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Tickets for Empire State Building: General Admission

Fast-track access to an iconic tower: the best way to discover NYC

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Opening hours
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
Best time to visit
Before 09:00 or after 23:00
  • Get fast track entrance with these easy-to-use tickets
  • See the most iconic views of NYC from the 86th floor, or go even higher and survey the Empire State from 102 stories up
  • Admire the Art Deco style of one of America’s true landmarks; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986
  • Visiting on July 14 or 15? See a dynamic light show for the 2018 FIFA WorldCup. Watch the lights rotate through the colors of the 32 participating countries!

Looking up at New York's skyscrapers is quite an experience. But it's nothing compared to looking down on New York from atop its most famous skyscraper. Skip the box office line with these tickets and save time. With ongoing exhibitions and two observation decks, the Empire State Building is the best way to see the Empire State.

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931, and this Art Deco icon still maintains its classic charm. The smiling team of burgundy-uniformed personnel at the front door usher you into this timeless classic. The inspiring murals on the walls and ceiling all embody that classic Art Deco style.

The most iconic spot on this skyscraper is the 86th floor, where many movies (like Independence Day and Sleepless in Seattle) have memorable scenes. The view from here is breathtaking, figuratively (and sometimes literally)! Take your time to snap some shots of Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, the One World Trade Center, and at least one of you beating your chest like King Kong did when he climbed the building.


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? Opt for 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.

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What's included
  • Skip the ticket line and go straight to the elevator
  • Tickets to the 86th floor Observation Deck on your smartphone
  • Tickets are valid for two years
  • Tickets for the 102nd floor Observation Deck, but you can purchase them at the 86th floor for only $20 (credit card only)

Skip the ticket line and go directly to the elevator line. The security check is mandatory.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Empire State Building
350,5th Avenue, 10118, New York
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info

Getting There

You'll find the entrance to the observation deck on Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets.

  • Metro: 34th St - Herald Square & 33 St at Park Ave
  • Bus: M10, M20, M4 or M34 from Penn Station (7th Ave & West 32nd St)
  • Train: A, D, E, 1, 2, 3 or 9
Insider tip

The aluminum tower atop the roof (where the antenna is now) was intended as a mooring mast for zeppelins. Unfortunately this plan was deemed too dangerous due to the strong winds around the skyscraper (also, zeppelins tend to burst into flames quite often).

Regional Manager
Jun 19, 2018
Tiquets made traveling to the Empire State Bldg such an enjoyable experience. Would definitely use them again for future events.
Jun 18, 2018
It was fantastic. Both the exhibit halls and the views. My 12 year old grandson was enthralled by the scope of it.
Jun 15, 2018
Eficiente, rápido y cómodo.
Jun 10, 2018
This is a very popular attraction.It is open late and my advice would be to go late, after 9:00 pm. You will not have horrible lines plus--you can view the city lights! So beautiful. The staff is professional, well dressed in uniforms and well spoken. They make a good impression on visitors to the United States. Super organized and polite staff. We were able to move forward quickly because I purchased the tickets on line at home prior to taking the train. Mary Worthley, Oceanside, New York(Long Island)
Jun 9, 2018
So easy to use with no need to wait in line
Jun 8, 2018
So easy and walked right in. It was great
Jun 7, 2018
One caveat: the bank listed this as a charge to Etsy.com, and that caused me to waste a half hour trying to discover what that charge was an whether someone had used my Etsy account fraudulently.
Jun 7, 2018
The first thing you should do when visiting New York
May 31, 2018
Very straightforward to use.
May 31, 2018
By passing the ticket line was really great!

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