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Tickets for Empire State Building: Express Entry

Skip the line and get straight into New York's most famous skyscraper

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  08:00 - 02:00
Tomorrow:  08:00 - 02:00
Wednesday:  08:00 - 02:00
Thursday:  08:00 - 02:00
Friday:  08:00 - 02:00
Saturday:  08:00 - 02:00
Sunday:  08:00 - 02:00
Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to New York's most spectacular skyscraper and jump to the front of all queues inside
  • Get unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond from the Observatory on the 86th floor
  • See the newly renovated Art Deco lobby, and the Dare To Dream and Sustainability exhibits
Description

A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without two things - pizza, and a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Skip the line to Manhattan's most famous skyscraper, and bypass all queues inside. Check out the exhibits, walk around the 86th-floor Observatory, and see from above what makes New York the greatest city on the planet!

The Empire State Building stretches 102 stories into the sky, but don't just stand in its shadow on Fifth Avenue. Skip the line and get straight to the good stuff!

With this Express Entry ticket, you can stroll right through the newly renovated Art Deco lobby and take the elevator up to the Observatory. On the way, check out the Sustainability exhibit - a look at how they've made the building much more eco-friendly.

See the Dare to Dream exhibit and learn about the building's history, engineering, and construction. You'll get straight into all these exhibits and more – a must for the queue-phobic!

Enjoy panoramic views of up to five states from the surrounding open-air promenade and climate controlled viewing galleries. See the tiny people in Central Park, or go at night and watch the sunset. New York, New York, a city so nice they named it twice!

EMPIRE STATE EXTRAS

Want to visit the 102nd floor Observatory for 360° open-air views of NY? Opt to upgrade your experience ($20) at the Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or at the 86th floor kiosk.

And for your own personal tour guide from the ground floor right up to the top, the Official Empire State Building Guide app is a must-have. Download it for free from the App Store and Google play.

Hungry up high? The Empire State Building boasts eight different eateries. Choose a pre-fixed dinner package at the State Grill and Bar, which also serves local craft beers and cocktails. Starbucks, Chipotle, Sushi-teria, and the budget- minded Heartland Brewery are also close by.

For something different, the Empire Lights'Wich is an Instagram-worthy homemade ice cream sandwich that changes to match the lights each night!

The Empire State Building has live music to enjoy most Thursday to Saturday evenings, after 21:00.

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Ticket features
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Smartphone tickets accepted
Skip The Line
What's included
  • Express entry to the Empire State Building
  • Access to the exhibits with no queueing
  • Interactive audio guide
  • Access to the 102nd floor Observation Deck, but you can purchase that at the 86th floor for only $20 (credit card only)
Instructions
  • Skip the lines to enter the building and follow the red carpet (express lane) throughout the lobby
  • Have your smartphone ticket scanned at the elevator turnstile
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Empire State Building
20 West 34th Street, 10001, New York
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Korean
Reviews
Oct 27, 2018
Loved our visit to the Empire State and after seeing the regular queue, it was definitely worth the extra money to go VIP and be able to use the express lane 👍👍
Aug 5, 2018
Excellent service - we did not have to wait at all in any line. Would recommend.
Jul 24, 2018
VIP tickets were fantastic. From the pavement outside to the top of the building in under 5 minutes.
Jul 15, 2018
It was definitely a 10
Worth the extra $$
Walked right through no waiting
Perfect experience in New York
well worth it!!
Jul 14, 2018
It was very quick
Jun 15, 2018
Not bad
May 7, 2018
Fantastic way to skip the lines. Well worth the fee, the view is amazing!
Apr 13, 2018
They aren’t kidding about skipping the line! It was great! Recommend the VIP tickets to avoid the long lines and wait. We didn’t wait for anything.
Mar 4, 2018
I was feeling really like a VIP, excellent service. It’t a pity that the 102 floor was closed for a season.
Feb 17, 2018
Great service
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