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

4.6 / 5

5350 Reviews

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

From US$ 45.73 per person

Ascend to the 86th floor 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

Free cancellation
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Duration: 45 minutes
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Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

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Highlights
  • Enjoy 360-degree unobstructed views of New York City from the 86th floor Observation Deck - located in the very heart of NYC
  • Upgrade to the Express Ticket option, skip all the lines and enjoy the red carpet treatment
  • Experience two attractions for the price of one – the Observation Deck on the 86th Floor and the Interactive Museum on the 2nd Floor
  • Admire the architecture of the Empire State Building, including the newly designed Art Deco lobby and Observatory entrance featuring a grand staircase
  • Learn from a complimentary self-guided tour in 9 languages with a free app
Full description
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
Includes
  • 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
  • Downloadable Multimedia App featuring Audio Guide in 9 languages
  • Free WiFi in the building
  • State of the art air purification system that regulates the air quality
    COVID-19 Special information

    You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed

    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
    • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited
    • Masks are required, please bring your own
    • Temperature checks are mandatory

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Glass objects

    Know before you go

    • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, exhibit components that require close facial contact have been disabled
    • 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
    • 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 5350 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Value for money
      4.1 / 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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