Guided tour

NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

Guided tour

NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

From US$ 189.64 per person

See iconic views from the Empire State Building and discover this monument in style, on a VIP guided tour with skip-the-line observatory access.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available


  • Get an insider’s look at the Empire State Building
  • Join an intimate group for a VIP guided tour
  • Smile for a commemorative souvenir photograph
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the observatory
  • Upgrade to the all-access option to receive star treatment
Full description
Explore this world-famous landmark on a guided experience and get an insider’s look at the Empire State Building. Choose between two tour options – a VIP small-group tour, or an all-access private tour. Enjoy priority access throughout the tour, including VIP entry to the building and skip-the-line access to the 86th-floor observatory. Visit the Art Deco Lobby, the Celebrity Walk, and see exhibits celebrating the building’s history. Learn facts and trivia from your guide, and commemorate your trip with a souvenir photograph. Upgrade to the private, all-access option to experience the Empire State Building in style. Enjoy VIP entry into the building. Relax in the Celebrity Green Room and browse the memorabilia case. Enjoy a champagne toast, soft drinks, snacks, coffee, and tea, before taking your guided tour.
  • 90-minute guided tour
  • Access to the 86th-floor Observatory
  • Souvenir photograph
  • Access to VIP entry
  • Access to Celebrity Green Room (with all-access option)
  • Food and drinks (with all-access option)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Booking fees
  • Sales tax

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    Meeting point

    Head to Empire State Building's visitor’s entrance. Check in at the will call desk to meet with a brand ambassador who will take you on your tour.

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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 such as paint or marker pens, and any packages or luggage.
    • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and is wheelchair-accessible. Service dogs, and both motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 25 reviews

    Review summary

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    The best part of the experience was our guide, Renita! She was a fountain of knowledge, enthusiasm, and joy. Her passion and care was clear in every interaction. Sure, you can just go up to the observation deck by yourself, but Renita brought the building, it's history, and it's people to life. I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

    March 26, 2023

    This is a fantastic tour to an iconic NYC landmark, which means I’ll recommend it to anyone wishing to visit the Empire State Building. From the minute we walked in, we were greeted by our designated tour guide who was diligently waiting for us. The tour started right away and we were being taken to all the places full of stories that weren’t visited by the regular tourists. The tour guide had a tremendous amount of knowledge and was incredibly friendly. All in all, definitely worth the money and the time!!!

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    March 26, 2023

    We had a wonderful time at the Empire State VIP Guided Tour. We certainly felt like VIPs from the moment we entered. The staff was professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable. We learned lots of great facts and got to cap it all with a beautiful sunset. Would highly recommend!

    March 26, 2023

    Product ID: 287035