Express Pass

Who wants to wait in the long queues to get to the top of the Empire State Building?

No one does! So if you want to skip the line, have your own special queue for the elevators and get faster access to the main observatory deck, make sure you book the VIP Express Pass!

  • Skip right to the front of the ticket line, passing by the hordes of people with regular tickets.
  • Just show your wristband to the officers who will make sure you get to the top with priority.
  • This ticket is particularly useful during busy periods and on rainy days, when the queues are at their longest!

At The Top: The Empire State Building Observatory

Discover what the Big Apple looks like from 1,050ft (320m) high at the top of New York's most iconic skyscraper. Just some of the incredible sights you’ll get to see include:

  • Chrysler Building
  • Times Square
  • Hudson River
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Central Park
  • ...And many more!

The Observatory has a 360-degree outdoor deck and indoor viewing galleries, so you can enjoy the views rain or shine, day or night.

Zip right up to the 86th Floor Observatory in convenient high-speed elevators.

Searching for that perfect Empire State Building souvenir? You’re bound to find something memorable at the Gift Shop, located on the 80th Floor.

See the views by Day and by Night with one ticket!

The Day & Night ticket lets you visit the Empire State Building Observatory twice in one day! See the spectacular views of New York during the day and the glittering skyline at night after 9pm.

Download the Multimedia Tour Guide App

A free Multimedia Tour Guide of the Empire State Building can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store. It serves as your own personal tour guide, taking you all the way from the ground floor to the 360° open-air views of the Observation Deck.

The guide is available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and German.

Holiday Opening Hours:

The Empire State Building operates different opening times on special holidays such as 4th July and and New Year’s Eve. Please contact the building directly for exact opening and closing times.

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Suitable for:
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Teenagers
  • Seniors
Great for:
  • Culture Vultures

Opening Days & Times:

  • The Empire State Building Observatory is open 7 days a week, all year round.
  • The Observatory is open from 8am to 2am. Last elevators go up at 1.15am.
  • On special holidays (such as 4th of July and New Year’s Eve) the Empire State Building’s hours of operation vary. Please enquire with the building for exact opening and closing hours.

Location:

The main entrance to the Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, New York. NY 10118 (Between 33rd and 34th Street)

Length of visit:

There is no time limit as to how long you can spend on the observation decks during operating hours. The average length of stay is about 45 minutes – 1 hour.

What to take:

We recommend that you arrive prepared with seasonal clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses if you intend to visit the outdoor section of the observation deck.

Accessibility:

The Observatory is wheelchair accessible.

102nd Floor:

If you wish to go up to the 102nd level you will need to pay an additional fee - you can do this at the front desk when redeeming your e-ticket.

The Empire State Building is pretty hard to miss, located in the centre of mid-town Manhattan. It is 5 minutes walk from Macy's, 10 minutes walk from Madison Square Garden, and around 14 minutes walk from Times Square.

Empire State Building Tickets - Skip The Line is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good time Was worth paying the extra to skip the queues. Really enjoyed the views and took some great photos. Thought the prices in the gift shop were ridiculous! The dearest souvenirs I'd seen anywhere!! I bought a fridge magnet as I wanted a souvenir.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as expected We went at night and the views were amazing. However having bought tickets advertised as "skip the line" we were still in long queues to get in and out of the ESB. This was very disappointing to say the least.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing experince Surprise birthday treat for my Daughters 18th. This was an amazing experince which I would do again, recommend it 100%
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic visit The tickets purchased here didn't allow us to skip the line! You have to queue to swap your home printed voucher for a ticket; the same queue as 'purchase on the day' tickets. That said, the queue wasn't too long and the visit was amazing.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still a lot of queueing I bought tickets for our first trip to Manhatten. We skipped half of the queues with our tickets but still waited about 90 minutes in security queues to the first stage. Queues again to the second observation level and queues down again (skipped with ticket)
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must do New York Experience! Absolutely loved the Empire State! I had the skip the line the ticket, which I 100% recommend! We had no queues and went straight through, and up the lifts! Otherwise the queues were hours long. I was very lucky with the weather, I could see for miles, the view was breathtaking! This is definitely a must do when visiting New York City.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must see We had limited time in New York and wanted to see as much as possible so bought the VIP/Fast track tickets.I have no real feel for how long it would have taken without these but we were ushered through at lightning speed and were at the top before we knew it.So-not cheap but if time is critical ( and it was for us) thisa is a no brainer.
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Skip the line....no Empire State Building was good, the reason for the average review is because after buying skip the line tickets, I had to join the queue to exchange the paper voucher for tickets, so saved no time against paying on the day.
Date published: 2016-04-16
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Empire State Building Tickets - Skip The Line is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good time Was worth paying the extra to skip the queues. Really enjoyed the views and took some great photos. Thought the prices in the gift shop were ridiculous! The dearest souvenirs I'd seen anywhere!! I bought a fridge magnet as I wanted a souvenir.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as expected We went at night and the views were amazing. However having bought tickets advertised as "skip the line" we were still in long queues to get in and out of the ESB. This was very disappointing to say the least.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing experince Surprise birthday treat for my Daughters 18th. This was an amazing experince which I would do again, recommend it 100%
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic visit The tickets purchased here didn't allow us to skip the line! You have to queue to swap your home printed voucher for a ticket; the same queue as 'purchase on the day' tickets. That said, the queue wasn't too long and the visit was amazing.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still a lot of queueing I bought tickets for our first trip to Manhatten. We skipped half of the queues with our tickets but still waited about 90 minutes in security queues to the first stage. Queues again to the second observation level and queues down again (skipped with ticket)
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must do New York Experience! Absolutely loved the Empire State! I had the skip the line the ticket, which I 100% recommend! We had no queues and went straight through, and up the lifts! Otherwise the queues were hours long. I was very lucky with the weather, I could see for miles, the view was breathtaking! This is definitely a must do when visiting New York City.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must see We had limited time in New York and wanted to see as much as possible so bought the VIP/Fast track tickets.I have no real feel for how long it would have taken without these but we were ushered through at lightning speed and were at the top before we knew it.So-not cheap but if time is critical ( and it was for us) thisa is a no brainer.
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Skip the line....no Empire State Building was good, the reason for the average review is because after buying skip the line tickets, I had to join the queue to exchange the paper voucher for tickets, so saved no time against paying on the day.
Date published: 2016-04-16
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